The Town of Slaughter Beach, part of the Delaware Bayshore Byway, will host the second annual Running from the Greenheads 5K Run/Walk, presented by Penn Jersey Building Services, Inc., on Sunday, May 5. This event benefits the Slaughter Beach Memorial Fire Company, and is a collaboration between the Town, the Memorial Fire Company, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). All proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Fire Company to show our appreciation to our first responders.
“The name of the race recognizes the annual arrival in Slaughter Beach of the infamous greenhead flies,” said Slaughter Beach Mayor Harry Ward, “and we hope the funny name conveys that this is going to be a fun event. In actuality, the flies won’t be here in May when the race is held. This year’s race will have a Cinco de Mayo theme and fun family activities are planned for kids of all ages.”
“The Town of Slaughter Beach has a strong Bayshore culture and history and a passion to conserve the natural beaches and marshes that surround it,” said Ward. “We look forward to sharing that heritage and spirit of conservation with the participants and their families and friends who decide to join us for this second annual 5K.”
Participants visiting Slaughter Beach for the Running from the Greenheads 5K Race and Walk are invited to take some time following the race to enjoy additional activities and are encouraged to explore the community. There will also be educational tables manned by DNREC, DelDOT, DEMA, Dupont Nature Center, Delaware Nature Society, and the Alliance of Bay Communities.
Sponsors of the Running from the Greenheads 5K Run/Walk, presented by Penn Jersey Building Services, Inc., include Delaware Bay Launch Service, Comcast, Tito’s Beverage, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Park Place Restaurant & Lounge, Landscaping Architectural Services, LLC, The Fabulous Greaseband, Marcus Boyd Realty, Taylor Marine Center, Davis, and Bowen, & Friedel, Inc.
The 5K course is an out-and-back route that takes participants through this quaint seasonal fishing village. Event day registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Memorial Fire Company, 359 Bay Avenue, Slaughter Beach. Activities kick off with the Healthy Kids Run beginning at 8:50 a.m., with the 5K start time at 9:00 a.m. The morning of the race, please enter town from the south via Slaughter Beach Road. Detours or guided postings will be marked. The Reunion, a classic rock and soul band will kick off the after-the-race festivities. Post-race activities will include corn hole, horseshoes, a bounce house, kids outdoor beach activities (weather permitting), and in keeping with the Cinco de Mayo theme this year, adult and kids pinatas.
Last year, the first ever 5K event, raised over $13,000. This year the Town is hoping to exceed that amount.
Registration, chip timing, and awards for this event will be provided by Tri-Sports Events. Early-bird registration ($25/person) ends on April 28, and increases to $30/person after, up to event day. Participants can register online at TriSportsEvents.com.
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