Join us for the 7th annual DEWEY DECIMAL DASH 5K RUN / WALK

and support the Haverford Township Free Library!

This fun, family friendly event is for all ages and fitness levels, and brings our community together to support our Library!

About Us:

People who know Haverford Township know that this is a special place. It is a town where neighbors still know and look out for each other, where small businesses have thrived for generations, where residents feel real pride. Our Library, with 180,000 patron visits each year, is a gateway to community connection through social events, groups and programs that bring people together. Our Library is part of what makes this township an exceptional place to live.

With generous support such as yours, this event has raised almost $100,000 since 2017, helping fulfill our Library’s mission of providing excellent resources, services and programs for all ages. In all, the Library hosts nearly 1,000 programs annually with 27,000 people attending. These range from the literary (author talks, a graphic novel club, the writers group) to the wide-ranging (Lego Club, Science in the Summer, Concerts in the Park, the Quilting Group, and Teen Mindful Yoga). Haverford Township Free Library truly offers something for everyone in our community. Thank You for Your Support!

Did you know that our Library has the highest circulation rates of all libraries in Delaware County? We offer a remarkably diverse collection of both print and digital materials and have earned prestigious recognition with the highest Gold Star designation by the PA Library Association. As we have known for some time, the Library building in its longtime home on Darby Road needs upgraded facilities and additional space. After much planning and hard work to secure significant funding, the Library is set to undergo a major expansion and renovation later this year.


EVENT DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 4th, 2023

  • Registration begins at 7:30 am
  • 5K Run begins at 8:00 am
  • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:15 am

NEW START LOCATION: The Golf Road side of Haverford Middle School (1701 Darby Rd, Havertown, PA 19083)
There is a new start location this year due to library renovations; the course remains the same down Mill Road to Karakung Drive to Manoa Road and back.

Thank you to House Cup Coffee and Sweets On Darby for once again providing delicious coffee & donuts and to The Wawa Foundation for donating water!

  • 5K Course runs down Mill Road, to Karakung Drive, to Manoa and back to the Library
  • 1 Mile Course run/walk down Mill Road to Earlington and back

Virtual participants can run or walk the course anytime, or anywhere between 11/5/23 - 11/11/23 and log times on the Runsignup registration page.

Stay tuned for packet pick-up info!


****** Early bird pricing runs through October 27, 2023 | Regular pricing will begin on October 28th, 2023 *****

5K Individual

Early Bird: $30 through 10/27/23
Regular: $35 through 11/3/23
Day of Race: $40 on 11/4/23

5K Teams of 2+
Early Bird: $25 through 10/27/23
Regular: $30 through 11/3/23
Day of Race: $35 on 11/4/23

1 Mile Run/Walk
Early Bird: $20 through 10/27/23
Regular: $25 through 11/3/23
Day of Race: $30 on 11/4/23

Virtual Run/Walk prices are the same as above




  • The 5K course will start on Golf Road (on the side of Haverford Middle School) to Leedom Rd. to Mill to Karakung Dr. to Manoa Rd and back.
  • The 1 mile course will start Golf Road (on the side of Haverford Middle School) to Leedom Rd. to Mill to Earlington Road and back.

Course Map


Contact Race Director, Mary Bear Shannon, or 610-446-3082 ext 518.

Age Categories / Prizes :

0 - 12
13 - 18
18 - 29
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 - 59
60 - 69
70 and up

Don't feel like running or walking, but still want to donate time to the library?

Volunteer here to assist us with the Dewey Decimal Dash of 2023!

Thank you to our

Business Sponsors!

Joel Perlish Photography

Ranieri and Kerns Associates

Silver Plus
Tri-State Senior Insurance and Health Insurance Enrollment Center


Brookline Dental Associates
Duffy Real Estate - Carolyn Corr

Faust Orthodontics
Nolan Painting
Pucillo Associates

Silver In-Kind
House Cup Coffee Roasters
Sweets on Darby

Cella Financial Consulting
Fay Auto Repair
Foote Orthodontics
Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
Haverford Township Democratic Committee
Haverford Township Rotary
Havertown Animal Hospital
Havertown Community Acupuncture
John Cipollone Heating
JMS Architecture
KDI Office Technology
Kelly Music Center
Kids Grins
Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC
Long and Foster Real Estate ~ Madeline O'Fria
Main Line Kitchen Design
Negrey Eye Associates
Peterson Insurance
Phil Goldsmith
Plant Roots
Ralph's Auto Service
Taddeo’s Greenhouses
The Crossbar
The Haverford Trust Company
Wilkie Lexus
Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop
Your Home Maven
ZZ Health

Bronze In-Kind
Wawa Foundation

McGarrity Moser Auto


Want to become a Business Sponsor?

Click the button below for downloadable form and business sponsor package information.

Thank you to our

Individual and Family Sponsors!

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