Buhl Club 5K, fishing slated for Buhl DayBy Ed Farrell
Herald Sports Writer
The annual Buhl Day festivities on Labor Day weekend will be highlighted by a pair of sporting events this year.
The Sharon American Legion Post No. 299/F. H. Buhl Club co-sponsored 5K road race has been included in the Buhl Day events for Monday and will precede the parade, beginning at 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Kerrwood and East State streets.
The race replaces the recently cancelled Buhl Club Half Marathon.
Buhl Club executive director Jeff Valentino said, "I'm pretty excited about it, for a couple of rea-sons!
"We're starting about 5-10 minutes before the parade starts; it's a relatively flat, descending course and, most importantly, as a runner -- and I've done some running in my time -- it's a natural specta-tors' course. They're right there, three-deep. And as every runner knows, when you're in a race and there are people there cheering you on, it's exciting!''
Valentino said the concept of moving the race, previously a midsummer affair, had been proposed months ago, "and we took the ball and ran with it.
"It's a natural, it fits right in,'' Valentino said. "Buhl Day, Buhl Club. We're excited. We're anticipat-ing this thing growing and growing every year. I can't see how it cannot.''
The entry fee will be $15, and race packets may be picked up between 7-8:30 a.m. Awards will be presented to the first five male and female overall finishers as well as age-group winners in the 12-and-younger, 18-and-younger, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-and-older categories.
Shuttle buses for spectators will be available, also.
Buhl Day honoree awards will be presented to Dr. Matt Brown and Ms. Susan Borawski.
Valentino also lauded the American Legion's efforts.
"We couldn't have done this with the Legion's support. They've been very kind to us and backed us 100 percent. They've been a great organization to work with.''
In addition, the Buhl Day/Lake Julia Pan-fish Derby will take place 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
There is a $2 per fisherman entry fee, with profits targeted toward the propagation of Lake Julia. Anglers must be between the ages of 6 and 15 years of age (as of Sunday), and prizes will be awarded in boys and girls classes in the 6-to-8, 9-12 and 13-15 age divisions.
"We're hoping for 200 entries,'' tourney director Frank Zagger said, noting the number of entrants -- typically between 120-150 -- increased to approximately 175 last year. He added, "It would be appreciated if the contestants all could report between noon and 1 p.m. for pre-registration so we can get going right away.''
Rules for this year's contest:
Zagger also said Lake Julia will be divided into three sections. Zagger also expressed gratitude to the event's numerous sponsors.