Dover, NH, June 12, 2018 – Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate fatherhood at the 9th Annual Father’s Day 5K at Margaritas this Sunday, June 17, 2018.  This family-friendly race is presented by Digital Prospectors and Dover Emergency Room, a campus of Portsmouth Regional Hospital.  Proceeds from the event help all living in the Greater Strafford and Rockingham County areas gain access to quality health care through Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center.

The Father’s Day 5K is a proud member of the Dover Race Series and takes place on a USATF-certified course, complete with margaritas-style food and fiesta after the race.

“The Father’s Day 5K has become a fun tradition for so many seacoast families.  People show up wearing neckties in honor of a special father in their lives.  Some run right along with dad, and some run in honor of a father or special father figure who may have passed on.” says Lara Willard, Community Relations Director for Goodwin Community Health. “Since Goodwin and Families First merged earlier this year, this is the first year that this race will benefit patients of both Goodwin Community Health and Families First.  We are looking forward to welcoming in all the new runners coming out to support this new partnership.”

New this year, the Families First Mobile Bus that serves the seacoast homeless population in multiple seacoast area mobile health clinics will be at the event and open for tours.

Runners and walkers can register online at through Wednesday, June 13th.  Advance registration is $20 for adults and $5 for children ages twelve and under.  Same-day registration is available beginning at 8:00 a.m. for $25. The race starts at 9:00 a.m.  All participants are encouraged to wear a necktie to honor dads and those special father figures everywhere.

The top male and female runners will win a $50 gift certificate to Runner’s Alley.  And $20 gift certificates to Philbrick’s Sports will go to the top males and females in each of the twelve 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.

Digital Prospectors and Dover Emergency Room, a campus of Portsmouth Regional Hospital, are this year’s presenting sponsors.

Additional sponsors include:

Platinum:  Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and Novocure

Silver:  Anthem BCBS Medicare – East, Chinburg Properties, Kennebunk Savings, Margaritas, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, NH Healthy Families, Northeast Delta Dental, Optima Bank & Trust, and PELMAC Industries

Bronze:  Baker Newman Noyes, Chick Photography, Clark Insurance, ConvenientMD, Dead River Company, Dover Women’s Health, Homewood Suites, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Northeast Credit Union, Philbrick’s Sports, Runner’s Alley, Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C., United Way of the Greater Seacoast, and Well Sense Health Plan

Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center  are community health and family resource centers serving the greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. They provide  general medical care for people of all ages, dental care, prenatal care, counseling, substance misuse treatment, parenting classes, family programs, home visiting and family programs, and mobile health care for the homeless.  The two organizations merged in 2018, forming one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving almost 18,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care.  They operate centers in Somersworth, Portsmouth and Seabrook, NH, as well as mobile health clinics in multiple Seacoast locations. For more information, visit and

For more information on the Father’s Day 5K visit or  For 5K questions, please contact Elizabeth Clemence at


Photo Cutline: Race sponsors gather at Margaritas wearing neckties in support of the Father’s Day 5K: Michael Schidlovsky, ConvenientMD; Brian Mesley, Margaritas; Lara Willard, Goodwin Community Health; Tony Demers, Eastern Bank; Charissa Holt, Novocure; Samantha Reed, PELMAC Industries; Rob Gagnon, Optima Bank & Trust; Grant Turpin, Portsmouth Regional Hospital; Lauren Garza, Families First; Steve Merriman, Digital Prospectors; Joann Neumann, Families First; Sam Rose, Optima Bank & Trust

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