Here at the newspaper, there are always certain local events that signal for us that spring has definitely arrived. One, of course, was last Tuesday when local residents, despite the wintry weather, hit up Rita’s for their free cup of water ice. This is a Delaware County tradition that we cover year after year because it’s fun, it makes good photos of smiling local residents for the papers, it signifies the very first day of spring and, who are we kidding, we like our free water ice!
The other news items that let us know spring in the air are the plethora of notices about walks/runs that come across our desks here. From March to June, no matter what your pet cause or community affiliation, chances are you can locate a walk or run that’s being held for its benefit.
There are walks/runs to raise funds for research and create awareness for autism, breast cancer, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, private education, memorial foundations, libraries, hospitals, sick children, homeless shelters and just about every other imaginable nonprofit in need of support. In addition to the traditional ready, set, go races, there are mud races, color races, bike races, glow races, pink races, races to the shore, races with inflatables and a host of other unusual races.
One of our former editors here once participated in one race per week and kept an ongoing blog of her experiences in the runs. I thought it was a cool thing to do, and I marveled how she never lacked for races. There really are walks/runs every single weekend in the spring.
In the last 10 years, the walks/runs seemed to get more and more popular as fundraisers, probably because they are an enjoyable, fun and easy way to raise money and they don’t take a lot of planning, overhead or prep. The walks/runs create community and unification for a particular cause. The 5K runs/walks used to just be for the die-hards. Now, there are still the competitive runners, but there are more amateurs just walking or running for the fun of it and for the meaning of it. Walking or running with a large group for an important charity usually generates infectious enthusiasm and positive energy.
This past Sunday, the annual Nicole Gallo Sunshine and Bubbles 5K Run & Walk, starting at Archbishop Prendergast High School, Drexel Hill, was one of the first runs of the spring season. The always-popular event is held annually in honor of Nicole Gallo ’08, with all proceeds going toward the Nicole Gallo Sunshine & Bubbles Scholarship for Bonner and Prendie students. Since 2014, when the 5K event started as an annual fundraiser, more than $85,000 has been raised for the scholarship alone, helping 30 girls attend Bonner and Prendie.
After last week’s snowfall that arrived side-by-side with the first day of spring, most local residents are more than anxious to welcome better weather and get outdoors. So, if you’re looking forward to lacing up your sneakers and stretching out your muscles for a race or two, here are some walk/runs that are coming up locally. Happy spring!
Registration is underway for the second annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 7, to benefit the Helen Kate Furness Library and Swarthmore Public Library
Runners are urged to register soon for the early bird price of $30. The point-to-point course starts at Wallingford train station, a short walk from Helen Kate Furness Library, at 9:30 a.m. and ends at Swarthmore Public Library in the town center of Swarthmore. After the race, there will be activities for families and an awards ceremony in Central Park next to the library. For some added fun this year, participants can don a crazy hat for the run. It could be a snowman hat, a flamingo beret or an oversized metallic top hat. A prize will be awarded to the person wearing the best crazy hat.
RIDLEY 5K RUN
This year’s Ridley Run will be held on Saturday, April 7.
The 5K run and family fun walk will benefit the Community YMCA’s Annual Campaign and the Ridley Educational Foundation’s mission in the community. The race will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Ridley Area YMCA, 900 South Ave., Secane, and will end at Ridley High School, 901 Morton Ave., Folsom. Cost is $30.
The event is family-friendly and open to everyone, children and adults, over age 5. Sponsorships are still available for this event. Sponsors, to date, include Taylor Community Foundation (TCF), County Savings Bank, Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Capozzoli Catering, Ridley Education Foundation and the Ridley Township Police Association.
To register online, visit CYEDC.org.
Following the Ridley Run, Ridley Health Awareness Day will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Ridley High School. The annual event offers a host of family fun, free health screenings, health and public safety information and other activities. Everyone is welcome.
KEVIN CAIN RACE
The Kevin Cain Memorial Foundation (KCMF) will hold its race Sunday, April 8.
