“Over 200 people participated in todays 5K and Dip and we raised over $18,000.,” said Lisa Pohlman, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, (“NRCM“) when she addressed a crowd who gathered early this afternoon at the Great Lost Bear, Portland, for an after-party. Pohlman also announced the winners of the 5K Race that preceded the 7th annual Dip at the East End Beach, on Munjoy Hill. It was the second year that the NRCM included an after-party at the popular restaurant on Forest Avenue.
The proceeds from the 7th annual Dash & Run at the East End Beach will go toward fighting pollution from climate change as well as increasing awareness of the problem. Last year at noon when the dip occurred it was 9 degrees in temperature. Today, under sunny skies, it was a warmish 28 degrees – perhaps accounting for the significant increase in the number of participants this year over last year. The water temperature was 46 degrees. Last year 161 dipped while this year the actual number of dippers was about 240 dippers..
Seated at one of the tables in the back of the restaurant was Anna, 12 years old. With her were her mother, Ann Christie, and two aunts and an uncle. Anna was one of the youngest participants in this year’s event. “It was really fun and I was warm throughout it all,” she said savoring a hamburger. Ever since Aunt Beth, a marathon runner, who placed in todays race, ran in the 5K last year, Anna has wanted to dip. But it wasn’t until this morning that Anna, who lives in Portland, decided to run the 5K race. Anna really loves the outdoors and sports, like softball, said her mother, Ann Christie. “I wear my hair in braids because it’s much easier to keep away the tangles and snarls,” said Anna. “I’ll be back next year,” she promised.