Sportsman Jeff Bogardo celebrates after topping personal milestone in running.
Passionate about running for much of his life, Jeff Bogardo has celebrated recently after completing his 100th race. Combining marathons and a variety of road and trail races from 5K and up, Jeff Bogardo, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is also an avid tennis player in his spare time.
“For over 20 years, I’ve enjoyed playing in more than two dozen different tennis leagues,” reveals Jeff Bogardo, born Jeffrey P. Bogardo in Hackensack, New Jersey, “but my main passion will always be running.”
A graduate of Union County College in Union County, New Jersey, Jeff Bogardo has since lived in Miami, Florida, and Birmingham, Alabama, before settling in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he’s now been a resident for more than two decades. “It’s been a wonderful place to live for the past 20 years,” suggests Bogardo of the Lehigh and Northampton counties city.
Pennsylvania is famed for a number of highly popular marathons and racing events, ranging from the Philadelphia Trail Marathon to the Pine Creek Challenge. The state also hosts Run For The Red, Conquer the Canyon, and, of course, the annual Pittsburgh Marathon. “There’s a race known as the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon, too,” adds Union County College graduate Jeff Bogardo, “plus the always popular Two Rivers Marathon Race Festival in Lackawaxen.”
Also graduating from The Chubb Institute, where he studied computer programming, in addition to tennis and running, Jeff Bogardo is a passionate gardener as well, maintaining a beautiful, large garden at his home in Bethlehem.
It was, however, on the basis of his love of running that Bogardo set himself a particular personal milestone: to successfully complete 100 competitive racing events.
Not only has Jeff Bogardo now passed this milestone, but, he says, he’s storming toward the next one. “It feels incredible to now have more than 100 races under my belt,” says the sportsman, who’s recently completed races including Run for Life in Easton and Rock n’ Run 4 Kids in Saucon Valley, as well as the famous—and famously grueling—Delaware Dash.
“A trail run, the Delaware Dash was particularly tough!” reveals Bogardo. This, however, has done nothing to slow him down. In fact, after finishing 2nd in his age category and coming 5th overall in the Delaware Dash, and further performing exceptionally well in a number of subsequent races, too, Jeff Bogardo has wasted no time in coming up with a new milestone.
“I’ve now made it my mission,” he reveals, “to complete a new milestone of 200 races, something which I feel would be a doubly impressive personal achievement.”
Jeff Bogardo’s friends and family, he says, wish him well. “My friends and family are behind me all the way,” he adds, wrapping up, “and I’m looking forward to working my way toward my new 200-race milestone moving forward.”
As an avid runner with over 100 races to his credit, Jeff Bogardo continues to showcase his support for competitive racing. He’s announced his goal to compete in 200 or more races and has offered training advice for new runners.
“I think it would be an incredible personal achievement.”, noted Jeff Bogardo regarding his race target. He continues to run a myriad of races including marathon distance courses. His accolades include notable finishes in the Rock n’ Run 4 Kids 10K, held in Saucon Valley, and the Delaware Dash Trail Run, hosted by Slate Belt YMCA. Despite falling twice during the Deleware Dash, he still managed to place 5th overall.
Jeff Bogardo believes in supporting the running community by offering advice for new or intermediate runners. He notes creating the right training routines is critical for effective race day performance. Tips include to never underestimate the importance of training, and completing short, regular runs building up to race day. For long distance races such as marathons, it’s critical to complete two 18-mile runs before race day. It’s also critical not to over-train.
Racing is a sociable event, which is why Jeff Bogardo recommends running with friends while training. It helps to improve morale and provides encouragement to tackle new racing goals. Whether running at elevation or on city streets, training with friends makes a difference. He also underscores the importance of running equipment, such as the right footwear, as it relates to the overall performance of runners on race day. The right hydration equipment and clothing also make a significant impact.
Through running long distance races, trail runs and sprint length courses, Jeff Bogardo showcases his passion for the sport. A recognizable participant on race day, he continues to be an integral part of the racing community for new and veteran runners alike. He coaches runners on the optimal training methods gleaned from years of experience and success tackling the most challenging races.
For over 20 years, Jeff Bogardo has been a resident of Bethlehem, PA, and has competed in road races 5 kilometers and up. He’s also participated in over 25 different tennis leagues. As a computer programmer educated at the Chubb Institute, he’s given back to the community through his 9-year tenure working for the City of Bethlehem. He continues to support competitive racing.
Veteran marathon runner Jeff Bogardo shares three vital tips for those looking to take up long-distance running.
Covering just over 26 miles or 42 kilometers, marathon events are one of the toughest types of race faced by many runners, experienced and aspiring alike. A veteran of long-distance running, Jeff Bogardo, who last year completed his 100th road race, offers a trio of tips for those keen to take up the sport.
