Phillie Phanatic to be on hand for inaugural event
Nearly 300 runners have signed up for the inaugural PerkUp Half-Marathon race through the scenic Upper Perkiomen Valley, and more are expected to register by the time the shot is fired to signal the start of the race.
The event, scheduled to start at 8 a.m. this Sunday, is being held as a fundraiser to support the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. The event will begin and end at The Perkiomen School, 200 Seminary Street in Pennsburg.
The Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce (UPVCC), trailblazer of the PerkUp initiative, has partnered with the National Hemophilia Foundation chapter for the event.
The course is set in the quiet corner of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania which has exceptional natural beauty with rolling hills and flowing waters.
Luanne Stauffer, president of the UPVCC, said, “The PerkUp Half Marathon complements goals within the Green Up initiative of PerkUp by hosting a large-scale, low-impact event which highlights the natural beauty and resources of the Upper Perkiomen Valley. From an economic development perspective, the event provides local businesses with the opportunity to showcase products and services to visitors from outside the region throughout the weekend and especially at the expo on Saturday.”
According to Kim Licata of the PerkUp committee, the organization received a $40,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), in part to create outdoor recreational events in the Upper Perkiomen Valley region. The 2011 PerkUp Half-Marathon is the first of what organizers plan to be an annual event showcasing the area.
A special participant in the race will be Laura Yasso, spouse of Bart Yasso. Dubbed the "Mayor of Running," Bart Yasso, who resides in the Lehigh Valley, is one of the best-known figures in the sport and recently published his latest book “My Life On The Run."
Licata added that, “We are proud to have an international sports figure live so close to our community.”
The Phillie Phanatic will also be at the event. The Phanatic will be at the start of the race at 7:45 and then will move to 2nd mile marker on State Street in East Greenville.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers along with awards for top male and female overall; and top master male and female overall. In addition, awards will be presented to the top three male and females in each of the following age groups: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-plus.
If you’re not up for the 13.1 mile running challenge, you can sign up to be a volunteer. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit www.perkuphalfmarathon.com.
On Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a “Runner’s Expo” in the Hollenbach Athletic Center of the Perkiomen School. The expo is open to the public and visitors are invited to stop in and visit exhibitors; among them are North Wales Running Company, The Perkiomen School, Vitamins for Life, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Silpata Jewelry, Tastefully Simple and R U Seen.
Last-minute registration for race participants will be available at the Expo. The registration fee is $65. There will be no race-day registrations of substitutions.
PerkUp organizers hope to develop a template for hosting future events that highlight the region’s beauty. The PerkUp initiative was started in 2007 by the UPVCC as an effort to assess the current social and economic environments in the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley and identify options and opportunities for the region to attract measured, deliberate, coordinated growth that expands economic opportunity while retaining the quality of life the area residents enjoy now.
For more information call Christine Rowe at (215-885-6500) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For detailed information on the event or to register, call the Delaware Valley Chapter office (215-885-6500) or e-mail email@example.com