“I’m pretty sure he double-dog-dared me,” laughed Loraine Reed when asked how she and her 9-year-old son, Tristan, came to run the inaugural “Best Dam” Downsville Color Run 5k on Saturday. “But it was a great opportunity to do something together, and a good thing for the community.”
Organized by three Downsville-based business owners and fitness enthusiasts, Sarah Hood of Head to Toe Fitness Studio, Katie Mattson of ChiroKatie, and Stacie Haynes, Saturday’s 5k walk/run was created with a two-fold purpose: to promote fitness in the community and to raise funds for a local beautification project.
“Sarah is the spark of creative energy our town needed,” Joyce Spector of Downsville said Saturday. “She is a very, very special young woman.”
This year’s proceeds will be donated to the Pepacton Park Committee, a local group whose plans include creating an official bike trail and walking loop along the east branch of the Delaware River to the covered bridge and on to Main Street.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support from our small community,” gushed Hood of the sponsors, volunteers, neighbors, family and friends who helped make the event a success. “From Chobani, UHS and Kraft, to the fire department, local Girl Scout troop and businesses up and down Main Street, everyone expressed how happy and proud they were to see what we are doing for our community, which only fueled us more.”
The race drew just over 230 registered participants. The top male runner was Henry Reurich, 29, of Oneonta, with a time of 20:26:9. Tops for women was Stephanie Shellman of East Branch, who clocked in at 23:16:5. Many runners came from Downsville or the surrounding area, but bibs were also issued for runners from downstate and the capital region, as well as a few from out of state. Complete results are available at bestdam5k.com.