BANGOR – With the rain moving out of our area and the sun shining, it was a great day to spend outside. Many people gathered at the Bangor waterfront Sunday for the annual Erin’s Run.
It was off to the races for runners and walkers participating in the seventh annual Erin’s Run.
“We’re celebrating Erin Woolley who sadly passed away in 2010 of cancer but we do this event to celebrate her life and legacy and raise money for the causes that were important to her,” said Race Director Ben Sprague.
The race’s number one beneficiary is Partners for Peace, a domestic violence resource center Erin worked for. Money is also given to the Bangor YMCA swim program, a scholarship at Bangor High School, and the University of Maine Swimming and Diving team.
“I always look forward to the day that we have this race,” said University of Maine Swimming and Diving Head Coach Susan Lizzotte. “Alum come out and there’s just different faces and familiar faces each year.”
Erin was on the swimming and diving team while at UMaine. Coach Lizzotte carries on her legacy through the Erin Woolley Memorial Award.
“It goes to the swimmer or divers that represent everything Erin was when she was at Maine,” Lizzotte said. “She had quite a spirit, a zest for life and she was always happy and dancing and just never a dull moment with her.”
According to the event’s organizers, Erin’s run has raised 76-thousand dollars over six years for its various causes.
“The community really has come out to support this event in a big way,” said Sprague. “I think we’ve grown each year, this will probably be our best year ever actually thanks to weather I think in part, but we got some great business sponsors and community organizations that really support Erin’s Run which we appreciate so much.”
Sprague said the run is usually held on a Saturday, but decided to hold the seventh annual on Sunday, which he was thankful for.
“This is the first sunny day in awhile, so maybe Erin’s watching out for us a little bit,” he said.