At The Start Line: The History of the Media 5 Mile Race
The Media 5 Miler originated in 1980 as a fundraiser for a local political campaign. Two residents, Frank Daly and Frank Deady, outlined a course and planned an evening of fun and good cheer, which has evolved into an annual cherished and respected event, all politics aside.
In the first few years, the race attracted several hundred runners and a lot of local support. State Street was the focus for the beginning and end of the race, but residents lined the course throughout neighborhoods and turned the race into a true community event. This tradition continues today.
The 2.5 mile, double loop course is a challenge. With twists and turns, the short and steep and long rising hills on this course brings out the beast in runners. The diverse participants range from former Olympiads, university and high school star athletes, seasoned teams and less competitive but goal oriented runners of all levels.
Certified by the USATF, many runners use their time here to help qualify for larger races. Runners from across the country come back to Media each year to participate.
2006 brought new ideas to the 5 Miler with the addition of Free Kids’ Fun Runs at Barrall Field with age groups up to 12. Volunteers, families and kids alike enjoy the stress free events where everyone is a winner.
Always the 3rd Friday evening in June, the State Street location became the constant. The Start and Finish here led the many retailers and restaurants to participate with their support. Spectators line the sidewalks to cheer on their favorite runners while residents lined the course throughout neighborhoods and turned the race into a true community event.
Making Strides: The Media 5 Mile Race Today
In 2009, Media 5 Mile Race incorporated as a 501c3 non profit organization. This step enabled us to more fully meet the mission of the organization: To continue the history of the Media 5 Miler as a focused community event, and encourage health and education by supporting other non-profits that serve the Media Area.
Through our mindful charge of revenues and expenses, we donate our proceeds where community is at the center of organizations’ outreach. At a time where many traditional support systems have been taxed with cutbacks in funding, Media 5 Mile Race, Inc. contributions have a significant impact.
Changes and updates in Technology have been implemented to streamline registration and provide handy real time results. Amenities have expanded to include live music and awards, and post race snacks and drinks to rejuvenate runners and many opportunities to celebrate.
With the 38th annual Media 5 Mile Race just months away, many thanks to our Borough Council and Departments, Sponsors, Volunteers, Board members and community members.
Media 5 Mile Race, Inc is committed to continue placing our runners, residents and broader community first.