Runners will take their strides – 13.1 miles worth of strides – once again for the Second Annual Sheshequin Path Half Marathon on Oct. 6.
But this year, according to Bradford County Chief Clerk Michelle Shedden, runners won't have to take on the entire race. A four-person relay option is being made available.
“If you don't think you can do the half marathon, get together four people and each of you will do a 5K,” said Shedden during Thursday's meeting of the Bradford County Commissioners.
Commissioner Ed Bustin quipped that he'd be able to complete it if he had 25 friends to relay with.
As it was last year, the Sheshequin Path Half Marathon will begin at 9 a.m. in Sayre's Riverfront Park and continue down Sheshequin Road to the Larnard Hornbrook Park. There, Walk for Our Buddies will also be held, with registration at 10 a.m. and the walk beginning at 11 a.m.
There will also be music and food for participants of both races.
With October being Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Walk for our Buddies' goal is to raise local awareness for the genetic disorder.
“From the conversations I've had with participants in it, it's a very neat event to participate in, as Michelle will attest to,” said Miller about the partnered events.
“It was amazing,” Shedden added. “Seeing the posters of the kids is absolutely the most heart-warming part of it. … There's nothing like seeing those kids faces when they team up with the runner and they get to put the medal over them.”
Sheshequin Path Half Marathon participants can “buddy up” with a child with Down syndrome by purchasing a blue and yellow ribbon for $5. They will then be able to meet that child at the end of the race.
Bustin remarked that the effort to support down syndrome awareness through these events is very impressive.
For more information about the Sheshequin Path Half Marathon, visit Run Bradford County on Facebook.