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Healthy Hearts draws record crowd
RUMFORD- What was all the action through town on Sunday, you ask? More than 240 competitors signed up for the 3rd Annual Healthy Hearts 5K community event organized by River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, and top sponsorship provided by Bangor Savings Bank.
“It’s amazing to see how much support we’re gaining after only two years of holding the event,” noted co-organizer, Sandy Witas, of RVHCC. “Our number one priority remains with raising awareness for a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. This year we reached out to our local schools and they responded with great excitement. It was wonderful to see so many families of school-aged children out here smiling, exercising and completing a goal.”
The second mission of the HH5K is to raise money for three different organizations, and this year it was the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
“The numbers are preliminary right now,” stated Witas. “We hope to get those finalized in the next few days, but we’ll be sure to let the public know as soon as we have them.”
Finishing the 5K in competitor-style time were the following:
In the category of Girl Runners 17 and under, first place went to Natalie Bolduc, second to Alecia Bolduc, and third went to Sabrina Daoud. Boy Runners 17 and under; First place went to Cody Cunningham, second to Conner Woods, and third place was Alex Gorham.
Women Runners 18-49; First place went to Stephanie Jacques, second to Stephanie Freeman, and third place went to Darcie Burgoyne. Male Runners 18-49; Finishing first was Ryan Nicols, second was Will Cunningham, and third, Gunnar Bradbury.
Women Runners 50 and over; First, Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi; second, Patricia Brown, and third, Deborah Richmond. Male Runners 50 and over; First, Mark Bolduc; second, Mike Simoneau, and third, Donald Rajaniemi.
Female walkers; First, Roxanne Gorham; second, Alyvia Perreault; and third, Kailey Kelley. Male walkers; First, Philip Mills; second, Trent Holman; and third, Bode Gray.
Those who registered received a Healthy Hearts tech tee, a water bottle, and while supplies lasted, a tomato plant to bring home for their own garden this summer.
“We hope that our participants will take the opportunity to learn more about providing food for themselves with a garden in their backyards or even helping with a local community garden,” stated Witas. “We want to help them learn more about proper eating habits and the extraordinary benefits of growing their own produce.”