ELLSWORTH – Running in the cold to keep others warm was the idea behind the annual Keep ME Warm 5K, which started and ended Sunday morning at Darling’s Automall.
It was created by a woman who wanted to run a race every month for a year. She couldn’t find one in February so she started her own with a twist.
“I thought about the fact that a lot of people in Maine can’t afford heating oil and I looked for an organization that could work with me to raise money for that,” said Becky Leamon, race organizer.
A worthy cause was found in Downeast Community Partners, which supports people in Hancock and Washington Counties struggling to afford heating oil.
They said they usually help 500 households in a winte, and right now are running low on funds and in need of help from the community.
“They probably have no idea who it is that needs it. We help people of all different demographics, all different situations,” said Sarah Nugent of Downeast Community Partners.
Organizers said they plan to raise more than $1,200 for Downeast Community Partners through the race.
They had more runners than ever before.
“We’ve been waiting all winter to have a race, it’s been a few months without one. It’s the first race of the season, challenging course,” said a few of the participants.
“Bottom line, we live in Maine and nobody should be cold,” said Pam Blanchard, who is with Darling’s.
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