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Saturday, April 21, 2001 -- Gettysburg, PA
Raiders Monument Challenge 5K (iPO Event Id#: 3104)
Story and photos by Julie Black

[Overall Results] Provided by the Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

Raiders Monument Challenge 5K
The PA Gettysburg Monuments Project preserves history
The Gettysburg Monument Project was started in 1997. Raised to honor the memories of the troops who fought at Gettysburg, these historical monuments have begun to reveal their age with cracks, and serious weathering. Thanks to State Representative, Harry Readshaw, the challenge of raising the funds necessary for the restoration and endowment of Pennsylvania's 147 monuments at Gettysburg has been made possible.

Leading the efforts of this admirable cause is Project Coordinator, Kathi Schue. This year alone, the Project has raised over $32,000. The goal for 2001 is $40,000, and Schue says, "There is no doubt that we will reach that goal!" She's not kidding folks. Since 1997, the Monument Project has raised over $267,000, and paid for the restoration of 146 regimental monuments.

The Raiders Monument Challenge 5K is just one event of many who's proceeds go to this important cause. Only in it's 2nd year, this race had over 180 racers, 350 Civil War re-enactors, and a slew of impressive events after the running and walking was over!

Raiders Monument Challenge 5K
Even the soldiers love to run!
Many new challengers stepped up to the starting line this year, with the calvary (literally), leading the way. Continuing with the "living history" theme, Civil War re-enactors treated racers to a race start unlike any other.

The crisp, cool day certainly helped runners achieve some very fast finishing times! Leading from start to finish was Dan Essler who came all the way from Nunda, New York to compete. Essler set a new course record with a fast time of 17:27 for the rolling trek.

Coming in 2nd Overall and first Overall for the women was Amy Debor. From Shepherdstown, WV, Debor(19:02), was high stepping it in style on the downhill finish. Garret Griffin(19:07), of Moon Township, PA finished just 5 seconds behind Debor to sweep 3rd.

Raiders Monument Challenge 5K
Having fun in the 5K Run
There was plenty of fun to be had for the walkers as well. Friends, family, and race staff cheered for everyone who went by. The air was full of warmth, and afterwards, the good times just kept rolling. Prize giveaways, Cavalry Demonstrations, Cannon "booms", a chicken BBQ, and even a Civil War Ball could be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

Race participants can take pride in donating their entry fees, and extra pledges to saving many pieces of history for our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to enjoy for years to come.

Raiders Monument Challenge 5K
Schue's right hand lady
Organizer Pat Buckwash

Special Thanks...
Goes out to Rob Botti and the Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club, State Rep. Harry Readshaw, Kathi Schue, Pat Buckwash, the many re-enactors, the wonderful race volunteers, the 28th Regimental Brass Band, and all who made this event possible.
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."