By Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director
Each day I come to work I’m reminded of what a great place Milford is, and what wonderful people there are in this community. One example is the “Smile for Freedom” 5K Run/Walk Committee. You may remember last year was the first year the chamber hosted this event, and although planning began late, the race was a huge success.
It was a success because of the people who worked so hard, including Bobbie and her group at Extreme Total Fitness, the folks at Abbott’s Grill, lots of people from Dentsply-Caulk, Lorna Petchy, D.J. Petch, David Sauls, Andrea Moore, members of the Milford High School Track Team (lead by Coach Bloom), the City of Milford, Milford Police Department and of course, Susie at the chamber.
The great news is, not only is everyone from last year on board, Pete Renzi from i.g.Burton, Tiffiany Miller from WSFS, Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Chairperson Angela Dorey, and Kim Baker with Delmarva Broadcasting have joined the committee this year. Plus, Intern Jennie Hess designed a logo for the race and provided the committee with redesigned fliers.
WSFS, i.g.Burton and the Milford Chronicle are new sponsors this year, joining Extreme Total Fitness, Abbott’s Grill, Dentsply Caulk, Delmarva Broadcasting Company, Seawatch and
Pro Physical Therapy.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available if you’re interested in being a part of this wonderful event. It’s great exposure for your organization. The proceeds from the race are donated to the American Cancer Society and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford. If you’re ready to participate you can register now by picking up a form at WSFS, Extreme Total Fitness, or the chamber.
Payments can be made in cash, check (made out the CCGM) or credit card. You can also register on line at www.milfordchamber.com., and make your payment through Pay Pal. The cost is $20.00 per person for pre-registration (includes a t-shirt) and $25.00 the day of the event. The day of the event we only have a limited amount of shirts, so come early before they’re gone. Registration is at 6:00 p.m. at Extreme Total Fitness at 239 N. E. Front Street in the Old Milford Shopping Center, and the race starts at 6:30.
The route, which runs through downtown Milford, is available on the chamber website. Participants will end the race in the shopping center parking lot, and the awards ceremony will be hosted by Abbott’s Grill, on the patio and in the banquet room.
Trophies will be awarded in several categories from ages 13 & under up to 60 plus.
If you’re not into running or walking, but you are into socializing and eating, we have something for you too. Abbott’s Grill will donate a portion of the proceeds the day of the event. Have lunch or dinner the day of the event, Thursday September 8th and you’ll be making a donation to the “Smile for Freedom” 5K Run Walk.
If you missed the race last year, it was a blast. Everyone had a great time running, walking and celebrating at Abbott’s Grill. We’re expecting a larger crowd this year, and even more fun, so make sure you plan on participating. Don’t forget to invite your family, friends and colleagues.
For more information about the “Smile for Freedom” 5K Run Walk, or about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344 or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.