Runners Race for Cookies in Berwick
MARGARET LIVSEY AND BILL BULL
BERWICK, PA--While most Cookie Runs are set in cold, blustery, possibly snowy conditions, the 2017 edition was quite the opposite! The sunny, hot 75-degree day of Friday fortunately gave way to a cloudy, breezy 60-degree race day, February 25. This was still plenty warm for runners used to practicing in winter weather; let alone racing in the
Despite the warm weather, the race failed to reach 300 finishers for only the second time in the last seven years. Although not as many as recent years, a nice sized field of 285 entered, and 253 finished.
The first half of the 10K race was paced by Berwicks Mason Kimbell and eventual winner, Patrick Singletary of State College. Singletary gradually pulled away for a comfortable 57-second lead over Kimbell. Their times were 36:51 and 37:48, respectively.
Whitney Heybenreich, Danville, continued her terrific running in Berwick by pacing the field with a winning time of 42:36. Heybenreich finished 11th in the Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving. Jenn Swiderski-Yonick, Camp Hill, and Samantha Snead, Moscow, followed close behind in 43:12 and 43:37, respectively.
Runners and families were treated to soup, hot dogs, and of course cookies after the race, at the Berwick Elks.
The Berwick Marathon
Association would like to thank the many volunteers and soup
donors. The race would not be possible without your continuing