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2024 Bookin for Lookin Recap

04/21/2024 | More News

Nearly 300 participants braved "winter series" conditions today as athletes were met with unseasonably chilly temperatures at the Bookin’ for Lookin’ 5K and 10K races. Perhaps the race was so close to Tyler Park that the running gods were confused. A total of 15 course records were set and the men’s and women’s races were fast and competitive across the board in both distances. The runners enjoyed an exciting finish on the track at Council Rock North as they were cheered on by family and friends as they crossed the finish line.

In the 5K women’s race, a familiar face took the top prize as muti-time series champion Tracey Sawyer, who is hot on the comeback trail captured the female category's top position. Tracey’s blistering 20:44.25 put her over a minute ahead of the next women’s finisher. Dr. Dominic Peleggi of Advanced Spine and Sports Medicine took a break from stretching fellow runners to take the men’s division in a tight race against John Qunilink. Dr. Dom also broke the age group record for men 30-34, clocking 19:25.35.

In the age-graded master’s division, 68-year-old Bob Boland scorched the 5k, scoring an impressive 81.8 age-graded score, finishing 7th overall. Bob also smashed the 65-69 course record by over three minutes pacing a 20:50.19. In the women’s age-graded division legendary Nancy Smith, “the queen of the 5K series”, performed her usual ageless magic. Nacncy’s age grade was by far the highest of any competitor registering an age graded of 86.2%. She also had a record-breaking performance clocking a 23:27.68 and demolishing the women’s 65-69 course record by over three minutes.

Overall 5K Winners

Domenic Pileggi3119:25.86:15
Tracey Sawyer4420:44.786:40

Overall 10K Winners

Alexander Izewski3034:47.555:35
Kellie Shimer4042:58.566:54

Race director Anne Marie Hyer and founder Mark McGowen put on an amazingly successful event. Contestants raved about the course and the amenities which included finisher's medals, custom t-shirts and logoed travel mugs for the top three competitors in each age group. Athletes enjoyed soft pretzels, bananas, yummy cookies, and hot coffee while reminiscing about their performances.

Today’s event was the twelfth iteration of the Bookin’ for Lookin’ event. Race proceeds benefit the Bucks County Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired. It was great to see so many visually impaired runners competing with their volunteer guides. Mark and Anne Marie were thrilled with the turnout and received effusive praise from the many happy contestants. “it’s a lot of work, but this race couldn’t go off without Anne Marie” said Mark. Anne Marie praised Mark’s vision, “Mark is truly unstoppable”.

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