Annual Run the Gates 5-Miler & 1-Mile Fun Run
June 1, 2014, Forsythia Crossing Park, Levittown, PA
For the 8th Annual Run the Gates 5-miler awards, click here.
For the 8th Annual Run the Gates 1-mile run/walk awards, click here.
For the 8th Annual Run the Gates 5-miler results, click here.
For the 8th Annual Run the Gates 1-mile run/walk results, click here.
8th Annual Run the Gates Recap
The early spring weather had a few surprises in store for runners questing after their personal best times on Sunday. Hazy, hot, and humid do not an ideal race make. Runners are a hearty lot, however, and they were not to be dissuaded from their appointed goals.
Steve Cickay, a veteran wag of many running wars, was heard asking, “Why was it so hot and humid? Can’t you do something about the weather?” He was in the minority though. Most runners took the conditions in stride, and completed both courses in style.
Despite all this, Jason Hagerman, 37, of Bensalem took the men’s honors this year with a time of 31:31 or 6:18 per mile pace. Jason was trailed closely by Joe Haughey of Richboro, at 32:05 (6:25 pace). Jason placed 6th overall last year with a slightly faster 30:58 time, so heat may have been a factor this year.
Maggie Kanak, 47, of Newtown, who finished first last year, took the top female spot again with a 32:43 time (6:32). Megan D’Archangelo, 31, of Furlong, PA placed a close second, 38 seconds behind with 33:21(6:40). The two women also finished 4th and 5th overall in the race. Maggie placed 16th overall in 2012 with a time of 33:58, so she bettered her time in the heat by some margin.
Maike Hueckelheim, 14 of Holland , and Nick Medash, 9, of Bensalem, were crowned one mile champions with time of 8:12 and 7:47 respectively. Second overall to Nick was Jeff Blough of Ewing, NJ, only one second behind at 7:48. Jeff was ecstatic over his performance, and vows to come back next year. Second female overall in the mile (7th overall) was Levittown's EmilySolomon at 8:44.
Our hats are off to Tony Gibilante, a stalwart member of the Handicapped Crusaders, one of the groups supported by the run. He completed 21 circuits of Forsythia Crossing Park, besting his record of 20 last year. Tony, by the way is blind, and walked this route with his guide Debbie, while the five-mile race raged on. He endured long after the last of the five milers crossed the line.
Our Friday/Saturday packet pickups, started last year, continued at Highland Park Community Church in Levittown. The church is a valued RTG partner, coming through with monetary, personnel, and most importantly, spiritual support.
The gang from Sodexo, Inc.provided the food and culinary talent for our first annual pasta dinner, the night before the race. These folks also provided the course marshaling during the races. We welcome Sodexo as a valued RTG partner.
The Idlewoodsmen, Joe and Lynn, entertained the masses with their brand of rock from the ‘60s to today, up on the hill overlooking the entire venue. This duo livened up the proceedings and provided encouragement as the runners passed through. Check them out at: www.idlewoodsmen.com and visit them when they play in the area.
We had close to 300 paid registrants in both races, with 225 finishing the races. We noticed some five milers who opted to drop after the first loop, but despite the weather, most of the folks who toed it up at the start, came around to dash down our fabled downhill finish “between the cobblestones” on Forsythia Crossing.
RTG couldn’t pull off an event like this without a crew of close to 60 dedicated volunteers, many of whom have been with us for the duration of our series.
Run the Gates is an officially sanctioned Bucks County Roadrunner event. We are also co-sponsored by and one of a host of activities offered by the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation. These two organizations have been with us since we made the move to Forsythia Crossing Park and we could not pull this event off without them.
Run the Gates prides itself on our stadium-style event for spectators and families. The runners start, run through, and finish in Forsythia Crossing Park - shielded from all traffic. The RTG crew, in a few hours, transforms this normally tranquil venue into a true athletic arena. They then leave no trace and restore it to its pre-race splendor.
Once again we appreciate our neighbors along route who came out to show support, man water stations, and also provide spray to the runners, who sorely needed it. We are encouraging more of this in future events as it gives the Gates neighborhoods a partnership of sorts in the event.
Sean O'Neill, Neshaminy School District band leader/teacher, again gave a stirring rendition of the National Anthem on his trumpet, and called the runners to their marks with a call to the post.
The committee owes a debt of gratitude to the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation and their dedicated staff and workers who each year help us plan and provide us with logistical support. We also want to express our appreciation to the Penndel-Middletown Rescue Squad for providing us with an emergency crew for the duration of the event.
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Proceeds from the event are split evenly among three important Bucks County organizations providing services for people with disabilities.
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