MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- On October 22, WVU Medicine University Healthcare and The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center will sponsor the 37th annual Apple Trample 5K, an official event of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, and a training program to get novice and beginner 5K participants ready for the race.

The Apple Trample is a great event for first-time walkers and competitive runners who want to set a new personal record. It is a USA Track and Field-certified course that follows a gently rolling terrain through downtown Martinsburg and finishes on the track at Cobourn Field with spectators in the stands.

"As in the past, we will have two start times, one for runners and one for walkers,” stated Brian White, race director. The race start will be at the McCormack Center on the campus of Berkeley Medical Center. Walkers will start at 10:30 a.m., runners at 11:30 a.m. 

Registration information for the Apple Trample 5K may be found on line at www.appletrample.com.  Early registration by Oct. 12 is $20 with a T-shirt and $17 without a T-shirt. The fee after Oct. 12 through Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on race day is $25 with no guarantee of a T-shirt.

Awards will be presented immediately following the race to the top three overall runners and top three runners of each five-year age group. The walkers' group is a non-competitive, participation activity. Walkers will not be timed and will not be eligible for awards.

Proceeds from this year’s Apple Trample will benefit the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival and the WVU Medicine University Healthcare Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Chris Amores and Liz Oates, Apple Trample 5K committee members, are heading up the sponsor solicitation and fundraising phase of the race. Sponsor levels range from Elite Sponsor at $5,000 to Sprint Sponsor at $100. Information on sponsorships is available on the website.

For more information on the Apple Trample 5K, contact Brian White at 304-264-1232. For more information on race sponsorships, call the WVU Medicine University Healthcare Foundation office at 304-264-1223.

For those hoping to complete their first 5K or improve their 5K time, The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center is offering a free 0 to 5K Training Program, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Aug. 31 until Oct. 19 at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg. It is open to all ages of novice and beginning runners or walkers. The program will focus on running/walking during each session with core and resistance work each week specifically designed to improve running and walking form and ability.

“Topics such as heart-rate training, training plan, proper fueling, and injury prevention will be addressed each week,” stated Dana DeJarnett, community wellness specialist at The Wellness Center. Walkers will follow the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Program.

For more information or to register for the 0 to 5K Training Program, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or email ddejarnett@wvumedicine.org.

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, University Healthcare Vice President of Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223