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West Deptford Park Summer Series 5K Races Start July 15

Take on the heat and your fellow runners in five races at West Deptford Park in July and August.

Runners take off in one of the 2012 West Deptford Park Summer Series races. Photo by Shannon Sadler.
Runners take off in one of the 2012 West Deptford Park Summer Series races. Photo by Shannon Sadler.

Strap on your running shoes and start hydrating—West Deptford’s annual Summer Series 5K races start next week.

The five-race series, which benefits the West Deptford High School cross-country program, takes runners in and around West Deptford Park, with a combination of road and trail races through the middle of August.

It’s strictly no-frills competition—just you, your fellow runners and the clock, with no commemorative T-shirts or medals.

But racing won’t ding your wallet, either—each race is $6 for adults, or $25 for the series, and $4 for anyone under 18, or $15 for the entire series.

The series is bookended by races on the high school’s cross-country course, a challenging track that cuts through the woods and fields around West Deptford Park, including plenty of hills, a handful of bridges and twisted trails.

And if the daily storms keep up, be prepared for mud—potentially lots of it.

The other three races are all on a road course that takes a jog into the neighboring industrial park, then finishes back inside the park. The first of those three is a regular 5K race, but the other two take a slightly different tack—one is a prediction run, where the runner who comes closest to predicting his or her time is the winner, and the other is a special format still to be announced.

All races, regardless of format, use computerized timing.

Registration for each race opens at 6:15 p.m., with the start gun at 7 p.m.

The series lineup:

July 15—cross-country course

July 22—road course

July 29—road course (special race, TBA)

Aug. 5—road course (prediction run)

Aug. 12—cross-country course

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