5th Annual Four Chaplains Scholarship Run
February 3, 2018●10:00 AM
121 S. College St.
Myerstown, PA 17067
We Honor Their Sacrifice
4 Mile Run/Walk
1 1/2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
February 3, 2018
Rain, Snow, or Shine Event
In the early morning of February 3, 1943 the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank in the icy North Atlantic. Only 230 men out of the 902 on board the Dorchester survived. Of those that perished that night were four Chaplains: Methodist Pastor George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Reformed Pastor Clark V. Poling and Father John P. Washington. These chaplains gave up their life jackets and encouraged others as they made the ultimate sacrifice for other service men. Witnesses told stories of how the chaplains joined arms, said prayers and sang hymns as the Dorchester sank beneath them.
Each Chaplain was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross on December 19, 1944. A one-time only posthumous Special Medal for Heroism was authorized by Congress and awarded by President Eisenhower on January 18, 1961. Congress attempted to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements that required heroism performed under fire. The special medal was intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor.
Evangelical Seminary’s Four Chaplains Scholarship program provides a tuition free Master of Divinity degree to military chaplain candidates. All registration fees from the race will be used to fund scholarships for military chaplain candidates.
The race begins and ends on the campus of Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown, PA. Runners will enjoy the small community feel as they traverse the lightly traveled roads of Myerstown and Jackson Township. The course loops by grazing cattle and utilizes the exercise path (weather permitting) in Jackson Township’s Fairlane Avenue Park. The course is mostly flat with small rolling hills. (wheel measured course)
All runners/walkers must be off the course within 2 hours.
Deadline: January 21, 2018
$25 for 4 Mile Run/Walk (incl. T-shirt!)
$10 for 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk (shirt not incl.)
No Pre-registration packet pick-up. All race packet pick-up Feb. 3rd beginning at 9:00 am
Same Day Registration
Race Day Registration begins at 9:00 am at Evangelical Seminary
$30 for 4 Mile Run/Walk (T-shirts while they last)
$15 for 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk (no T-shirt)
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers; top male and female active duty/reserve finishers; top male and female military veteran finishers and top three male and female age group awards; 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. No duplicates.
Post Run/Walk Meal
Chili, fruits, snacks, drinks
Directions to Evangelical Seminary
From the intersection of Rt. 422 and 501 in Lebanon County, travel south on Rt. 501 approximately ½ mile to West Park Ave, turn right onto West Park Ave. Follow West Park Ave to Evangelical’s main entrance (look for brick entry sign).
- From points east: Follow Rt. 422 WEST to Rt. 501. Turn left onto Rt. 501 South (College St). Continue straight at first traffic light. Turn right onto West Park Ave. Proceed down West Park Ave to Evangelical’s main entrance (look for brick entry sign).
- From points west: Follow Rt. 422 EAST toward Lebanon. Turn right onto Rt. 501 South (College St). Continue straight at first traffic light. Turn right onto West Park Ave. Proceed down West Park Ave to Evangelical’s main entrance (look for brick entry sign).
- From points north: From exit 13 (Bethel) of Interstate 78, proceed SOUTH on Rt. 501 approx. 8 miles to Myerstown. Continue straight on Rt. 501 South, crossing over Rt. 422. Continue straight at next traffic light. Turn right onto West Park Ave. Proceed down West Park Ave to Evangelical’s main entrance (look for brick entry sign).
- From points south: Follow Rt. 501 North into Myerstown. Turn left onto West Park Ave. Proceed down West Park Ave to Evangelical’s main entrance (look for brick entry sign).
Parking is available on Evangelical’s campus and street parking on W. Park Ave and the east side of S. College St and other surrounding roads.
For adverse weather conditions please consult www.evangelical.edu, facebook, twitter (@evangelicalsem) or call 1-800-532-5775 for race day changes or cancelations. No refunds of registration fees for weather related cancellations.
Race Timing by Pretzel City Sports
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