Dewey Beach: Best Buddies of Delaware celebrates over 7 years of providing life-changing experiences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the First State, and on Sunday they hit a milestone.
A benefit 5K race was hosted at the Dewey Beach Lions Club by Barbara Brown, president of Races 2 Run. Races 2 Run is a local business that helps nonprofit organizations raise funds through physical fitness such as running, walking, and multisport events. They provide full management of the event including race course, race day, and chip timing management. They also help promote events and provide services in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Sunday’s benefit was for Best Buddies of Delaware, where 15 thousand dollars was raised at the annual 5K event, according to Tom Waite, Area Director for Best Buddies Delaware. Best Buddies of Delaware is an organization that provides services and benefits to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies is also an international organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Funds raised through Best Buddies help fund and support Best Buddies programs such as One to One friendships, Integrated Employment, and leadership development to name a few.
Best buddies not only serves the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) communities, but also people with Downe Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic brain injuries, and other undiagnosed disabilities.
In this year alone, hundreds of athletes will or have swam, cycled, and ran with a goal to raise half a million dollars by fundraising through corporate and community involvement. Because Best Buddies is a nonprofit, they rely on community support including donations to stay afloat. Click here to donate to Best Buddies or to learn more about Best Buddies.
Sunday’s event was an awesome one. The 5K race started at 8:10 A.M. with sunny skies with a high temperature of 89. To make the event a safe one, Dewey Beach Police assisted with safety and traffic control. At the Dewey Beach Lions Club, Kiss101 FM was present with music and sound. A complimentary pint glass and tee shirt was given to athletes, as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win gift cards. The Lions Club served up all you can eat pancakes for most of the duration of the event.
In attendance were 200 people including volunteers, athletes, friends, and families of the 159 runners that hit the finish line, and the results were astounding for both men and women in multiple age groups.
Leaderboard – Men
Place Name Time
1 Doug Haines 17:21.9
2 Joey Cintavey 18:42.6
3 Joseph Faia 19:11.8
4 Kenny Krygier 19:13.6
5 Kevin Durkin 19:31.2
Leaderboard – Women
Place Name Time
1 C Drobac 21:46.6
2 Karyn Pedersen 22:20.3
3 Julie Hamilton 22:55.9
4 Renee Baffone 23:34.8
5 Cailin Kehoe 23:43.1
In spite of the early high temperature of 89, the first runner to hit the finish line in the male group was Doug Hines. Doug hit the finish line at 17:21:9. He was followed by Joey Cintavey at 18:42:6, joseph Faia at 19:11:8, Kenny Krygier at 19:13:6, and Kevin Durkin at 19:31:2
In the Women’s group, C. Drobac made an impressive finish at 21:45:6, she is the youngest in her group to hit the finish line first. She was then followed by Karyn Pedersen who also had an impressive time of 22:20:3, then Julie Hamilton at 22:55:9, Renee Balfone at 23:34:8, and Cailin Kehoe at 23:43:1
Timing was certified by Nova Timing systems. They use chip timing using the MYLAPS bib timing system. Awards were given out following the race.