This Friday, Arena’s Deli & Bar in downtown Milford will host the 2nd Annual Running of the Goat, partnering with the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club to help raise funds for local school-aged kids. Set for August 19 at 5:30 pm, the event which is named after the historic Goat Island is a challenging multi-surface race through downtown Milford along the Mispillion Riverwalk. The race features the biggest runner’s award medals in the state of Delaware and a fun, family-friendly kiddie run. Finishing at Arena’s Deli & Bar, participants can join in on the summer party being held at the restaurant, which will include live entertainment and local craft beer.
The Running of the Goat name for the event honors the newest addition to the Mispillion Riverwalk, the Goat Island Nature Preserve. A manmade island, Goat Island was created by local shipbuilders in the 1940’s as they needed to straighten out the path of the Mispillion River to make way for the wooden subchasers that were built in Milford shipyards. These subchasers were used in the larger war effort during World War II as many of them saw service around the world including Pearl Harbor, Normandy and Japan. The target area of the Goat Island project consists of a nine acre island located within the city limits containing four adjoining habitat environments: high woodland, tidal flooded woodland, tidal freshwater wetland marsh and open water. Goat Island Nature Park now anchors the eastern most phase of the Mispillion Greenway as the final phase of the Riverwalk project, resulting in a two mile pedestrian and bicycle path.
After the race, event sponsor Arena’s Deli & Bar will host an after party in their parking lot on NE Front Street with live entertainment and local craft beers from Mispillion River Brewing and Dogfish Head. The outdoor celebration can be enjoyed by non-runners as well by making a donation to the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club through an entrance fee. During that day and during the party, a portion of Arena’s sales will be donated to the local Club to help support programs that are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Ramsey Schrader, partner at Arena’s Deli & Bar and Event Organizer, states that the event has helped to draw visitors to downtown Milford from around the state to enjoy the town and learn more about the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. “Really the idea here is to showcase downtown Milford and the great community aspect of the town. That’s what makes this so fun,” said Schrader. “There is something for everyone, the kids run and kids area, live music, food, and this year we will have a photo booth for people to take pictures in.”
Danny Vezmar, President of the Board of Directors at the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, states that in addition to a great time, this race is a community effort to help provide options for local kids to make sure they are being prepared to have a successful future.
“We want to raise the awareness level of our community of the excellent services and programs that the Club provides to the kids of our community,” said Vezmar. “I want people to come to the event and have a great time, but to also learn what they can do throughout the year to help support the B&G Club. The GMB&G Club supports so many kids in our community with so many services. They rely on our support to ensure they can continue these valuable programs. Without the support of everyone in our community, they wouldn’t be able to provide the wonderful programs and services that they do.”
Celebrating seven years in their location off Airport Rd this past January, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has increased its efforts to establish the Milford Club as a community center in the Greater Milford Area. In addition to serving school-aged children, the Club has recently expanded its facility and services to include a full size fitness center, adult basketball and pickleball leagues and water aerobic classes. The Richard Y. Johnson Aquatic Center is also home to the Milford High School Buccaneers Swim Team, the Club’s own Milford Marlins Swim Team and is the only Boys & Girls Club in Delaware to offer swimming scholarships through the Michael Phelps Foundation. These community services are made available to Greater Milford Area residents year-round through support from fundraising events including this new 5K event.
A Races2Run Event , Running of the Goat registration begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, August 19 with races for kids and adults following at 6pm and 6:45 respectfully. Registration for the 5K is $25 in advance, through Wednesday, August 17 at noon, and $30 thereafter. Those interested in joining as a runner can visit http://www.races2run.com/events/running-of-the-goats-5k/
Several sponsors have already joined the event and event organizers are encouraging more businesses and families to support the 2nd Annual Arena’s Running of the Goat on Friday, August 19. Those interested in sponsorships for the event are encouraged to visit http://www.races2run.com/r2r-content/uploads/2016/07/2016RuntheGoatSponsor.pdf.
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