And they’re off!

Go for­ward into fall with up­com­ing run­ning events through­out the re­gion

The Phoenix - - FIT FOR LIFE - By Michilea Pat­ter­son

Sum­mer time is com­ing to an end which means run­ning out­doors may be­come more ap­peal­ing as tem­per­a­tures drop and the air be­comes less hu­mid. With fall in close reach, there are sev­eral run­ning events through­out the re­gion in­clud­ing mud runs, zom­bie runs and events for four-legged friends.

Be­low is a sam­pling of up­com­ing run­ning op­por­tu­ni­ties in Mont­gomery, Berks, Ch­ester and Delaware Coun­ties. To find even more runs in the area, visit run­signup.com/, www.pret­zel­ci­tys­ports.com/, and lo­cal­races. com.

Mont­gomery County

Sept. 8, 9th An­nual H5K Char­ity Race & 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run in Blue Bell: Kids, strollers and leashed dogs are all wel­comed to join this end-of-the-sum­mer run. The race will be­gin at 9:30 a.m. from Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege. There will be free food avail­able in­clud­ing pizza and Chick-fil A sandwiches. There will also be free beer. All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive raf­fle tick­ets for great prizes. Awards will be given to the top three male and fe­male fin­ish­ers. The first-place male and fe­male fin­isher will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate to the restau­rant Rus­set in Philadel­phia along with a medal. All pro­ceeds will go to­ward help­ing chil­dren in need of Tan­za­nia, East Africa. The cost to reg­is­ter is $35. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit bit.ly/2wpfR2k.

Sept. 16, Wyn­d­croft Cen­ten­nial 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk in Pottstown: The flat course will take place mostly on the shaded Schuylkill River Trail. The 5K race will be­gin from River­front Park at 9 a.m. while the 1-mile fun walk/run will be­gin at 9:30 a.m. There will be grab bags for all par­tic­i­pants and top fin­ish­ers will re­ceive awards. The cost to reg­is­ter is $30. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit bit.ly/2C08OCd or con­tact Ken Dor­ris at 610-326-0544 ext. 119.

Sept. 29, Run for Courage 5K Run/Walk & 1-Mile Fun Run/ Walk in Roy­ers­ford: Run­ners of all ages are asked to join the Spring-Ford High School Home­com­ing week­end for this run­ning event which will take place on the school’s cross-coun­try course. The races be­gin at 9 a.m. Top fin­ish­ers will re­ceive medals. The over­all top male and fe­male fin­isher will re­ceive a tro­phy and $25 gift card. The run­ning event ben­e­fits The Conor McKenna Foun­da­tion. The foun­da­tion pro­vides a col­lege schol­ar­ship award to a Spring-Ford High School stu­dent each year. The cost to reg­is­ter is $20. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit bit.ly/2NvbcSY.

Oct. 20, Run4UrLife 5K in Bala Cyn­wyd: This spooky run­ning event will take place at West Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery. The whole fam­ily can join and choose to walk, run or cheer. The event will be­gin at 9 a.m. with a Trick or Treat Kids Dash then there will be a timed 5K through the ceme­tery. Run­ners can come in their fa­vorite cos­tumes. There will be prizes for best cos­tumes as well as top fin­ish­ers. The 5K reg­is­tra­tion is $35 and the kids dash is $10. All pro­ceeds will go to­ward pro­vid­ing med­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate meals to peo­ple bat­tling life threat­en­ing ill­nesses. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit do­nate. man­napa.org/event/run4urlife5k/e191571.

Oc­to­ber 20, 7th An­nual Tap­ping of the Great Pump­kin in North Wales: This event in­cludes an 8K, 5K, Lil’ Pump­kin Run and 1-mile walk. The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Shoppes at English Vil­lage. There will be a Tap­ping of the Great Pump­kin Fes­ti­val lo­cated next to Iron­hill Brew­ery. All reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will get ap­pe­tiz­ers and pizza. Run­ners in cos­tume will be en­tered in a con­test. Top fin­ish­ers will re­ceive awards. For more in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion prices, visit www.scoo­gieevents.com/events-list/6than nu­al­tap­pin­gofthe­great­pump­kin.

