The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

July 5, 2013

City's Ta Ta Trot could draw 2,000 runners

— SUNBURY — In 2010, 68 people trotted around the Shikellamy State Park in the first Ta Ta Trot.

With little publicity about the event, organizer Julie Rockey knew once people began to hear about the now annual 5K run that they would register in droves.

Rockey, of Northumberland, was correct.

Three years later, nearly 2,000 are expected to be running on the streets of Sunbury on July 13.

“I am so proud of what we have done here,” Rockey said. “This has become a great success for us.”

In 2010, the event raised $3,300 for Geisinger Health System’s Marie Lamey Fund and Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Awareness.

Rockey became hungry to build on that dollar amount and started what she described as a “full-time job.” “But it’s a fun one,” she said.

The Ta Ta Trot raised more than $43,000 in 2012, 147 percent more than it did in 2011.

Attendance for the 2013 race has reached 1,700, and that number continues to grow daily, Rockey said.

“We decided to put some wood boards across the Valley to advertise the event, and we have a huge Facebook presence, so this is just great,” she said. “It’s amazing.”

The Ta Ta Trot has become the second largest race in the Valley, just slightly behind the Run for the Diamonds Thanksgiving Day race in Berwick, Rockey said. This year’s participation could surpass the Run for the Diamonds, which had more than 1,700 entrants last November.

The Ta Ta race will begin by heading south on Fourth Street, making a left at Jefferson Street, then turning right on to North Fifth Street, left on Packer Street, left on to North Sixth Street, left on to Memorial Drive and on to Mile Post Road, where runners will turn around at Renns Road, then make a right on to Shikellamy Avenue and on to North Fourth Street to cross the finish line.

“Sunbury will be busy next Saturday,” Rockey said. “I’m so excited about how this year is going.”

The excitement comes on the heels of another successful Fourth of July 5K race in Mifflinburg, where 782 runners hit the streets on Thursday, more than 100 more participants than the year before.

“We wonder how it can possibly get any bigger, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we have 1,000 runners before long,” Mifflinburg Mayor David Cooney said.

Back in Sunbury, Rockey is getting set for next week.

“I am just so happy and thankful for everyone that is involved,” she said. “We are excited for Saturday.”

For information on the Ta Ta Trot, to sponsor the event or to register, call (570) 214-5066 or visit online at www.tatatrot.com.

1
Text Only
News
  • Amazon worker pilots drone around Space Needle

    Police say an out-of-town Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week.

    July 25, 2014

  • eyebrows.jpg Coming Sunday: Browsing for brows

    As makeup sales soar, four tips to make your eyebrows raise others'. Coming Sunday

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carjacked vehicle strikes crowd, killing 2 kids

    Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her car at gunpoint and drove it into a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, killing two children and critically injuring three other people, police said.

    July 25, 2014

  • Man calls police chief "brain dead"

    A Liberty Township man was cited for placing a sign calling Mahoning Township’s police chief “brain dead and hell bound.”

    July 25, 2014

  • New warden returning to Lewisburg penitentiary

    David J. Ebbert has been tapped to replace Jeff Thomas as warden at United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg.

    July 25, 2014

  • Fast food workers to escalate wage demands

    Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

    July 25, 2014

  • 1plane18.jpg Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

    Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Honduran president: U.S. has enormous responsibility for crisis

    The historic influx of illegal immigrants from Central America is caused primarily by the high demand for illicit drugs in the United States, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Today's Editorial: Child's sensibilities shield bad parents

    Periodically, a decree goes forth from the county seat announcing a special on child support, generally in the form of reducing charges and fines for all those able and willing to make good on some payments now past due.

    July 25, 2014

  • Budd fundraising run to pass Geisinger

    MILTON — It’s “kickstands up” tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. from LT’s Tavern on Route 405 in Milton where hundreds of motorcycles will take off on a run to raise funds for the Budds, the Ohio family whose matriarch, Sharon, recovers at Geisinger Medical Center from grave injuries suffered in a rock-throwing incident two weeks ago.

    July 25, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.