Hey runners & walkers!
You may know that the Penguin Run is 100% volunteer driven. The team behind the event donates their time to give back to the community, and to give back to the sport of running – a pursuit that has given us so much!
Our participants over the years have also been very generous. A few years ago, we introduced the concept of ‘bling or benevolence’. We encourage all of our 5K participants to receive a finisher’s medal if they value it. However, if the medal is simply going to be added an overfull junk drawer, consider passing on receiving a finisher’s medal, and the Penguin Run will make a donation on your behalf! Over the last two years, this has allowed us to deliver eight Sparks Fly stationary bikes to area schools. This year, we will continue to contribute to area schools, but shift our focus to replacing some of the old, tired equipment of the cross country and track teams that represent our middle school and high school. All of our Youth Run participants will receive a medal; the choice of taking or leaving a medal is left to our 5K participants.
We will also be collecting food bank donations on behalf of the Shu-Mil & Hardwoodlands 4H Clubs, who are holding a community food drive for the Shumilack Food Bank and the Caring & Sharing Food Bank. We welcome any and all food items and donations!
A last note on giving back – we can’t pass up an opportunity to thank our sponsors! Enfield Pharmachoice and Strides Health and Fitness have been wonderful partners over the years; their generosity allows us to operate this event. The Enfield, Elmsdale & District Lion’s Club provide us a fantastic venue each year. Payzant Home Hardware is lending us event tents, and Ritchie Gilby Construction generously donated the gravel to keep our Youth Run trails in great shape! What a community we are a part of!