Berks County

Sept. 8, 7th An­nual Hard to the Core 5K Ap­ple Or­chard Mud Run in Mor­gan­town: This race be­gins 8:30 a.m. and will take place at Weaver’s Or­chard Farm Mar­ket. The course be­gins at the pond then con­tin­ues through ap­ple trees, rasp­berry vines and Christ­mas trees. Along the route, there will be mud holes, hay bales ob­sta­cles and more. When par­tic­i­pants fin­ish the race, they will en­joy a live rock band and awards cer­e­mony. Each 5K par­tic­i­pant will get a T-shirt, wa­ter and ap­ple-pan­cake break­fast. The race ben­e­fits lo­cal can­cer pa­tients. For more in­for­ma­tion and for reg­is­tra­tion prices, visit www.race­menu.com/events/161559-7th-An­nual-Hard-to-the-Core-5K-Ap­pleOr­chard-Mud-Run.

Sept. 16, Tully Tu Eco 5K Run/ Walk & ½-Mile Kids Min­now Run in Read­ing: The race will sup­port cold wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and stream restora­tion projects for the Schuylkill River Water­shed. The race will be­gin from the Penn State Berks Cam­pus at 10 a.m. The course is a sin­gle loop track around the cam­pus and does in­clude an off-pay­ment grass por­tion. Top fin­ish­ers will re­ceive awards. The 5K reg­is­tra­tion is $30 and the ½-mile kids run is free. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit bit.ly/2NxqlmL.

Oct. 6, Zom­bie Mud Run in Read­ing: This ad­ven­tur­ous run is part of Shock­to­ber­fest, an an­nual haunted scream park. The race will in­clude mud, chal­leng­ing ob­sta­cles, Zom­bies and more. Wave times are ev­ery half hour from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to ar­rive at least two hours be­fore their start time. There will also be a Zom­bie Mud Run Ju­nior which will be­gin at 11:30 a.m. for kids 12 and un­der along with their par­ents. The Zom­bie Night Run in­cludes run­ning from the zom­bies in the dark. It takes place on a 1-mile course along the Haunted Hayride trail of Shock­to­ber­fest. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit www.the­zom­biemu­drun.com/.

Oct. 6, Paws on the Run 2-Mile Dog Run/Walk in Read­ing: This run­ning and walk­ing event for dogs and their own­ers be­gins 9 a.m. from Jim Di­et­rich Park. The dogs must al­ways be leashed, and the leash can’t stretch more than five feet. A wa­ter hole will be avail­able for dogs at the half­way point. The event will in­clude raf­fle prices and a demon­stra­tion from K-9 units. Pro­ceeds will be do­nated to Hounds on Work­ing Leashes (H.O.W.L.) which pro­vides K9 teams with bul­let­proof vests. Those that reg­is­ter be­fore Sept. 29 will re­ceive a Tshirt and movie pass to Read­ing IMAX. The cost to reg­is­ter is $25. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bit.ly/2PlpLbZ.

Ch­ester County

Sept. 9, Neigh­bors Help­ing Neigh­bors 5K/1-Mile Run & Walk n’ Roll in Phoenixville: The run­ning event takes place at Univer­sity of Val­ley Forge and Charlestown Town­ship Park. Par­tic­i­pants can run, walk, use a wheel­chair or push a chair along the course. The cost to reg­is­ter is $25. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ori­on­com­mu­ni­ties.org/run-walkroll/.

Sept. 14, 9th An­nual West Ch­ester STOMPS Can­cer 5K and 1-Mile Walk: This fam­ily event raises funds so lo­cal fam­i­lies with can­cer get help pay­ing essen­tial house­hold bills. Peo­ple can par­tic­i­pate by form­ing a STOMP team in honor of a loved one. The event will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Barn­aby’s of West Ch­ester. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit bring­inghope­home.org/event/2018stomp/.

