Molnar Farms creates Strawberry 5K race

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Molnar Farms' Strawberry 5K race had the runners travel across trails next to the farm's crops. The event raised money for a good cause while also letting the farms display their market.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Molnar Farms organized their first Strawberry 5K race and fun run on June 9. The event ran during the start of the farm's strawberry season. The farm had eight donors and 14 sponsors for the event.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Strawberry 5K benefitted Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Michael Iberis, executive director of the food bank, said that he appreciated the support from Molnar Farms for the event and everything they have done for the organization. Pictured is the Iberis family at the event prior to the fun run.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Molnar Farms invited runners from the area to participate in their first Strawberry 5K race on June 9.

The race took place on location at the farm, allowing racers to shop before or after their race. The money raised through registration for the event went toward Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

“We thought it would be a good way to start our strawberry season and help a good organization,” said Megan Molnar, who organized the event with Virginia Molnar. They began planning the event in March.

The Molnars mapped the course to run along almost all of their crops at the event, so runners passed the farm’s peppers and strawberries during their race. The farms also had a fun run at the event, which also ran alongside some of the crops.

Michael Iberis, the executive director at the food bank, said that he is very appreciative of the farm’s help. “Hungry people also thank the Molnar’s for their support,” said Iberis. He said that the farm has supported the food bank in the past.

The program that came with the event listed out the eight donors and 14 sponsors of the event, including Second Sole, who helped time the race. The program also had facts from the food bank, such as “In 2017, the Food Bank distributed 10.6 million pounds of food to residents of the Mahoning Valley.”

The Molnars hope to have the event annually to start the strawberry season. This year, they had a cool day that many said was great for the race. The weather did not turn to heavy rain until after the races concluded.

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