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8th Annual Mars Band on the Run

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May 20, 2017 (Saturday)
10 K, 5 K, 1 K
Mars Area High School
Mars, Pennsylvania
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The Mars Area Band Boosters, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual "Mars Band on the Run" 5K Run/Walk, 10K & 1K Children's Fun Run to be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016. All proceeds raised from the race will be used to support the dedicated students and instructors of the Mars Area High School Marching Band.

The Mars Band on the Run 5K/10K has quickly become a “Must Do” race among race enthusiasts in the Tri-State area.
We are moving the race to an 8:55 am Start Time (10k) and 9:00 am (5k).
We are continuing the 10 K race for the 2016 event and expanding on the features for the KID's FUN RUN.

(5K COURSE PA13028WB / 10K COURSE PA13029WB)



We are excited to offer the ChronoTrack Timing System.

Both the 10K and 5K promise to be first class events, well organized, entertaining, and of course, the post-race party is “Out of this World!” Both courses are certified by USA Track and Field Association and are supported by the communities of Adams Township, Middlesex Township and Valencia Borough. Members of the Mars High School Marching Band and other Mars School District musicians will play the National Anthem at 8:50 a.m. and provide entertainment along the 5K and 10K routes.

Please note: As per the USA Track and Field Association’s safety rules: No dogs, strollers, or in-line skates allowed on the course.

All 5K/10K runners pre-registered by April 30th are guaranteed a quality commemorative short sleeve tech-shirt. Late registrants will receive shirts while supplies register early.

5K/10K Registration:
EARLY BIRD thru FEB 14th $ 18.00
$21 online or postmarked by April 1st
$24 postmarked April 1st thru May 15th or online April 1st thru May 18th midnight OR at Packet Pickup May 20th
$25 in person Race Day (shirts if still available)

1K Children's Fun Run Registration:
$9 postmarked by April 1st (not available for online registration)
After May 1st $11.00 thru Race Day

Event Start Location
Mars Area High School, 520 Route 228, Mars, PA 16046

Course Description
5K Course Description
A great route for runners and walkers. The course is a 5k (3.1 mile) "loop" course through the rolling hills and countryside of Butler County. Most of the course is on rural roads in Adams Township with the approximate halfway point lying in Valencia Borough. A water station is available mid-course.
To view the 5K route map go to here (View route full screen, satellite image)

10K Course Description
This course is designed for runners who are tired of flat runs. A scenic route takes you through parts of Middlesex and Adams Townships as well as Valencia Borough. You will run on paved country roads and through two new neighborhoods. There are rolling hills and one challenging climb from mile 1.9-2.6. Most of the course is separate from the 5K route but the start and finish are the same. Water stations will be three water stations along the course.
We ask that all runners be capable of maintaining approximately a 13 min/mile pace or faster due to time restrictions set by the Middlesex and Adams Township Police. There will be rolling road closures/openings.
To view the 10K route map go to here (View route full screen, satellite image)

5K Awards
Top 3 M & F overall
Top 3 M & F Masters (40 & above)
Top 3 M & F in the following age groups: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+.

Finisher ribbons for all 5K participants 14 and under

5KTeam Challenge
Top Corporate and Open Team Challenge: Teams of 3-5 runners. The fastest 3 times are used to calculate the winners. Each team member should enter the "team name" in the information section during online registration.

10K Awards
Top 3 M & F overall
Top 1 M & F Masters (40 & above)
Top 3 M & F in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+.

Packet Pickup / Expo
2 Days for Packet Pickup and Registration:

May 20th from 11am until 7pm at Up-N-Running Specialty Running and Walking Center on Route 8 in Middlesex Twp. (1095 Pittsburgh Rd, 16059). Registration is $25 at the store.

Race Day 7:00 am - 8:45 am at Mars High School

Participants picking up their packets at Up-N-Running will receive a 15% in-store merchandise discount (valid 5/20/2016 only).

Bibs with Tracking will be issued with packet.

Timing / Results
CHRONO TRACK TIMING by Elite Running Racing Services. For 2016 we will continue to use Start and Finish Line mats. Chrono Tracking Timing chips will be distributed at packet pickup. Results posted on the timing services website ( and

Post Race Activities
There will be an “Out of this World” Post Race Party complete with music at the finish line, great food & DJ (cafeteria), streamlined awards distribution (cafeteria); door prizes will be drawn and posted in the cafeteria before the race is over; The major prizes (TBA) drawings will be drawn in the cafeteria during the after-race party. Winners must be present to claim the prizes.

The race will be held rain or shine.

The race starts and ends at the Mars Area High School @ 520 Route 228, Mars, PA 16046
Directions from Points South of the PA Turnpike

Take I-79 North to the Route 228/Mars exit (Exit 78). Turn right at the end of the ramp and proceed on Route 228 for approximately 6.5 miles to the Mars High School on the right.

Directions from Points North of the PA Turnpike

Take I-79 South to the Route 228/Mars exit (Exit 78). Turn left at the end of the ramp and proceed on Route 228 for approximately 6.5 miles to the Mars High School on the right.

Directions from points West of I-79

Take the PA Turnpike to exit 28. Follow the signs for I-79 North to Erie. Get on I-79 North. Stay in the right lane and immediately take Exit 78 for Route 228 and Mars. Turn right at the end of the ramp and proceed on Route 228 for approximately 6.5 miles to the Mars High School on the right.

Directions from points East of Route 8.

Take the PA Turnpike to the Butler Valley/Route 8 exit. After going through the toll booth, bear right off the ramp and proceed onto Route 8 North. Follow Route 8 North for approximately 6 miles to Route 228. Turn left at Route 228. Proceed approximately 2 miles to the stop light. The High School entrance is just ahead on the left.

Arrive early to park. Parking will be available at the High School and Middle School parking lots. If you park at the Middle School, please walk across Rt. 228 at the light.

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Year: 2009     Participation


125 men competed in the 2009 8th Annual Mars Band on the Run 125 (56.3%)
    Total finishers: 222


97 women competed in the 2009 8th Annual Mars Band on the Run 97 (43.7%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Nick Edinger    5 K Men 0:17:39 5:42  10.54 mph 
 Paulina Hanczewski   5 K Women 0:21:14 6:51  8.76 mph 
 Joe Farrell   5 K Masters Men 0:21:18 6:52  8.73 mph 
 Debbie Deddo    5 K  Masters Women  0:22:59 7:25  8.09 mph 
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