Fifteen hundred race through Kennett Square

Photo by Chris Barber Racers run up Union Street in during the start of the 5K run on Saturday.
Photo by Chris Barber Runners near the start of the pack speed up Union Street at the Kennett Run on Saturday.

Several thousand people participated Saturday in the 25th annual Kennett Run, under sunny skies with temperatures in the 60s.

“Participation this year was greater than ever,” said Matthew Genereux, president of Kennett Run Charities Inc. “It was evident because of how many people we saw at (Anson B. Nixon) park. Everybody really seemed to enjoy themselves.”

There were no reports of injuries, but Kennett Square Police Chief Ed Zunino said there was a call for an asthma issue at the park and another for a child who fell off the Jungle Gym. Both were not race-related.

“Everything went off without a hitch,” Zunino said. “There were no problems whatsoever. The weather was great, and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.”

A new race event this year, called the FundRun, attracted more than 100 and will continue next year. The FundRun started at the same time as runners in the 5K and 10K.

“Every one of those kids felt it was important to have civic responsibility,” Genereux said. “That was our goal overall.”

Genereux said race registrations “skyrocketed” on Friday afternoon after the rain ended.

Hundreds of volunteers were on hand to help out.

“We couldn’t do it without all of the volunteers,” Genereux said. “There are a lot of people here who want to give back.”

Channel 6’s Cecily Tynan returned to Kennett Square to run the race with her husband. She ran the 10K.

The mission of the Kennett Run remains the same today as it was 25 years ago: to benefit local charities. Scores of local non-profit organizations will receive funding later this year from Kennett Run Charities.

Since it was founded 25 years ago, $536,784 was donated to local charities to make a positive event to the community.

After the run, the community attended a huge party at Anson B. Nixon Park, featuring entertainment, food and recreation.

The board of directors for the Kennett Run for 2013-2014 includes David Chopko, Heather Connolly, Becky Devestine, Richard Fitch, Matthew Genereux, Mary Pat Knauss, Valencia McClure, Raymond L. McKay, Bob Merkle, Norman Quynn, Brian Roberts, and Dr. Albert J. Schmitt.

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