PORTLAND, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) - A Portland Mother's Day tradition took full advantage of the gorgeous weather Sunday morning.
Close to 3,000 runners took part in the 14th Annual Portland Sea Dogs Mother's Day 5K road race.
The Sea Dogs, along with Intermed and the Maine Track Club hold the annual race to help raise awareness and support for Mainers with breast cancer. The proceeds from the race are split between the Cancer Community Center and the Maine Cancer Foudation.
Sea Dogs Vice President and General Manager Geoff Iacuessa says the organization is blessed to have this fan base. Iacuessa says "it just means so much, the community supports us so much. We wouldn't be here without the support of the community. One of the smallest markets in the league but one of the best supported in any minor league city…so its really important for us to make sure we are supporting our community too, in the ways that we can. This is one of the many ways we can…and to see all the people coming across the finish line with smiles on their faces, WHILE helping a great cause, its really just a home run for us."
Rob Gomez of Portland paced the men this year, winning in fifteen minutes nineteen seconds…while Erica Jessman set a another race record for women, finishing in sixteen minutes and fifty six seconds.
The Portland Sea Dogs Mother's Day 5K is the largest 5K road race in the State of Maine. It is also the second largest road race in the state, only the Beach to Beacon is larger. A capped field of 3,000 runners is once again expected for this year's race. Last year's race featured a record 2,954 registered runners.
In the previous 13 years of the event, the Sea Dogs have been able to donate over $169,507.00 to support breast cancer research and patients in Maine including $25,000.00 from last year's race.