First Yuengling Lager Race Helps Local Economy

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POTTSVILLE -- Thousands of people came out on Saturday in Schuylkill County for the first ever Yuengling Light Lager Jogger 5k race.

A huge block party followed the run, and folks said, the event in Pottsville was a huge boost to the local economy.

A chilly morning didn't stop more than 2,000 runners from hitting the pavement.

The race was sponsored by what organizers call "America's oldest brewery."

One of the Yuengling sons, Dick Yuengling kicked off the race.

People came from all over the country to come enjoy the run, and of course the beer!

"It's beautiful, the hills, I miss it all, not being home, so to come home and do one of the hobbies I love with the people I love, the place I love, with the beer I love, it's a good day," said Erin Stradley of California.

Before the block party began, the runners faced a tough course that included some hills, twists and turns.

Some runners said, even with the challenge, it was a good race.

"It was tough, a lot of hills, toughest 5k I've ever done," said Shawn Eakins of York.

After the runners crossed the finish line, many lined up for their two cups of Yuengling's famous beer.

Workers could barely keep up with the long lines that formed quickly.

"It tastes a lot better, and it tastes much colder after the race!" said Debra Padavano of Scranton. "The town is awesome, the people are great, the hills are intense, but I made it through, and I'm happy."

People who live and work in Pottsville, who didn't take part in the race, said the event was a huge money maker.

Vendors filled up Mahantongo Street and sold food and other items.

Folks from St. Patrick's church had a stand and were hoping to make a profit as well.

"We're hoping to make about $1,500 or so if we can make a little more, then good, everything helps," said Chris Hohman of St. Patrick's Church.

"It's helping the community out a lot, in a lot of different ways, and it's something we really needed around here," said Hohman.

Organizers said this year's event was sold out for months, and they plan to have the Yuengling race and block party for many more years to come.