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SPS Runners Place in Weekend Races

Over the weekend, several South Philly Striders had stellar performances in area races.

On Sunday, at The Love Run, Sarah Morrison was the second overall female in a field of close to 6,300 race finishers.  On a frigid day, with a race time temperature of 28 degrees and wind speeds of 13 miles per hour, Sarah Morrison blistered through the course in 1:21:08, only 16 seconds from first place.

Meanwhile, in Reading, a contingent of SPS runners competed in the Dark and Dirty 10K trail race on Saturday night and the Naked Bavarian 20 Mile, Marathon and 40 Mile trail race on Sunday.  Heather Hoechst finished as the second overall female in the 10K, posting a time under 1 hour.  She then overcome 2000 feet of elevation change as well as a lack of sleep to finish second in the Naked Bavarian 20 Mile in 3:03:40.  Luis Gaitan finished eighth overall and third in his age group at the Dark and Dirty with a time of 51:16.  Unfortunately, he got lost and did not finish the Naked Bavarian.  Meanwhile, Jerry Handley finished an impressive fifth overall and won his age group at the Naked Bavarian with a 2:54:52.

Congratulations to them for their accomplishments as well as to anyone who ran in any races this past weekend!

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Bookin’ for Lookin’ Bridge Run and Fundraiser – March 25

The Wednesday, March 25 Bridge Run will be a special fundraiser for Bookin’ for Lookin’.  The Bookin’ for Lookin’ race, which takes place on April 19 at Council Rock High School in Newtown, supports an important cause: to raise awareness and funds to help cure blindness.  The race supports two fantastic organizations: Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) and Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BCABVI).  Mark McCowan is a member of both Achilles and Fishtown Beer Runners.

As usual, we’ll run the bridge out and back, then we’ll head to 2nd Story Brewing Company (2nd Street and Chestnut Street) for a special happy hour fundraiser. Donate $5 for Bookin’ for Lookin’ and enjoy the brewpub’s select $4 beers for the evening. There will also have a race discount code for all participants.  The fun starts at 6th and Race at 6:30 p.m. If you’re not feeling hilly, feel free to come straight to the bar at 7pm. Hope you can join us!

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