Catamount Womenaide News
5K Race in Deerfield Raises Money for Help to Those in Need
By Penny Williams 11-11-16
CatamountWomenaid, a group of local women who come together to provide emergency financial assistance to members of the Deerfield, Epsom, Pittsfield and Strafford communities, attracted more than 100 participants at its second annual Catamount 5K.
A 501(c) 3 on-profit organization, the group got its start in 2011. There are Womenaid groups throughout the country but no parent company.
The group raises money for its support services through several fundraisers, one of which is the 5K race that was held Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Deerfield Fairgrounds.
Fran Miller, Catamount Womenaid secretary, said they expected over 100 racers and walkers, and when registration closed before the start of the race on the morning of Nov. 6, they had 120 registrants. The day had dawned with rain, but by race time, the skies were blue and the rain had stopped.
Miller said the local community businesses that sponsored the race make it possible, along with the help of volunteers.
“Requests for assistance are made by clergy, social workers, school counselors, doctors,” Miller explained. “The recipients are not named. We do not give money to the recipients; we usually pay a bill or provide a gift card for needed purchases. Usually an unexpected event causes the need: illness or accident, change in medical insurance coverage, loss of employment or cutback in hours, the need to care for a family member. We have paid for medical equipment, rent, essential purchases such a warm clothing, home heating, and electric bills."
The aid the group provides is based on a family or individual facing a need that is not being addressed by any other means or agency.
Deb Horton of Deerfield serves as president. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and service to the community has always been a priority for her. Realizing how a small amount of money can make a difference and seeing no similar organizations in Deerfield, she recruited a group of women and formed a board to create Catamount Womenaid in 2011.
"We are meant to be a last resort," Miller explained. "We rely on fundraisers and donations. Our major fundraisers are this 5K race, a bowling night at Strikers’ East in Raymond in the spring, and our spring plant sale in May."
Fleece running hats and swag bags were given to the first 100 registrants in the Catamount 5K. In addition, prizes and medals were given to the winners, and refreshments were donated by local businesses, including Calef’s, Panera and the Epping McDonalds. Raffles were also offered, with each participant receiving a raffle ticket and able to purchase more.
The runners began arriving at the Deerfield Fairgrounds around 7 a.m. Advance registration was $22, and cost $30 on race day. New this year was a 12 and under category for young people at a reduced rate. Runners came from as far away as Peterborough, and the New Hampshire Thunder Group had a large contingent participating.
Winning the race was Justin Pagnotta of Strafford, whose wife also was in the race pushing a baby carriage with a youngster running with her. The first-place female runner was 12-year old Libby White of Northwood with a time of 21:40.
For more information, visit: catamountwomenaid.org
Catamount Womenaid Holds Annual 5K at the Deerfield Fairgrounds
Submitted by Robert Miller 11-1-16
Enjoy the scenic, autumn beauty of New England's Oldest Family Fairgrounds at the second annual Catamount 5k at the Deerfield Fairgrounds on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 9 am. The course is a cross country-type run on dirt, gravel, grass, and a little pavement. About 90% of the route is in open view of spectators and there's only a slight incline along with a decent downhill. The route is challenging enough for seasoned racers, but also appropriate for families and groups of walkers.
This 5k is offered by Catamount Womenaid and designed to bring the community together and promote health and wellness while supporting the small Deerfield-based nonprofit.
Register now at www.catamountwomenaid.org Online registration is available until 11/5/16 for $22 and the first 100 registrants will receive free fleece hats. Race day registration for adults is $30 and starts at 7am and the 5k begins at 9am. Children under 12 will pay $15 for online preregistration and $20 the day of the race.
Don't forget to set your clocks back; daylight savings time ends 11/5/16 allowing an extra hour of sleep. Parking is close and easy; turn into the fairgrounds at a main gate at 34 Stage Road, Deerfield.
There will be an emcee with music and announcements to start out the day and to motivate runners during the race. After crossing the finish line, there will be an assortment of baked goods, fruit and beverages. One More Cup will be offering hot and iced coffee.
Medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners and for top racers in different age groups. All proceeds benefit Catamount Womenaid, providing emergency financial assistance to men, women and children in Deerfield, Epsom, Pittsfield and Strafford NH.
Visit www.catamountwomenaid.org for more information and to register.
Generous area businesses sponsor this event: Platinum Sponsor Deerfield Veterinary Clinic; Gold Sponsor Northeast Delta Dental; Silver Sponsors Abbey Run Construction, Debbie Kelley of Verani/Berkshire Hathaway Realty, and Northeast Eye Care; and Bronze Sponsors, Candia First Stop, David L Malone Jr of Edward Jones, Plumbing-N-Heating Solutions, LLC and The Robertson Insurance Company. Thanks also to the many individual donors and volunteers who make this event possible.