From 5K upward, Jeff Bogardo has, to date, successfully completed in excess of 100 road races. “Some of my favorite shorter races include Run for Life 5K, which takes place in Easton, Pennsylvania, Rock n’ Run 4 Kids, a 10K race held in Saucon Valley, and the famous Delaware Dash Trail Run, overseen by Slate Belt YMCA,” reveals keen runner Bogardo.
In his last outing at the Delaware Dash, Jeff Bogardo placed 5th overall. “This,” adds the seasoned runner, “was despite falling twice over the course of the race, which takes in a notoriously tough route.”
Regardless of the length of any race, Jeff Bogardo says it’s vital to be prepared, but especially so when training for a marathon. “Don’t underestimate the importance of training, even if you’re already fit and an experienced runner,” suggests Bogardo, revealing his first of three tips for aspiring marathon runners.
Even regular runners rarely cover marathon distances on their usual running routes, according to the expert. “New and aspiring marathon runners should start with or maintain short, regular runs, but in the days or weeks before a marathon event, it’s vital that everyone completes at least one long run,” adds Bogardo. Focus on first successfully completing two 18 mile runs, Jeff Bogardo suggests, before tackling at least one marathon-length run, in preparation for the main event. “Even if you’ve completed marathons in the past, it’s always advisable to be prepared, and to remind yourself of exactly what’s in store,” he adds.
“Secondly, when training, run with friends,” advises Jeff Bogardo. “Actual marathon events are often sociable affairs, with hundreds or thousands of other participants, so running with friends is a great way to both train and to prepare,” adds the expert.
Perhaps Jeff Bogardo’s most crucial piece of advice, however, he says, centers around the right running gear. “Invest in the best footwear you can afford, and replace tired trainers as they become worn out,” Bogardo suggests. Socks and appropriate clothing for the rest of the body are similarly important, according to the expert. “Remember to consider the weather, and the climate more generally, too, especially in the days leading up to the event,” adds Bogardo, “and wear the appropriate gear on the day.”
An avid sportsman, Jeff Bogardo, originally from New Jersey, and now a resident of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for more than 20 years, is also a keen tennis player. “It’s long-distance running, however,” adds New Jersey native Bogardo, wrapping up, “which remains my primary sporting passion.”
Bethlehem resident Jeff Bogardo signs up for this year’s local St. Luke’s Via Marathon.
Set to once again take place later this year, the annual St. Luke’s Via Marathon supports children and adults with disabilities in and around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and across Lehigh and Northampton counties and further afield. Recently signed up for the event, medal-winning runner Jeff Bogardo provides a closer look at the race and the work of Via of the Lehigh Valley.
“Scenic, nicely shaded almost throughout, and with a net descent drop of 240 feet, St. Luke’s Via Marathon is deservedly popular year in and year out,” explains Bogardo, a resident of the marathon’s co-hosting city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It’s also an attractive qualifying run, he says, for the famous Boston Marathon.
The average runner’s time for the St. Luke’s Via Marathon is just shy of four hours. “In fact, for the past few years, the average runner’s time has been almost exactly three hours and 59 minutes,” reveals medal-winning road racer Bogardo.
St. Luke’s Via Marathon is also a fantastic opportunity to fundraise for a great cause, according to Jeff Bogardo. “By getting involved with St. Luke’s Via Marathon, people are joining a 68-year-long tradition, courtesy of Via of the Lehigh Valley, in supporting those with disabilities, in retirement, and much more,” Bogardo reveals.
“Since 1952,” he continues, “Via of the Lehigh Valley has supported vital services for people and their families ranging from early childhood developmental support to helping people with disabilities and those in retirement to lead the best possible life our community can offer.”
Via of the Lehigh Valley is a nonprofit organization that provides services for adults and children with disabilities in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Pike, Monroe, Berks, and Bucks counties. Via has now overseen the marathon’s host cities of Allentown and Bethlehem’s annual racing events for more than a decade.
The event is sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Founded almost 150 years ago, St. Luke’s is a nonprofit, fully integrated, regional network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at over ten different hospitals and upwards of 300 outpatient sites.
Closer to home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, meanwhile, more than 45,000 people, Jeff Bogardo reveals, have now benefited from the services that Via provides. “With support, St. Luke’s Via Marathon can continue Via of the Lehigh Valley’s legacy of excellence,” he adds.
Interested parties can get involved by either running, volunteering at, donating to, or sponsoring the St. Luke’s Via Marathon, according to medal-winning road racer Bogardo. “This year’s St. Luke’s Via Marathon, in and around Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,” he adds, wrapping up, “takes place on Sunday, September 13.”
To learn more or to register for the 2020 St. Luke’s Via Marathon, head to https://www.viamarathon.org/.
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.”