MIDDLEBURY — Frigid temperatures couldn’t stop nearly 200 runners from attending this year’s Resolution Run to help support the Middlebury Food Pantry.
“The city of Middlebury, there’s such a feeling of community. This is to support the food pantry and people are great. People are so giving here,” Paula Turk, Race Director for Stone Soup Promotions, said.
The event originally began five years ago, when Amy Checkley and her friend Barb were jogging one cold New Year’s Day morning.
“We were the only ones out. It was a great run and we decided we needed to invent this race, but we wanted to do it for a purpose and we knew that the food pantry was always in need during this time of year, so it kind of developed from that idea,” she said.
The first year, the event began at the First Mennonite Church in Middlebury, but it quickly outgrew that location.
Epiphany Promotions dissolved last year, but the Middlebury Food Pantry wasn’t willing to let something like the Resolution Run disappear.
“It was the single largest fundraiser for the Middlebury Food Pantry,” Pam Bingaman, Director of the Middlebury Food Pantry, said. “We just didn’t want to let it die. So our board talked about it, and prayed about it and one of the board members suggested we get a hold of Stone Soup Promotions.”
“It’s just been amazing. We got together an incredible group of people from the community, and one of the team members go the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center,” Bingaman said. “We had an incredible team going out after sponsors to help us pay for and put on the event. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Bitter temperatures did shorten the race from it’s standard 5k down to a 2-mile event.
Winners were divided up based on age brackets in five year increments. There were also team-based awards, and overall first, second and third place winners.
Overall winners were Justin Kowalski, FG Garcia and James Bartlett. The fastest team was Two Rivers Running Club and the largest was Arbor Industries.
Sponsors included TK Metal Forming, Lippert Components, Goshen Health, Grand Metal Station, Middlebury Produce, Inc., The Commodore Corporation, Max Myers, Forks County Line Stores, Inc., Gathered Willow, Middlebury Animal Clinic, KZ, Arbor Industries, Show Hauler, Varns and Hoover Hardware, Edward Jones Middlebury, Firefly Integrated, DB Sound and Lighting, First State Bank, Keith and Diana Barkow, Integrated Wellness Therapies, Hawkins Water Tech, Lozier Store Fixtures, Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance, Das Dutchman Essenhaus, First Mennonite Church of Middlebury, Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Fleet Feet Sports Mishawaka, A Good Neighbor Heating and Cooling, Mechanical Man, 41 Degrees North, Jared and Karla Beasley, Bill’s Collision Service, Centruy 21 Landmark - Kent Miller, the Checkley Family, Dave’s Landscaping, E & S Foods, Gallops/ Simram Middlebury, Grabers Drywall, Harding’s Friendly Market, Integrated Wellness Therapies, Jerry’s Standard, Kam & Co. Photography, Middlebury Police Department, Middlebury Township Fire/ EMS and the Town of Middlebury.
Last year, proceeds of nearly $10,000 went toward the Middlebury Food Pantry to help provide food to those in need throughout the community. Exact amounts raise this year are not yet available.