Run for the park set for November

A 5-K run to benefit the Friends of the Brandywine Battlefield is scheduled for Nov. 2 at, appropriately enough, the park.

Tyler Therriault, one of the event organizers, said the goal is to raise money to keep the Brandywine Battlefield Park operational, even without state money. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission stopped funding park operations in 2009 and the friends group has been holding things together on a shoestring since.

Therriault and the others are looking for sponsors and runners. He said $15,000 has already been raised, but they want more.

“We would love to raise $30,000 to $35,000. If we could get $50,000, that would be great,” he said. “Every little bit helps the battlefield. We want to help keep it open.”

There are several tiers for sponsorship, ranging from $500 to $5,000. There is also a $20 entrance fee for participants.

Runners will leave the park, head north to Heyburn Road, then down to Ridge Road and over to Ring Road, then down Ring and finishing at the township building across from the park, Therriault said.

He added that people shouldn’t feel too bad if they can’t run the entire distance.

“It’s labeled as a 5K run, but of course I’m not sure I can run the whole thing so I’ll be walking some of it. We’ll just appreciate the effort and the appearances,” he added.

Organizers are looking to make this an annual event that will become bigger and “more elaborate” every year. This year’s participant goal is 250 runners.

As one would expect, Rich Bowers, president of the friends’ group is pleased with the effort.

“Anything that anybody is willing to do for us is a wonderful thing,” Bowers said.

For more information on the run, to sponsor or participate, go to http://brandywinebattlefield5k.com

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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