After registering, participants can pick up their packets from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at JD McGillicuddy’s, 33 Brookline Blvd., Havertown. People can also register for the race during this time. On Sunday, registration and race packets can be picked up at Annunciation Parish Hall, 401 Brookline Blvd., Havertown, where the race will kick off at 3 p.m. and the walk at 3:01. Overall male and female awards will be given in a variety of age groups.
KCMF has helped thousands of families in Delaware County and the surrounding communities who have been overwhelmed financially in their fight against cancer. Immediately following the race, there will be food, beer, auction items, raffles and fun in the Annunciation Parish Hall.
For more information, visit kevincain.org/race-day.
The sixth annual Rick’s 5K Run and Walk to help raise awareness of Esophageal Cancer and funds to help find a cure will be held on April 14, starting at 9 a.m. at Ridley Creek State Park.
All proceeds will go to the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to help fund research for Esophageal Cancer. Pre-registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12.
To register and find out more information, visit runtheday.com/register/48553.
CHERRY BLOSSOM RUN
Kick off spring with a walk or a run beneath the blossoming cherry trees in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park on Saturday, April 14.
The Cherry Blossom 10K & 5K races are part of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’s 21st annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and take place in Fairmount Park’s Centennial District, home to hundreds of ornamental cherry trees. Both courses begin and end at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, located at 100 N. Horticultural Drive in Philadelphia, and wind through the historic Centennial District. Participants will enjoy magnificent views of Memorial Hall and Shofuso, accompanied by the cherry blossoms along the Schuylkill River. On-site registration opens at 6:30 a.m., and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. Pre-registration for the 10K is $30 in advance and $35 on-site, while the 5K is $25 in advance and $30 on-site. All participants will receive a free admission to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
For full details and registration, visit subarucherryblossom.org/10k.
ARC OF CHESCO
The Arc of Chester County will hold its annual Achievement Walk, Run and Fun Day Saturday, April 21.
People can register to secure a spot in the 5K or 10K for $35. The run kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Arc, 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester. People can also sign up for the annual walk through the park at the West Goshen Community Park at 11 a.m., followed by a Fun Day for a registration price of $20. There will be food, music and games for the whole family to enjoy and a special visit from the Philly Phanatic from noon to 1 p.m.
To get information on forming a team for the walk, learn more about the walk or run or to register, call 610-696-8090 or visit arcofchestercounty.org.
Walk MS is planned for Saturday, April 21, at Ridley Creek State Park, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Walk MS helps facilitates teaming up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. The walk’s mission is “Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise, we’re that much closer. To finding a cure. Together, we will end MS forever.”
To walk, volunteer or become a sponsor, visit main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=29482&pg=informational&sid=13239.
BILLY MOCK RUN
The 12th annual Billy Mock Foundation 5K and 1-mile walk will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Ridley Creek State Park.
Registration is $15 before April 15 and $20 after this date.
Billy Mock was a loving Christian with a dynamic enthusiasm for life who impacted the lives of thousands of people. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005, and after a courageous battle, he passed away in 2007 at the age of 13. The Billy Mock Foundation is a tribute to Billy and his compassion for people, love for life and passion for sports. Its mission is simply to “help others,” which is achieved through: a pay-it-forward program, which encourages people to help others; educational grants; and support of families in need especially those with a sick child.
To register, visit runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=27952.
Williamson College of the Trades, 106 S. New Middletown Road, Middletown Township, will hold a 5K Run/1-Mile Fun Walk 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28.
Everyone is welcome to participate. Proceeds will allow the Alumni Association to continue to support the school. The race is held on the scenic grounds of Williamson College of the Trades campus. Registration fee for the 5K is $25 until April 14, and then it’s $30. Fee for the 1-mile walk is $20. This event will be held rain or shine.
Each participant will receive a race T-shirt, and there will be water at the midpoint of the run course, and course marshals will direct racers at all major turns. Staff will secure the transition area before, during and after the race. Refreshments will be available post-race. Timing and results will be provided by Charm City Run Events. Top overall male and female, as well as the top male and female in each age group, will receive awards.
For more information or to register, visit charmcityrun.com/calendar/2018/2/21/williamson-college-of-the-trades-5k-run1mile-fun-walk.
