Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run returns following last year's pandemic pause
The streets were packed in Milford Sunday morning after runners and walkers took on the 15th Annual Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run.
All proceeds went to the Boys & Girls Club of Milford and participants said they were excited to finally have the run back on following last year's pandemic pause.
"It feels great having people together again in a safe way…it's just so exciting and we're really happy to be able to do that" said Megan Altomare, the executive director of the Milford Boys & Girls Club.
Racers said the event was a great way to bring a sense of normalcy after the pandemic, especially to kids who participated.
The 5K run began outside of Walnut Beach where over 300 runners and walkers took to the streets. One of the participating groups this year was the Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program which had 31 athletes from its Connecticut chapter.
"So the money we raised today it all goes back to the Boys & Girls Club of Milford. It helps up provide affordable after school and summer programs for the kids in Milford. We've never turned a child away for an inability to pay. We offer scholarships and we really do try to be there for the community and the kids especially," Altomare said.
The organization hopes to have raised $20,000 from this year's race.