Keen runner and Pennsylvania-based expert Jeff Bogardo offers a closer look at some of the state’s most popular marathons and racing events.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 20 regular marathon events. Held annually, this year, the state will host more than 25 different marathons ranging from the Philadelphia Trail Marathon, Pittsburgh Marathon, and York Marathon to Run For The Red, the Pine Creek Challenge, and, in Wellsboro, Conquer the Canyon. A keen runner and longtime resident of the Keystone State, Jeff Bogardo provides a closer look at some of Pennsylvania’s biggest and most popular marathons.
“Pennsylvania is home to a huge array of marathons and half-marathons, from Run For The Red in Tannersville to the Pine Creek Challenge in Wellsboro, which is also home to the famous Conquer the Canyon event,” explains Bogardo, a highly experienced runner who has successfully competed in more than 100 races.
“Other notable marathons hosted in the state include the Philadelphia Trail Marathon, Pittsburgh Marathon, and York Marathon,” he continues, “plus the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon and the Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival.”
The Chasing the Unicorn Marathon, or Chasing the Unicorn Marathon & Alternative Half-Marathon, is based in Washington Crossing, according to JefF Bogardo, while the Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival—which includes a marathon, half-marathon, and 10K and 5K races—is held in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania.
Later in the year, and following the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon & Alternative Half-Marathon, there’s also the Erie Marathon at Presque Isle, and Allentown’s Via Marathon, which, along with the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon, and the Pine Creek Challenge in Wellsboro, all take place in September.
These are followed, during October and November, by the GAP Trestles Marathon in Meyersdale, the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, the Veterans Marathon in Blairsville, the Bucks County Marathon in Upper Makefield Township, and the Harrisburg Marathon in Dauphin County, according to running expert Jeff Bogardo. “The year concludes,” he adds, “with the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend at the end of November.”
Originally from New Jersey, Jeff Bogardo relocated to Pennsylvania more than two decades ago and has remained settled in the Lehigh and Northampton counties city of Bethlehem ever since. “Beyond my love of running, I’m also a passionate gardener,” adds Bogardo, wrapping up, “and happily maintain a large garden at my residence in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.”
Jeff Bogardo was born Jeffrey P. Bogardo in Hackensack, New Jersey. Young Bogardo grew up between Morris Plains, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; New Providence, New Jersey; and Birmingham, Alabama. As an adult, Jeff has lived in New Providence, Milburn, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, as well as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he’s now been a resident for more than 20 years. Jeff Bogardo attended New Providence High School in Union County, New Jersey, and Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Alabama, before joining the ranks of Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey. He also later graduated from The Chubb Institute, where the keen runner studied computer programming.
Medal-winning runner Jeff Bogardo wraps up another year of successful racing and sets his sights on some of 2020’s most grueling events.
Completing races ranging from the Run for Life 5K in Easton to the Rock n’ Run 4 Kids 10K, held in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania, in recent years, Jeff Bogardo, from the Lehigh and Northampton counties city of Bethlehem, has enjoyed another fantastic 12 months in sport, embracing his love of running at almost every opportunity throughout 2019.
A keen runner for most of his life, Jeff Bogardo has been racing competitively for many years. Also a keen sportsman more generally, playing in over 25 different tennis leagues while living in New Providence, Milburn, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, and, now, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, alike, it’s racing which is his main passion, however, and Bogardo currently has upwards of 100 road races under his belt.
With 2019 coming to a close and the New Year fast on the approach, Bogardo has his sights set on a number of new milestones in 2020, including beating several of his own personal bests and reaching an even greater number of successfully completed races. “I’ve always loved running,” explains New Jersey native Bogardo, today a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for more than 20 years. “To have now reached more than 100 successfully completed races marks a great milestone in my running career,” adds the passionate sportsman, who frequently races alongside and against his brother, who’s also an avid runner.
In addition to races such as the Run for Life 5K in Easton and the Rock n’ Run 4 Kids 10K in Saucon Valley, Bogardo has also completed some especially grueling racing events in recent years. The Delaware Dash Trail Run, for example, he says, proved to be a particularly tough course, with Bogardo falling multiple times before finishing. “Hosted by Slate Belt YMCA, the Delaware Dash Trail Run was a tough course for me,” he reveals, “and I fell down on at least two occasions before finishing.”
Despite some difficulties, however, Jeff Bogardo still managed to place fifth overall and second in his age category, according to the Bethlehem-based runner. “It’s all part of the fun!” he adds.
As such, Jeff Bogardo is now preparing to tackle a number of similarly grueling events in 2020. “I’m really looking forward to it,” adds the keen sportsman, wrapping up, “and I can’t wait to get started.”
With upwards of 100 road races under his belt, Jeff Bogardo, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, shares his passion for running and racing.
