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    The 37th Annual Bernie’s Memorial 3-Mile Walk/Run benefits the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
    WILKES-BARRE, 06/04/2020 — On July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will host the 37th Annual Bernie’s Memorial 3-Mile Run/Walk virtually for the first time since its inception. Proceeds benefit the Y, a place we believe everyone deserves to be part of, regardless of their ability to pay. At the Y, our doors are open to all. Our financial aid program ensures that promise.
    Since 1984, Bernie's Run has remained a valued tradition celebrating our nation's birthday. The race is held is held in memory of Bernie Hargadon, a past YMCA director. Bernie's dream was to create an achievable race for everyone. In 1984, he did it and thousands of runners and walkers have achieved Bernie's dream since. 
    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 3-mile run/walk will be a virtual race this year. Participants are welcomed and encouraged to find new and exciting routes to challenge themselves when participating in Bernie's Run. Wilkes-Barre City streets will not be used for this event. Those looking to stay close to the course and remain relatively flat are welcome to use Kirby Park. 
    “We are excited to have the opportunity to continue this valued tradition,” said Lauranel Banks, Wellness Director, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. “Although it will ‘look’ different, these circumstances have provided us the chance to embrace the history and meaning of Bernie’s Run - an achievable 3 miles for everyone. Understanding we serve everyone in the community, we are thrilled to be able to offer our race for those wishing to compete and those wishing to finish. Everyone will be able to find their level of achievement this year and celebrate their success as a runner, walker or child.”
    2020 holds three new overall awards: Fastest runner, most elevation gain and the route that is furthest away from the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. This year, there are also five new race categories based on elevation gain, not age, and will recognize the top two males and females in each category for both the run and the walk.
    This Independence Day weekend, everyone truly can participate in Bernie’s Run and climb the highest hill near you or walk nature’s beauty, whether you are in Wilkes-Barre, Bangor, or Boca Raton!
    Race Days: Friday, July 3rd at 12:00AM to Sunday, July 5th at 10PM
    Registration: Open until July 5th at 12PM
    Race Options: You can choose to enter the run or walk to compete (awarded) or finish (non-awarded).
    Compete - $20 fee for Run or Walk
    o Must submit proof of race results
    o Includes shirt and chance at award
    Finish - $15 fee for Run or Walk
    o Participants should report that they have completed the race but do not need to report a time 
    o Includes shirt
    KID'S FUN RUN – Free (no submission of results)
    o Must register
    o Will receive a shirt
    How It Works
    Beginning Friday, July 3rd at 12:00AM, run or walk your 3-mile race at any point before the 10PM cutoff on Sunday, July 5th and submit your results to berniesrun@wbymca.org.
    Proof of your race results must be in the form of a screenshot of GPS data used from running apps such as Garmin, Strava, MapMyRun, etc. and must show the elevation gain from the run.
    Race results which show a negative elevation gain or do not meet a full 3-mile distance will be disqualified.
    Participants are permitted to run the race on a treadmill as long as you run on at least 1% incline to prove elevation gain.
    Competition Categories
    Awarding Top 2 Males and Females in both the Run and Walk
    o Elevation Gain of 49ft & Under
    o Elevation Gain of 50 - 99ft
    o Elevation Gain of 100 - 149ft
    o Elevation Gain of 150 - 199ft
    o Elevation Gain of 200ft & Above
    Overall Awards (Male OR Female)
    o Fastest Overall
    o Most Gain Overall
    o Route furthest away from the YMCA
    Awards - Gift Cards to Local Businesses
    $25 each - Top 2 Male and Female in each for Walk and Run
    $100 - Award for furthest route from the YMCA
    $100 - Fastest Overall
    $100 - Most Gain Overall
    Results Link: Virtual Bernie's Memorial Run Results. Please note, this is a live results page and will update as participants submit their times to the results submission email address, berniesrun@wbymca.org.
    *Please follow all social distancing guidelines when competing in this event
    For more information, visit https://runsignup.com/berniesrun or contact Lauranel Banks, at lauranel.banks@wbymca.org. 
    About the Y
    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.wbymca.org

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