Annual Run the Gates 5-Miler & 1-Mile Fun Run
June 2, 2013, Forsythia Crossing Park, Levittown, PA
7th Annual Run the Gates Recap
With a blistering
time of 27 minutes, 54 seconds, Eric Bofinger, 27, took the top honors
in the 5-miler for men for the second year in a row in the 7th Annual
Run the Gates 5-Miler and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk.
46, who won first in her division last year, shaved more than three
minutes off that time to take the top spot for women this year with
a time of 33 minutes, 58 seconds.
A brother and
sister from Yardley took first place in the 1-miler. Jason Turner, 10,
was the number one male runner with a time of 6 minutes, 53 seconds.
His big sister, Victoria, 15, finished in first place among the female
runners with a time of 7 minutes, 25 seconds.
cool temperatures greeted the runners and their supporters who started
to show up in Forsythia Park, Levittown, at around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday,
Since many of
the pre-registered runners had picked up their packets on Friday night
or Saturday afternoon at Paesano's Pizzeria at the Park Plaza in Levittown,
there were never any long lines at the registration tables. While runners
went through their pre-race routines, their friends and relatives were
entertained by the alternative rock music of Of the Sea and Grafenberg.
Shortly after 8, a number of runners gathered in the rollerblade hockey
rink for a Zumba warm-up and stretch.
We were very
pleased to have our first wheelchair racers. Danny Wheeler competed
the 5-mile course and his sister, Melissa, was in the 1-miler. They
were presented with our inaugural wheelchair division awards. We are
hopeful that we can attract more wheel racers next year.
Of the 273 registered
5-milers, 235 finished. There were 80 1-milers registered and of these,
Run the Gates, which is an officially sanctioned Bucks County Roadrunner
event, is co-sponsored by and one of a host of activities offered by
the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation.
Run the Gates
course is designed as a sort of stadium-style event for spectators.
The runners start, run through, and finish in Forsythia Crossing Park
- shielded from all traffic.
Once again we
take our hats off to neighbors along route who came out to show support,
man water stations, and also provide spray from hoses, if needed. We
are encouraging more of this in future events.
Neshaminy band leader/teacher, gave a stirring rendition of the National
Anthem on his trumpet, and serenaded the runners with a 'call to the
post' ala the Kentucky Derby.
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 Pendel-Middletown Rescue Squad for providing
us with an emergency crew for the duration of the event.
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Run the Gates
is a Bucks County Roadrunner Club event co-sponsored by and one of a
host of activities offered by the Middletown Township Department of
Parks and Recreation.
the event is split evenly among three Bucks County organizations providing
services for people with disabilities..
- Delta Community Supports
- Handicapped Crusaders
- Bucks County Council for
Individuals with Disabilities
For more information,
click on the "About Us" tab above.
To see a map
of the course by MapMyRun.com™, click here.
To view and
print out the results from the 2012 5-miler, click here.
To view and
print out the award winners, click here.
To view and
print out the results from the 2012 1-mile Run/Walk, click here.
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