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730 run 5K for YMCA assistance fund

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A record-breaking 730 runners made up the field for the Central Bucks Family YMCA’s 5K race on Sunday, March 20, in Doylestown – the opening race in the that raises money for charitable causes each year. Another 120 youngsters took part in the Fun Run.

A major fundraiser for the Y’s Financial Assistance Program, this 5K helps pay Y membership and program costs for those who would otherwise be unable to participate. Fred Beans Family of Dealerships was one of two top sponsors for the YMCA race, and is also a supporting sponsor of the seven-race Bucks 5K Series.

“This year, we held a pre-race EXPO the evening before the race,” says Todd Canfield, Wellness Director. “It was a lot of fun and included YMCA programs and a pool party.”

First male over the finish line was Greg Wetzel, overall Series Champ in 2009, with a time of 15:44. He was followed by last year’s YMCA race winner, Scott Keyser, whose time was 16:31. Steve Gourley was third in 16:35.

Nancy Smith was the first woman finisher in a time of 19:35. Smith was last year’s Series Master’s Champion. Anabelle Morales-Broadbent was second in 19:47 and fourteen-year-old Karlie Brasch was third in 20:04.

Smith was also the leading Age-Graded Master runner with a performance level percentage (PLP) of 90.1 percent. Above 90 percent is World Class. Among the females, Susan Walton scored 81.4 percent and Lynda Terry was at 79.6 percent. Above 80 percent is National Class.

For the men, Carl Goldschmidt, the 2009 Masters Champion, was the top Age-Graded Male Master runner. His PLP was 80.0 percent (National Class). Tom Brown (77.4 percent) and Warren Taylor (76.4 percent) were second and third.

Seven age-group course records were broken in the race – six by women! Karlie Brasch (12-14), Anabelle Broadbent (40-44), Nancy Smith (50-54), Linda Terry (55-59), Anne Cook (65-69) and Mary Ellen Cronin (70+) were the women. Chris Garges blazed the course in 16:48 to set a new standard in the Men’s 35-39 group. In addition, 36 runners bested the 20-minute mark.

Lynda Terry won the female division of the Pump and Run competition with an adjusted time of 5:42. James Dawson was the male winner with an adjusted time of 9:41.

All race results, including those for other races in the Bucks 5K Series and course records, are available at www.bucks5kseries.com.

Central Bucks Family YMCA is a charitable, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of community life. The YMCA strengthens the spirit, mind and body of all people. We build character by promoting the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.