Discount ticket package a big attraction for Sesame Place Classic

Runners of all ages will be taking part in the 23rd annual Kiwanis-Herald Sesame Place Classic on Sunday, May 21.
      The free, one-day admission ticket to Sesame Place for registering to participate in the 23rd annual Kiwanis-Herald Sesame Place Classic draws runners from far and wide.
      It’s a great attraction feature and one which has resonated with families for quite some time.
      However, another offer which hasn’t generated quite as much attention consists of a chance for Classic runners to purchase an additional five tickets at a 50-percent discount.
      It’s a great chance for a participant in the race to bring along a bunch of family members at a bargain price.
      All tickets are good for use through June 18.
      Last year’s Classic 5K, 1-mile and Sesame Sprint drew more than 1,000 runners and this year’s event already has a strong early signup showing.
      No doubt many of these runners will be taking in the sights and sounds of the popular park in Langhorne, possibly as early as right after the race.
      PJ Schweizer, events and production manager at Sesame Place, says
everyone connected with the event has the May 21 date circled on their calendar.
      “Sesame Place is excited to once again host this fantastic community event,” Schweizer said. “Since its inception in 1999, the Kiwanis-Herald Sesame Place Classic has provided thousands of runners, young and old, the opportunity to experience a sunny day at Sesame Place  – perhaps for the very first time.
       “Each runner receives one single-day admission ticket and the opportunity to purchase up to five additional tickets at 50 percent off. This has always been a popular offer and we’re thrilled to be offering it once again.  We look forward to welcoming all of the runners and their guests to the park on race day and the days that follow.”
       Proceeds from the race go to the Dick Dougherty Scholarship Fund, named for the late sports editor of the Bucks County Courier Times. Since the race’s inception in 1999, $450,000 has been raised to assist college-bound scholar-athletes from 18 Bucks County high schools.
      Levittown Bristol Kiwanis Club member Dixie Rhodes believes the offer for additional discounted tickets will be a benefit for numerous families.
      “I am very pleased that Sesame Place is offering 50 percent off of its regularly priced admission for up to an additional five extra tickets,” she said. “That’s a great savings. I’m sure a good time will be had by all.”
       Prior to a previous Classic, registration director Jill Gilardi explained why so many people look forward to the one-day free ticket plan.
      “One of the best parts of the Classic, compared to other races, is that it is truly the most family-friendly event in which most runners have participated,’’ said Gilardi. “We see families year after year – their children grow a bit; maybe their favorite Sesame character changes, but the race is the same. Their memories of doing the race with their family or school group last forever.’’
      Race committee member Ernie Nocito has seen the race and the day at Sesame become an event which attracts people of all ages and from far and wide.
      “The Classic continues to grow, drawing seasoned veteran, beginner and new runners each year,’’ Nocito said. “It is a great event bringing so many from the community and, even further away, together for such a positive fun day. One of the bonus highlights for everybody, young and old, is when the Sesame characters visit and mingle with the crowd.  I must say this even brings out the kid in me.’’
      To register and/or get more information on the Classic, visit
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