YARDLEY BOROUGH >> Cloudy skies and comfortable mid-April temperatures welcomed youngsters, parents and grandparents to Buttonwood Park on Saturday for the town’s annual egg hunt.
Organized by the Yardley Borough Recreation Board, the event sent kids in three different age group categories scampering across the grass in front of the park’s pavilion in search of 1,000 brightly colored eggs.
Inside the plastic eggs, which park board members stuffed during a recent meeting and had scattered across the grass moments before the start of the hunt, the kids found fun stuff to take home. And a handful of lucky kids also found golden eggs, which were redeemable for treats at the Yardley Ice House.
Park board leaders Anne Heasley, Sue Schneck and Carol Such, along with a group of park board volunteers, watched as the kids and parents had a ball collecting the eggs, noting that the hunt is one of the many joys of living in a small town.
“Wow,” said Heasley of the turnout. “You think no one is coming and then all the sudden people show up. There’s a lot of interest in eggs.”
Next up for the Yardley Borough Recreation Board will be its first ever Memorial Main Street Mile, which debuts on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
The chip-timed race steps off at 8 a.m. from Wells Fargo Bank on South Main and concludes at the Yardley Friends Meetinghouse located just north of the Afton and Main Street intersection.
“Like the Sixth Avenue Mile in New York, it’s the concept of a straight shot down a street,” said Jim Balmer, who is helping to organize the race for the recreation board. “I thought we have a perfect mile right here in Yardley, why not do it here? But the only time we could do it was on Memorial Day because of the road closure.”
Tying the event into the meaning of the day, the recreation board will donate the proceeds from the one mile race to American Legion Post 317.
Awards will be given for First Place Overall Male and Female, plus Gender-Specific Age Groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over. (Age Group awards will be based on elapsed time, not order of finish.)
Walkers and strollers are welcome in this race, but must finish within 20 minutes to participate in the awards ceremony (walkers, please start in the back). There is a 30 minute course limit for the race.
To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Yardley/MemorialMainStreetMile
Also, mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Yardley 5K Race, which takes its mark in Buttonwood Park on June 2.
For complete race details including course map and registration information, visit Yardley5K.com.
Awards will be given to First Place Overall Male and Female, plus Gender-Specific Age Groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and new this year, 70 plus. First 200 entrants receive a free t-shirt.
The registration fee is $25 now through May 20. After that, the fee increases to $30.
Participants can also “Do the Double.”
From now through May 20, for a $35 fee participants can sign up for both the traditional Yardley 5K and Yardley's brand new Memorial Main Street Mile. There will be a special award for best combined finish for the top three males and females in both races.
In addition, during the weeks leading up to the race a “Walk 2 Run” Group will be meeting every week to get in shape for the race. Anyone interested can meet at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in Buttonwood Park.
Join the Yardley Borough Rec Board Group on a “Meetup” app to keep up-to-date on extra training sessions and weather announcements for Walk 2 Run.