by Terry Rogers
Mispillion Art League is busy planning their Second Annual Run for the Arts 5k which is scheduled for November 16. The art league hopes to bring new visitors downtown and all proceeds from the race go toward programs at Mispillion Art League.
“Because this brings new visitors downtown who are not artists, we hope it will encourage them to learn more of what the town has to offer,” Sonja Frey said. “They will get a lovely view of Milford from the Riverwalk and will experience Park Place and the Art League. Most runners get to a race early and will walk around to see what’s nearby. Hopefully, they will come back in the near future.”
The race begins at 10 AM in Arena’s parking lot and travels through a scenic but challenging 5k course around Milford’s Riverwalk, including the wooded path on Goat Island. The race is an out and back course. All pre-registrants receive are guaranteed a race t-shirt and there will be awards for overall and master champions as well as the top three finishers in each age group. An after-party is planned at Park Place Restaurant with beer donated by Dogfish Head Brewery.
“This is the second year for our event,” Frey said. “Seashore Striders, who helps coordinate the race, felt we had such a good turnout last year for a first-time race and encouraged us to do it again.”
In addition to the Run for the Arts 5k, Mispillion Art League has been busy preparing for the 2019 Big Draw Festival that will be held the entire month of October in Milford. This festival includes more than 50 free events and classes. A kick-off event was held on Saturday, October 5 at the Riverwalk Farmer’s Market.
The Mispillion Art League was founded in 2004 by a group who had a love of visual arts and wanted to share their knowledge with the community. Three initial outreach programs kicked off the art league and those programs continue today. The Mispillion Art League offers free art classes to mentally challenged adults through the Salvation Army Creative HeARTs Program and also provides free art instruction to women struggling to begin a new life in the People’s Place battered women’s shelter. They also provide free art instruction to young people who have been placed in Stevenson House Detention Center. Proceeds from the 5k will benefit these programs and many more offered by the Mispillion Art League.
Registration is open for the Run for the Arts 5k at www.mispillionarts.org or www.seashorestriders.com. The cost is $25 before November 9 and $30 on the day of the race. Registration on race day is at 9 AM. The course can be viewed at http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=603410. For more information, contact the Mispillion Art League at 302-430-7646.