Dime McCarren 5K/10K a Force for Summer Camp!

Dime presents check to continue its role as title sponsor of the Dime McCarren 5k/10k for 2019, which raises funds for St. Nicks Alliance summer camp activities. Back rows (l to r) Anthony Wilson, Dime Kent Avenue Branch Mgr; Jose Leon, St. Nicks Alliance Dep. Exec. Dir.; Kenneth J. Mahon, Dime Pres. and CEO; Ed. Brittenham, St. Nicks Alliance Board; Patricia Strong, VP and Community Reinvestment Act Officer; and Dwayne Brown, St. Nicks Alliance Dep. Dir. of Children and Youth.

The Dime McCarren 5k/10k is extra energized for its 7th Annual start on May 4, 2019. First off a 10K has been added for those who want to double their challenge and endorphins. The route is the same but the starting line has moved up to PS 17/MS 577’s playground on North 4th between Driggs and Roebling.

This year’s timing brings other fun as the run lands on May the Fourth this year. All Jedis in training are welcome as well as anyone who wants to run as their favorite Star Wars character. In addition there is the Junior Jedi Decathlon, which is free for local families and will have a multitude of Star Wars themed activities such as: Lightsaber Limbo, a chance to Dunk Darth Vader or Zumba with Rey and Finn, Yoda Yoga, and much more.

This run is much more than heart healthy for the community, it is heartfelt. The Dime McCarren 5k/10k started seven years ago as a way to raise money to support summer camp activities for local youth. Dime Community Bank signed on as a title sponsor four years ago. North Brooklyn Runners and Brooklyn Running Company are long time participants and supporters. This year Punk Ropers from the Greenpoint YMCA will be testing their endurance as they intend to jump rope all along the 5k.

Punk Ropers from the Greenpoint Y have jump roped several 5ks, such as St. Stan’s “Get to the Point” in 2011

Tim Haft, who created Punk Rope in 2004 at the Greenpoint Y, gives his reasons for “running” this year’s Dime McCarren 5k/10k, “I’m jump roping the Dime McCarren 5k because it’s an opportunity to prove to myself I can still go the distance despite recent back, hip, and knee injuries, but more importantly because I believe in the mission and the work of St. Nicks Alliance and want to support the organization’s efforts. We have a long ways to go to address the social inequalities that are so prevalent in our communities and I applaud St. Nicks Alliance for the transformative work they do in the field each and every day.”

To register for the Dime McCarren 5k/10k go to: www.m5k10k.org  You’ll save $5 if you register before April 27th!

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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