2018-07-26 / Sports

Rain won’t stop Fishtown 5K

415 runners show out for run in Leland
by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


RUNNERS HEAD to the starting line for the beginning of the Fishtown 5K. Photo: Amanda Holmes RUNNERS HEAD to the starting line for the beginning of the Fishtown 5K. Photo: Amanda Holmes The smell of fish is in the air, as runners take to the start line.

The 10th annual Fishtown 5K started and ended in the heart of Fishtown in Leland. Climbs and descents made the race challenging for serious runners or the young family members.

Altogether, 549 people registered for the run on Saturday, and 415 racers came out in the rain to run the 5K.

“The Fishtown 5K was a great success, weather and all,” Fishtown Preservation member Marsha Brunett said. “Everyone seemed to have a great time at this wonderful event.”

Runners from all around came to Fishtown to run, and some even came dressed in tugs. This year was deemed the year of the tug, and everyone was able to join in on the fun by wearing a tug costume.

“There were maybe a dozen people dressed in a costume,” Brunett said. “The race went really well overall and we had a great turnout.”


EMMA SLOAN crosses the finish line in first place of the women’s division of the Fishtown 5K. Photo: Andy McFarlane EMMA SLOAN crosses the finish line in first place of the women’s division of the Fishtown 5K. Photo: Andy McFarlane There were 35 volunteers helping around at the event, and there were three costume judges at the race. Malcolm Chatfield, Greta Stimson and Mark Carlson were on hand to judge the tug costumes of the runners.

“There was a lot of great energy this year,” Fishtown Preservation member Summer Meyer said. “We are thankful for everyone that came out to support the Fishtown Preservation Society, whether they were a racer, a volunteer or a cheerleader. They are the ones who make this race a success.”

According to Meyer, the atmosphere for the race was great. The high energy didn’t stop the runners from coming out to the event in the rain. Meyer said she was happy to see the racers show up and mentioned that 50 racers showed up and registered on race day.

“We had a fantastic group from Leland Yacht Club that hosted the water station on the course,” Meyer said. “We had at least 15 tug costumes this year, and even had a group of cheese heads from the Village Cheese Shanty.”

The Fishtown Preservation Society wants to continue holding this race, as it continues to stay popular in the county and beyond.

“This event has become a tradition for many, and we are grateful for that,” Meyer said.

The Cheese Shanty in Leland had workers of their own compete in the race, and were seen wearing cheese heads during the race.

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