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“This year we had over 100 people and I don’t know how many dogs,” says Thomas. “…The first person across was just a few seconds over 20 minutes – so that was a highlight.”

Thomas adds, “This year we had even more support in regards to sponsorship, so we had cool prizes and giveaways for all of the participants.”

Participants managed to raise $1,600, which is going toward NEAT’s ongoing educational programs offered in the schools and to the community.

“We feel really good about being the first organized run of the season,” Thomas goes on to explain. “You can just tell people are ready to get up off the couch at this time of the year after a long winter.”

“We want people to recognize earth hour, engage with the community and we’re also always trying to promote energy conservation.”

Thomas expects next year’s 5K should be even bigger and better.

“Next year we’ll continue to do that; we’ll continue to seek out those sponsors and support,” Thomas concludes. “And then word-of-mouth and all the advertising that goes along with an event – it will just grow.”

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