Randy Kring of Concord, Mass., was the first to cross the line in the 4.2 Mile Run Your Buns Off race last weekend, an event that will this year benefit the New Hampshire Food Pantry in the region. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
September 08, 2021BRISTOL – Despite some brisk wind gusts, sunny skies and cool temperatures prevailed when Randy Kring of Concord, Mass. crossed the finish line with a time of 28:50 minutes at the 12th annual Run Your Buns Off run/walk last Saturday morning.
The Run Your Buns Off 4.2 Mile event has become a Labor Day Weekend tradition for runners and walkers alike who gather at Basic Ingredients on Mayhew Turnpike on the Bristol/Bridgewater town line each year to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. For the second year in a row the benefactor will be the New Hampshire Food Bank and their service in the Newfound Region.
Run Your Buns Off was the brainchild of Basic Ingredients owner Garlyn Manganiello and fitness pro Audrey Goudie. Audrey said she had always wanted to create a race near the shores of Newfound Lake that was not only fun but unique. Her friend Garlyn wanted to organize a road race as well that would not only bring attention to some of her great bakery creations, but most of all benefit local charities.
"One morning after finishing her favorite Whittemore Point loop run, Audrey dreamt
of indulging in a delicious Basic Ingredients sticky bun and thought what fun it would be to offer sticky buns to racers at the end of a race," the organization said on their social media site's introduction.
Goudie did the math and discovered 4.2 miles of a walk or run would burn off the calories of one of Manganiello's locally famed sticky buns. Together they organized the event in 2010 and formed the 501(c)3 Newfound Area Charitable Association to oversee their annual race contributions. The rest was history.
Over the years, Run Your Buns Off has benefitted many local nonprofit and youth organizations. It began with the Jacob Messersmith Scholarship at Newfound Regional High School and moved over time to groups such as Newfound Pathways and Newfound Lake Region Association. They have also benefitted Tapply Thompson Community Center's Westward Bound experience for high school students and the purchase of a scoreboard for the NRHS girls' soccer team.
Last year's 4.2-mile charitable race was done virtually through donations, but Run Your Buns Off was still able to contribute 33,138 lbs. of food to the N.H. Food Bank. Proceeds from that event assisted 1,063 individuals from 334 local households and Manganiello said the donations to the food bank from Run Your Buns Off and the Newfound Charitable Association may very well continue over the next few years.
"It feels great to help their cause," she said. "We were able to not only raise money for them last year but then we got to volunteer to help distribute the food. It was just great to see the faces of the people we were able to help and hear their thanks yous, so we'd like to stay with that for a while."
For 2021, she and Goudie were able to bring the actual run/walk back to an actual event but did request online pre-registration to help separate the crowd as much as possible. Even with that change, Run Your Buns Off still had 241 people sign up for their charitable event this year.
"It's so great to have you back. We appreciate your support! We had one year off, and you all came back," Goudie announced as the clock ticked down to the start of the race.
Before she pulled the trigger on the starter gun however, everyone joined young Liela and Thomas Reynolds in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, a repeat of their great performance in 2019.
In addition to the $25 registration fee, participants and spectators were able to take part in a raffle. Prizes this year were $100 worth of heating fuel from Rymes, a Sonos Sound Bar, and a smokeless pellet-fueled fire pit. All proceeds from registrations and the raffle will benefit the New Hampshire Food Pantry.
Sponsors for the 2021 Run Your Buns Off Run/Walk were the Martin Richardson Foundation, West Shore Marine, Speare Memorial Hospital, Mid-State Health, Franklin Savings Bank, Morrison Construction, Newfound Law, PLLC, and Medical Reimbursement Specialist (MRS).
The top runners this year were Kring at 28:55, Jeff Maistrosky came in second with a time of 29:42, and Todd Bergaglieri was right behind him at 29:47.
For the women, it was Lisa Athanasia crossing the line first at 32:15; Aleaha Gray was seconds behind with a time of 32:50, followed closely by Chloe Jenness at 52:58.