Spring is finally here – at least the threat of snow is thankfully over – and it’s time to break out the T-shirts.
And speaking of T-shirts, we’ve got a humdinger for you that I’ll bet you’re going to wear all summer.
It’s the special collector’s edition T-shirt that’s been designed for the 20th annual Kiwanis-Sesame Place Classic 5K, one-mile run and kids’ sprint on Sunday, May 20.
The shirt is a very cool black, featuring Sesame Street character “The Count’’ at his scary, smiling best.
Now there’s just one catch: Only runners who register on or before the pre-registration deadline of May 6 are guaranteed a shirt.
So what are you waiting for?
You can wear it to school and show it off to your classmates. Or throw a sports jacket over it and wear it to a trendy restaurant. And I have it on good account that it’s not your average cotton shirt either, so it can be used as a night shirt.
Just go to www.sesameplaceclassic5k.com, hit a few buttons and you’re all set.
Sesame Place Classic race committee member Ernie Nocito suggests not waiting past the pre-registration deadline because shirt supplies could run out.
“This event is unique in that it has so much to offer to the participants,’’ Nocito said. “I urge everyone to sign up by May 6 for this great shirt.
“And not only will all 5K runners will be awarded a finisher’s medal, every registered runner of every age will receive a free, one-day admission to Sesame Place and a voucher to purchase up to five more admissions at half-price, good until June 17.
“Best of all, it supports a great cause, recognizing 34 high school seniors from 18 Bucks County high schools.’’
Nocito was referring to the Dick Dougherty Scholarship Fund, which over the past 19 years through the Sesame Place Classic has raised more than $400,000 in financial assistance to college-bound seniors in Bucks County.
Packet pickup for the race will once again take place at Oxford Valley Mall on Friday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to closing and on Saturday, May 19 from 10 to 4 p.m. Packets can be picked up at Sesame Place on race day but it’s better to stop by the mall on Friday or Saturday to avoid lines on Sunday
A number of people have written in to ask if it is OK to have a stroller in the 5K and the answer is yes. However, we ask that you start near the back of the field for safety reasons.
We are also pleased to remind everyone that the Langhorne/Middletown “Super Truck 21’’ once again will be on hand race day for visits. Kids can sit behind the wheel and ask questions of Chief Frank Farry, fire police chief Larry Harvey and the whole gang.
No doubt, a few Sesame Street characters will be mingling with the crowd for photographs and handshakes.
Don’t forget, the group with the most registered runners receives the coveted Spirit Trophy and a check for $100.
A highlight of the day is the kids’ sprint, a 50-yard dash for young children. Parents gather to voice encouragement and there are plenty of smiles at the finish line.
The Kiwanis-Sesame Place Classic also features a one-mile race that some runners take seriously and some just do for fun.
For those who are competitive, the Classic awards age-group medals.
Timing and results are handled by Lin-Mark Sports of Mantua, N.J.
As mentioned, all 5K finishers will receive a special 20th annual finisher’s medal, designed by the fine folks at Always Advancing Sports of Newtown. Chris Seiler and the AAS guys went the extra mile in putting together the T-shirt and the medal.
We think you’re going to love both.
So sign up before that May 6 deadline and we will see you at Sesame for a great day of fun.
Sunday, April 29
BucksFit 5K, 8:30 a.m., Richboro. Contact www.northamptonrec.com
Sunday, May 20
20th annual Kiwanis-Sesame Place Classic 5K, one-mile run, kids’ sprint, 7 a.m., Sesame Place, Middletown Township. Contact www.sesameplaceclassic5k.com