Kutztown Optimist Club hosts 2018 Fool’s Run March 24

The Optimist Club will host the 2018 Kutztown Fool’s Run on March 24.
The Optimist Club will host the 2018 Kutztown Fool’s Run on March 24. Lisa Mitchell - Digital First Media

The Optimist Club of Kutztown has announced the 2018 Fool’s Run is set to take place on Saturday morning, March 24.

The Fool’s Run contains both the Sally Miksiewicz Memorial 5k and the Bob Focht 10 mile race for runners to challenge themselves on the roads surrounding Kutztown. In addition, the Optmist Club of Kutztown 2 mile walk will again be held this year.

Races start and end on College Blvd. in front of the Kutztown Fairgrounds and Kutztown University Lot 1 parking area. The Bob Focht Memorial 10 mile race starts at 9 a.m. and the Sally Miksiewicz 5K begins at 9:10 a.m. The Optimist Club 2 mile walk starts at 9:15 a.m. Race day registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Beltzner Hall on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.

The races are run rain or shine. The race director will have the right and responsibility to cancel the day’s events due to extreme and dangerous weather. In such instances, information will be available by calling 610-698-3826. There are no refund.


Proceeds from the run benefit the Donald Peters Memorial scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Kutztown, Brandywine, Hamburg and Fleetwood school districts that are planning on attending Kutztown University. The Optimist Club has been able to provide $1,000 scholarships to two seniors from each of the four school districts for a total of over $250,000 given since the inception of the Run. Also funded a $1,000 scholarship to the Kutztown University Football team scholarship fund for their continued support of volunteering on the running routes of the Fool’s Run.

The funding for the scholarships comes from many sources including business sponsors, race entry fees for runners, and donations from individuals and organizations.

For information on race entry or sponsorship opportunities, please visit the official Fool’s Run web-site at www.kutztownfoolsrun.com or contact Don Sechler of the Optimist Club of Kutztown at 610-698-3826, or email at kutztownoptimist@hotmail.com.

The Optimist Club of Kutztown was established in 1981 with a mission to serve the youth of the Kutztown and surrounding communities. Since 1981 the club has grown to serve the youth of the Kutztown, Brandywine, and Fleetwood school districts through programs such as the Oratorical Contest, Easter Egg Hunt, Essay Contest, T-Ball, Youth Basketball, Childhood Cancer Campaign, and many more. For more information about the Optimist Club of Kutztown, please visit their web-site at www.kutztownoptimist.org.