Saturday’s run/walk to aid SAD 1 Student Emergency Fund

13 years ago
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — About 75 people have already signed up to participate in Saturday’s Friends in Motion 5K run/walk in Presque Isle.

According to member Allison Reed, all proceeds will be donated to the SAD 1 Student Emergency Fund.

“Friends in Motion is a group of young women in the community who are mothers and friends who get together,” said Reed. “We decided we wanted to do more community-based events to make a difference within the community, and this is one of our first events.

“Many of us work within the school system or have children within the district, so we decided that we wanted to donate the proceeds to the SAD 1 Student Emergency Fund,” she said. “The fund can be used for anything from school supplies to clothing or home needs. Some of the funds are used around the holidays to help with families who may need food baskets … anything that can benefit the student that has to do within the school setting, and also family needs.”

The run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Mantle Lake Park. Pre-registration is encouraged; race day registration begins at 8 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

While Friends in Motion is comprised of women, Saturday’s run/walk is open to everyone.

“It’s not just for women,” said Reed. “It’s not a race; we’re just doing it as a fund-raising event, as well as a fitness opportunity. We have a number of children who are registered with their parents and people who will be walking with strollers. It’s a community event.”

The course starts and loops around Mantle Lake Park and heads down toward Pine Street Elementary School, loops around Dupont Drive, back toward Pine Street, travels the bike path behind the school, up around University Street, and back to Mantle Lake where it loops again.

Friends in Motion formed casually six years ago, but only six months ago as a formalized group.

“We probably have 15 active people,” Reed said. “We get together and do things as a group, but we decided once or twice a year we wanted to give back.”

There is a $15 registration fee. Reed said she hopes to have between 100-150 participate, which would raise $1,500-$2,250.

“We’ve raised over $1,000 already,” she said, “and I’m hopeful we’ll reach our goal.”

Sponsors of the event include ACE Rental, Save-A-Lot, Emily Peers, Stella and Dot independent stylist; Merchants on the Corner, Maine Farmers Exchange and Coachman Logistics.

“Our sponsors each donated $100 which allowed us to order T-shirts,” said Reed. “We ordered 150 T-shirts. Pre-registrants get first dibs, and then we’ll have the shirts at the event so if people come and register Saturday, they’ll almost be guaranteed a T-shirt, as well.”

Checks can be made payable to the SAD 1 Student Emergency Fund. Anyone wishing more information about the 5K run/walk can e-mail Reed at alreed@ainop.com.