Oh What Fun….Mill Street Run 2015
by Cate Murway

Sometimes there’s not much to do in a small town, but that is just not the case in historic Bristol on the Delaware where there is no shortage of creativity when devising traditions. The championship atmosphere and small town charm always couple together to make a REALLY good day!

Are you looking for a large urban event or a small low-key race?
People talk about the glitz and glamour of running in a big city race, but there's nothing glitzy or glamorous about waking up at 3 a.m. so you have sufficient time to catch a subway to a ferry to a bus, only to sit around for hours before starting your run. So, KEEP IT LOCAL… Small town races are the best!

John Vincent Mundy exudes the intense spirit and tradition of the Mill Street Run, every year on the Saturday after Labor Day, making it “a great experience for all the runners who come to Bristol.” His tireless efforts always make things happen in a big way.
This flat, fast Mill Street 5K on September 12, 2015 has a definite advantage over any big city counterparts because there is actually space to run your fastest race. Got a need for speed and somehow you were to manage to run your fastest time in a big race? It just may go unnoticed. Again, this is not the case at the 48th Annual Mill Street Run. It's always nice to get a little recognition.
The top 250 finishers receive medals and awards presented to them in style by John Mundy from the Victorian gazebo in the Bristol Lions’ waterfront Park. Don’t forget to check out the unequaled views of the Delaware River. 
Awards go to the top male and female finishers, and the top 3 male and female finishers in these age groups: 14 & under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Another thing, big city races typically charge more!
Mill Street Run High School Team Information - *Free Registration. 
No Entry Fee for High School or their team runners in the Open Races
Girls Varsity [limit 10] 8:30 AM
Boys Varsity [limit 10] 9:15 AM
Special design, Mill Street Run T-shirts will be on sale for $10.00.

Open Race [and additional HS athletes] 9:45 AM
ENTRIES: $15.00 preentry/ $20.00 postentry and Mill Street Run T-shirt to all preentries received by the deadline [9.4.15].
Veterans may enter at the reduced rate of $10.00.

The Mill Street 5K showcases a pretty diverse crowd of enthusiastic school teams who have lots of energy and are passionate about running, as well as former committed athletes, former and current residents and first time competitors of all ages. The Cross Country season is kicked off in a fun fashion. 
Running together as a team and celebrating the challenge is an experience like no other. Sport groups, clubs, squads, scouts and girl guides are all encouraged to enter teams.

Virginia Burton of the Bristol Fire Police Force, Station 51 always promises, “I will be there to do traffic ‘n crossing people.”

Meet up with friends and enjoy the town’s historic charm ambiance.
There is a special java jolt for the Mill Street Run! Calm Waters Coffee Roasters at 242 Mill Street is offering 10% off all beverages for the runners, and a unique ‘PR’ [personal record] beverage for the day.

“I am running Mill Street. I am not sure who is going to be running. I am looking forward to competing in another historic race. I hope everyone competing is healthy come race day. It’s always a pleasure putting on a show for the hometown crowd,” stated former BHS Assistant XC Coach/former team captain, Carl Waxmonsky, BHS ’06.

“The Mill Street run is a wonderful tradition that offers an opportunity for the entire community, from the elite high school athletes to the 60 year old novice just looking to accomplish a goal, even a yearly family run,” confirmed Patrick W. Mulhern, personal trainer.

Some athletes profess sentimental reasons. Traditions connect the community.
Bob Mulligan, BHS ’71, currently a Raleigh, NC resident, will be “wearing a ‘Team Bevan’ red singlet that honors my friend, Mike Bevan... 

to celebrate my friend’s life and to make more people aware of the dangers of melanoma...and to celebrate the town of Bristol while I'm there! The last time I saw Mike alive was at Mill Street last year and this year I am running the race in his memory. My Pennsbury friends and competitors Dan Pastor, Kevin Kelleher are supposed to be there...I'm hoping that Jimmy Morrison will show as well...a lot of my Bristol friends - Chic D'Angelo, John Murray [XC teammates], Andy Bidlingmaier [fire chief] and Dawn Bevan and her daughter Katy along with grandson Cove - my best friend's widow and daughter.”

Many have accrued “lots and lots of tee shirts from running Mill Street over the years…..”
Are they all planning on participating in the 48th Mill Street Run on Saturday, September 12, 2015? 

“The mind is willing, the knees not so willing. A thousand miles away and I would be running uphill all the way. Sadly, no birthday celebration on the streets of Bristol this year and it was a big birthday too. Maybe next year…” said the eternal optimist runner, a VJM alumnae parent, Bill Slack, Florida resident.

It's TIME............... September 12, 2015
 48th ANNUAL MILL STREET RUN,  Historic Bristol on the Delaware, PA
For additional information please contact John Mundy 215.788.3055 [evenings], or email johnvmundy@yahoo.com. 
The event with information is also listed on Facebook [Mill Street Run 2015].
Mail pre-entries to: John Mundy 
 6415 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007

Run. Race. Repeat. Save the date!
Mill Street Run 2016 will be September 11, the Saturday after Labor Day.

Stay around for the post- race Bristol Lions’ Club 32nd Annual Italian Festival, a family event starting at noon, in the post-card perfect Bristol Lions’ Park along the Delaware at the foot of Mill Street. Enjoy the live music and crafters and savor sausage, meatballs, pork, chicken parm; all the dishes will be available, fresh and hot.
Even the littlest ones will be busy. Funforevery1’s attractions such as their inflatable Moon Bounce will keep them happy and hopping along. Try your swing at mini-golf and then recharge with a sweet taste of hand-spun cotton candy.
The entire day has become quite legendary in this town! [Rain Date – Sunday, September 13th]

Come visit historic Bristol on the Delaware again for another healthy dose of small town America.

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Bob Mulligan running to honor his late friend, 
Mike Bevan [pictured]