Sunny Easter weekend brings out friends, family to Bunny Hop 5K
FORT KENT, Maine — A sunny Saturday morning helped to get people in the Spring mood and also made for a great morning to go running. Nearly 20 people took part in a Bunny Hop 5K charity run, Saturday, April 15, hosted by the Fort Kent Community High School/Valley Rivers Middle School Booster Club.
The club’s current large project is raising funds to replace the lights at the school’s soccer field. The event Saturday raised approximately $250.
Tom Bard was the overall winner, coming from behind after running with his father Joey and sister Emily in the first part of the race.
“I can’t even begin to describe the elation I am feeling,” Bard said with a laugh following his win.
Bard was visiting his parents Joe and Pam Bard, and siblings for the Easter weekend. His brother Sam was also visiting from Portland, and their brother Charlie was down from Nova Scotia. All three were active in sports throughout high school and college.
The Spring event served as a fun way to get some exercise and for some school athletes to tune up for spring sports.
“It feels pretty good,” said high school track and field and cross country team member Alex Beaulieu, who finished second overall. “I rolled out of bed and wasn’t expecting to do this,” he added with a chuckle.
Dolcie Tanguay, who most recently made the local sports pages with her strong finishes on the high school’s Nordic ski team, finished first in her female, age 15-19 group.
The Bunny Hop race was sponsored by the Booster Club with support from S.W. Collins and the Sears Hometown Store in Fort Kent.
A Booster Club sponsorship fundraiser campaign last summer netted nearly $13,000 for the soccer field lighting project. Early estimates to complete the lighting upgrade ranged from $60,000 to $120,000, depending upon the kind of lights and whether or not the poles are replaced, according to organizers.
Each Bunny Hop participant was given a chocolate Easter Bunny and each winner was presented with a hand-made certificate by FKCHS track and field coach Davis Cyr.
Along with Bard’s overall first-place finish, the Bunny Hop’s other top finishers included
Shelby Carson (F 10-14); Dolcie Tanguay (F 15-19), Ashley Morneault (F 20-29); Tammy Delisle (F 40-49); Alex Beaulieu (M 15-19); Curtis Morneault (M-20-29); Donald Eno (M 40-49); and Joey Bard (M 50-59).