The Bucks 5K Series has enjoyed a great deal of success over its 23 years but that doesn’t mean it isn’t open to change.
“This will be an exciting year for the Bucks 5K Series,’’ says race director Dick Patterson.
First up on the list of new looks is the newly created www.bucks5kseries.com website.
“It is much more friendly to mobile applications and social media,’’ says Patterson. “One of its benefits has been full single race and full series registrations.’’
Second, there are three significant changes in the schedule.
Joining the Bucks 5K Series is the Bookin’ for Lookin’ 5K, which is run in Newtown.
This will be the first race held outside the Doylestown area.
“The race will start and finish in front of the historic Newtown theater,’’ Patterson says. “It features a complimentary catered breakfast and a free drink from Isaac Newton’s. It benefits folks who are blind or visually impaired.’’
Also new this year: The YMCA race, initially representing just the Y in Doylestown, is now celebrating the merger of all Bucks County YMCAs with a new title, the “YMCA Bucks County Strong 5K.’’
The race is returning to the YMCA campus in Doylestown after a number of years at Delaware Valley College.
Finally, the Break-Fast 5K and 10k have been moved to June 16. It will include all of the traditional breakfast food and drinks, as well as the series awards.
Since 2002, the Bucks 5K Series has raised approximately $1.6 million for local non-profits.
Here’s the 2019 Bucks 5K Series schedule:
>March 16: Blaze of Glory.
>March 30: Bookin’ for Lookin’.
>April 20: Cornerstone Fitness.
>May 11: YMCA Bucks County Strong.
>May 25: Doylestown.
>June 1: Chalfont Challenge.
>June 16: Break-Fast.
For more information, visit the website at www.bucks5kseries.com.
If you haven’t experienced a Bucks 5K Series, give it a shot. There’s a lot of energy and plenty of amenities at all the races.
>Early biking weather
After a brutal week of freezing temperatures, things turned around nicely this week, especially Tuesday, when we took a ride up to Frenchtown on the recently repaved Route 29.
There were plenty of folks out riding, enjoying the 60-degree respite.
But if you plan on going out in the next few days, please keep one thing in mind: There is still plenty of debris on the roads, much of it leftover stuff from snow plow trucks, etc. The shoulders have lots of rock salt and sand. One of the training partners on Tuesday sustained a flat tire, no doubt the product of this unintentional hazard. So please keep your eyes on the road and ride safely.
Tyler water fountain making good progress
Last summer we wrote about Larry Waldman’s wonderful plan to help construct a needed water fountain on the west side of Tyler State Park near the Tyler Park Center for the Arts.
Well, it looks like the project is getting closer to becoming reality.
Waldman has confirmation from Tyler State Park manager Corey Snyder that the water fountain will be installed once the ground softens, most likely in April.
While donations are still less than what is required for the installation, the park will be able to obtain the remaining monies to install the fountain.
Said Waldman: “A thanks to all who donated and to the Bucks County Roadrunners, whose annual donation to Tyler State Park will be used for the fountain.’’
Donations are still being accepted and will be used for future maintenance and repairs, such as a “black light” system, being installed, that enables the water to get certified as drinkable.
Those wishing to donate (including BCRR Winter Series participants) can do so by check, payable to PPFF, and putting in the memo section: Tyler State Park water fountain.
Checks can be dropped off at the park office or mailed to the park at 101 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa. 18940
Bucks County Roadrunners Winter Series Pick Your Way 4.6-Miler, 9 a.m., Tyler State Park, Newtown. Contact www.bcrrclub.com/winterseries.