WAKEFIELD – The 14th annual Mews Tavern Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K road race included a record-breaking 2,249 registered runners and more than 1,000 spectators, and raised more than $80,000 for Easter Seals Rhode Island.
Winners included first place runner William Sanders (15:39); second place, Matt Pelletier (15:50), and third place, Mike Fisher (15:54). The top three female runners were Kim Chula-Maguire (19:22), Megan Jaswell (20:00), and Cassie Olson (20:12).
The Nov. 24 event supported Easter Seals R.I. Early Intervention services and the Pediatric Outpatient program.
Sponsors included Denali, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Gallo Thomas Insurance, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, B Positive Project, and UnitedHealthcare.
“We are very fortunate to have the Mews Tavern support our programs and be a true community partner,” says Judy Fortier, Easter Seals RI director of development. “The Gear ‘N’ Beer 5K allows Easter Seals to provide critically needed services for over 500 children and young adults with disabilities. We deeply appreciate that the Mews Tavern shares our belief that all kids deserve the chance to learn, build lifelong skills, and get the very best start in life.”
Following the race everyone gathered for a celebration, hosted by Mews Tavern, complete with BBQ buffet presented by Belmont Fruit, Performance Food Service, Blount Fine Foods, Toppas Foodservice and Paper Supply, Thurston Foods, Pepsi, and Trimark. Festivities included 10 different microbrews, 30 raffles items, and vendors booths, with Krave Jerky, B Positive Project, Orange Leaf, Denali, Smith Optic, Raw Bob’s, and A&B Appliance.
Easter Seals Rhode Island serves children and young adults with disabilities or special needs. Last year, Easter Seals Rhode Island assisted more than 500 children through early intervention services and its pediatric outpatient program.