Oct. 7, Kim­ber­ton Farm-to-School Trail Run & Fam­ily Well­ness Fair in Phoenixville: This fam­ily well­ness event will in­clude a 5K trail run, 10K trail run and 5K na­ture walk. Kim­ber­ton Wal­dorf School in­vites the com­mu­nity to their 6th an­nual fam­ily well­ness event. The school is fo­cus­ing on sus­tain­abil­ity this year and rais­ing aware­ness about non-GMO foods, clean wa­ter, clean air and healthy soils. The course will be on the French Creek Con­ser­va­tion Trail which in­cludes dirt trails through the for­est. The event be­gins at 8:30 a.m. There will be a well­ness fair with food, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, free post-mas­sages and more. The cost to reg­is­ter for the 5K events is $35 and the 10K reg­is­tra­tion is $40. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit kim­ber­ton.org/5k/.

Delaware County

Oct. 6, Blood Sweat Cheer 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run in Newtown Square: This run­ning event is part of the 2018 Blood Sweat Cheer Fes­ti­val which ben­e­fits the Delaware County Veter­ans Me­mo­rial. Peo­ple can give blood through a blood drive. They can give sweat through a 5K trail run, a 1-mile kids fun run or a 50-yard dash. They can give cheer through the fit­ness fes­ti­val which will have a kids’ zone and beer gar­den. The 5K reg­is­tra­tion cost is $25 and the kids fun run is $5. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit blood­sweatcheer­fes­ti­val.com/. Oct. 13, Foot­steps for Friends 5K and 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run in Haver­ford: Friends School Haver­ford or­ga­nizes this an­nual event which ben­e­fits fi­nan­cial aid and Quaker ed­u­ca­tion. Par­tic­i­pants will run along a course on streets through Haver­ford, Haver­ford Col­lege cam­pus and the Haver­ford Col­lege na­ture trail. Af­ter the race there will be light re­fresh­ments, an awards cer­e­mony and a Pump­kin Day cel­e­bra­tion. The cel­e­bra­tion will have field games, pump­kins to paint and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a scare­crow making sta­tion. The cost to reg­is­ter is $20. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit friend­shaver­ford.org/foot­steps-for-friends-satur­day-oc­to­ber-14-845-a-m-5k-race-start/.

Oct. 20, Run-a-Muck with Wil­lis­town Con­ser­va­tion Trust in Newtown Square: This event will cel­e­brate Wil­lis­town’s con­served lands through a run or muck (walk) with a 5K or 1-mile trail course. The 5K cross­coun­try trail in­cludes hills and stream cross­ing. Peo­ple can bring their leashed dogs. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. from Kirk­wood Pre­serve. Prizes will be given to those with the fastest times. The cost to reg­is­ter is $35. The event will also in­clude beer, wine, bar­beque and live mu­sic. There will be fun ac­tiv­i­ties such as face paint­ings, a me­chan­i­cal bull, lawn games and more. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit wc­trust.org/run-a-muck/.

Oct. 20, Run for the Mill 5K in Glen Mills: This event will in­clude a 5K trail run, 1-mile walk and kids dash to ben­e­fit the Newlin Grist Mill which is a non­profit his­tor­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal site. The pro­ceeds will go to­ward the main­te­nance and restora­tion of the wa­ter sys­tem which pow­ers the mill. The races be­gin at 9 a.m. and there will be an awards cer­e­mony at 10 a.m. The 5K reg­is­tra­tion is $30 and the 1-mile walk is $15. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bit.ly/2LFxOyn.

PHOTOS BY MICHILEA PAT­TER­SON — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A group of peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in a 5K run along the Schuylkill River Trail in Pottstown be­gin­ning from River­front Park. As tem­per­a­tures drop and the sea­son moves into fall, there are a va­ri­ety of up­com­ing out­door run­ning events in the area.

A group of women, in­clud­ing some push­ing strollers, run along the Schuylkill River Trail in Pottstown as part of a 5K race held at River­front Park.

Peo­ple run from the start line of a 5K trail run held at River­front Park in Pottstown. The course was along the Schuylkill River Trail.

Peo­ple of all ages get­ting a good run­ning start from the be­gin­ning of a 5K race held at River­front Park in Pottstown. The course was along the Schuylkill River Trail.

Peo­ple race out­doors dur­ing a 5K trail run held at River­front Park in Pottstown.

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