Salmon Run benefits seniors
BALDWIN — Runners could be seen racing down streets in the Baldwin area soaking up the bright morning sunshine last Saturday during the Salmon Run.
The festivities, including a chili cook-off on Friday evening followed by a 5K and 10K race the next day, offered residents an opportunity to pull together to support services at St. Ann’s Senior Center.
“The event went very well,” said event organizer Sue Rutkowski of the Feed My People Committee. “Thank you, Baldwin friends and family, for all the support. Together we made this year another success. One-hundred percent of all profits from both the chili cook-off and the 5K/10K Salmon Run will go directly to our beloved St. Ann’s Senior Center to feed hungry people.”
The chili cook-off was well-attended, with 81 guests sampling 17 pots of piping hot homemade chili and 20 desserts. The band from St. Ann’s Catholic Church provided dinner music. The first place winner for best chili was Sue Ellen Siglow and second place went to Louis Baweja.
The Salmon Run event had a new feature this year, a senior stroll. The 5K and 10K routes encompassed the wider Baldwin area, passing forests and lakes.
Winners of the 10K women’s category were Michelle Taylor, first place; Kim Plummer, second place; and Jennifer Moore, third place. The winners of the men’s 10K category were Mike Battle, first place; Jim Rumpel, second place; and Benjamin Sorensen, third place.
Winners of the women’s 5K category were Donna Ward, first place; Jill Miller, second place; and Jenny Zaverl, third place. Winners of the 5K men’s category were State Rep. Scott VanSingel, first place; Jacob Kleeves, second place; and Joseph Walker, third place.
Donations from many local businesses and several private individuals made the event possible.