The 2014 Beat the Bug 5K Run/2K Walk will take place
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2pm.


  • Downtown West Chester, PA
  • Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration at the United Methodist Church of West Chester, 129 S. High Street, West Chester
  • On street parking is free in West Chester on Sundays.


  • All runners and walkers who register by April 10th will be guaranteed a T-Shirt.
  • All others will receive a T-Shirt while supplies last.
  • You don’t have to be fast to win a prize. All participants will receive a prize.
  • Top finishers in 3 age groups win great local West Chester prizes.
  • Post-race refreshments and prizes awarded at Mitch’s Gym, 322 West Market St, near the finish line.

Registration Fee:

  • Pre-registration (on or before April 20):    Adults $20     Kids $10 (under 15 on race day)
  • Day of the race (after April 20):           Adults $25     Kids $15
  • All the proceeds from the race registration go directly to the Imagine No Malaria campaign.



  • 12 noon: Packet Pickup begins at the United Methodist Church of West Chester.
  • 1:45 pm: Runners and walkers should arrive at the starting line on Church St
  • 2 pm: 5K run and 2K walk starts.


PLEASE NOTE: The Beat the Bug 5K Run/2K Walk takes place rain or shine.

RaceBrochureWebImageRegistration Fees:

  • Pre-registration (on or before April 20):    Adults $20     Kids $10 (under 15 on race day)
  • Day of the race (after April 20):           Adults $25     Kids $15
  • All the proceeds from the race registration go directly to the Imagine No Malaria campaign.

Online registration is being handled by the Chester County Running Store.


Mail-In Registration:  If you would like to register by mail, you may download a registration form and mail it to the Church. A paper registration form is available below.

Race Disclaimer:
In consideration of this entry being accepted, I, intending to be legally bound, hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, waive and release any and all rights I may have against the organization holding this event (The United Methodist Church of West Chester), its sponsors, its agents, representatives, successors, and assigns for any and all injuries suffered by me at said race. I grant full permission for organizers to use photographs of me and quotations from me in legitimate accounts and promotions of this event. No refunds – the race director reserves the right to reject any entry.

In 2014, we’re holding the 3rd Annual Beat the Bug 5K Run/2K Walk­­ and we are asking for your help. The 2014 Beat the Bug 5K Run/Walk will take place Sunday, April 27, 2014. The run/walk will take place on the streets of West Chester and we have received the event permit and the commitment of many volunteers for the event.

Financially, our goal is to have enough donated funds to cover the expenses of the race so that all registration money can be sent directly to Imagine No Malaria.

Would you consider making a donation toward this effort?

We have designated three levels of sponsorship:
- Gold for a gift of $500,
- Silver for a gift of $250, and
- Bronze for a gift of $100.

We appreciate gifts of all sizes. All gifts will be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Please email BeatTheBugRace@gmail.com if you are interested. Thank you.

Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors




  • Beta Sigma Phi
  • Evelyn & Charles Allen
  • Scott and Barbara Crary
  • Dia Doce
  • Gravic, Inc.
  • Lindsay Hennessey, Independent Scentsy Consultant
  • Peg and Bill Kirkey
  • Capri Mancini
  • Bob McPherson Painting and Remodeling Company
  • Ruth Mentzer
  • United Methodist Women of UMCWC
  • Weichert Realtors – Ed Olsavicky
  • Tom and Susan Woods


Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. A continent. Entire nations…slipping away. Slipping through life’s precious net. Unless you hear the buzzing inside you.

Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.

Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We fight malaria with a comprehensive model.

You can learn more about Imagine No Malaria on their web site.

In 2013, we raised over $8,000 for Imagine No Malaira and all of the registration fees went to Imagine No Malaria. Thanks to all the participants and sponsors for helping to eradicate malaria in Africa.

Results from past events:

Here are our photos from the 2013 Beat the Bug 5K Run/2K Walk.


We hope that you’ll join us on April 27, 2014!


Thank you for your interest in the Beat the Bug 5K Run/2K Walk.

Contact Person: Molly Dee Rounsley, Pastoral Assistant
E-mail: BeatTheBugRace@gmail.com
Telephone: 610-692-5190
129 S. High St
West Chester, PA 19382


Resources for area churches

On this page are resources such as sample text for a church bulletin, the race logo, the registration brochure, and flyers/posters. Thank you for being willing to help us publicize this fund raising event.