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Running Roundup: Busy March Ahead for Local Runners

The 2011 running season hits full stride this month with numerous races scheduled, including two in Bradford County on March 19.

The Abuse and Rape Crisis Center (ARCC) will hold its Shamrock 5K Run/Walk in Towanda, beginning at Memorial Park at 10 a.m. on March 19.

Race-day registration begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $15 before March 14 and $18 afterwards.

Sponsorships are also being sought for the event.

All proceeds will benefit ARCC for its effort to serve the victims of domestic and sexual violence and providing prevention education to help eliminate interpersonal violence.

For more information, contact the ARCC at (570) 265-5333.

Also on March 19, at Northeast Bradford High School, the National Honor Society hosts the Pink Panther 5K to raise funds for Tracy's Hope, a breast cancer support group, serving Tioga and Broome Counties in New York. Race time is 10 a.m.

Race-day registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20.

Following the 5K, there will also be a quarter-mile kids' fun run and a one-mile fun run.

Besides overall and age-group awards, special awards will also be presented to the top-finishing Northeast Bradford male and female alumni.

For more information, visit www.neb.k12.pa.us.

There are several other races on the slate in the Southern Tier and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, including a heavy slate of pre-St. Patrick's Day runs on March 12.



Run for the Cookies

At Berwick, on Feb. 26, Kevin Borrelli led the 345-runner field to the finish with a time of 32:33.

Mikhail Litvinov was second, six seconds back in 32:39, followed by Chris Wasnetsky in 33:09.

Heidi Peoples was the top female finisher, crossing 11th, overall, in 38:12. Samantha Snead was two places back of Peoples with a time of 38:48. Christine Bear completed the top three for women with a time of 39:56.



Upcoming Schedule

March 12: Bear Creek 5K, Bear Creek Twp., Luzerne County, 10:30 a.m.

March 12: Brian Kelly Memorial Two-Mile, Scranton, 11 a.m.

March 12: St. Patrick's Four-Miler, Binghamton.

March 12: Habitat for Humanity 5K, Binghamton U., Vestal, NY, 12 p.m.

March 19: ARCC Shamrock 5K, Towanda, 10 a.m.

March 19: Pink Panther 5K, Northeast Bradford H.S., 10 a.m.

March 19: St. Pat's Thistle and Shamrock 5K, Corning, NY, 10:30 a.m.

March 20: Wyoming Valley Striders Winter's End 4.5-Mile, Lehman, 10 a.m.

March 26: Run for the Red 5K, Hanover Twp., Luzerne County, 10:30 a.m.

March 26: Kilometers for a Cause, Wilkes-Barre, 10 a.m.

March 27: Forks XV, Chenango Forks, NY, 2 p.m.

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