New England Water Works Association and New England Water Environment Association Water For People Committees joined forces this year to coordinate a new fundraising event—a 5K road race to benefit Water For People. With committee members Mary White, Renie Jesanis, and Victoria Hawkes championing the event, the committees hosted the inaugural Deer Island Dash 5K Run/Walk to benefit Water For People on Saturday, May 13, at the Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant in Winthrop, MA.
Over the course of five months the committee volunteers gathered race swag bag materials, designed t-shirts, identified and onboarded sponsors, and promoted the road race within the water works community, as well as locally in Winthrop. The group was lucky to have the support of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which runs Deer Island, and many MWRA staff volunteers on hand on race day.
Over 120 individuals showed up on race day, ready to run or walk the 3.1 mile course that circles the treatment facility. The day was cloudy but runners could see the Boston skyline and the surrounding harbor islands as they raced along. No one seemed thrilled about the hill at Mile 3 but everyone powered through and finished strong. Prizes were awarded to the overall race winners as well as the top runners in each age category. At the end of the day approximately $5,500 was raised for Water For People, which will fund locally sustainable drinking water and sanitation infrastructure in developing countries around the world.
We extend our sincerest thanks to all of the Deer Island Dash 5K Run/Walk sponsors, volunteers, and race participants. Congratulations to the Water For People Committee on a fantastic event!