Hurricane Irene may have interrupted last year’s plans for the inaugural PerkUp Half-Marathon, but weather forecasters are predicting near perfect weather for the event this year.
Over 600 runners from 13 states have signed up for the Half-Marathon race through the scenic Upper Perkiomen Valley. More are expected to register by the time the race steps off at 8 a.m. this Sunday. Registrants for the last year’s cancelled event were automatically entered into this year’s Half-Marathon.
The Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce (UPVCC), trailblazer of the PerkUp initiative, has partnered with the National Hemophilia Foundation for the event. It 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 course is set in the quiet corner of Montgomery County, through the boroughs of Pennsburg and East Greenville and into Upper Hanover Township; participants will trek through an area of exceptional natural beauty with rolling hills and flowing waters.
Luanne Stauffer, president of the UPVCC, said, “We're really excited about the PerkUp Half Marathon and the great weather forecast. We're equally excited about the potential economic/business opportunities with over 600 visitors participating in the event.”
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 are not up for the 13.1 mile running challenge, walkers are also welcome or you can sign up to be a volunteer.
On Saturday, Aug. 25 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. Last-minute registration for race participants will be available at the Expo. The registration fee is $65.
There will be no race-day registrations or substitutions.
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 in order to 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.