5K in Rock Hall sup­ports Char­ac­ter Counts and RHES

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

ROCK HALL — Some of the pro­ceeds of the 2018 Pi­rates and Wenches 5K were al­lo­cated to race ben­e­fi­cia­ries on Dec. 6. That meant $2,000 for Char­ac­ter Counts! Kent County and $500 for Rock Hall El­e­men­tary School.

RHES’ money is ear­marked for its Pos­i­tive Be­hav­ioral In­ter­ven­tions and Sup­ports pro­gram, which en­cour­ages good be­hav­ior. The fo­cus is on pre­ven­tion, not pun­ish­ment.

The do­na­tion to Char­ac­ter Counts! will be used to pur­chase books, posters and les­son ma­te­ri­als for char­ac­ter coaches and end-of-the-year awards, said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Deeann Jones.

For four years run­ning, Char­ac­ter Counts! has been the pri­mary ben­e­fi­ciary of the 5K held in con­junc­tion with the Pi­rates and Wenches Fan­tasy Week­end in Au­gust in Rock Hall.

Due to an in­crease in busi­ness sup­port and the num­ber of race en­tries in 2018, the 5K com­mit­tee was able to as­sist a sec­ond non­profit.

Spon­sors for the 5K were able to give at three lev­els. They are: Com­modore — BayShore Camp­ground, Char­ac­ter Counts! Kent County, Haven Har­bour Ma­rina, The Peo­ples Bank, Fleet­wood In­sur­ance Group and the Main­stay; Cap­tain — Greater Rock Hall Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, Gun­smoke Char­ters, Rock Hall Prop­er­ties, Kent County Water­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion, and pre­vi­ous race win­ners Sabina Min­ney, Jim Reid and Martin Ro­driguez; and Mate — Amer­i­can Le­gion Rid­ers Post 228, Ban­jo­man Tom McHugh, Get The Scoop, the McColi­gan fam­ily, Pearl on Main restau­rant, Rock Hall Lum­ber, Rock Hall Ma­rine Con­sign­ment, Tal­lu­lah’s on Main, Vil­lage Hard­ware and Gar­den Cen­ter, Vin­tage Pic­nic and We’re Talk­ing Trash Inc.

A to­tal of 125 run­ners and walk­ers were on the line at the 8 a.m. start of the Sun­day, Aug. 12 race. All but one of them fin­ished.

Sean Sax­ton, 20, of Dover Del., led the field of 84 run­ners in 16 min­utes, 59 sec­onds flat.

Min­ney, 48, was the first woman to fin­ish and fifth over­all in 21:04.5.

The first walker to fin­ish was Tracey Ni­chol­son, 43, of Chestertown, who stopped the timer in 36:45.

The win­ner of the Kid­die K, which stepped off 10 min­utes be­fore the 5K, was 9-year-old Henry Pow­ers of Fred­er­ick. His fam­ily has a sec­ond home in Rock Hall.

Con­di­tions were about as ideal as they could be in the mid­dle of Au­gust — sunny, dry and a com­fort­able 73 de­grees.

Race di­rec­tor Peg McHugh said 2018 was the last year for the Pi­rates and Wenches 5K, which will be sup­planted by the Run for Char­ac­ter in Oc­to­ber as part of the long­stand­ing Fal­lFest and Cel­e­bra­tion of the Oys­ter in Rock Hall.

Rock Hall El­e­men­tary School and Char­ac­ter Counts! Kent County are the des­ig­nated ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the 2019 race, which is set for Oct. 12.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Rock Hall El­e­men­tary School re­ceives a $500 do­na­tion from the Pi­rates and Wenches 5K Com­mit­tee. From left are: Suzanne Ein­stein, co-founder of the Rock Hall Pi­rates and Wenches Fan­tasy Week­end; Jen­nifer Atkin­son, RHES school sec­re­tary; Kim­berly Maney, RHES math teacher; RHES Prin­ci­pal Kris Hem­stet­ter; Ban­jo­man Tom McHugh, spon­sor; RHES third-grader Ben­nett Har­ris; Tom Lins, rep­re­sent­ing spon­sor Amer­i­can Le­gion Rid­ers Post 228; Melinda Carl, rep­re­sent­ing spon­sor the Main­stay; and race di­rec­tor Peg McHugh. All RHES rep­re­sen­ta­tives in this pho­to­graph par­tic­i­pated in the 5K.

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