Runners from across the Lehigh Valley participated in the Third Annual Emmaus Splash and Dash 5K July 22.
Forty runners ran the 3.1-mile course that started at Emmaus Community Park, meandered through the streets of the town's south side, and finished at the park.
After the early evening race that began at 6:30 p.m., runners could also cool off with an optional use of the community pool.
Matt Gillette of Orefield was the top male finisher as he logged a time of 16:57, a stellar 5:28 pace per mile.
For the past 35 years, his name has been as recognized as anyone in football and basketball circles in the Lehigh Valley.
For the past year, however, Frank Scagliotta quietly has worked behind the scenes, helping the Catasauqua football program regain its respectability.
The veteran, former head football coach and former NCAA basketball official rejoined the staff of Roughies' head coach Phil Dorn last fall as defensive coordinator, unbeknownst to many across the Valley.
Ricky Houser probably would have written a better ending to his senior season at Catasauqua.
Yet, the versatile three-sport athlete still had plenty to be proud about his final year in the Brown and White as he showed a true sense of determination and perseverance.
No matter the outcome, though, Houser was still content being involved with sports.
For his performances, Houser has been named the Catasauqua Press Male Athlete of the Year Award winner.
This fall, Shiloh Sziy is making the transition from a small stage to a big one. But her contributions will still be remembered on the smaller one.
Sziy recently completed a well-rounded senior season as well as a stellar four-year career at Catasauqua. For her accomplishments this year, she has been named as the Catasauqua Press Female Athlete of the Year.
This season, like the others, Sziy was not only a member of the Roughies' basketball, field hockey, and softball squads, but she also managed to be a major member of the cheerleading squad.
Catasauqua head boys basketball coach Eric Snyder is optimistic his team's performance during the summer can carry over to the regular season during the winter.
The latest episode was at the Stellar Basketball Tournament where the Roughies dropped two of their three games. It wasn't reflective of just final scores, but instead one of the team's work ethic and determination this summer.
The Roughies lost to Washington, N.J., beat Jim Thorpe, and then lost to Whitehall to finish with an overall 1-2 record.
Like they have in recent years across the country, running races have found a home in the Lehigh Valley.
"It is definitely one of the hot things going on right now," said Rochelle Romeo, managing director of Run Lehigh Valley. "There have been more and more events popping up lately.
"More running events have been coming to the Lehigh Valley. It really seems to be growing quickly."
After seeing some progress during his first year at the helm, Catasauqua head girls' basketball coach Ed Seidick is anxious to take his team to the next level.
Their initial step will be in the Catasauqua summer basketball league to help improve their 3-19 record last season.
"Things are going well," said Seidick. "We are playing much better than we did during the regular season. The kids are playing well together. With them having some other commitments, we are getting seven or eight girls and sometimes more.
Despite not playing on a high school basketball court the past few years, James Snyder and a group of former Roughie players still share a special bond.
Snyder and several ex-players, who played with him and for his father Eric on the high school team, are playing this summer in the Catasauqua and North Catasauqua men's basketball leagues.
The former Roughie standouts are members of the Friel Chiropractic squad in the Catasauqua League and Caramuci Dentistry in the North Catasauqua League. Players on both teams have played together in the leagues for the past three years.
Since the beginning of summer, Catasauqua summer basketball leagues have been in high gear.
As always, the Catasauqua Playground Summer League, the North Catasauqua Adult Summer League have been very competitive. In fact, there may be a large amount of parody floating in the air.
"Every year, we have around six or seven teams that are in contention," said Catasauqua boys' basketball coach Eric Snyder recently, who oversees both of the men's leagues. "This season, we have more teams in both the men's leagues that are really in the mix.
There was a time last season when Catasauqua suited 24 players for a varsity game.
Injuries and inexperience plagued the Roughies last year, as they struggled through a rebuilding year from a Colonial League championship and deep playoff run.
In fact, they had four freshmen starting in last year's annual Thanksgiving Day skirmish with Northampton.
First-year head coach Phil Dorn realistically knew his team had the odds stacked against them to repeat as league champions, but he expected them to compete.