SUPERHEROES FOR CASA
On Sunday, April 29, at 9 a.m. at Ridley Creek State Park in Media, runners and walkers dressed in superhero costumes will gather in support of CASA Youth Advocates, a Media-based organization whose mission is to champion children in Delaware and Chester counties’ child welfare systems.
CASA Youth Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates who work to ensure that abused and neglected children in Delaware and Chester counties’ child welfare systems find a safe, permanent and nurturing home. CASA served 206 of our region’s vulnerable children in 2017, nearly doubling the number of cases served in the last 10 years, yet that is still less than 20 percent of the children who could benefit from the support of a CASA volunteer. That’s where fundraising events like the third annual Superhero 5K Run and Walk play an important role.
Emmy Award-winning FOX29 News reporter Chris O’Connell will join this year’s festivities to help kick off the start of the race. CASA will also welcome Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland to the race.
Each 5K registrant receives a T-shirt, refreshments, water stations and prizes. The event includes awards for the top overall male and female race finishers, overall age group winners, best costume for both humans and pets and top sponsors. Timing and logistics will be coordinated by Bryn Mawr Racing Co.
Event registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children 7 to 17 before April 22; $40 for adults and $20 for children 7 to 17 after April 22, including the day of the race. All children 6 and under are free. Event will begin at Ridley Creek State Park at Pavilion 17, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media.
For more information or to register, call 610-565-2208 or visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/Media/CASAofDelcoandChesterCountiesSuperhero5KRunWalk.
RUN WILD FOR ZOO
Come to the Philadelphia Zoo on Sunday, April 29, and join hundreds of runners and walkers as they lace up their athletic shoes for the annual Run Wild for the Zoo 5K.
Run or walk through the unique campus, enjoy crafts and activities and stop by favorite animal exhibits — all while raising money for the animals that call the zoo home. All proceeds from Run Wild for the Zoo 5K benefit the zoo’s 1,300 animals. This rain or shine event is sure to be popular, so plan to arrive early. Zoo Members receive a discounted participant fee.
For more information or to sign up, visit PhiladelphiaZoo.org.
WALK FOR WOUNDED
Operation First Response will present the 11th annual Walk for the Wounded at Rose Tree Park in Media on Saturday, May 19.
Registration for the Walk & Warriors 5K Run takes place at Rose Tree Park at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile walk begins immediately after the ceremony. To register for the Walk or Run, visit operationfirstresponse.org/walk-for-the-wounded-media-2018.
The goal of the day is to draw attention to the plight of tens of thousands of returning soldiers who are wounded and whose families are facing significant financial and emotion challenges as their loved one recovers and to raise funds to help meet the critical needs of these families, many of whom are in crisis right now.
WINES AND VINES
The sixth annual Run the Vineyards,\ “Wines and Vines 5K” will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Penns Wood Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford.
Participants can run through scenic vines and trails before finishing at the ultimate after party at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford. Cost is $42. After-party events include lawn games, wine, food trucks, live music and more. Runner giveaways will include tech tank option for women with size guaranteed if registered on or before May 10.
For more information, visit pennswoodsevents.com.
MEDIA FIVE MILER
Mark the date! The Media Five Miler is set this year for Friday, June 15, beginning at 7 p.m., at State and Jackson streets.
On the third Friday of June each year, the community comes together for the Media 5 Mile Race. The USATF-certified 2.5-mile course loops twice through the residential and business areas of Media. For over 39 years, the 5-mile race has been a tradition in the Media community. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Media 5 Mile supports community outreach and donates proceeds to 20 other non-profits that serve the Media area.
The diverse participants range from former Olympians, university and high school star athletes, seasoned teams and less competitive, but goal-oriented, runners. Certified by the USATF, many runners use their time here to help qualify for larger races. Runners from across the country come back to Media each year to participate.
Registration is $45 for adults. The Kids Fun Run for children 11 and under is free ,and all registered children receive a T-shirt.
To register or for more information, visit runtheday.com/register/detail/media-5-mile-race-2018.