By Beth David, Editor
The Fairhaven Father’s Day Road Race donated more than $20,000 to 35 local organizations at its annual luncheon on Sunday, 11/4/18, at the Fairhaven Senior Center. The group of about 50 enjoyed a hot buffet meal and door prizes.
Road Race founder and spokesperson Allen Days emceed the event, thanking the committee, the many volunteers and the sponsors of the race. He said the committee, which has taken over many duties he used to do, did a “really great job.”
“I really appreciate it,” said Mr. Days. “It’s taken a great load off of me.”
The first donation he handed out was $2,000 for the Fairhaven Police Department, which has, in the past, used the money for the PD exercise room and other department needs that are hard to budget for.
Mr. Days said the FPD has been very supportive over the years, telling him at one point, “Don’t cap it because of us,” meaning the number of runners.
Now the race routinely has more than 2,000 runners and the PD helps it all go smoothly as they run through town.
Mr. Days said the sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and of course the runners have “made Fairhaven the place to be on Father’s Day.”
The race also gave $2,000 each to the Fire Department and the Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Days said he was not sure how they would use the money, but…
“We don’t worry about it,” he said. “We know it’s going to be put to good use.”
Over the years, the race has donated about $250,000 to local organizations.
Deputy Fire Chief Todd Correia said his department would probably use the money for a misting fan to help firefighters and the runners cool off. He also said they were looking into getting a privacy tent, so that runners who are treated after the race are not out in the open, and can get a little privacy.
The Race also gave five $1,000 donations, eight $500 donations, and 19 $300 donations for a total of $20,700.
Bob Dorgan of Boy Scout Troop 52 said his group would use the $300 donation to buy equipment. He said he expects to have 30 boys next year.
“We’ve gotta outfit these guys,” he said.
Mr. Days said they donate $300 every year to the Fairhaven Village Militia, which helps them with cannon fire to start the race.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “Even when you expect it. Every year when that cannon goes off, 2,000 people jump.”
Selectboard member Bob Espindola also said a few words, noting that the race is a “signature event” in Fairhaven, and could not be done without the volunteers. He said there are a lot more options for runners now, but 2000 people still come to Fairhaven on Father’s Day.
“Because it’s a really, really nice race,” said Mr. Espindola.
Mr. Days also presented Bob Mitchell with a jacket for his many years of volunteering and donating to the race.
The race is held on Father’s Day. Next year will be its 44th year.
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