Raised in Kuwait by Indian parents in a musical household, Dale Verchick knew that singing would always be the gift that would keep giving. She started performing on stage since she was 3 years old. The Persian Gulf War forced Dale and her family to move to India where she initiated singing professionally at age 16 with some of Mumbai’s finest cover bands and artists. She won several awards for vocal excellence at state-level competitions in India, sang backup vocals for a few Bollywood tunes, and was known to whip up a quick jingle for local radio ads. Dale returned to Kuwait after graduating college where she was one of few female jazz singers and performed at various jazz lounges, including a few evenings of entertainment to U.S. troops at Camp Doha. She moved to the United States in 2003 to be with her love, Greg--now husband of 18 years. Dale continued her singing with a Latin Jazz group “The Mango Project” in the Washington D.C. area and was delighted to join some of the best jazz musicians in the central Pennsylvania area, performing at local cafes and festivals. Even with her many international connections, to Dale, home is here in Pottsville, PA. Now better known as “Andrew’s and Lucy’s mom”, she has continued her stage presence with local band- The Legends- and performs at many local Schuylkill County venues. But her favorite place in the world to sing is at St. Patrick’s Church choir loft where she is an active parishioner.
Erin- Pre- Race Stretch
Erin Hammer is an NASM certified personal trainer since 2004. Also holds many other certifications in Pilates, Bodyjam, Bodycombat, Bodypump, Bodyattack, CX Worx, Bodystep and Stride. Erin is also affiliated with Fitbodies International since 2010, where she has been traveling to teach fitness classes at various resorts in the Caribbean.
John Dunn- Official Race MC
John Dunn is the current Music/Program Director at T-102 in Pottsville, PA and has been the weekday morning show host since February, 2020. Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA (where his broadcasting career started) he has also hung his headphones in Lafayette, LA, Allentown, PA and Binghamton, NY. A longtime animal lover John has a Beagle named Buddy. In his spare time you can usually find him outside biking, hiking or playing tennis. John also loves road tripping to concerts and spending a little time near the beach in the summer. He's also been known to toss back a few Yuengling Light Lagers on the weekend!
Hooligan - Post-Race Entertainment
Hooligan will be providing our post-race entertainment!
Hooligan is a cover band from Pottsville, PA. Formed in 2009, Hooligan has rockin’ Schuylkill County ever since. Hooligan covers a wide variety of music ranging from Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, AC/DC to Blink 182, Seether, Bush and Weezer. To ensure freshness, Hooligan continues to grow their set list.
Check out their website here.