Karknocker 5K this Friday

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The 19th annual Karknocker 5K will be held this Friday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. at East Rochester High School.

East Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Martin D'Ambrose and Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Executive Director Paul Schwartzman discussed this year's race Monday on News 8 at Noon.

This is the first year the East Rochester Chamber and FLRBA will partner to present the Karknocker.  Proceeds will help support the programs provided by the FLRBA, which help people impacted by burn-related injuries receive the resources required, while raising fire and burn prevention awareness.  "We've been around for twenty eight years, and what we do is provide support to our burn survivors, from children through adults," said Schwartman.  "It's probably one of the most profound and devastating injuries that a human being can suffer, and in particularly children, who don't always have the coping skills. We have a summer camp for kids, we have young adults support and adult support, so through the gamut. We're also a very small organization. We're funded by donations and some special events, like the Karknocker, so we're thrilled to have this partnership."

The race route is new this year and is USTAF certified.  The start and finish lines will be at East Rochester High School.  In total $3,350 in prize money will be awarded and there will be t-shirts, free food and drink for all participants at the completion of the race.

D'Ambrose said the Karknocker name dates fack to the founding of East Rochester.  "East Rochester was originally founded in 1897 as a planned community," he said.  "It was sold to the Merchants Despatch Transportation Company to build refrigerated boxcars. These gentlemen who built them were called 'Karknockers,' so when we had our hundred year celebration, we decided to start a race and it was named after them."
 
You can register for the race Friday at East Rochester High School beginning at 6:00 p.m.  You can also pre-register online at the East Rochester Chamber of Commerce website, click here.
 
To learn more about the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, click here.
 

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