The idea for the Bucks 5K Series began in 1995. Our founders had been directing individual races in the area that occasionally fell on the same date, splitting the possible entrants of each race in two. The two races in conflict that year were the Special Equestrians 10K Race at Lake Galena directed by Susan Pajer of Training Zone Sports, and the Chalfont Challenge directed by Bea Barr.
They decided it would be beneficial to synchronize their schedules to avoid overlapping. Other area races that ran in the Spring were asked to join the schedule. When Susan Pajer saw the list of races, she said, “we should start a series”. The original directors were Bea Barr for the Chalfont Challenge, Susan Pajer for Special Equestrians, Beth Birch and Sharon Schanbacker for the YMCA 5K, and Diane Crooke for the Doylestown 5K. The initial meeting took place at Training Zone Sports, hosted by David Pajer.
The Series was incorporated as a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization in 1998. Our official, legal name was The Bucks County Spring Challenge Series. This was such a mouthful, that we shortened it to Bucks 5K Series for better branding. Beth Birch was the first President and Secretary and Karen Rife, the first Vice President and Treasurer.
The Series would go on to support the (now 6) races by absorbing the costs of timing, awards, post-race refreshments, public relations, marketing, and ideas to make the individual races more unique.