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Herbie's Home 'Town Loop' set for Saturday

by on August 18, 2012 8:07 AM

The Sixth annual Herbie’s Home “Town Loop,” (HHL) a community run and bike ride, will be held on Saturday in memory of Jeremy Herbstritt, a Bellefonte resident who was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Bellefonte Arts and Craft Fair and will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Because the “Town Loop” was created by Herbstritt’s family and friends not only as a way to honor Herbstritt’s memory, but also as a way to give back to the Bellefonte community, proceeds from the event will be used to help build a community track.

As in years past, a four mile run/walk will be held in honor of Herbstritt’s love of running. A time clock will be featured at the end of the race, as well as mile splits for runners.

New this year will be a 16-mile non-competitive bike course, which is set to begin at 9:45 a.m. Bike helmets are required for all riders and must be secure at all times.

Both the run and the bike ride will start at the new site of High and Spring Street in Bellefonte to correspond with the Arts and Crafts Fair location.

Awards will be given to the top male and top female run participants. The top three individuals in the age groups of 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and up will also receive awards. A special Nittany Lion statue award will also go to the top runner in the 20-29 age group, the corresponding group to Herbstritt’s age at the time of his death.

Refreshment will be comprised of many of Herbstritt’s favorites including Bonfatto’s wings, Hofbrau pizza, cookies and donuts.

The event will also feature various forms of entertainment, children’s races and activities, door prizes and raffle prizes.

Free parking will be available downtown near the Match Factory. A free shuttle will also be available from the Bellefonte Area High School to downtown during the fair.

For pricing information or to register online, please visit

Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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