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People sprint and shop at Philadelphia Premium Outlets


People of all ages race from the start line for the Sprint-N-Shop 5K at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets Sunday. Communities in Motion hosted the fitness event. Michilea Patterson — Digital First Media

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

LIMERICK >> A 5K race at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets allowed people to run and window shop at the same time.

Communities in Motion, a foundation of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management (GVF), hosted a Sprint-N-Shop 5K run and 1 mile walk Sunday morning. After the race, all participants received a gift bag full of retailer items and coupons for participating stores.

“You could create your shopping list as you’re running,” joked Corry Szakal, Communities in Motion board member.

Szakal is also the general manager for the outlets. He suggested the shopping center for the 5K when the transportation organization was looking for an interesting location. This is the second year for the Sprint-N-Shop. It was first held in 2014. Szakal said people really enjoy the venue and they especially like having Starbucks open for the early run.

“They love it. We got so much great feedback the first time,” he said.


Rob Lieser, of Nazareth, traveled more than an hour to race in the Sprint-N-Shop 5K on his tricycle. Communities in Motion hosted the fitness event at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets Sunday morning.

Szakal participated in the one-mile walk and said it felt like just another day at work since he’s often on the move while managing the outlets. Fellow Communities in Motion board members COO Maureen Farrell and Secretary Erica Batdorf, also the assistant borough manager of Pottstown, ran the 5K race.

Walking and running wasn’t the only way people were on the move during the fitness event. Rob Lieser, of Nazareth, competed in the 5K on his tricycle. Lieser said he likes that the outlets provide flat pathways for him to ride on as well as being something different.

“One of the reasons I drove an hour and a half to get here was because it sounded interesting,” he said.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Communities in Motion which aims to create sustainable communities while also improving the quality of life. For more information, visit

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