by Rich Havens, We Gather Together 5K – 2014
The season of ‘giving’ is on our doorstep…and what better way to celebrate the traditional giving holiday of Thanksgiving than with a community event designed to help those needing assistance in making ends meet during difficult times. Annually since the tragic happenings of September 11, 2001, the Town of Sandwich has played host to hundreds of fitness enthusiasts at the Cape Cod Five Foundation We Gather Together 5K Run~Walk, a healthy calorie-burning jaunt along the quaint roadways of Sandwich conducted to raise thousands of groceries to be divided between the Sandwich Food Pantry and various sister facilities in towns on the upper-Cape.
‘We Gather’ celebrated its 13th edition last Thanksgiving attracting nearly 2,000 entrants; and it will make its fourteenth appearance in Sandwich shine-or-rain at 8:00am this Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27. This ever popular grocery-raiser will again be staged from the Henry T. Wing School and travel a scenic 3.1-mile course through Historic Sandwich Village.
The We Gather Together 5K, organized by Time Out! Productions, has become a family-friendly holiday tradition. Annually since the inaugural 2001 contest, the 5K has attracted well over 1,000 runners and walkers and has raised an estimated 35,000 groceries. The 5K registration fee is $10 plus a bag containing a minimum of 10 non-opened, non-perishable packaged grocery items. There is no fee or grocery bag requirement for children under the age of 10 entering the ‘Kidz Dash’, a short (approximately) 100-yard fun run which starts from the 5K starting line at 7:45am. The first 2,000 to bring the 5K entry fee and grocery bag to the Wing School registrations will receive a colorful We Gather 5K tee shirt. Post-5K, all finishers will be treated to fresh-made muffins and bagels, cereal bars, juice, fruit and hot beverages.
5K entry forms and detailed information can be accessed from the http://www.timeoutproductions.com website and by contacting Time Out! Productions at 508-224-3601. Those wishing to register may do so at one of two sessions inside the Cafeteria of the Wing School on Wednesday, November 26 from 4:00 to 6:00pm and on Thanksgiving morning, the 27th, from 6:30 to 7:45am. The completed entry form and fee should not be mailed to Time Out! Productions but instead brought along with the grocery donation to the registration sessions.
The 2014 We Gather Together 5K Run~Walk has been made possible with the support of the following sponsors: (Presenting Sponsor) The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust in conjunction with Richard H. Sadowski D.M.D; Shepley Wood Products; Uncle Bob’s Self Storage; Maffei Landscape Contractors; Canalside Printing; Marshland Restaurants & Bakery; Austin’s Inc; CR Signs; Costa The Fresh Idea Company; Cape Cod Bagel Company; Ocean Spray; Kellogg’s Snacks; Tootsie Roll; Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant & Pub; Poland Spring Natural Spring Water; Federal Express; Granite State Race Services; Cavossa Disposal Corporation; Bousefield Sanitary Services and Hat’s Off For Randie.
We are also proud of the dozens of SHS students from National Honor Society and Key Club who volunteer annually at this great event.