WINTERPORT – The 4th Annual Pants on Fire 5K Fun Run had people sweating for a good cause. This race is to benefit the Winterport Memorial Library and Winterport Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
This event brought over 200 people swarming downtown Winterport for the cause.
“The financial struggle is always there – always present,” said Philip Higgins, the director of Winterport Volunteer Ambulance Service, “This endeavor helps us meet those demands to furnish emergency medical services and fire services to the community on 24 hour basis.”
This race was started by the Winterport Area Businesses Association. It brought people of all ages looking to do their part in helping their community together.
“Whenever I do a road race like this, I carry extra weight for those that can’t be here,” said Doc Goodwin, the found of Maine Veterans Project, “There are some people who can’t physically run or aren’t physically with us on this earth. That’s why I carry this weight – kind of symbolic of those guys.”
“I am not in any competition to be first, but I am here,” said Wilhilmina Slagger, a runner, “I did it. My feet is killing me but that’s okay because I did it.”
This race even had people traveling from outside of the state to join the cause.
“It was for a good cause for the firemen and library,” said Hank Willie, a runner, “So we just like doing different races and thought this would be fantastic. We do races for vacation.”
For a small community, they were able to raise close to $6,000 which will be split evenly between the two charities. Of that, $54 will be donated to the Bangor Humane Society.
“We’re small but we do big things for such a small town,” said Kelly Hull, the race director, “We’re pretty proud of that.”