2024 Rae of Sunshine 5K...


5K Run :
: Run 3.1 Miles
1 Mile Walk :
: 1 Mile Walk
  • Race Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
  • Address: 210 Rock Street
  • City/State/Zip:Pittston, Pennsylvania 18640
  • Country: USA

_ The 2024 Rae of Sunshine 5K:

This race has been created to honor the memory of Raeann Rose Merlino and raise funds for the Memorial Scholarship in her name. 

Raeann Rose Merlino, 10, of West Pittston, departed from this world Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, after a brief battle with the flu and RSV.

Her untimely passing has left her loved ones with unimaginable sorrow in their hearts, for she was a beacon of love that effortlessly filled one with joy.

Raeann, born to Jamie Merlino and Dawn Gazda on June 25, 2012, is remembered for her energetic, caring and strong-willed personality.

She was a fifth-grade student in the Wyoming Area School District. Twirling and giggling, Rae was constantly dancing with exceptional rhythm. Her love of dance led her to cheerleading, which became a passion and outlet for her creativity and energy. Empathetic to her core, compassion for animals, especially her canine companion, Gus, was abundant in Rae.

Raeann was always eager to help, whether at the Hughestown Fire Department, the Pittston Memorial Library or her grandparents' house. She had many friends, all of whom can agree that she made life brighter for anyone lucky enough to meet her. Water was certainly her element, and most of her summers were spent swimming with family and friends. Her freckled, smiling face was an embodiment of summer, and her shining spirit a drop of sunshine on Earth.


* Pre-entry packet pickup will begin at 8:00 am at the entrance to the Pittston Area Primary Center.

*Pick-up will be organized by A-L and M-Z lines.


*Through the streets of Hughestown Boro


*Individual water bottles will be available at the finish.

*Bring your own water if needed while running.


The 5K Run starts and finishes at the Pittston Area Primary Center.


*The Rae of Sunshine 5K T-Shirt giveaway to the first 50 runners or walkers to register. There will be no giveaway after June 10, 2024.

Race Day: Saturday June 29, 2024 @9:00 AM

There will be race day registration. The fee increases to $30.00.

How It Works:

Awards ceremony will be held after the race.

Age group Medal Awards will be 10-year age span.

5K Run Awards: Cash Award of $50.00 will be given to the top Female & Male Run finisher.

Awards will be given to the top 3 males and top 3 female runners in the following divisions:


1 Mile Walk Awards: The top 3 Male walk winners will receive a medal.

                                   The top 3 Female walk winners will receive a medal.

1 Mile Youth Walk Awards: The top 3 male & female walkers will receive a medal.

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