Despite the April showers, 46 runners and 23 dogs gathered at Youthlinks on a cold Saturday morning to take part in the 3rd Annual Run-A-Hound 5K race in Rockland on April 20th.
Youthlinks would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and local businesses that helped make the 5k a fundraising success and a fun community event.
Thank you to Loyal Biscuit and the Camden Hospital for Animals for sponsoring this year’s event and providing the prize package for the top runner and dog pair. Both sponsors were present to hand out goodies to the race participants and cheer them on as they crossed the finish line. Each sponsor also had their own contestants to root for: Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit ran with her dog Izzy and Patti Tempio Wilson of Camden Hospital for Animals ran with her dog Bacci.
Thank you to Hannaford of Rockland, Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café and Safe Harbor Confections for providing fuel for our runners. Thank you to StrongerFasterHealthier of Waldoboro for providing samples of pet fish oil for the dogs.
Thank you to Maine Coast Construction for providing safety vests for our crossing guards.
Thank you to all of the businesses who donated door prizes, so every runner had a chance of winning something: Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Maine Boats & Harbors, Maine Sport, Maine Street Meats, Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Planet Toys, Rock City Café, Swing & Sway Dancing, University of Rockland, WRFR, and Yankee Clipper.
Finally, congratulations to the top runners. Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his terrier, Murdock, came in first at 17 minutes and 17 seconds. Darren Winchenbach of Waldoboro took first place for the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 19 minutes and 29 seconds. Allison Leonard of Rockland took first place for the Women’s Runners without Dogs class at 25 minutes and 37 seconds. Youthlinks also congratulates 11-year-old Dayton Dinsmore of South Thomaston for taking third place in the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 26 minutes and 38 seconds. The complete race results are available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.
The Run-A-Hound 5K benefits the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.