POWER GIRLS ROCKED AND MIGHTY MILERS ROLLED AT THIRD ANNUAL 'CALL TO ACTCION: 5K RUN/1.5 MILE WALK TO FIGHT HUNGER'
The third annual "Call to ACTCion: 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk to Fight Hunger" fundraiser for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC) was held Saturday, June 7, at Goucher College in Towson. Hailed as a big success, more than 300 contestants from churches, clubs and businesses together with 12 major sponsors raised over $15,000 destined to help fill ACTC's food pantry.
Blessed with perfect weather conditions, contenders eagerly waited for the signal to go, given for the third year by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks (Dist. 5). At the end, two out of three medals in the Female Division were captured by runners from the "Mighty Milers" cross country team of 30 from the Cockeysville Rec Council. They were gold medalist Emily Wayson (left) and bronze medalist Ashlin Teague shown giving the victory sign.
Sarah Getsay of Butler, PA won the silver. Gold medalist runner in the Male Division was Greg Lyons (above, No. 226); John Weaver won the silver; and Zenden Cole won the bronze. ACTC volunteer Dain Davis strode first across the finish line in the Walkers Division.
Thirty "Girl Power" runners from West Towson and Riderwood elementary schools rocked, sporting wild looking multi-colored socks and equally colorful shoes as they dashed to the end, many of them accompanying two Ridge Ruxton students in jogger strollers donated by Athletes Serving Athletes.
Exhausted participants and supportive onlookers headed to the refreshments stands for cold water, bagels and cream cheese, bananas, apples, power bars, and smoothies, courtesy of the Giant, Wegman's ShopRight, Weis Market, Mars, Fresh Market of Towson and Smoothie King of Dulaney Valley Shopping Center. They listened for names and cheered for the award winners as they picked up their medals and prizes. Fifteen of the front runners and walkers each received packets of brand name skin products donated by Fresh Market of Towson. Many in the crowd became lucky recipients of valuable and useful giveaways or raffle baskets donated by Towson's business establishments and grocery stores.
ACTC thanks the following sponsors of the event: Goucher College, Katzen Eye Group, Teresa and Frank Savarese, Towson Presbyterian Church, Federal Hill Eye Care - Dr. Ross Bregel, "Sing to Me" - Lorerne LaBerge, PNC Bank, Charles Schwab Bank, Fresh Market of Towson, Towson Hot Bagels, Apex Advertising - Rick Isphording, and Dotsie and Ross Bregel.
Thanks also to the following for their valuable and useful donations: Dulaney Wines and Spirits, Pandora Jewelry Towson, La Cakerie, Strapazza, Oyster Bay Grille, Tranquille, 7 West Bistro Grill, LA Fitness, Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, Starbucks Coffee Co., and Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses.
ACTC is grateful for all of the churches and participants, volunteers, donors and sponsors that supported this fun event which raises funds and awareness to fight hunger. Watch for "Call to ACTCion" 2015.