Mother Nature served up spectacular weather on Saturday at the 8th annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K. With nearly 300 registered runners and walkers at the August 5th event, the race has become a summer tradition in the town of Newport, with many of the same participants, sponsors and vendors returning year after year.
In fact lead sponsor MySherpa, with a team of two dozen runners and walkers, received special recognition this year — the “5k Sponsor Achievement Award” for helping to raise $10,000 for the Delaware KIDS Fund over seven continuous years of sponsorship. The award was presented by Ryan Kennedy, director of marketing at Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc., the company that founded the event with the goal of raising critical support for underserved and malnourished kids in Newport and elsewhere around the state.
“Today you all are going to raise funds to support 67,000 meals,” said Tom Hanna of Harvey, Hanna & Associates as he welcomed runners and walkers. One in five children in Delaware is food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. “Our mission here today is to try to change that. And with your help, we will get there,” said Hanna.
Thomas Harvey also shared similar sentiments. “Reaching out to the community and helping in other ways is a core value of ours. So thank you all for showing up here on early on Saturday morning to help us help our community.”
In Newport there are 1,100 elementary children, and 71% of those youth live at or below the poverty line (twice the national average). KIDS stands for Kids in Distressed Situations.
TSD readers will be familiar with the name of the overall race winner: 16-year-old Connor Nisbet of Wilmington, with a time of 17:33. Twenty-nine-year-old Melissa Cummings, also of Wilmington, was the top female runner coming in at 21:07. Races2Run.com again managed the course, registration, chip times and awards.
In addition to the race, there were fun and games for kids of all ages, DJ music, a race photo booth, Dino’s ice cream truck, beer by Twin Lakes Brewery and delicious food afterwards at the James Street Tavern. Congratulations to all!
Saturday’s event kicked off the Delaware KIDS Fund race series — the next takes place this Saturday, August 12th in Dewey Beach.