More than 100 people signed up for the Rotary Club of West Springfield’s first-ever Donut Dash.
The event was open to runners, walkers, and people who wanted to hike through the trails and take in the scenic views of Mittineague Park in West Springfield, where the challenging 5k course was held.
Early birds paid $25 bucks to participate. While last-minute athletes paid 30. The money raised will go right back into the community.
“We do all kinds of things for the community,” Stephan Lang of Rotary Club of West Springfield told 22News. “We collect money by having events, such as this one. And we take that money and it goes into things like the Boys and Girls Club, the Parish Cubberboard.”
Prizes were awarded for the fastest time, to different age groups. The fastest man was Richard Landry. An avid runner, Landry completed the 5k in less than 20 minutes. While the fastest woman was a 13-year old girl from Sutton, who finished the race in under 25 minutes.
Landry told 22News the 5k course was challenging at times, but overall a fun experience for all participants.
“It was a little treacherous out there. It was muddy in some spots, so that didn’t help today’s race,” he said. “There was a hill in there, but overall they did a great job marking out the course. They had mile markers and they highlighted the various routes with rocks, throughout the race. Overall good conditions and a lot of fun.”
And once runners made it across the finish line, they were treated to donuts and apple cider courtesy of Donut Dip and Atkins Farms.