A bubbly energy abounded from the mingling crowd on Saturday, October 6th, for the 8th annual Dewey Goes Pink and the Gugie Run, a 5K Run/Walk. More than 3,000 people turned out to support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) and the fight against breast cancer at The Starboard and to collect some of the good vibes that were positively everywhere.
For founders Steve “Monty” Montgomery and Adam Howard, the day is personal, but also broad in that its come to mean so much to the community and those continuing their battles with the disease. As Montgomery addressed the crowd ahead of the race, he said, “It’s great when we can make fundraising fun, so many of you use this spectacular event as a vehicle to honor, remember or spend time with you loved ones, friends, or neighbors, and the fact it raises such needed funds for our local breast cancer coalition is just fantastic.”
From Deldot, to the local and state police, to the staff at both The Starboard and Bethany Blues, and, of course, the teams who raised money and the sponsors who donated both in monetary form and to the silent auction, this year’s Dewey Goes Pink was a massive effort. And it was a record-breaking fundraising year, likely topping $100,000.00. This brings the eight year total up to more than half a million dollars donated to the DBCC. Best of all, the money raised stays right here in Sussex County, Delaware to benefit women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and the support services they need.
As Kristen, from Kristen and the Noise, took the platform to sing the National Anthem, the crowd faced the flag and the bustling, noisy streets of Dewey Beach fell silent for her smoky rendition of the beloved song. Following the cheers, at the starting line, runners ceased their enthusiastic jumping, stretching and knuckle cracking, and put on their best game faces in preparation for the countdown. And then they were off.
Streams of people—more than 2,500 participants in the race alone—flooded the streets. Back at the finish line, though, there were some far ahead of the pack including the overall male winner, Francisco Puac, and overall female winner, arguably the star of the day, 12 year-old Madi Todd. Masters winners were Mike Sewell and El Jones.
After the race itself, the day broke into revelry as the pre-race tension dissolved and was replaced with fellowship and camaraderie. The Starboard was host to a great party including a wonderful buffet featuring a pig roast by Bethany Blues and pizza courtesy of Grotto’s.The party spilled out onto the streets of Dewey, a town so well known for its outdoor venues. The event took top billing as a win as it combined all of the best things Dewey Beach has to offer with a highly successful fundraising event, all while putting smiles on thousands of happy faces.
Between the live music, the amazing food, and the ice cold libations, the day was just what one would expect from the biggest little party place in Dewey Beach. Lots of familiar faces and breast cancer survivors made for a memorable, heartfelt day in Dewey, and one that never fails to bring out the best in the competitors.