12:56 PM EDT, June 19, 2013
Harford County residents gathered in Havre de Grace Saturday for the in support of the Harford County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.'s international wellness event, "Walk on Water 5K Walk/Run."
The event was to bring attention to and raise funds for bringing clean water to African countries in need.
The 5K raised more than $1,500 for the sorority, which worked in conjunction with The Water Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that works to benefit communities around the world that suffer from a lack of access to clean water.
"So many of us take for granted the clean water we have every morning to take our showers and brush out teeth," race director Lora Williams said. "This year, we wanted to do something that would make a global impact, while promoting healthy lifestyles and raising awareness about the need for clean water for countries in need. It was a perfect fit."
Race participants ran or walked the 5K course through downtown Havre de Grace, starting at the gazebo in Tydings Park.
"It was a beautiful course and a beautiful cause," Dr. Jon Bellantoni, of Susquehanna OB/GYN, said. "It's so important to support grassroots efforts like these. If it doesn't start with us, then who will get this sort of work accomplished?"
The Water Project shares stories that inspire people to raise the money needed to build wells and other water projects at schools, medical centers, churches and other public places in under-developed nations.
"It warms my heart to know that the efforts of our chapter and the community we serve will make such a major impact on a community so far away," Carla Walton said. Walston is President of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Harford County Alumnae Chapter. "This is our second year for this event and we are excited about continuing our work with the Water Project for this very important issue."
Each participant was awarded a certificate of appreciation. Winners received additional awards for placing first in specified categories.
Alex Urban was the top male finisher in 23:14, followed by Caroll Fitzgerald in 23:54. Corlin Robinson, a 10-year old, was third in 26:53. Donna Lewis led the women in 24:50, with Dominique Gellmann second in 25:57. Coleen Gellmann was third in 29:04.
Top male and female age group finishers were Ryan Duray, Jazlyn Ware, David Coward, Melanie Campion, Keith Campion, Jessica Crump, Dwayne Adams, Colleen Leahy, Robert Smoot, Julie Johnson, LaVaeda Coulter and Phil Anderson.
Sponsors for the event were APG Federal Credit Union, Bagel Works, Curel, Einstein Brothers Bagles, Mailboxes and More, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Nutrition First, Redners Warehouse Market and Starbucks.
"This was great, it was good to see other kids out running too," 13-year old Miles Walton said, adding "This was my first race and I'll be back for more."
Donations in support of the Water Project are still being accepted via the web at .
Story submitted by Andricka Thomas
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