The ever-popular Sesame Place Classic will be returning for its 21st running in 2019. Sponsored by the Levittown Bristol Kiwanis Club and the Bucks County Herald, the Classic will be back with all the usual fun, namely a featured 5K, a one-mile fun run/walk and a kids’ sprint races event.
Proceeds from the race go to the Dick Dougherty Scholarship Fund, named for the late sports editor of the Bucks County Courier Times. Since the race’s inception in 1999, close to $500,000 has been raised to assist college-bound scholar-athletes from 18 Bucks County high schools.
There are plenty of traditional features coming back for next year’s Classic, including a free, one-day admission ticket to Sesame Place for all who register. Also returning are last year’s “finisher’s medals,’’ which proved to be quite popular for the 20th anniversary Classic.
The Kiwanis-Herald SESAME PLACE Classic 2019 will start at the entrance to the park on North Bucks Town road, Middletown Township, PA 19047. It will follow a USATF-certified (#PA15001LMB) 5k out-and-back course around Oxford Valley Mall. For details of the course, please scroll down.
On Sunday, May 19th beginning at 7 a.m. in Middletown Township.
1-mile @ 7 a.m | 5K @ 8 a.m. | Sprint @ 8:45 a.m.
Both the 5K and the 1 mile will be officially timed with medals for the top winners.
Entry fee for the 5K and 1-mile fun run is $30 ($20 for the Sprint) until May 1st.
Registration after May 1st for the 5K and 1-mile fun run is $35 ($25 for the Sprint).
Registration will be available on race day for $40.
Teams of 20 runners or more get $5 per runner cash back.
Groups of 20 runners or more are eligible to sign up as a team and are eligible for $5 per runner cash back.
But wait, there’s more!
Register early to guarantee a cool Sesame Place Classic T-shirt.
Everybody is welcome to run – pick your distance and pick your pace. We expect over 800 runners, so this should be fun!
This said, we suggest:
- The sprint is for budding athletes aged 10 or younger.
- The one miler is a good distance at any age.
- The 5K is recommended for big kids aged 9 to 99. Any runners under 10 must run with an adult. The course is pretty straightforward, but we wouldn’t want any wayward children.
- As long as they are safe to race, wheelchairs prams or pushchairs are welcome.
The 2019 course will be identical to the 2018 setup.
With course marshals and pace bikes, the course is wide, flat and very safe. The course starts at the Sesame Park entrance and heads along North Buckstown Road towards Oxford Valley Mall. The course then follows the Oxford Valley Mall ring-road counter-clockwise from approx 1 O’clock to 5 O’clock on the ring-road. Here the course doubles back for a smooth 2.5K return.