The second annual Tower to Town 10-mile race raised almost $6,000 that will be put toward the development of the John E. Wengert Memorial Park.

“The park is going to be a unique recreational area for Lebanon County… and the plan includes environmental education as well,” said executive director for the Lebanon Valley Conservancy Laurie Crawford in a press release about the event. “The park will be located along Chestnut Street in Lebanon, across from Lebanon Catholic School.”

The John E. Wengert Memorial Park Master Plan.

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200 racers competed in the Oct. 6 race, relative to 150 last year. Competitors either ran solo or competed as a two-person relay, each running about half of the race.

The race was hosted by the Lebanon Valley Conservancy and the Community Health Council of Lebanon County.

City of Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello and special guest Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails President John B. Wengert kicked off the race at the Clarence Schock Memorial Park Nature Center. After going through Mt. Gretna, historic Cornwall, and the City of Lebanon, the race ended at the finish line in Optimist Park.

The top placing male and female winners were Luis Miranda and Olivia Guilbert respectively.

Overall winner Luis Miranda, age 29, sets course record with time of 56:28.
Top female placer Olivia Guilbert, age 28, is pictured with a tree, the prize given to all participants. Guilbert finished with a time of 1:10:11.

The top relay team, made up of Christopher Torrente and Gina Dansak, completed the race with a total time of 1:19:04.

View the full results here (pdf).

Age division winners:


20-29 division (excepting Miranda): 28-year-old Benjamin Kier, 1:02:02

30-39 division: 31-year-old Dan Weaber, 1:03:43

40-49 division: 41-year-old Steve Gergely, 1:03:59

50-59 division: 51-year-old Rob Bare, 1:08:29

60+ division: 60-year-old Mike Smith, 1:11:56


20-29 division (excepting Guilbert): 29-year-old Lianna Houtz, 1:31:06

30-39 division: 34-year-old Dana Risser, 1:10:11

40-49 division: 40-year-old Sarah Gebhard, 1:18:15

50-59 division: 55-year-old Laurie Funk, 1:26:04

60+ division: 60-year-old Cynthia Krom, 1:50:47

Photos by Becky Woodhouse, Level Eleven Art Department

Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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