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Brian's Run is going Virtual this year. You have from December 4-December 12 to complete the 5 mile run or two mile walk. All proceeds will benefit the family of Ronnie Pernsley. Ronnie was on the custodial staff at Henderson High School for over 40 years. He passed away suddenly this fall. He was an integral part of the Henderson Community. There is no charge but we would like to ask for a donation to the cause.
Brian's Run is a 5 mile race through the heart of West Chester. It has been listed as a "Top 10 Race To Do" by Philly Magazine and is one of the longest running races in the area.
Brian’s Run began in 1978 as a one-time fund raising event to benefit Brian Bratcher, a West Chester Henderson High School football player who sustained a life-challenging spinal cord injury at the age of 15 during a scrimmage.
Brian was paralyzed that year, and his friends, their parents and the community as a whole wanted to help.
They organized a race and hoped to raise $500. That first year, 2,000 runners participated and the effort raised $20,000 to help Brian with his expenses. After 1979, Brian felt he had benefited enough from the proceeds and asked to have others benefit from the annual event.
The race for years has raised funds for disabled people from the community who need help with physical mobility, seeing and communication.
In 2009, the race changed from a 10k to a 5 mile lop. The course is a challenging out and back through West Chester, starting and ending at Henderson High Schiool, Brian’s alma mater.
In year's past, the race has attracted thousands of runners – ranging from locals to nationals and international participants — and has been called one of the “100 Great Races” by Runner’s World and one of the “Top 10 Philly Races To Do” by Philadelphia Magazine. In recent years, the race-day activities have drawn about 3,000 participants and many spectators who spend the day volunteering and cheering on the runners.
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