RACE RECAP - Run For Aaron 2019
This was the 13th year of Run For Aaron. That’s like.. a whole teenager! Not many races around here last that many years, so it’s an awesome thing to see the Ploch family keeping this great Vineland tradition going. It was recently confirmed that 2 popular races in the area were not coming back for the 2019 Season. Run 4 Ricky (seriously? Like, damn.) and the CCC Alumni 5k won’t be happening and there’s no word as to whether they’ll be back. Speaking from experience, it’s not as easy as people think to put on a 5k these days. Race production isn’t as simple as “build it and they will come” like it used to be. People need to be sold on the experience and given a good enough reason to get up at 7 am on a Saturday. The story of Aaron Ploch and the great things his family has done to honor him are well known throughout the area provide more than enough reason for people to support year after year.
It’s a lot of work for what can feel like a small return sometimes, so we get why some people may decide to move on to other projects. But we’re grateful for those who see past the difficulties and continue to put in the work year after year. Events like the Run For Aaron are what keep the #RunVineland community going.
64 out of 100 runners were from Vineland
Fastest Male - 18:40
Fastest Female - 23:19
Youngest Finisher - 7 years
Oldest Finisher - 71 years
53 Females and 47 Males
See full results here.
SCR vet and last years Grand Prix champ, Estevan Barreras came in first overall with relative newcomer to the crew, Harlen Jones not far behind to take 3rd place overall with a time of 19:21. This is an easy course with the potential for runners to get some good times in if they run the mostly downhill first mile right. A cool thing about this race is that the director, and Aarons brother, Ryan Ploch runs in the race too and is pretty fast! He finished 7th overall with a time of 21:17. That’s not something you see often considering the majority of 5k’s are organized by charity groups and not usually active runners, so it’s kind of refreshing to have an event director that knows what it’s like to pound the pavement in a road race.
All in all, it was a good spring race with ideal weather and a great example of how strong events make an even stronger community. The SCR crew went home with 2 trophies and about a dozen or so medals. $2,798 were raised from this event to benefit Aaron’s Fund, Inc, which supports local scholarships and charities in the Vineland area in honor of Aaron Ploch (more info here.). Boys and Girls Club of Vineland also received a portion of the proceeds from this years race.