Dares Beach Civic Association hosts 5K to support PFVFD
On July 22, the Dares Beach Civic Association hosted a new 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) foot race in the Dares Beach community in Prince Frederick. The first Daring the Blaze 5K Run/Walk drew over 70 runners and walkers to benefit local heroes in the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department.
As a result of registration fees, donations and partnerships with sponsors Brick WoodFired Bistro and Rita’s, the 5K raised over $800 for the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department. These volunteer firefighters serve the community in a variety of ways, such as providing firehouse tours, going to schools and conducting fire prevention lessons and hosting an annual crab feast and firemen’s carnival, a press release states.
William Allen II was the first to cross the line in 17:59, followed by runner-up Kevin O’Clair in 19:28, and then Ryan Butler in 19:36. The women’s race was won by Ali Glenesk in 24:44, followed by Cathy Sutton in 26:51 and Dana Fox in 26:52. Chris Zabriskie (21:06) and Lidia Baca (29:52) were the Masters champions (the first male and female competitors 40 or older). In addition, Jeff Heron (28:33) and Sue Buckalew (34:36) were the top Dares Beach residents.
There were several other award winners in different age group categories (the top three in each were awarded), the release continues. There were some strong runners and walkers that did well on the challenging course through the streets of Dares Beach despite the heat being in the 80s.
Many people expressed interest in seeing the race occur next year, if not annually, according to the release. A few participants reported it was their first race, and now they are interested in participating in more of them.
Participants in the Dares Beach Civic Association’s Daring the Blaze 5K Run/Walk prepare to start the race July 22. The 5K raised funds for Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department.