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Ben and Tim Day

Sat August 24, 2024 Hershey, PA 17033 US Directions


Ben and Tim Day - 5K

$25 9:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT Price increases after July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Ben and Tim Day - 1 Mile Fun Run

$12 10:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Price increases after July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Ben and Tim Day - Virtual Run

$20 Registration ends August 20, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

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550 Homestead Road
Hershey High School
Hershey, PA US 17033


Hershey High School (Google Maps)
550 Homestead Road, Hershey, PA  17033

August 24, 2024

9:00 AM for the 5K Run, 10:00 AM for the 1 Mile Fun Run

5K Registration until June 1: $20
5K Registration until August 1: $25 (T-Shirts guaranteed with registration until August 1)
5K Registration from August 1 – August 20:  $30
5K Registration on August 23 & 24:  $35

1-Mile Fun Run until June 1:  $10
1-Mile Fun Run until August 1:  $12 (T-Shirts guaranteed with registration until August 1)
1-Mile Fun Run from August 1-20:  $15
1-Mile Fun Run on August 23 & 24:  $17

Virtual Registration until August 24: $20 (T-Shirts guaranteed with registration until August 1, $5 extra if the t-shirt is mailed to you after the race)

Pre-Registration Packet Pick-up & Race Registration
Friday, August 23 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Hershey High School
Saturday, August 24 from 7:00 am – 8:40 am at Hershey High School

5K Course – Certified by USATF, Certified Course #15043WB
Split times will be provided at 1-mile and 2-mile marks of the 5K with water near the midpoint. Water and fruit will be provided at the finish line area.  Showers and lockers are not available.

NOVA Timing Systems will chip time using the MyLaps disposable BibTags.

From Harrisburg Area: From 83N, go onto 322E toward Hershey. Take Ephrata Exit and proceed through 5 lights. Turn left onto Homestead Road. Hershey High is on the immediate left.

From Lancaster Area: Take 283W to 743N (Hershey/Elizabethtown exit). Turn right and proceed approximately 6 miles on 743N to Homestead Road. Turn right onto Homestead. Cross Rte. 322E. Hershey High School is on the left.

From Lebanon/Palmyra Area: Follow 422W to the light at Homestead Road (just before the chocolate factory). Turn left onto Homestead Road. The high school is approximately ½ mile on the right.

No awards will be given away until the awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will begin at the conclusion of the Fun Run.

5K Run: $200 for first place, $150 for second place, $100 for third place, $75 for fourth place, $50 for fifth place, for both male and female participants. $50 will be awarded to Masters winners, male and female. No duplicates.

Prizes will also be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category and many random prizes will be awarded.

     5K Age Categories: 13 & Under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Over.  Awards given to top 3 runners in each age group.

Fun Run/Walk: Goodie bag will be given to all participants ages 12 and under.

On January 23, 1992, Ben Yupcavage and Tim Russell, both Hershey High School athletes, were tragically killed in an automobile accident.  In their memory, the Yupcavage and Russell families established the Tim Russell – Ben Yupcavage Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Now in its 33rd year, the event which has become known as “Ben & Tim Day”, has maintained this scholarship fund in loving memory of and as a tribute to Ben and Tim.

Tim Russell exemplified the spirit of the sport of running as a leader, an inspiration, and a friend. He was as gracious in winning as he was in defeat. As a person and athlete, he possessed and demonstrated qualities that set an example for others to emulate and follow.

As a freshman, Tim became a key part of and contributor to his Cross Country Team which placed as State AA Runner Up Champions in 1989. For the next two years, Tim held the distinction of being the team’s number one runner and led the team to the State Cross Country Championship Title in 1990.

Ben, known to many as “Yuppy”, was a serious student, musician, and soccer player. Active on and off the soccer field, Ben was an honor roll student and member of the Student Council, the Yearbook and Production staff, and HHS Brass Ensemble. His love for soccer started in the first grade and continued through to varsity soccer at Hershey High where he was a standout player fiercely proud of his team and loyal to his teammates.

Off the field, Ben could be found encouraging his brother on the JV Soccer Team, assisting his little sister’s team and coach in addition to refereeing games for younger township teams. In soccer, as well as academics, Ben set a standard and displayed a passion to be admired by all who knew him.

The Yupcavage and Russell families extend their deepest appreciation to the dedicated organizers and generous sponsors of each year’s event and to countless friends and neighbors who come each year to honor and remember Ben and Tim. It is this dedication and support that enables the scholarships given in their memory to deserving Hershey High School students.

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