The Fifth Annual Father’s Day 5K at Margaritas is Sunday, June 15, 2014. Registration for the event is open. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate fatherhood at this family-friendly run/walk presented by Pelmac Industries of New Hampshire. Proceeds from the event help the most vulnerable members of our community gain access to desperately needed health care by minimizing financial barriers to doctors, dentists and mental health professionals through Goodwin Community Health.
The Father’s Day 5K is a fun race, on a certified course, complete with margaritas-style food and fiesta. Participants celebrate fatherhood by wearing a necktie to honor the dads, brothers and sons who touch their lives. It is the sixth race in the Dover Race Series, a new series of eleven Dover races sponsored by Wentworth Douglass Hospital.

“We are expecting this year’s race to break all attendance records. We had 500 runners last year but are planning on up to 1,000 this year,” says Lara Willard, Community Relations Director for Goodwin Community Health. “A morning run on a beautiful course, followed by a Margaritas breakfast fiesta is a great way to kick-off Father’s Day and a fun new tradition for hundreds of local families.”

Beginner and seasoned runners/walkers can visit http://goodwinch.org/fathers-day-5k-2014/ or http://www.active.com/dover-nh/running/races/father-s-day-5k-at-margaritas-2014 for details and registration. Registration forms can be completed online, mailed in or dropped-off at Margarita’s or Goodwin Community Health. The first two hundred adults to register get a free race T-shirt. Same day registration is available beginning at 8:00am. The race kicks-off at 9am. Day of registration is twenty-five dollars for but advanced registration is only twenty dollars for adults and just five dollars for children under twelve. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to collect donations and raise funds for the event by setting up their own fundraising page to collect donations when they register for the event.

The top male and female runner will win a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Runners Alley. Twenty dollar gift certificates to Philbrick’s Sports will go to the top males and females in each of the age divisions: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 55-59, 60-69, and 70 plus.

Pelmac Industries, a home security company serving all of New England, is this year’s top sponsor. Additional sponsors include: Measured Progress, Garrison Women’s Health Center, Shaheen & Gordon Law Firm, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Liberty Mutual, Raiche and Company, Homewood Suites of Dover, Somersworth Physical Therapy, Northeast Credit Union, Philbrick Sports, and WERZ 107.1.

Goodwin Community Health is the only 501(c)(3) Community Health Center serving the Greater Strafford County area of New Hampshire and Maine. They make it affordable for local people to access the wellness services and quality primary care that lead to good Physical, Dental and Mental Health. Goodwin Community Health operates on the same principles Mrs. Avis Goodwin started the organization on 43 years ago – everyone deserves access to quality health care, at an affordable price. For more information connect with us on Facebook, at www.GoodwinCH.org . Also visit the Dover Race Series at www.doverraceseries.com. For questions about the Father’s Day 5k, please contact Sam Pellerin at spellerin@GoodwinCH.org.

Event Sponsors gather at Margaritas wearing neckties in support of the Father’s Day 5K: Andrea Johnson, Margaritas; Lara Willard and Sam Pellerin, Goodwin Community Health; Michelle and Michael Pellerin, Pelmac Industries Inc.; Kim Lindquist, Holy rosary Credit Union; Dan Lombardi, Somersworth Physical Therapy

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