DERRY — Aug. 1 marks the end of the 2013 Greater Derry Track Club Kids Summer Fun Run.
Registration starts at 6 p.m., racing at 6:30 p.m. on the Pinkerton Academy track.
On July 25, despite the rain, children and families came out to run and to help those in need by donating food in lieu of registration fees. The wet summer evening was great for running.
An additional 50 runners signed on for the series, bringing the total participation to 493 children. The Pinkerton Academy track was filled with children running various distances for green participation ribbons supplied by the Derry Recreation Department. Watermelon, Gatorade and water were available for all the runners.
The participants bring nonperishable food items to restock local food pantries. Last week, participants contributed 214 pounds of food. The Kids Summer Fun Run series has now donated 967 pounds over four weeks.
All runners will receive a T-shirt commemorating their achievement. Also the winners in the 9-, 10-, 11-, 12- and 13-year-old categories will be announced at the beginning of the night, and the top three runners will receive a special prize.
All are welcome, and the GDTC requests only that participants bring a nonperishable food item each week. For more information and pictures, visit gdtc.org.
The Greater Derry Track Club is a nonprofit charitable organization formed in 1978 to promote running related activities and improvements in the community.
The Kid’s Summer Fun Run program is one of five events sponsored by and conducted by the GDTC. The other events are the Boston Prep 16 M (January), Mack’s Run for the Apples Cross Country 5K (August), the Inaugural Run for Freedom 5K/10K (July 4), and the Turkey Trot 5K (Thanksgiving Day morning).
July 25 winners 9-year-olds Boys Girls 1. Zachary McDarby (Candia) 1. Grace McDonough (Londonderry) 2. Kyle Santangelo (Derry) 2. Aubrie Sansing (Chester) 3. Shamus Baslasteri (Bedford) 3. Gabriella Gilbert (Derry) 10-year-olds Boys Girls 1. Matthew Griffin (Londonderry) 1. Samantha Frank (Derry) 2. Ryan Young (Londonderry) 2. Aleksandra Carney (Derry) 3. Brody Burke (Hudson) 3. Sophia Caputo (Chester) 11-year-olds Boys Girls 1. Henry Hood (Derry) 1. Cailin Borovicka (Londonderry) 2. Noah Gilbert (Derry) 2. Jasmine Richardi (Londonderry) 3. - 3. Lea Baum (Londonderry) 12-year-olds Boys Girls 1. Ethan Demarais (Chester) 1. Nicole Alves (Derry) 2. Mark Santangelo (Derry) 2. Samantha Hinton (Hampstead) 3. - 3. Maegan Crowley (Londonderry) 13-year-olds Boys Girls 1. Cameron Phelps (Derry) 1. Kalin Gregoire (Londonderry) 2. Richard D'Amico (Bedford) 2. Adrianna Sullivan (Chester) 3. Avery Bonnano (Londonderry) 3. Emma Demarais (Chester)