Wings & Strings Festival is Fun for a Good Cause (Photos)

If you strolled through Hellertown’s Dimmick Park Saturday you would’ve found yourself surrounded by happy ears, full stomachs and the smell of wing sauce. Hosted by the American Cancer Society, the 2nd annual Wings & Strings Festival brought people together to fight the disease while having fun.

Kids Triathlon Will Benefit Hellertown Girl, Cancer Society

A triathlon for kids that will be held in Hellertown in July will benefit a Saucon Valley Elementary School student who’s battled cancer as well as the American Cancer Society. The “Tri for Hailey” is for children 5 to 13 years old and will be held Saturday, July 11 at Dimmick Park and the adjacent Hellertown Pool. Proceeds from the event will be split between Hailey Carroll, 7, who receives treatments at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and the ACS. The triathlon’s structure will include three “waves” designed to be age-appropriate:
Wave 1: Short Distance (ages 5-7)
“Swim*” across the pool; Bike one loop of park driveway (about ½ mile);
Run 1.5 loops around the pavilion (Relay for Life loop – about ¼ mile)
Wave 2: Medium Distance (ages 8-10)
“Swim*” across the pool two times; Bike the loop of park driveway two times (about 1 mile);
Run 2.5 loops around the pavilion (Relay for Life loop – about 3/8 mile)
Wave 3: Long Distance (ages 11-13)
“Swim*” across the pool three times; Bike the loop of park driveway three times (about 1½ mile);
Run 3.5 loops around the pavilion (Relay for Life loop – about 5/8 mile)
Wave 1–the first wave–will start at 8 a.m.
Children will be able to walk or use floaties to “swim” across the pool; during the aquatic part of the triathlon they will need to be in water up to their navel.

When is Relay for Life of Saucon Valley?

A popular community event that raises money for the American Cancer Society while celebrating cancer survivorship and remembering those who have lost the battle is right around the corner. Relay for Life of Saucon Valley will be held from Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. to Saturday, May 16 at 5 p.m. in Hellertown’s Dimmick Park, 509 Durham Street. The annual event features relay teams who complete a 24-hour walkathon around the park, where there are also numerous vendors, food and live entertainment. The relay is always bookended by opening/closing ceremonies that highlight inspiring stories of survival and help raise awareness about the ongoing fight against cancer. According to the Relay for Life of Saucon Valley page on the American Cancer Society website, 15 teams with a total of 54 participants will be part of this year’s relay.

Hellertown 5K Will Have ‘Totally 80s’ Theme

A 5K race that’s planned for Saturday, May 16 in Hellertown will benefit Relay for Life of Saucon Valley and the American Cancer Society. To make the second annual “Fight to the Finish” 5K even more memorable, it will have a “Totally 80s” theme, according to an event flyer that encourages participants to break out their leg warmers, headbands and other ’80s inspired outfits for the run. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Dimmick Park (Tobias Drive and Durham Street) and will be a state-of-the-art run featuring:

Chip timing with real-time results via kiosks
Results access via smartphone and other connected devices

The cost for early bird registration (through May 1) is $25, and each participant who registers by May 1 will receive a free race shirt. Pre-registration is $30, and walk-up registration (Friday, May 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and race day) is $40. Male and female overall winners as well as winners in various age categories (including 14 and under) will be recognized.