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Horsham Plans to Freeze for Those in Need

Horsham Township is organizing its first-ever Freezer 5K and one-mile walk for Dec. 16.

Jon Waxman set out to “get the whole community together.”

And, by the participation on the organization end of Horsham’s first-ever December 5K, it would seem that Waxman, owner of Lee’s Hoagie House locations in Horsham and Abington, succeeded.

“I wanted to get involved with the community,” Waxman told Patch. “I didn’t know what to do.”

But, Mark Hudson, Horsham Township’s Parks and Recreation Department director did.

“I always wanted to do a 5K, but never knew how to do it,” Hudson said.

With insight from Hatboro Area YMCA Executive Director Gary Chamberlain, as well as representatives of Fleet Feet Sports, Horsham is running with its community outreach effort, the Freezer 5K run and one-mile walk. The title of the Dec. 16 event holds a double meaning, according to organizers.

Aimed at “filling the freezer” of Horsham families in need, Hudson said the intent is to try to provide “enough food to help them out.” 

To date, Hudson said 65 participants have signed up and he’s hoping for 300 total. Since most, if not all 5Ks are over by December, Hudson said the Horsham event, which begins and ends at Simmons Elementary School and continues along the PECO Power Line Trail, should have little competition.

“That’s the theory,” Hudson said. “Runners are still looking to run.”

Horsham Police Lt. Jon Clark, who has helped out with traffic during other 5Ks at Simmons, said the “snow or shine” event’s intent is to “give back to the community.”

Clark said organizers are teaming with the Greater Horsham Chamber of Commerce for help in identifying families in need. Clark said he hopes the event raises enough money to help five to 10 families.

“We’re going to see what the needs are,” Clark said, adding that help could come in the way of filling someone’s oil tank. “Just something that’ll make it easier on them.”

For more information on the Horsham Freezer 5K run and one-mile walk, click here to visit Patch’s events listing, or see the attached PDF.

Gilbert R Albright Jr November 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
This is just an attempt to set up regular event to promote his Lee Hoagie's business and to raise Waxman's public profile in the community. If he REALLY wanted to help needy families all he had to do was write a check. These businessmen usually do this when they are preparing to run for political office. During the 5K run there will be plenty of Lee's Hoagies signs and plenty of media interviews with Jon Waxman. Waxman face will then become recognizable in the community and the 5K run will get him the "good guy' tag every politician desires. Be prepared to see him run for office in the future.
Scott Sherer November 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Gilbert. Your comments could not be further from the truth. Anyone can write a check. Giving of your time and yourself really shows that someone cares. If you had taken time to check,you would have discovered that the race originally was my idea, and I invited Jon and Mark Hudson to meet so we could create a poject that would benefit the Horsham area community. Mark wanted to bring some noteriety and attention to the beautiful park trail system in Horsham township , and specifically the Powerline trail. Jon and I wanted to create a community event where no one would be left out. Gary Chamberlin from the Y, Anne Marie from Fleet Feet Sports, Lt. Jon Clark , Mary Dare from the Chamber, Jon, Mark Hudson and myself have spent a considerable amount of our time planning an event that would benefit families in need in Horsham township. Jon Waxman is just one player among a much larger cast of people who are willing to give of themselves for others. Yes, we could all write checks, and some of us are supporting this race financially as well. I want to personally invite you to our next race planning meeting on Friday, November 30, 1pm at the Township center. I am also inviting you to become a sponsor . Sponsorships are available for as little as $100. We intentially created the sponsorship levels to be low so the small businesses, who cant afford large dollar amounts, could participate.So, will we see you at our race meeting this Friday?
Cora Rowe November 28, 2012 at 07:30 PM
York Pa has a turkey trot each year on Thanksgiving Day. This year over 4,000 registered to walk or run. A local food bank collected food the day of the race. What a great way to raise money and donations. Hope this event can grow to help the area.
tedtaylor November 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Put up or shut up Gilbert. Let's see a check for the Freezer Run. There is NO ONE on this committee making a dime. It's easy to write a check. It's people like you that discourage others from doing things - not everyone has an ulterior motive. Shame on you! Jon Waxman is one of the most community-minded business people I know. And speaking of checks, he just gave $875 to Hurricane Sandy Relief - can you match that?
tedtaylor November 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Let me get this straight. Jon Waxman who grew up in Cheltenham Twp., lives in Lower Gwynedd is sponsoring a race in Horsham so he can run for office. But where would he run? You, Gilbert, have a lot to say about a lot of things (I checked your long list of rants) but not much a track record for actually doing anything. You, my friend, are a man badly in need of a life.
Gary Chamberlain November 29, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This is a great 5K run for experienced runners and beginners. The course is very scenic and pretty flat. There is also a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk and a lot of after event activities. Runners will receive a sweatshirt and walkers a t-shirt. A family activity that involves exercise while supporting a good cause, perfect!
Hhalum December 12, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Let's do it on a Saturday next year!!
Alwdreams December 12, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Saturdays are best'!

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