On your marks, get set, go!

That's the signal participants in the 9th annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race-Walk in Palmerton will eagerly anticipate.

Presented by the medical staffs of the Blue Mountain Health System, the event will be held at 9 a.m. May 9. Registration is at 8 a.m. A Kid's Fun Run will follow at 10 a.m.

The course will start at the Palmerton Borough Park, make its way past Third and Franklin Ave., and end back at the park.

There is a $20 entrance fee before May 1, $25 after May 1, and $5 for the Kid's Run.

A technical shirt is guaranteed to the first 300 entrants. All proceeds benefit the Blue Mountain Health System.

For safety reasons, bikes will not be permitted on the course at the time of the event.

Awards will be given out to the top overall male and female runner. Stethoscopes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the12-and-under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-and-up.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three sponsorship collectors. First place will receive two tickets to a Penn's Peak event, while second and third place will get a $50 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods.

There is also a team competition, where awards will be given to the largest team; most money raised; the fastest team; and the largest family team

First prize in each category is a $100 check made out to a charity of the team's choosing. There must be a minimum of four members per team.

The Kid's Fun Run will be held inside the park. Ages four-and-under will run mile; ages 5-6 mile; ages 7-8 1/2 mile; and ages 9-10 one mile. All entrants will receive a medal.

For more information contact, the BMHS Fund Development Office at 610-377-7350.

Mail race applications to BMHS Fund Development 211 N. 12th Street Lehighton, PA 18235.