Running of the Goat, Again 5K to raise funds for local youth

MILFORD — Following the inaugural Running of the Goat 5k last August, the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club is set to host Run the Goat, Again 5k Friday, Aug. 19.

The race, which will benefit the club, will begin in the parking lot of Arena’s next to Bicentennial Park. Participants will run through much of downtown Milford and wind up back in the same parking lot where they began.

Joe Gannon, co- chair of the 5k committee, helped come up with the idea behind last year’s inaugural race. The off-road course is highlighted by the Mispillion Riverwalk and Goat Island nature preserve.

“Last year we had close to 250 runners. From what I hear, that’s a really good first-year event and a lot of that credit goes to the people we have on our committee helping to spread the word,” Mr. Gannon said.

 Ready, set, go! Participants run through Milford in hopes of raising funds for the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club. Special to The Chronicle/ Leif Osmundson

Ready, set, go! Participants run through Milford in hopes of raising funds for the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club. Special to The Chronicle/ Leif Osmundson

Goat Island is a man-made, eight-acre island in the middle of the Mispillion River created during World War II.

At that time, ships were being built in Milford but were unable to get around the river due to a large bend which made it difficult for the ships to travel. They decided to cut right through the land and make a straightaway for the ships to travel through, creating what is now Goat Island.

As for the course itself, Mr. Gannon says it’s a unique course. The committee didn’t expect to see anyone finish the race within 18 minutes last year.

“It’s unlike any course that anyone else has around here. It’s a combination of three different surfaces,” Mr. Gannon said. “ You have dirt pathways on Goat Island, the street and sidewalks and then the river path. So you have neat paths through downtown Milford and you get to see a lot of it from the road on the river walk and from Goat Island.”

While the 5k committee didn’t believe anyone could finish the course so quickly, last year’s top overall male winner, then 16-year- old Bryan Perry, finished the race in 18 minutes and 34 seconds. The top female finisher, Tricia Gilson, completed the race in 22 minutes and 49 seconds.

Bryan is a cross country runner at Polytech High School and says he has been running for about eight years now. He plans on competing in the race again this year.

 Runners celebrate a successful event last year after the inaugural Running of the Goat 5K in Milford. Special to The Chronicle/ Leif Osmundson

Runners celebrate a successful event last year after the inaugural Running of the Goat 5K in Milford. Special to The Chronicle/ Leif Osmundson

He also believes it’s a unique course and is quite different than courses he competes on during high school meets.

“It’s pretty fast because of the concrete. You’re running a lot on the streets and there aren’t really any hills,” he said. “It goes from concrete to trail whenever we go onto the island and then back to the concrete. So it’s kind of different, but I like it. The concrete helps you run faster because you get better push off. You don’t run quite as fast on the trails as you do on the concrete. So it’s a good mix.”

Running of the Kids

One notable change in this year’s event involves the Running of the Kids race, which begins approximately 45 minutes prior to the main event and is free for kids ages 10 and under.

While there were Goat costumes involved at last year’s event, this year they will be bringing in live goats to hopefully “chase” the child participants who will be wearing red bandanas.

“We like to say that we have the best kids race in the state of Delaware,” Mr. Gannon said.

“We start the kids way up on the hill by the library and run them down the street and around a couple corners and into the parking lot through the finish line. All of this while they’re wearing red bandanas, kind of like the running of the bulls.”

While the race itself is a large attraction to the up-and- coming city of Milford, the after party at Arena’s, which includes food, beer and live music, also helps bring the community together in support of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.

Race day registration opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening at Arena’s Milford Restaurant located at 200 NE Front Street.

The Running of the Kids event will begin at 6 p.m. The main event will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the after party to follow.

For more information on the Great Milford Boys & Girls Club, visit bgclubs.org.

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