Dover, NH, May 25, 2010 – This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2010, runners and walkers will lace-up their sneakers and head to Margarita’s and Homewood Suites of Dover, for the first annual Father’s Day 5k.

This June event celebrates Men’s Health Month and invites the public to run and walk for the Dad’s, brothers and sons who touch their lives. Proceeds will help local families struggling without insurance to gain access to quality healthcare through Avis Goodwin Community Health Center.

Margaritas and Homewood Suites will set the stage for this one of a kind family friendly 5k featuring Margarita’s style food, fun, goody bags and prizes for all! Top Male and Female runner will win a one-hundred twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Runners Alley. Twenty-five dollar gift certificates to Philbricks Sports to the top male and female in each of the ten age divisions: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, and 60+. Kickoff time is 8:30am.

“It’s a party with a purpose and a whole new way to celebrate Father’s Day,” says Eric Vets, Manager of Margarita’s. “We hope to make this an annual event that makes a big impact on the health and wellness of many, many local families.”

“Access and affordability make it very difficult for many local families to keep up with regular visits to doctors, dentists and social workers. Avis Goodwin helps bridge the gap to make routine and preventative health care for many people who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” says Renee Allen, Special Events Manager for Avis Goodwin Community Health Center. “We hope this race will attract from the local running community as well as first time runners and walkers drawn in by the cause.”

Beginner and seasoned runners/walkers can visit http://www.goodwinch.org or stop by Margarita’s or Philbricks Sports of Dover to pick up Registration forms. Registration forms can be completed online, mailed in or dropped-off at Margarita’s of Dover. Day of registration is twenty-five dollars but advanced registration is only twenty dollars and just five dollars for children under twelve.

Additional sponsors include Federal Savings Bank; Gray Construction of Rye, NH; Dover Women’s Health; Philbricks Sports General Electric of Somersworth; Mr. Electric; Northeast Credit Union; Connect with Classifieds & Morning News, Measured Progress, Shipyard Brew and Pub and Care Pharmacy. Great prizes have been donated by Portsmouth Tea Company, Runners Alley, Sherman Williams, The Tutor Doctor, The Common Man Restaurant, Cabot Creamery Cooperative and more!

Avis Goodwin Community Health Center is the only non-profit community health center in Strafford County, New Hampshire that focuses on providing high-quality, affordable medical, dental and mental health services for all, regardless of the ability to pay. For more information visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org. For additional details about the race, or to become a sponsor, contact Renee Allen at 603.516.2566 or rallen@agchc.org.

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