5K in Rock Hall supports Character Counts and RHES
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.
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.