Early on Saturday, June 23rd, volunteers started arriving and setting up for the Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K charity road race. It was a rainy morning but the rain stopped just in time for the race to begin then started again shortly after the race ended. 477 runners ranging in age from 8 to 83 competed in this 6.2 mile run, which is part of the Capital Area Race Series and welcomed runners from across the country. When tallied, 100% of the race proceeds will be donated to the Friends Program and Intown Concord.
Friends Program Board of Trustees members were there supporting the event. Catherine Devaney, Vice President, gave opening remarks and was interviewed by Concord TV and Donna Rice picked up and delivered donated food for the refreshments tent. Our Friends Emergency Housing Program family shelter Program Director and Case Manager, Lorrie and Simon, were present to staff the Friends Program information table along with Sandra, Marketing & Outreach. Simon and Sandra (along with volunteer spouse Steve) were flaggers along the race route.
We had a strong volunteer representation spanning our programs: Foster Grandparent Program volunteers Diane (was at the registration table) and Marge accompanied by her spouse Sonny (were at the refreshments tent); Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer Louise (was a flagger in a critical spot along the route where she had to redirect the runners from the northbound to the southbound lane of Main Street); Youth Mentoring Program recently matched mentor Pam & mentee Yvette (helped in the refreshments tent); and former Friends Program Development Director, now volunteer, Laura (who was part of the Friends Program's participation planning, coordinated the refreshment tent, and much more).
As detailed in our Facebook posting: the Friends Program received a sponsorship from Concord Oral Surgery; Bank of New Hampshire donated 2 prize baskets for the male & female 1st place finishers; food was donated by Panera, Concord Food Coop, The Works Bakery, and Laura; and coffee was donated by Revelstoke Coffee (a new business that just opened downtown).
We had a blast and are so deeply grateful for the community support!