Bucks County Herald

Levittown Bristol Kiwanis Club and Bucks Herald team up for spring Sesame Place Classic


Even if spring is a long way off, it’s never too soon to dream about the return of warm weather.

How’s this for a reminder? The annual Sesame Place Classic will be back for a 21st running on May 19.

And if you consider yourself an early bird, registration for the 5K, one-mile and kids’ sprints is open now at linmarksports.com.

The Classic is proud to announce a new partnership this year between the Levittown Bristol Kiwanis Club and the Bucks County Herald.

Thus, a change in title to the “Kiwanis-Herald Sesame Place Classic.’’

The Bucks County Herald puts a strong emphasis on local news and sports and will offer an opportunity to promote and report on both the Classic and the 21st annual Kiwanis Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet.

“The Herald is thrilled to be a partner with Sesame Place Classic. We look forward to the opportunity to work with the best and brightest student athletes in Bucks County.” said Joe Wingert, publisher of the Bucks County Herald.

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.

“The Levittown Bristol Kiwanis Club is excited about the new partnership because the Herald will help us to reach our goals,’’ said club President Mary Berman.

“It will be a good collaboration to assist us in recognizing some of the best and the brightest students who graduate from Bucks County high schools. We look at the Herald as a newspaper that not only reports the news but looks at what best serves the community.’’

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.

“I am looking forward to working with our new partner, the Bucks County Herald,’’ said Kiwanis Club’s Dixie Rhodes, a longtime Classic advocate and race committee member. “The Herald is committed to honoring scholar-athletes in Bucks County.

“Not only are these athletes the best in Bucks County, they are talented students. Additionally, these youths are volunteers in their communities and role models in their schools. Past winners have matriculated at MIT, Princeton, Penn State and other fine universities.’’

One male and one female scholar-athlete from each high school is honored at the Kiwanis banquet (Bucks County Sheraton Hotel) and receives a check from the Dougherty Scholarship Fund.

Last year, ex-Flyers great Brian Propp was guest speaker.

“These fine young individuals who will be honored always amaze, inspire and somewhat humble me after hearing about each one of their achievements at such an early age,’’ said race co-director Ernie Nocito.

“Their accomplishments and growth at this early stage will confirm that our future will be in good hands knowing that they all are among our rising leaders.’’

Look for news about the Classic in the Herald throughout the upcoming months.

“The Bucks County Herald has shown their commitment to highlighting the positive events in our communities,’’ Rhodes said. “Good things are happening in the neighborhoods.’’

For more information about the Classic, visit sesameplaceclassic5k.com.


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