From 5K and up, Jeff Bogardo, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a decorated runner having now competed in more than 100 road races, achieving numerous awards and countless personal bests in the process. Passionate about sports since childhood, and playing in over 25 different tennis leagues, Bogardo reveals more about his first sporting love – running.
“I’ve always loved sports, and, in particular, running,” explains Bogardo, a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Having now sailed through more than 100 successfully completed races, Bogardo has achieved countless increasingly impressive personal bests during his running career. “To have reached 100 successfully completed races marks something of a milestone for me,” remarks the keen sportsman, who often races alongside his brother, who’s also an avid runner.
In recent years alone, Jeff Bogardo has competed in a huge number of races ranging from the Run for Life 5K in Easton, Pennsylvania, to the Rock n’ Run 4 Kids 10K, held in Saucon Valley. A particularly memorable race, and a race of note for Bogardo, however, was the Delaware Dash Trail Run, hosted by Slate Belt YMCA. “The Delaware Dash Trail Run was a tough course,” he reveals, “and I fell twice before finishing in fifth place overall, as well as second in my age category.”
In addition to his love of running and racing, keen sportsman Bogardo is a passionate tennis player, and, during the last two decades, has played in more than 25 different tennis leagues.
Throughout his life, Jeff Bogardo has moved extensively across predominantly easternmost parts of the United States. Prior to moving to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Bogardo was a resident of New Jersey, his home state, for a number of years. Here, the keen runner and sportsman was employed by the Township of Chatham for almost a decade.
Arriving in Pennsylvania, Bogardo took a role with Dun & Bradstreet, the commercial data, analytics, and insights company headquartered in Short Hills, close to his former residence in Millburn, New Jersey. “I was with Dun & Bradstreet for ten years, before my job was offshored,” Bogardo explains. He then joined the City of Bethlehem’s city council, where he worked for a further nine years.
“Outside of work, meanwhile, in my spare time, and further to running, racing, and indulging in my love of other sports, such as tennis, I also maintain a large garden at my residence,” adds Bogardo, wrapping up, “with gardening being something else that I’m also extremely passionate about.”
Jeff Bogardo was born Jeffrey P. Bogardo in Hackensack, New Jersey. Young Bogardo grew up between Morris Plains, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; New Providence, New Jersey; and Birmingham, Alabama. As an adult, Jeff has lived in New Providence, Milburn, and Bridgewater, New Jersey, as well as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he’s now been a resident for more than two decades. Bogardo attended New Providence High School in Union County, New Jersey, and Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Alabama, before joining the ranks of Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey. He would later graduate from The Chubb Institute, having studied computer programming.
As Jeff Bogardo soars past 100 successfully completed road races, from 5K and up, the keen runner, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, reflects on his love for the sport
A keen sportsman from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from tennis to running, it’s road races which are, however, New Jersey native Jeff Bogardo‘s main passion. Sailing through an incredible milestone of 100 successfully completed races, all upwards of five kilometers in length, Bogardo shares a personal look at his love of the sport.
“I’ve always loved sports, and, in particular, running,” reveals Bogardo, a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Now with more than 100 road races under his belt, Jeff Bogardo has completed popular races including the Run for Life 5K in Easton, Pennsylvania, the Rock n’ Run 4 Kids 10K, held in Saucon Valley, and the Delaware Dash Trail Run, hosted by Slate Belt YMCA. “The Delaware Dash Trail Run was a tough course,” recalls Bogardo, “and I fell twice before finishing in 5th place overall, as well as 2nd in my age category.”
Bogardo is now, he says, on a mission to complete a new target of 200 or more races. “I think that would be an incredible personal achievement,” suggests the highly accomplished runner, who’s currently in his mid-fifties.
Jeff Bogardo was born and raised in New Jersey, as well as spending time in Florida and Alabama as a child. The accomplished sportsman returned to New Jersey as an adult before relocating to Pennsylvania more than two decades ago. “I’ve happily been a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the last twenty years now,” he explains.
Bogardo is also a passionate tennis player. “I’ve played in more than 25 different tennis leagues over the last twenty years,” points out the Union County College graduate. Union County College is a public, community college in Union County, New Jersey. Founded in 1933, it was the first of New Jersey’s public community colleges and boasts four campuses: Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, and Scotch Plains. “The college is accredited,” Bogardo reveals, “by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.”
Road racing fan Bogardo later subsequently graduated as well from The Chubb Institute, having studied computer programming.
Outside of his love of tennis, running, and several other sports, Jeff Bogardo is also a keen gardener in his spare time. “In my spare time,” he adds, wrapping up, “I maintain a large garden at my residence in Bethlehem, which I thoroughly enjoy when I’m not running or playing tennis.”