The Third Annual Running of the Goat Again 5K will be held on Friday, August 18, starting at 6:45 PM. The 5K begins at Arena’s, located at 200 Northeast Front Street and is accompanied by a Kids K for children aged 10 and under. The 5K benefits the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.
“The committee and I invite the local community and runners from around the state to come visit lovely downtown Milford while experiencing the beauty and history of Goat Island,” Joe Gannon, 5K Committee Chairperson said. “Enjoy the native plants and wildlife, get in a good run, then enjoy some delicious food and beverages at Arena’s.” The event is a match event for the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, meaning that every dollar raised at the event will be matched by the statewide organization.
Celebrating eight 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 the 5K event.
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.
The course is wheel measured by Doug White and travels along the Riverwalk, through downtown Milford and various City parks. Part of the terrain is gravel roads and walking paths, adding a challenge to runners. Walking is permitted with strollers and no dogs are allowed due to insurance liability. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Those registered receive a t-shirt and those over 21 are provided beer. There is also free food provided to those registered for the event.
“The event has grown steadily since 2015,” said Kate McKenzie, a committee member. “Last year, there were 255 participants and we anticipate over 300 this year. The registration is capped at 500 so people are encouraged to register early.”
The Kids K is for children who are younger than 10 who will run a very short course. Each child receives a prize when they complete the race. The Kids K is free event and begins at 6 PM, prior to the adult event.
Prizes in the 5K will be awarded to the top overall male and female winners as well as the top male and female masters. There will also be prizes awarded to the top Clydesdale and Athena runners. The top three male and female in age groups 10 year, 13 and under as well as 70 and over will receive awards as will the top three male and female walkers. Members of the fastest team will also receive a free goat cup and happy hour. To determine the team winner, the top three places, including at least one female, will be combined for the team score. Only those who pre-register are qualified to enter the team prize category. Anyone who wishes to pre-register can do so at www.races2run.com.
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