On Friday, August 19, Arena’s Deli & Bar in downtown Milford hosted the Second Annual Running of the Goat 5K benefiting the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. In support for The Club, over 300 runners registered for the race along the Mispillion Riverwalk and Goat Island Nature Preserve. In addition, at least one hundred other participants joined the fun at the outdoor after party at Arena’s that included live entertainment and food off the grill.
Event organizer Ramsey Schrader, partner at Arena’s Deli & Bar and event committee member, was excited about the turnout. “It was a fantastic turnout, a ton of kids for the kids run,” said Schrader. “We hope it continues to grow.”
Runners of the 5K had the opportunity to discover several key areas of the downtown district in Milford. Traversing the Mispillion Riverwalk, runners crossed over Walnut Street which hosts many retail and specialty boutiques, raced through BiCentennial Park and around the historic Vineyard Shipyard on their way to the Milford Dog Park and Goat Island Nature Preserve.
“If you wanted to experience downtown Milford, you will do it tonight. This course is exciting and you will see some great things,” said event organizer Joe Gannon as he talked with runners at the starting line. “Just remember that this course does not allow for under 18 minuted, the Goat will not allow it.”
Only one runner, Alexander Hampel of Middletown, DE, beat Joe’s challenge coming in with an impressive time of 16:24. The closest to reach Hampel was over two minutes behind him. Full results of the 2016 Running of the Goat can be found at http://www.novatimingsystems.com/results.aspx?race_id=8982
Money raised through sponsorships, runners and additional funds from after party attendees will help the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club continue to provide programs at the Club that are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Club’s before and after care from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, is aimed at changing the lives of not only the children who attend every day but also their families and the community at large. In addition to providing daily guidance and mentoring, the Club offers structured programming throughout the year which has supported improved academic performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in local elementary, middle and high schools.
Schrader was impressed by the support at this year’s event and looks forward to the event expanding with greater numbers. “I see a lot of faces that I don’t normally see around town,” he said. Schrader hoped that families at the event recognized “the sense of community that Milford has and how may people show up to support a great cause.”
Several other fundraising events supporting the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club will take place over the next 12 months. The Cocktials and Conversations night will be held at the Milford Club in November, the Bowl-A-Thon at the Milford Lanes will be held in March of 2017 and the Kids Fest event will be held at the Club in June of 2017. Families and community members are encouraged to visit The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club off Airport Road at 101 Delaware Veterans Boulevard. For more information on events and Club services, individuals are encouraged to visit them on Facebook at Milford BG Clubs or call 302-422-4453.