36th Annual Bernie’s Memorial 3 Mile Run/Walk

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Register Here!

Pre-registration is $20 and must be done online at

**We will not be accepting paper in-house registrations this year. Please visit our friendly welcome center if you need assistance registering online.**

Same day registration opens at 7am on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre for $25.
Shirts will be first come, first serve.


Six years ago, Rich underwent surgery. After completing post-surgery rehab, Rich struggled to maintain a healthy stability. He elected to enroll in the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s (WBYMCA) “Your Nurse Program” and after three years, Rich is stable, healthy, and once again enjoying life.

The WBYMCA is proud to host the 36th Annual Bernie’s Run on July 4, 2019 which benefits the “Your Nurse Program” and helps so many of your neighbors just like Rich. This program provides a medical professional to oversee exercise programs for patients with the help of their physicians in a wellness setting.

Sponsorship of Bernie’s Run will directly help provide access to a nurse for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity. Our goal this year is $20,000 and we know that with the help of caring partners like you, we can succeed, just like Rich!

“I will continue this life-extending system for the rest of my life. I’m 87-years-old and aiming for 100!” -Rich

Please take a moment to look over the sponsorship form below and help us make this year’s Bernie’s Run a success! Forms can be returned to Lauranel Banks by May 30.

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In 1984, to honor the celebration of our nation’s Independence Day, the Wilkes-Barre YMCA staged its first 3 mile run. That inaugural run attracted 28…

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Bernie Hargadon, a past YMCA director, prime athlete and originator of this race, passed away from an unforeseen genetic heart condition.  Bernie’s dream was to create an achievable race for everyone.  In 1984 he did it and thousands of runners have achieved Bernie’s dream since then.

Year over year we continue to grow the race and help Bernie’s dream live on.  Since being memorialized, Bernie’s Run has grown to serve nearly 700 runners annually and their families and friends.

Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA makes an impact in the local community with proceeds from Bernie’s Run supporting heart health and wellness programs at the YMCA.  We use funds to create and implement beneficial programs with state of the art equipment so that we can serve our local community on their health and wellness journey.

Run/Walk Details

Start Time: 8:30am
Location: River Street
Course: South Wilkes-Barre
Finish: Public Square

Awards: The top 3 Male and Female participants in both the Run and the Walk will receive special awards. The top 2 participants in each age category will receive medals.

Age Groups: New this year 10 & Under!

11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70 & Over.

Packet Pickup: You can pick up your pre-registered packet at the YMCA front desk on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. There will be day of packet pickup at public square on July 4th from 7am to 8am.

Check out the course map!


  • FREE Event
  • Ages 2 to 10 years
  • T-Shirts given to pre-registered participants
  • Pre-registration closes 6/21/2019 for the Kid’s Fun Run
  • Medals Awarded to all finishers
  • Runners need to be at starting line at 9am

When:  Thursday, July 4th
Time:  9:15am
Start:  Intersection of W. Ross & South Main St.
Finish line:  Public Square

Kids Register Here

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