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New Bertie’s Inn Gearing Up for Annual Belt Sander Charity Race in Exeter/Oley

New Bertie’s Inn Gearing Up for Annual Belt Sander Charity Race in Exeter/Oley

by Olivet Boys and Girls Club

Photo courtesy of New Bertie’s Inn/Jamison Photography

It’s that time of the year again when the unique Belt Sander Charity Race takes center stage in the greater Exeter/Oley community. This Saturday, July 13, the New Bertie’s Inn will host this beloved annual event, continuing a 32-year tradition. Report time for participants in the race is 12:30 p.m., and races begin at 1:30 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m.

For more than three decades, the Belt Sander Race has raised funds for local and national charities, including the M.S. Society and the Homeless Youth Program at Mary’s Shelter. This year, the annual fundraiser will benefit the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, which provides academic, leadership, and recreational opportunities for thousands of children throughout Reading and Berks County.

“Berks County is the best. We are grateful for John and Patricia Miravich, the owners of the New Bertie’s Inn, for their continued support, and for keeping this tradition alive,” said Rick Perez, CEO of Olivet Boys and Girls Club. “This event is always a fun and exciting time for race participants and onlookers. We appreciate that their generosity will benefit our members and programs.”

Ever since the New Bertie’s Inn acquired the event, they have been determined to continue the Belt Sander Race. The endeavor required constructing a new track and acquiring new belt sanders. But with the unwavering support of numerous individuals, the race will now mark its 32nd year and its third under the new ownership. For those who are unfamiliar with the electrifying Belt Sander Race, this YouTube video captures the excitement and energy at this one-of-a-kind event:

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