by Jessyca Cardinell
The DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department hosted its Second Annual 5K Color Run/Walk on the morning of Sunday, August 25. The event was deemed a success, as it drew 33 participants, more than doubling the 2018 turnout of 15 participants.
“We work hard on putting this together as a way to bring something positive to the community and let the people know the importance of our department,” DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department Vice President Naomi Drake said. “We receive great support from the community members and awareness for the department. It's not all about the money raised.”
Everyone came dressed in their most comfortable fitness gear, ready to get in a great workout burning calories while supporting the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department in this fun walk/run. Participants were given packets filled with colored powder to release before the run began. DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department trucks led the run and blocked off roads to help ensure all made it through safely. Also present was Hermon Rescue. The walk/run began at Sprinkles, travelling to Ideuma Road in DeKalb, before heading back to the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department for raffles and refreshments. Mrs. Drake also announced that the raffle table was packed with items donated by local businesses, and was a huge, huge success!
This event would not have been possible without the generous support by the North Country community.
Boy Scouts and Youth Advocate Program members helped to spray color, and hand out water to the participants.
Also there, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Safe Child ID program.
There were refreshments and snacks available for those needing a quick pick-me-up. All proceeds went directly to supporting the DeKalb Junction Volunteer Fire Department and its mission to ensure the safety and security of the community. Mrs. Drake commented that the bagels – enjoyed by many participants – were donated by The Bagelry in Canton.
All sponsors of the 5K Color Run/Walk were listed on the back of an event T-Shirt as a way for the department to extend a hearty “thank-you” to over 30 local establishments.
Many participants, volunteers and local business sponsors alike are looking for the Third Annual 5K Color Run/Walk to be held in August of 2020!