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Fathers Day Races Pennsylvania 2017

Fathers Day Races in Pennsylvania

Fathers Day races are a great opportunity to run with your children. If your children are too young to run a 5K, most races feature a kids fun run.

children running, kids racesI often see kids who look to be 10 years old running 5Ks. Maybe this Father’s Day will be your opportunity to run with your kid or kids. Don’t be surprised if your teenager gives you some competition!

I encourage you to take your kids or your dad to one of these races. Run or walk, you’ll be doing a lot of good and having some quality family time.

Race To Beat POTS 5K and 1 Mile Walk

The Race to Beat POTS will take place in the scenic Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square, PA. All proceeds from the event will benefit Dysautonomia International.

The 5K starts at 10:00 AM and the 1 Mile run starts at 10:02 AM.

The race course features a combination of paved, gravel, boardwalk, and trails that span throughout the park with no major hills. Only the 1 Mile is wheelchair accessible. Along the way you will get picturesque view including a lake and streams. One water station will be provided along the course and drinks will be provided before and after the race.

PMP Cancer Awareness Walk and Dad’s Day 5K

5K Races, fathers day races, father's dayThis event takes place at Ridley Creek State Park in Newton Square with registration beginning at 8:30 am. Dad’s Day 5K starts at 9:30 and PMP Cancer Walk at 9:45.

Registration is $25 for 18+ and $15 for under 18 years of age. On-line registration is open through June 19th. Prices increase by $5.00 on June 13th. This is the 4th year for Dad’s Day 5K and the 9th year for the PMP Cancer Walk.

Event T-shirts available to all who registration on-line by June 11th.

ERC Fathers Day Race

This Father’s Day 5K and 1/2 mile run/walk benefits The Liberty House for Male Veterans. Race time is 9:00 AM, 1/2 mile walk starts at 8:30 AM.

5K registration is $10 until June 17th, then $20. The 1/2 mile run/walk is non-timed and free.

The course starts and ends on the Lake Road at Beach #1. Strollers are welcome! Dogs and scooters are not allowed on the course. Service Dogs are allowed.

YMCA of Corry Half-Marathon and 5K

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These races are on Saturday, June 17th.

The Half-Marathon starts at 7:30 AM, the 5K starts at 7:45 AM and Kids 1/2 mile race starts at 8:15 am at Corry City Park.

Through May 14th registration is $35 for the Half, $17 for the 5K and $8 for the Kids 1/2 Miler.

Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Corry.

If your runner is running their first 5k race, make sure they get a medal. Not all race provide a finisher’s medal, but you can make sure your first time runner get’s one with the My First 5K Medal.

Run well my friends, but run!


My First 5K Finishers Medals 2017 in Display Frames

Check out the 2017 My First 5K Medals in display frames.

The 2017 ribbons have a Velcro clasp which allows for many more medal display options.

My First 5K Medal – Zig Zag Ribbon

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My First 5K Medal with vertical ribbon display

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My First 5k Medal with standard display

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We are ready for any summer 5K race that you talked your friend or child into running with you. Don’t you think they deserve a special medal?

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My First 5K February

I’m a little late with this one, but I’ve been busy shoveling.

My First 5K in February was the Super Sunday 5K

The race is sponsored by Sanofi Oncology & Genzyme and managed by the Race Cancer Foundation. They had both a 5K and a 5 Mile race that day. I’m working on 50 5Ks this year, so I opted for the 5K.

first 5K raceThe race had 10 brewery sponsors, so I knew there would be a fair amount of drinking going on after the race. As such I took the T to this race. It may have been one of the last days that the T was fully operational!

This race took place right before Boston got hit with a never-ending barrage of snow storms. There wasn’t any snow on the ground, but it was very cold.

I arrived early. They were still setting up and the volunteers were still getting their instructions. The air temperature was reported at 19° but my phone said 12°. The wind was mild, but enough to bring the wind chill down into the single digits.

