GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County held their biggest little road race Thursday night.
Racers took off on a race through Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield. This was the organization’s first-ever point .5K. A brief race through the village, with stops for food including slices of pizza and doughnuts along the way.
“We want to keep our programs funded,” said Ericka Almeida. “Our programs ignite the potential in many of the children here in Franklin County and have been doing so for 52 years.”
Almeida told 22News, they’re expecting 200 people at Thursday night’s event at Yankee Candle in South Deerfield. The little road race made it easier for people of all ages and abilities to participate.
“I love big brothers and big sisters, I think they are a fabulous organization and they do amazing work, but when I saw a .5K and eat and run…” said Mary McClintock of Conway.
Yankee Candle also offered Big Brothers Big Sisters emblazoned candles with proceeds benefitting the Franklin County Organization. The road race benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters for mentoring programs that help change the lives of children.
Tickets for the event were $25 per person and $15 for children 12 and under. Participants also had the opportunity to skip the race and enjoy the food stands for $30.
Walk-in registration was welcomed.