The heat is on, and so is the West Deptford Summer Series.
The annual 5K races, which benefit the cross-country program, return next week for five weeks of road and cross-country action in and around .
Don’t expect commemorative T-shirts or medals, though—it’s a no-frills chance to go out and test yourself against the heat and runners from around the area.
The series opens and closes with races on the West Deptford High School cross country course, which cuts through the fields inside the park and the forests around it, over bridges, down muddy paths and the asphalt jogging trail.
The middle three races are on the road course through the industrial park. While the first of the three road races is a normal 5K, the other two will have a different format—one will be a prediction run, where runners have to guess their finishing time ahead of the race, and the other will be another special format 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.
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 lineup:
- July 16—cross-country course
- July 23—road course
- July 30—road course (special race, TBA)
- Aug. 6—road course (prediction run)
- Aug. 13—cross-country course