By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
Summer is the time to begin running because it’s full of racing opportunities. Just about every week this season, there’s some type of running event from 5Ks to triathlons. Courses vary from race to race making so both advanced runners and beginners can participate.
It’s no mystery that an increase in physical activity has been linked to better health. It’s recommended that adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity can help people control their weight, reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, improve their mental health and more. Running is a great way to get that weekly physical activity recommendation.
“Running, even five to 10 minutes a day and at slow speeds, is associated with markedly reduced risks of death from all causes of cardiovascular disease,” stated a study published in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology.
The numerous outdoor running events make it possible to get started right away to enjoy the benefits. Below are several upcoming running events for Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties.
July 9, Firecracker 5K: There will be awards for the overall male and female finisher. Drinks and food will be available at the finish. The fee is $23. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on July 9 and the race starts at 9 a.m. There will be a ¾ fun run at 9:15 a.m. For the registration form, visit www.makebreak.com/firecracker%20entry%202016.pdf. For more information, contact Breakaway Sports at 610-413-8772.
July 10, Double Trouble 15K & 30K: There will be an award for all finishers. The registration fee is $39 and registration opens at 7:45 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. from French Creek State Park in Morgantown. For the registration form visit www.pretzelcitysports.com/userfiles/file/16%20dt%20app.pdf. For more information, contact Ron Horn at email@example.com or call 610-779-2668.
July 17, Run for Taylor 5K: The event is in remembrance of Taylor Seitzinger who was a standout athlete at Hamburg Area High School. The 5K run is $25 and the one mile walk is $12. Registrations opens at 7:45 a.m. on July 17. The race will start at 9 a.m. from the high school. The address is 701 Windsor St., Hamburg. The event will also have a free children’s run for those 10 and under. For the registration form visit www.pretzelcitysports.com/userfiles/file/16%20hamburg%20run%20for%20tayor%20app.pdf. For more information email RunForTaylor@gmail.com or call 484-995-1445.
July 24, Chobot Challenge 15K: The trail run is in memory of Michael Chobot who was an avid trail runner. The registration fee is $39 and includes a T-shirt while they last. Registration opens 8 a.m. July 24 and the race starts 9 a.m. from Rustic Park in Birdsboro. The address is 1314 Haycreek Road. For more information visit www.pretzelcitysports.com/chobotchallenge.html or contact race director Ron Horn at 610-779-2668.
July 30, Weekend Warrior Triathlon: The event will include a road run, bike run, swim and cross country run. The cost is $80 per four-person team, $60 for a two-person team and $40 for individuals. Pre-registration entries must be received by July 20. The event will happen rain or shine. Race day check-in is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on July 30. The triathlon begins at 9:15 a.m. from Shillington Park. For the registration form visit www.makebreak.com/Weekend%20Warrior%20entry%202016.pdf. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-413-8772.
July 9, Summer Twilight Track Series: The event will include several track running events including relays and meter dashes. Heats will be determined based on the number of entrants. The event will start 7:30 p.m. under the lights of the Phoenixville Area High School Track located at 386 City Line Avenue. For more information visit www.phoenixvillexc.com/summer-track-series.html to register online or contact Justin Winters at 570-906-0467. The next event is the series will be on July 23.
July 27, West Chester Summer XC Series: This is the 2nd race in a running series that are on the trails of Oakbourne Park in Westtown Township. The race start time is 7 p.m. and will begin from the address 1014 S. Concord Road, West Chester. The registration fee is $15. The other races in the series will be on Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. For more information or to register online, visit runsignup.com/Race/Events/PA/WestChester/WestChesterSummerXCSeries.
Aug. 2, Police Chase 5K: Caln Township will celebrate National Night Out with a 5K race one mile fun walk. National Night Out heightens the awareness of crime, drug and violence prevention efforts. The race will begin from Caln Park located at 253 Municipal Drive in Thorndale. The 5K is a state championship race. The 5K registration fee is $20 until July 31 and $25 on race day. Registration opens at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 and the race starts at 7 p.m. For the registration form visit www.runccrs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Caln-Police-Chase-5k-New-2016.pdf. For more information, call 610-327-4843 or email email@example.com.
Aug. 6, Survive and Advance Progression Race: Competitors will start at a set pace depending on their division then have to survive the increases in the pace throughout the race. The last person standing wins. Top male and female winner in each division receives a cash prize. The fee is $20. Registration opens 5 p.m. Aug. 6 from 1200 Gay Street in Phoenixville. The race begins at 7 p.m. For more information and to register online, visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/Phoenixville/SurviveandAdvanceProgressionRace.
Aug. 18, Moonlight 5K: The event will include a 5K road race and 2.5K walk beginning from Rustin High School. The school’s address is 1100 Shiloh Road, West Chester. There will be male and female award categories. The registration fee is $20 until July 31 and $25 after that until Aug. 17. While available, a short sleeve technical race shirt will be included with the race entry. Race day registration is $30 and opens 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18. The 5K race and walk will begin at 7:45 p.m. For the registration form, visit www.runccrs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/REGFORM_Cams-Moonlight-5k-2016-Rustin.pdf.
July 9, Midsummer Night 5K Series: Bryn Mawr Running Company organized the running series. The 5K race takes place in a neighborhood around South Ardmore Park in Wynnewood. Race proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Lower Merion Parks and Recreation. The registrations fee is $25. The 7:30 p.m. from the park. The address is 1420 Sussex Road, Wynnewood. For more information visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/Wynnewood/MidsummerNight5KSeries.
July 10, 5K Run for the Park: This is the annual community 5K run and walk in Limerick Township. The event benefits the Manderach Memorial Playground. The course is flat and paved. The registration fee for the 5K is $30 and the one mile fun run and walk is $20. Check-in is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on July 10. The mile run and walk begins at 8 a.m. The 5K run begins at 8:15 a.m. The Limerick Community Park is located at 180 Swamp Pike. For the registration form visit www.limerickpa.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/783. For more information contact Ryan Yanchocik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 16, Pottstown Half Marathon: The race length is 13.1 miles and the course is throughout the Pottstown Borough. The fee is $80 per person. The race will begin from Riverfont Park. Park will be at 101 College Drive. There will be a race expo and packet pick-up July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sly Fox Brewery. There will also be a one mile kids fun run and 5K July 15 starting at 6:45 p.m. To register online visit slyfoxtrackclub.com/the-pottstown-half-marathon/. For more information, email email@example.com or call 484-941-1952.
July 19, Tuesday in the Park Series: This is the last race in the series. The run is on the flat and paved Schuylkill River Trail. The overall male and female finisher will receive gift certificates to the Pottstown Chester County Running Store. The registration fee is $15 and $20 the day of the race. There is a free kids fun run for those 10 and under. The race begins 7 p.m. July 19 from Riverfront Park in Pottstown. The address is 140 College Drive. For the registration form, visit www.runccrs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tue.-in-Park-flyer-2016.1.pdf.
July 29, Howlin’ at the Moon 5K: A Tech T-shirt is guaranteed to all those who register by July 15. Also each runner receives one free beer if they are 21 and over. The registration fee is $25 until July and $30 after that. The race begins 7:30 p.m. on July 29 from the Spring Hollow Golf Club. The address is 3350 Schuylkill Road, Spring City. For the registration form visit www.pretzelcitysports.com/userfiles/file/16%20spring%20city%20sftc%20howlin%20at%20the%20moon%205k%20app(1).pdf. For more information, call 484-941-1952 or email Slyfoxtrackclub@gmail.com.