by Terry Rogers
The Fourth Annual “Run the Goat” 5k which benefits the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club, is planned for Friday, August 17. According to Tod Van Eyken, Executive Director of the Club, the event is the largest fundraiser of the year.
“Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 each year,” Van Eyken said. “The funds are used to support our scholarship program so that we can help families in Milford take advantage of our services. Events like these help insure that no child is turned away from our services because a family can’t afford our fees.”
Until Wednesday, August 15 at noon, the pre-registration fee is $25. After that and on the day of the run, the fee is $30. Kids under ten who wish to run the 5k pay only $15 to participate. There is also a “Running of the Kids” event which is a two-tenths of a mile fun run. There is no charge to participate in the fun run.
The 5k, which is wheel measured by Doug White, runs along the Riverwalk and through downtown Milford. The course travels through parks, on gravel roads and on walking paths. It is considered a challenging race for runners. “The top three male and female winners in several age categories will all receive medals while all of the kids who participate receive a bandana,” Van Eyken said. “In addition, participants receive a cooling towel, free food and one beer if they are 21 or older.”
Originally, the 5k was part of the Boys and Girls Club’s Annual Kid’s Fest. According to Van Eyken, the Club partnered with Arena’s to move the event to downtown Milford with hopes that it would draw people downtown for a fun event and encourage them to shop in downtown businesses while they are there.
“Our 5k is unusual as it is run in the evening,” Van Eyken said. “The race begins and ends in the Arena’s parking lot and, after the race, we have a party with live entertainment. This year’s band is “Freshly Squeezed.” We also have food and adult beverages provided by Mispillion River Brewing and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. There are food and drinks for kids as well as a kid’s play are with games, face painting and a bounce house.”
Registration is available online at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15637/4th-arenas-run-the-goat-again-5k. Registration opens on Friday at 5:30 PM and the Running of the Kids begins at 6 PM. Running the Goat begins at 6:45 PM and the race is capped at 500 participants.
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