The Run Around
To the Editor,
The 45th Run Around The Block 15k Road Race went off without a hitch Saturday, Sept. 10, on a gorgeous day with 164 participants. The feedback has been fantastic and we already have some ideas to make it better
It was a great process getting the race back together but it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing people who stood up and supported our efforts. Thank you to the Town of New Shoreham, the Police Department,
the Volunteer Rescue Squad, Dave Sniffen and the Rec Department, Mike Shea and the Road Department. We thank Patrick Evans of Snave Design for his donation of his beautiful carved Island Stones as the prizes for the
Overall Male and Female Runners, and Melinda Marye Kelly for her creative prizes for the first, second and third of each age category and a special thank you to Vin McAloon who was the official “starter” for the race.
We are so grateful for our major Sponsor WKP Construction and the overwhelming support of the community starting with our sponsors, which included the Dunleavy family, the Riker family, Aldo’s Mopeds, Ballard Hall Sales Group, Belmont Fruit, Block Island Oyster Bar and Grill, Block Island Realty, Block Island Recycling Management, Block Island Reservations, Block Island Sport Shop, Block Island Yacht Club, Block Market, Block Star, CTM Home Services, Dead Eye’s/Dick’s Fish, Diamond Blue Surf Shop, Golddiggers Jewelers, Island Bound Bookstore, Spring House Hotel, Karen and Brian McMahon, Kimberly’s, Lamb’s Package Service, Lila Delman Compass Real Estate, Mutt Hutt, North Light Fibers, Rebecca’s Seafood, Star Department Store, 1661 Inn, The Atlantic Inn/Eli’s, The Block Island Cookie Company, The Block Island Ferry, The Cracked Mug, The Darius Inn, Photo Dog, Beach Real Estate, Block Island Fishworks, Block Island Linen Rental, B.I. Tee’s, Blocks of Fudge, Bonnie & Clyde, Captain Nick’s, Holiday Hall’s Hack, Ice Cream Place, Island Hardware, Jessie Edwards Gallery, McAloon’s Restaurant, Mehne Family, Minnow 02807, National Hotel, North Atlantic Builders, Inc., Old Island Pub, On the way-BI, Old Post Office Bagel Shop, Payne’s Dock Group, Phillip’s Real Estate, Red Bird Package Store, Solstice, The Calm Company, Tip Top Taxi,Traveling Seamstress, William Feuer and Susan Matheke, and Yellow Kittens.
We appreciated the extra help from Tip Top Taxi and Betsey, Digger’s Cab and Charlene, Momo’s Cab and Momo, and Nat’s Cab and Joe Jones, Lamb’s Package Service, Ice Cream Place, Kimberly’s, Yellow Kittens, and Block Island Chamber of Commerce. A final thank you to the Block Island and Narragansett Lions members who came to help on race day.
Without this community this work would not be possible, see you Saturday, September 9, 2023!
Pat Vaicaitis, Robbie Closter, Gail Hall, Molly O’Neill
Block Island Lions Club Road Race Committee