The running community is alive and well in the Town of Milford. On Saturday October 17, seventeen local runners toed the starting line at the DuPont Nature Center in Slaughter Beach located at the mouth of the Mispillion River and the former location of the Mispillion Lighthouse, for a 10 mile race to the finish line located at Arenas Deli & Bar and the Mispillion Riverwalk in downtown Milford.
The race was unsanctioned in what the organizers called a rogue race invitational titled “The Goose 10”. Ramsey Schrader, Brad Dennehy, Joe Gannon and Casey Kenton, all Milfordians), began cultivating the idea last month of hosting a long distance point to point race from Slaughter Beach to downtown Milford and finishing along the beautiful Mispillion Riverwalk. “We all felt that a long distance point to point race from Slaughter Beach to Milford was an awesome idea for the fall and that there were a number of local runners who would participate in the race,” said Gannon.
The theme and mascot of the race was the Canada goose hence the name, “The Goose 10”. Each runner was asked to wear a plain white t-shirt which was stenciled in a silhouette resembling a Canada goose along with a race “bib” number of the runner’s preferred choice. Local runner Erik Farinas was presented with a life size Canada goose decoy designed by a local carver Harold Haman, as he won the race with a time of 1:09:55. Following the race, each runner was presented with a hand carved oyster knife labeled “The Goose 10” and fresh oysters and craft beer were provided by Arenas Deli & Bar.
“This was the inaugural year for The Goose 10 and our hope is to legitimize the race into an organized and promoted event in 2016. The race course is one of the most picturesque areas in Sussex County and we also wanted to highlight the Mispillion Riverwalk and downtown Milford,” said Dennehy. Milford is a great town and our goal is to continue to promote fun local events to support the downtown area,”
All race proceeds were donated to the Sussex County Land Trust, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education. Since its inception since 2002, the Sussex County Land Trust has raised in excess of $4 million in private funds and has been involved in the preservation of nearly 6,000 acres.
“We believe in the mission and objective of the Sussex County Land Trust and hope to continue to support the organization through great events such as “The Goose 10”,” said Kenton who is also a SCLT trustee.