An estimated 750 runners came out Sunday morning for the Kiwanis-Herald Sesame Place Classic. Big and small, athletes of all ages earned one-day passes to Sesame Place and raised money for college-bound athletes.
Despite rain earlier in the morning, the sun was shining brightly as the race kicked off. The big 5K began at exactly 8 a.m. near the park entrance, and the winner crossed the finish line after 17 minutes and 36 seconds.
However, the morning really began at 7 a.m. with about 200 people set for the 1 mile fun run. Roughly 50 kids signed up for the 50-yard sprint at 8:45 a.m.
The track followed Middletown Boulevard around Oxford Valley Mall, and turned back around at the South Bucks Town Rd entrance on Lincoln Highway.
Race Director Wayne Fish held the mega phone and welcomed runners on their way across the finish line. He said the 5K helps fund the Dick Dougherty Scholarship Fund, which has been around for 21 years.
“It helps kids in Bucks County who are college-bound, and they received a stipend,” Fish said. “We also have a banquet at the Sheraton, which is coming up on Wednesday night, May 22. They will get a plaque, and we have a pseudo-year book with their profiles. It’s just recognizing these are our top scholar athletes from 18 high schools in Bucks County.”
Since the first Sesame 5K in 1999, runners have raised almost $500,000 for the cause.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Middletown-Langhorne Fire Chief Frank Farry turned out to support the runners. Denise Bowman, candidate for Court of Common Pleas, also showed up to participate in the 1 mile race, and managed to beat “some” of the kids.