Each year for approximately ten years, the small borough of Shrewsbury has held a 5k race to benefit the local school. This is the main fund raising event of the year.
The event attracts over 300 local walkers and runners from all ages. Participants line up directly in front of the school itself and run like the wind when the race begins. The runners navigate along several streets, returning back to the school once again--the police kindly block traffic that day to allow for safety, of course.
The 'kid run' is especially popular! Our grandson participated in this race for several years, coming in first place or near the top each time. Classmates join in good-natured competition for a good cause; the event is a hometown hit!
The 5k usually begins at 9am with the kid dash following at 10:30 am. Trophys are given for different categories; ribbons awarded to the kids. It's a great time of fun and comraderie!
I love a small town parade! A few years ago, when our grandson was living with us, we were active in the Boy Scouts. He was part of this colorful parade, which took place either on Memorial Day or Fourth of July.
A portion of the street was blocked off near the Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church. Those children who had participated in Scouts, paraded proudly in uniform to PATRIOT'S ISLE, cheered on by enthusiastic supporters lining the sidewalk.
Patriots Isle is a thin, grassy strip between two lanes of Sycamore Avenue and has been set apart to hold a monument and wreaths which honor those who have fallen in previous wars.
The kids have a great time and families turn out to salute the brave men and women who have given their lives for our country. Flags are carried and a solemn moment marks the event.