The Fourth Annual Run the Goat 5k, which benefits the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club, was held on Friday, August 17. Tod Van Eyken, Executive Director of the Club, was excited to once again see so many supporters turn out for their largest fundraiser of the year.
“I always enjoy how much the community supports and cheers for the runners,” said Van Eyken. “I stand at the finish line until the last walker comes in and there is always a crowd right there with me cheering through to the end.”
This event is unique in several ways including the family atmosphere that is captured by the Kids Race and the groups of families that run together for the full 5K. “One of the neat things you see at our race is families running or walking together,” said Van Eyken. “This is really a family event and of course we are always sure to include fun activities for the kids that are not running with their parents.”
Arena’s Restaurant in downtown Milford hosted the event as well as the after party, which included performers Freshly Squeezed live on the big stage. “I love seeing all the people out here enjoying the town,” said Ramsey Schrader, owner of Arena’s. “It is great to see all the different communities coming into Milford.” Event organizers state that many runners came from the Delaware beach area and several from outside the state.
For next year, the committee wants to expand the event by creating awareness that the 5K is only part of a larger community event that night. As runners support The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club through the Goat Run, so can members of the community through the after event that provides live entertainment, food and drinks into the evening.
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“The Boys & Girls Club have a great program and a great message,” said Schrader. “[Arena’s] tries to focus on children and families in the immediate area and they fit that bill well.”
In addition to providing daily guidance and mentoring, the Club offers structured programming throughout the year that has supported improved academic performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in local elementary, middle and high schools. According to Director Tod Van Eyken, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club provides over $75,000 per year in financial scholarships, which is 5% of their annual budget.
In an effort 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 adult soccer 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 the Annual Fund Campaign.
Businesses and individuals interested in supporting the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club can reach the Club at (302) 422-4453. For more information, individuals are encouraged to visit the organization online at https://www.bgclubs.org/locations/greater-milford-boys-girls-club/
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