5K Milk Run & Walk kicks off Delaware Dairy Month

On Saturday, June 1st the New Castle County Farm Bureau and the newly formed Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation held their Inaugural 5K Milk Run & Walk at Appoquinimink High School. The event aimed to raise funds to purchase milk for children and adults in need. The Ministry of Caring, through the Emmanuel Dining room, serves nutritious meals at no cost to needy and hungry men, women and children every day. In 2012, 24,000 meals were served to children, starting with a glass of milk.

According to a statistic from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 13.5 percent of girls and 36.3 percent of boys ages 12 to 19 get the recommended daily amount of calcium need to build strong bones. Each year National Dairy Month is celebrated during the month of June. It originally began as National Milk Month in 1937 to help promote drinking milk. The National Dairy council stepped in to promote the cause, and the name was changed to National Dairy Month. On May 16, with the help of Delaware Farm Bureau, Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 passed both the Delaware Senate and House proclaiming June 2013 as National Dairy Month in the State of Delaware while celebrating Delaware’s farm creameries and dairy farms. Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 was sponsored by Senator Pettyjohn, Senator Sokola, Representative Jaques, and Representative Miro on behalf of all of the Delaware State Senators and Representatives.

At a press conference on the morning of the 5K, Sen. Pettyjohn, Sen. Sokola, Sen. Ennis, Sen. Hall-Long, & Rep. Walker presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 to the attendees and spoke about the importance of the dairy and ag industry in the State of Delaware. After the press conference finished, Senator David Sokola led off the Inaugural 5K Milk Run & Walk on his bicycle.

At registration on the morning of the event the number of participants nearly doubled from those who had pre-registered. A total of 102 runners/walkers participated in the event. Tom Jermyn of Newark, DE was the overall race and male winner with a time of 18:59. Brittany Newman of Dover, DE was the female winner and came in 8th place over all with a time of 21:38. First, second and third place winners in each of the male and female age categories were given an antique milk bottle etched with the races logo as a trophy.

Special thanks to New Castle County Farm Bureau Director Jim Mitchell, Lee Emerson who brought two calves to the event, Stewart Ramsey who set up a hay maze, Willey Farms who donated fruit, and Hy-Point Dairy who donated chocolate milk and water.
Thanks to our generous sponsors we were able to raise over $10,000 for The Ministry of Caring to provide milk for children and adults in need. NCC Directors, Farm Bureau Staff and even the Young Farmers & Ranchers got in on the fundraising action. YF&R member and Sussex County Farm Bureau Director Jay Baxter challenged the YF&R Committee to raise $1,000 to donate to the Ministry of Caring. If they did, he would run the race in a cow costume. A few days before the event, the YR&R met their goal and Jay ran as a cow!

We would like to give a special thanks to the New Castle County Farm Bureau, Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation, Young Farmers & Ranchers, The Ministry of Caring and Races2Run for making this event possible. See you all next year!

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