Popular Bucks 5K Series enjoys another great year

Hannah Borish wins the women’s title in the April 15 inaugural Be Kind 5K at Holicong Park in Buckingham. (Photo by Wayne Fish)

When the product you’re offering has good word-of-mouth, people will come from far and wide to give it a try.

Such was the case with this year’s Bucks 5K Series.

Runners from as far away as Cologne, Germany were part of a contingent of 2,400 participants in the seven-race slate provided in mid-Bucks County.

Others hailed from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Washington, Texas and Oregon as well as nearby states such as Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

The word is out that this series has it all, from fast, scenic courses to great post-race festivities.

No doubt the popular schedule of competitions was assisted by this year’s addition of the Be Kind 5K, which drew one of the Series’ largest fields back in mid-April.

Runners from ages 6 to 88 took part in the Bucks 5K Series fun.

Race director Dick Patterson reports there were 35 people who ran in all seven races and 41 more who took part in six.

Last year was a “recovery” year after a two-year pause for the pandemic. In 2023, things were completely back to normal.

“We had a very successful year, matching the pre-pandamc years,” Patterson said. “The Be Kind 5K was a great success, especially considering the fact that it was their first year as part of the Series. In addition to attracting a large number of runners and walkers, Josh Izewski cracked the 15-minute mark with the fastest time of all of the Series races.”

A couple races experienced challenging weather conditions but overall the skies were pretty favorable throughout the spring.

“We surely don’t have fair weather runners in this group,’’ read the report in the Bucks 5K Series newsletter. “Blaze of Glory was able to schedule the race to start and finish just before the skies opened up. Bookin for Lookin wasn’t quite as lucky but it was warm enough that the rain felt nice. At the other five events participants were able to enjoy the sunshine.”

The overall Bucks 5K Series award winners were:

>Male: Dan Klein with 75 points.

>Female: Kellie Shimer with 65 points.

The overall age-graded masters were:

>Male: Bob Boland with 70 points.

>Female: Gert Freas with 75 points.

The Bucks 5K Series sponsors were: Advanced Spine & Sports Medicine (title sponsor), Fred Beans, Marvic, Dave & Buster’s,

Mind Your Design, Marshall Financial Group,

Bucks County Road Runners, Jarrett Vaughan Builders,

Delaware Valley University, Apex Benefit Group,

Bagel Barrel, Planet Smoothie.

 

>Revolutionary Run set for the 4th

 

If it’s July 4 and you’re a runner in Bucks County, there’s a time-honored place to be: The Revolutionary Run in Washington Crossing.

It’s been around more than 40 years and still draws the largest one-day field in Bucks County racing. More than a total of a thousand striders routinely show up for either the 10K, 5K or 1-miler.

To register and get more information, visit www.revrun.pa

 

>Trenton champion back on track

 

It was good to see Trenton’s favorite daughter Athing Mu back on track this past weekend.

The reigning Olympic and World Championships 800-meter gold medalist on Saturday entered her first race of the year at the New York City Track and Field Grand Prix at Ichan Stadium on Randall’s Island.

She didn’t disappoint, winning handily in 1:58 and change.

Next stop Oregon for the U.S. championships and then most likely on to Budapest for the World Championships.

Right now she would be the odds-on favorite for both.

 

>On vacation next week

 

Next week, On the Run column will be taking a vacation/holiday break. Everyone please have a great, safe July 4 and we will see you in a couple.

 

>Race calendar

 

Tuesday

 

Revolutionary Run 10K/5K/1-Miler, 8 a.m., Washington Crossing. Contact www.runsignup.com

 

Four on the Fourth 4-miler, 8:30 a.m., Churchville. Contact www.runsignup.com

 

Sunday, July 9

 

988 Run Out of the Darkness 5K/10K, 8 a.m., Perkasie. Contact www.runningintheusa.com

 

 

 

 

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