Tenth Annual Miles for SMILES 5K Road Race & Walk was a huge success!
FALL RIVER, MA (April 23, 2018) – The Southcoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education, and Service (SMILES), an affiliate of People Incorporated, held its Tenth Annual Miles for SMILES 5K Road Race & Walk on Sunday, April 22, in the Fall River Industrial Park starting at 900 Riggenbach Road. The event raised funding for the SMILES program, which provides school-based mentoring by pairing youth with a mentor from the community.
Local businesses, organizations, and supporters participated in this event by committing to sponsorships and creating running and walking teams. Mentors and community leaders also competed with each other by creating online fundraising teams. BayCoast Bank, for the tenth year in a row, was the event’s Title Sponsor, and the BayCoast team was awarded as Most Creative Team. Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s President & CEO Joseph Baptista demonstrated tenacious online fundraising and received the Top Fundraiser award. Also, the entire Mechanics Cooperative Bank team earned the Top Fundraising Team award.
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, III committed to a Community Level Sponsorship. Mission Level Sponsors included Bristol Pacific Homes, Eastern Benefits Group, The Lopes Companies, Martelly Construction Corp., Mobility Works, RCM Modulaire, Route 6 Auto Mall Kia, Saint Anne’s Hospital, and Walsh Pharmacy.
The event kicked off with a fun-run for kids ages 12 and under. The top finishers in their age categories were awarded a medal, and they included Connor Cabral (5 years old and under); Lyric Murray (6-9 years old); and Mimi Karten (10-12 years old).
Immediately following the kids fun-run, the 5K started at 9:30 am with over 200 runners and walkers. The top three male finishers were Tom Steele (First Place overall at 17:59); Angel Rosado (Second Place overall at 18:50); and Jeremy Folger (Third Place overall at 19:22). The top three female finishers were Karla Steele (21:05); Megan Scheffer (22:00); and Nichole Heering (26:08).
Members of People Incorporated’s Board of Directors, Janice Carrigg and Janna Lafrance, were this year’s Miles for SMILES Co-Chairs and were the driving force for the event’s success.
For further information about SMILES or other programs at People Incorporated, please visit www.peopleinc-fr.org.