The Elegance at Hershey is a weekend-long series of vintage and collector car events each June at the historic Hotel Hershey® and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is one of the benefactors of this annual event. This year, organizers have added a new twist to the curves of the revived Hershey Hill Climb auto racing; and an expanded 5K timed race up the storied Hershey Hill Climb course. There will be $1,500 in cash prizes awarded to the top runners. The “Elegance Challenge” is sponsored by Susquehanna Bank and will start at 7:45 am on Saturday, 15 June.
“This new race challenges runners in a certified 5K timed event, the first leg of which is a seven-tenths mile ascent with a 200 foot elevation and seven demanding curves,” explained K.C. Kulp, Volunteer Chairman for the Elegance Challenge 5K.
Runners who are ‘up to the Challenge’ receive T-shirts, certificates marking their times, cool-down snacks, VIP parking and free admission to the day’s hill climb competition, Kulp noted. The Elegance at Hershey raised more than $400,000 in its first two years for its three beneficiaries: JDRF, the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center.
“We encourage runners from throughout the region to participate in this unique and formidable race,” said David L. George II, the Grand Ascent Director and member of the Elegance at Hershey Board of Directors.
Runners seeking to participate should contact The Elegance at Hershey office at 717-534-1910. Pre-registration by June 1 is encouraged. Registration forms are now available at The Elegance at Hershey website: www.TheEleganceAtHershey.com. Advance tickets to the Grand Ascent Hill Climb are also available through the website.
Vintage race cars – many pre-World War II – will race against the clock on Friday and Saturday 14 and 15 June in the VSCCA-sanctioned Grand Ascent. Several celebrity drivers will participate, including Wayne Carini, host of Velocity Channel’s “Chasing Classic Cars”, and former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil.
Vermeil is also a vintage race car driver and in fact drove in the event last year. In 2012 Vermeil roared up the challenging Grand Ascent hill climb course in his father’s 1926 California Sprint car. Fully competitive after a $225,000 restoration, much of the work was performed personally by him.
“We are extremely proud and pleased to welcome Coach Vermeil to The Elegance at Hershey Board and appreciate all he does to support these worthwhile charity events,” noted David L. George, a founding member of The Elegance at Hershey Board and race director for the Grand Ascent hill climb competition.
The Elegance at Hershey also features a special themed dinner and silent auction Saturday June 16 in the ballroom at The Hotel Hershey ®. Titled “French Curves; A Tribute to Lemans,” the Elegance celebration includes a display of cars that competed in the famous 24 Hours of LeMans, a special menu, drinks, desserts and entertainment with a French Flair.
This article was taken in part from a press release by the Elegance at Hershey. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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