Rain doesn’t slow down Dinosaurs who want to Stomp for a good cause! As today’s sixth annual Dinosaur Stomp 5k Walk/Run got underway with record attendance of well over 500 participants, with what everyone called “Liquid Sunshine.”
Winner of the Dinosaur Stomp
Mark Minereini from Hopatcong won the race with a time of 19:12. During our post race interview we found that Mark has been racing for the Dylan Foundation since the beginning six years ago. While coming off a personal injury, he was still able to capture the winning time of an average of 3.8 minutes per mile. Note that he was only off the current world record by about 1 minute.
Pictures from the Event!
Supporting the Dylan’s Dinosaur Stomp Cause:
Participants that came out today, were there to support Dylan (age 8) who is suffering from Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). The funds raised during this event will help support the Dylan Flinchum "Rock On!" Foundation, which was established to help support their beautiful eight-year old son, Dylan.
Futhermore, Sabretti's Hot Dogs and Wild Game Sauages a key vendor for the event donated 100% of all monies collected from over 200 hotdogs served (including tips) to the Dylan Flinchum "Rock On!" Foundation.
Help from the Hero Boys
The Hero Boys which is a Run Club designed for grades 3rd -5th boys, came out in record numbers to support the cause, as over 80 runners participated from Hopatcong and the surrounding towns. These running clubs are designed to help boys learn to run, challenge themselves and set goals. One of the Hero Boys finished in the top 10, which is exceptional for a 4th grader.
Winning Hero Boy Story
The winning time from the Hero Boys (Shawn) was a little over 24 minutes, which shows the level of training that Hero Boys go through as this fourth grader finished the race well ahead of most people twice his size. Special thanks to the Hero Boys and their Coaches that helped support this event!
Last Minute Assistance from Hopatcong Fire Department
As the weather prediction for the race day turned from bad to worse, the Hopatcong Fire Department stepped in offer Firehouse #3 to help house the after-race festivities. According to the Dylan Flinchum "Rock On!" Foundation, the Chief (Steve Kusivic) went out of his way to assist us in any way possible, which really helped save the after race activates, and to give everyone a place to dry off after the race.
Official USATF Certified and Sanctioned GRAND PRIX event
In addition, this year’s the Dinosaur Stomp used the Rock Race Timing for official time keeping and posted race results. Medals were awarded to the top (timed) runners in 10-year age groups. This race was a USATF Certified and Sanctioned GRAND PRIX event, so completive runners participated in the event!
Watch for future Events
No need to wait until 2018 for the next Dylan Flinchum "Rock On!" Foundation event, as they have several exciting events coming up later this year, in which the Hopatcong Lake Regional News will announce ahead of time so you can help support this important foundation and Dylan.