2018 Harnessing HOPE 5K Run/Walk

Join us during our signature event on

Saturday, October 20, 2018!

Harnessing Hope.  Living Passionately. Inspiring Others. Giving Back.

Ready to go before the 2016 Race!

Race Details:


WHAT:  Harnessing Hope 5K Run/Walk

PRESENTED BY:  The Paternostro Family Foundation

WHEN:  Saturday, October 20, 2018

WHERE:  Hughesville High School

TIMES: 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens

8:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks/Sponsor Recognition

9:00 a.m. – Race Begins!

10:00 a.m. – Awards Ceremony


Online Registration!

This year, we have partnered with Falcon Race Timing for our online registration.  Simply click the link above to be redirected to our online registration page.

2018 Paper Registration Form

Use this link if you prefer to register in the more traditional way or to pay by using cash or check!  Please print and complete this form and return it to the Foundation!

2018 Virtual Runner Donations

Can’t make it to our race this year?  Why not join us as a virtual runner?  It is easy to participate in this way. Simply click on the donate button below and make a donation of $30.00, $20.00, or $10.00 to support our Foundation and your name and state will be listed as a virtual runner on race day!  You may also include a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend affected by cancer.  This is a great way to show  your support from afar!  We love our virtual runners.

Perseverance Virtual Runner:  $30.00

Hope Virtual Runner:  $20.00

Courage Virtual Runner:  $10.00

Donate Button with Credit Cards

2018 Race Sponsorship Opportunities

We welcome both returning and new sponsors for our 2018 event!  Please click this link to view available opportunities to showcase your business in front of those who care about giving back to our community.  We LOVE our corporate sponsors!

Thank you to our 2018 Race Sponsorsas of July 6, 2018

Hope Sponsors:

  • Muncy Bank & Trust Company

Courage Sponsors:

  • Beth Myers, Robin Real Estate
  • Bald Eagle Mountain Student Housing
  • Robert P. Hager, CPA
  • JPW Design & Manufacturing, Inc.
  • PMF Industries, Inc.

Community Sponsors: 

  • Joseph Bower
  • Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Alexander Nissan, Inc.
  • RKS Construction
  • The Schramm Kiessling Group – Merrill Lynch

2018 Harnessing Hope 5K Run Waiver

Whether you are running or walking, all registrants must complete and sign our event waiver!  Please send us your completed copy to the Paternostro Family Foundation, PO Box 1862, Williamsport, PA  17703 or email it to us at paternostrofamilyfoundation@comcast.net.

2018 Race Course

To be announced soon!


Registration Fees:

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS (Early Bird Registration Ends October 5):

Individual Runner/Walker:

$25.00 – early bird* (through October 5, 2018)

$30.00 – regular rate* beginning October 6 through race day.

*An additional $3.00 processing fee will be added for on-line registrations.


  • Race bib & timing chip
  • Harnessing Hope 5K long-sleeved, wick-away race shirt
  • Prizes awarded to the top finishers (see prizes, below)
  • An inspiring morning with family & friends!


Pre-race announcements during our 2016 race!

Medals will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Top Male Finisher – Run/Walk
  • Top Female Finisher – Run/Walk
  • Top Finisher 13 & Under – Male/Female
  • Top Finisher 14 – 25 – Male/Female
  • Top Finisher 26 – 40 – Male / Female
  • Top Finisher 41 – 55 – Male/Female
  • Top Finisher Over 55 – Male/Female
One of our proud age category winners from 2015!

Why We Run:

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Paternostro Family Foundation and will be used to fulfill our mission to provide memorial scholarships to students at Hughesville High School who exemplify the values and work ethic of our father and sister; to provide support to those facing a cancer diagnosis, especially mothers who have young children; and to keep the memory and spirit of Kathleen and our Dad alive for their families, friends, and loved ones.

On July 1, 2011, the word cancer first entered our lives.  It was on that day that we watched our 39 year-old sister Kathleen, loving mother of her 3 year-old baby girl, begin a journey that no one saw coming. It was on this day that she first heard the words:  ”You have cancer.”

Her proudest life legacy was being Josie’s Mommy.  She fought so hard to live for Josephine.   She fought for her own future.  She fought for Josephine’s future.  She fought for the amazing love they shared.  Throughout her fight, Kass’s heart was filled with this strength and grace that to this day we have no words to describe.  We said our last goodbye on July 2, 2012 almost a year to the day following her diagnosis.

But, it was beyond our wildest imagination that cancer would come back into our lives out of nowhere just two years later.

We lost our devoted and loving father on September 8, 2014, just three days following his cancer diagnosis.  We still struggle to find the words to capture what the loss of our patriarch, our Dad, has meant to our family.  Our Dad dedicated his life to making children our highest priority.  He dedicated his life to his family and to his community. We will love him and miss him for the rest of our days.

We could never have anticipated the devastating impact these losses have had in our lives.  We have been changed forever. But, we know that the strength of our love will never die, as our spirits are forever intertwined.

Dad and Kass share a hug during a family gathering at the farm.

From the darkness comes the light. We started our Foundation as  the Team Kass Foundation in 2013, but after losing our Dad, we now operate as the Paternostro Family Foundation.  Every day, we try to do our small part to help other families who are dealing with cancer.  We also invest in our future by providing memorial scholarships to honor their beautiful lives.

We do it all with love.  The love we have for our Dad and sister is our only compass.

Event Photography

Pose for a picture and smile!  A photographer will be on hand to capture the moments and memories of race day.  Photos will be posted on the Paternostro Family Foundation website following the race.

In 2015, Justin Brown Photography captured a picture of every participant at the finish line!


Support / FAQ:

How far is a 5K?

3.1 miles.

What is the race course?

Please click here for a copy for the race course:  2018 Race Course

Will there be restrooms available?

Yes, restrooms will be available in the school for before and after the race.

Can I use a jogging stroller?

Yes, jogging strollers are allowed on the race course, but we ask that you start in the back of the race pack to ensure you do not impede other runners.

Is there parking available race day?

Yes, there is plenty of parking available at the Hughesville High School.

Do you need race day volunteers?

Absolutely!  If you are not a runner but are interested in offering your support of this run, please email the Foundation at paternostrofamilyfoundation@comcast.net.  We need help during registration, at the water station, at the finish line, at the tribute wall, etc.

Why do you use the hummingbird in your logo?

The hummingbird, a symbol of peace, love, and happiness, was Kass’s favorite bird!

Families Helping Families in the Fight Against Cancer

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