Kennett Run celebrates 26 years

$1,000,000 raised to date for area charities

By Kim Chiomento, News Editor, The Times


Post race recognition of some individual category top runners

KENNETT SQUARE – The run’s now iconic theme ‘Small town, BIG race & Strong Community’ certainly captured the feel of 26th annual Kennett Run Saturday morning. Thousands gathered amidst the backdrop of charming historic Kennett Square to run, walk or cheer for family and friends.
To date, the run has raised more than 1,000,000 for local schools and charities through gift and in kind donations. It continues to gain momentum annually; keeping a steady footing and maintaining an impressive endurance that has enabled it to stay true to its original goals.

The run got its start in 1989 when Rotary Club of Kennett Square member, Michael R. Perna, suggested that Rotary board that it join forces with other Kennett area service clubs to host an event with some clearly defined goals.

According to the Kennett Run’s website, the original and now time-tested run goals were:

  • The achievement of sustainable camaraderie among Kennett area service organizations and citizens, and the fostering of an esprit de corps among the ethnically, economically, and occupationally diverse groups that comprise our community.
  • The establishment of a fundraising vehicle that would net ever-increasing sums for expenditure to promote the general well-being and civic betterment of Kennett area residents, organizations and projects; and
  • The showcasing of the town of Kennett Square and its environs by drawing participants and spectators from the region, the nation and perhaps even the world.

Capturing the spirit of the Kennett Run, Joe Hector’s loved ones run with a picture in his honor and memory. L-R (brother-in-law) Michael Reitz, (father-in-law) Tom Reitz, (wife) Valerie Reitz-Hector and (son) Jordan Hector.

With a focus on fellowship that the race has come to represent, many could be witnessed holding hands, carrying a child and cheering both the youngest and oldest of runners as they crossed the finish line. Beloved Kennett Area YMCA staff member, Joe Hector’s, memory was honored as his loved ones carried his photo and ran ‘with’ Joe the entire time.

Race goers had the option to compete in a 5K or 10K Run, 5K ‘PoweRun’ or 1 mile walk; and were treated to a scenic route that included borough streets and the lush trails of Anson B. Nixon Park. Following the run, participants and their supporters gathered for refreshments and award ceremony.


Kennett Run board member, Heather Connolly and Race Director, Nadiene Ringler-Friedrich kick off the festivities.

For individual age and category results, times, community sponsors and more information on the Kennett Run, visit:!













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