Saturday October 21st, marked the third year of a locals point to point run known as the “Goose 10” miler. What started as a locals “fun run” has now blossomed into a hometown tradition benefitting the Sussex County Land Trust.
The day began with participants having their not-so-favorite white t-shirt spray painted with a stenciled silhouette of the mascot of the day, the Canada Goose. The “Goose 10” race is an unsanctioned and what the organizers call a “renegade” invitational.
“Our original idea was simply to invite a few runners to get together and run the 10 mile stretch from Slaughter Beach to Milford followed by a deck party overlooking our favorite river in our favorite town,” said one of the event organizers and local Milfordian, Casey Kenton. Following the race, all of the runners gathered on the back patio of Arenas overlooking the Mispillion River to enjoy fresh local oysters, oyster stew, craft beer and a local bluegrass band.
Each year, the winner of the race is presented with the carved Canada goose decoy but must return to the race the following year to defend the title. If the title is lost the following year, the decoy is surrendered to the new champion. The 2016 champion was Lance Skinner who successfully defended his titled and walked away with the prized decoy to be displayed on his mantle for a second straight year.
All race proceeds were donated to the Sussex County Land Trust, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education. Since its inception in 2002, the Sussex County Land Trust has raised in excess of $4 million in private funds and has been involved in the preservation of nearly 6,000 acres. “We believe in the mission of the Sussex County Land Trust and hope to continue to support the organization through great events such as the “Goose 10”, said Kenton who is also a SCLT trustee.
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