Bernie Hargadon, a past YMCA director, prime athlete and originator of this race, passed away from an unforeseen genetic heart condition. Bernie’s dream was to create an achievable race for everyone. In 1984 he did it and thousands of runners have achieved Bernie’s dream since then.
Year over year we continue to grow the race and help Bernie’s dream live on. Since being memorialized, Bernie’s Run has grown to serve nearly 700 runners annually and their families and friends.
Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA makes an impact in the local community with proceeds from Bernie’s Run supporting heart health and wellness programs at the YMCA. We use funds to create and implement beneficial programs with state of the art equipment so that we can serve our local community on their health and wellness journey.
Start Time: 8:30am
Location: River Street
Course: South Wilkes-Barre
Finish: Public Square
Bibs: Register before June 1st and receive a personalized race bib.
Awards: The top 3 Male and Female participants in both the Run and the Walk will receive special awards. The top 2 participants in each age category will receive medals.
Age Groups: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70 & Over.
Registration Price: $20 pre-registration through June 28, 2019. $25 day of registration fee.
Packet Pickup: You can pick up your pre-registered packet at the YMCA front desk on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd during regular YMCA hours. There will be day of packet pickup at public square on July 4th from 7am to 8am.
NEW THIS YEAR
Start Mats! Bernie’s Run will be officially timed from start to finish. Whether you choose to walk or run, we can give you an accurate time from when your cross the start to when you push through the shoot. Less jam up at the front line, easier for runners to take off and walkers can cross without commotion.
For safety for all, please make sure you line up behind the runners at the start. With a timed start, your chip will know when you cross the start line and begin timing your walk. Thank you!
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Pets are NOT allowed on race course.