There were no tents for runners to shelter in and Genzyme had their building locked up. Probably 500 of us took shelter in the lobby of the parking garage. It was heated and out of the elements.

Continue reading “My First 5K February”

How to choose your first 5k

10 Tips for New Runners

I love info-graphics because they’re a quick and easy way to pick up a few facts. By design they are brief and do not cover all of the details.

In the next few posts, I will expand on a few of the items in the info graphic below.


Price, time and location are all important considerations. When I look at races and plan my year, I schedule most of my races within 50 miles of home. I usually plan one or two as my destination races for the year.

Time. Before you schedule any races make sure you know when the weddings, family reunions, work trips etc. are. You can’t tell your boss or spouse that you can’t go to an event because you have a 5K that day.

I use a spread sheet to keep track of these important dates and plan my races around them.

Price. If this is your first 5K you should know that 5K registration fees range from $15 to $50. The “reasonableness” of the price depends on the charity the race supports and what you get for the money.

A big race with lots of street closures, a fancy medal and a big post race party will cost a lot more than a smaller race put on by your local YMCA. The Y has many volunteers and often has donated food and water.

Large or small, most races support local groups such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or the local high school track team. Many races also raise money to fund medical research and to support families in need.

Many people run their first 5K in memory of a family member and to raise funds for research. If you find a race that is eight weeks away and supports a cause dear to your heart, sign up and start training.

I’ve paid $50 for a 5K and I’ve even run a few free 5Ks. A higher price does not always equal a better experience.

Many low cost 5Ks do not provide a finisher’s medal. Something to consider if this is your first 5K race.


If you are new to running the primary consideration should be – when is the race?

If you are new to running, your fitness level on race day depends on how long you have to train for the race.

The Couch to 5K program is an 8 week program. If you are looking to run your first 5K, this program or something similar is a great way to start.

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Eight weeks is a reasonable amount of time to train for your first 5K. With this in mind you can look for your first 5K.

There are many places to look for local 5Ks. Cool Running and have extensive listings. Local timing companies also list all of the races they are involved with.

Google “5K Boston” but insert your town. You are sure to find a long list of races. It is easy to get excited looking at all of the races and the great causes that they raise funds for.

Before you register for anything, make sure the race is at least 8 weeks away. It’s also a good idea to see if any friends are interested in going with you.

Even if they aren’t running, the moral support is invaluable. You also need someone to park the car while you go get your number!

If your friend wants to run the race also, you can train together!

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Run well my friends,


My First 5K November

My First 5K in November is:

3rd Annual Taking Strides for Our Cause 5K for the Saugus YMCA.

The race is Saturday, November 8th at 9AM at the DCR’s Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. Anyone who has run through Breakheart knows about the killer hills. I think there are 5 of them, but there seems to be a new one each time I run through the park.

runner, track, omni runnerThis will be my 5th in a series of 50 5Ks that I plan to run before I turn 51.

I’m not going for a PR or to place in my age group. Breakheart has a series of killer hills that I’ve run many times.

My experience on those hills will be helpful in avoiding an injury.I know where I can run hard in the park and where I need to use caution.

Are you running any races this weekend? Fall is a great season for running and racing with many races of all distances every weekend.

If you are looking to run your first 5K, this is a great time of year to give it a go.

Run well my friends,


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Run For All Ages

13th Annual Run for All Ages

This 5K will be held November 1st at Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield, MA at 10AM.

The race is organized by the New England 65 Plus Runners Club and is a celebration of running for all ages. It’s not unusual to see generations running together.

On line registration is $22.00, day of race is $30. If you are 13 or younger registration is $10. Runners over 80 run for FREE!

Lou Peter, run for all agesThis year’s race is a celebration of Lou Peters’ 90th Birthday!

Link to on-line registration, directions and additional details are available here.

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Omni Running

will be at this race offering “My First 5K” medals for $10 to any runner who is running their first 5K. All profits will be donated to Run for All ages. Medals may only be purchased at the race.

Run well my friends! I hope to see you at the races.