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  • Maine Olympians Seth Wescott and Julia Clukey support WinterKids serving snow cones to Fun Run race participants

    Wescott receives a document from Gov. Baldaaci making May 6, 2010 officially Seth Westcott Day as well as making him an ambassador of Maine photo by Ramona du Houx
    As this year’s official beneficiary of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, WinterKids has the opportunity for its kids, families, and supporters to participate in all the activity leading up to race day.
    On the evening of Friday, August 3rd, WinterKids will be cheering on kids of all ages as they compete in the friendly Kids Fun Run beginning at 6:00 pm at Fort Williams.
    A few of Maine’s favorite winter Olympians, snowboarder Seth Wescott and luger Julia Clukey, will be teaming up with WinterKids to serve snow cones and hand out custom armbands and headbands to all Fun Run participants. Kids are welcome to take photos with Wescott and Clukey, who will also have autographed postcards available. 
    To sign up for the Fun Run in advance, visit the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race website. On race day, Saturday, August 4th, Wescott and Clukey will lead the parade of flags at the finish line alongside ten WinterKids who will each hold a flag from one of the countries represented at the race.
    For any WinterKids Passport alumni who will be running the race, there's an opportunity to receive a special gift from WinterKids during the packet pick-up at the Expo on Thursday, August 2nd and Friday, August 3rd, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. WinterKids will also be supplying 50 volunteers to assist with the race and the events leading up to it. 
    “We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this year’s race. To be given this platform to reach over 7,000 active, competitive outdoor enthusiasts is amazing. Many of the race sponsors are also WinterKids supporters, and we are certain there are many racers who are Passport alumni from as far back as 1997. So, it feels like one collective family working together toward a common goal of making Maine kids more active and ultimately, healthier,” says Julie Mulkern, WinterKids’ Executive Director.
    So far, WinterKids has raised $62,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation gift, and over 1,000 donors. All funds raised through this event will go towards keeping kids healthy and active and will support WinterKids new mobile app for families to get outside more often together in all corners of Maine in the winter. WinterKids is an organization based in Portland, Maine that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity.
    WinterKids has helped over 100,000 Maine children to be active outdoors in the winter through unique programs statewide in the last two decades. In addition to in school outreach, the WinterKids Passport, now in its 20th year, provides Maine families with affordable access to wintertime activities.
    WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ Major Community Sponsor is Hannaford. WinterKids’ Supporting Sponsors are WEX, L.L.Bean and Irving Oil. Learn more at WinterKids.org.