By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
UPPER POTTSGROVE >> The community is invited to an adventurous and unique 5K experience at the Althouse Arboretum Saturday morning.
The open space wooded area, which includes several trails, will have a Lost and Found 5K. Participants will travel a 5K distance while searching for hidden flags along the way using a map.
“It’s a whole different way of getting some exercise and it’s a different type of 5K completely,” said Ken Hamilton of Green Allies, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental sustainability and oversees the arboretum.
Interested individuals can sign up for the 5K the day of the event. The race will begin from the arboretum located at 1794 Gilbertsville Road, Pottstown. Start times will be staggered from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per person or $20 per team.
Hamilton said the race is almost like geocaching without the digital aspect. People will use their mapping skills to find the location of 10 flags placed near the trail. Every flag has a different pattern to be used on a punch card so participants can prove they found each location. He said people can either run or walk the distance while searching for the flags. Also it’s possible to register as a team or as an individual. The fastest individual and the fastest team to find all the flag will be given prizes. Saturday’s 5K will happen rain or shine.
“I think it’s going to be a fun activity for people with lots of good exercise,” Hamilton said.
The arboretum is made possible through a partnership between Upper Pottsgrove Township and Green Allies. The area is used as an outdoor education center and host several program. For more information about the 5K or the arboretum, visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/althousearboretum or the website althousearboretum.wordpress.com.