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The Southtowns turns out for the Run for the Park

RUN — The dozens of participants in the Oct. 5 Run for the Park are pictured, top, heading out after the sound of the gun, to raise money for Hamburg’s proposed outdoor adult fitness park. Photos by Jessie Owen.
HAMBURG — Approximately 123 runners and walkers participated in the first ever Run for the Park, a cross-country 5K run/walk held at the Nike Base in Hamburg on Oct. 5.

Danielle Pietrocarlo DeWitt
The event was planned by Dani-Fit Director Danielle Pietrocarlo DeWitt, to raise money for a free outdoor adult fitness park that will be erected on designated land at the Hamburg Recreation Park – Nike Base.

WORKING TOGETHER — Local individuals of all ages ran and walked together, to raise money for the park, including Hamburg Middle School students Olivia Bunn, Justine Burke, Shannon Bunn, Charlotte Reczek and Kaylyn Wenzel.
Pietrocarlo DeWitt said that the 5K was the first event of many that will be held to raise funds for the local attraction.

The adult fitness park will feature outdoor exercise equipment made by Parkitects Inc. The park will be free to the public and open to individuals aged 12 and older. According to, the on-site equipment will include battle ropes, walls, jump boxes, pull-up/dip bars and more.

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK — Members of the Lake View Volunteer Fire Department were on hand at the event. Photos by Jessie Owen.
Pietrocarlo DeWitt said that, as of press time, the Oct. 5 5K had raised approximately $1,000 for the adult fitness park.

She said that she is planning for this race to be an annual event.

“We are in the process of becoming tax-exempt,” she explained, adding that she is also hoping to turn the endeavor into a foundation for the whole community.

KEEP IT LOCAL — Pictured are the area sponsors that showed their support for the fundraiser.
The Run for the Park was an official 5K, sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the United States national governing body for the sports of track and field, cross-country running, road running and racewalking.

“Our goal is to continue to raise money for Hamburg,” Pietrocarlo DeWitt said.

For more information about the event or fitness park, visit

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