The Dime McCarren 5K had sun for this event’s 6th fundraising fun run/walk for local youth education and more people came out than in previous years. In addition to the 5K main event, 2018’s version offered other forms of fun with a Health and Wellness Fair (smoothies were a pre- and post-run refresher), raffles, and the awards presentation.
“We truly appreciate the consistent show of support by members of the Williamsburg community, St. Nicks Alliance organization and Dime employees and families who participated in this event each year,” stated Kenneth J. Mahon, Dime President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are especially proud of the positive impact this event is making by providing after school and summer camp opportunities for North Brooklyn children,” he added.
Debra Sue Lorenzen spoke on the Health and Wellness Fair, “This year’s Dime M5K was complemented by a new Health and Wellness Fair that promoted the engagement of hundreds of youth and community members who might not otherwise come out to a run. It was a great snapshot of North Brooklyn with twenty of our afterschool center, community school, and high school initiatives represented. Each added a unique activity, from Zumba to smoothies — and it all came together in this one event.”
Over 200 staff and students (6 to 16) from St. Nicks Alliance and School Settlement Association helped organize the Health and Wellness Fair. The youngest most enjoyed the aforementioned fresh fruit smoothies and hula-hooping. The older students engaged in art therapy painting sessions and learned tips for job interviews. A popular activity for all ages was SOCA-cise, an intense aerobic workout incorporating Caribbean dance moves with Soca music. This fair had a block party feel, complete with cha-cha slide dancing and an impromptu conga-line.
St. Nicks Alliance is still fundraising for its Youth Activities until June 30th. To donate go to: m5k.org