Miles for Meals Participants Raise Money for Meals for Homebound Seniors
CONROE, TX – On Saturday, April 17th, 487 total runners, walkers, and families participated in perfect 64 degree weather at the 5th Annual Miles for Meals 5K -10K at B52 Brewery in Conroe competing in a chip timed race.
Craig Gilbertson of Houston completed the 10K with a 39:39 time at a 6:23 pace per mile followed by Christopher Wilson of Conroe at 40:40, and longtime sponsor Kevin Baker at 40:46.
Mayra Caamano, Conroe was the first female 10K finisher with a time of 47:49, Julie Stevenson, The Woodlands came in second at 50:00, and third place 10K female was 16-year-old Amber Longwell of Spring with a time of 50:20.
Miles for Meals, an event of Meals for Wheels Montgomery County (MOWMC) benefits local seniors in our community. Jim Braden, 85 years of age was the winner of the 70+ age group and completed the 5K with a time of 38:24. Jim has served MOWMC as a volunteer for 10 years.
“Miles for Meals is an annual fundraiser to better the lives of homebound seniors and many of our volunteers are seniors themselves and participate in the event,” stated Summer Day, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels. “Jim is our oldest meal delivery volunteer and has run the race for the past several years. He came in first in his age group and 84th overall in the men’s division.”
Miles for Meals was presented by Team Sinisi Real Estate Group. Vinny Sinisi was also the emcee again this year adding humor and commentary throughout the event. “I love being the emcee for this event each year with Meals on Wheels,” said Vinny Sinisi from Sinisi Real Estate Group. “There is always a skill you can share to enrich the lives of others. This is very enjoyable for me. Meals on Wheels is one of my nonprofit passions to care for the elderly as they have once cared for us.”
The course went through neighborhoods in Conroe starting and finishing at the six-acre wooded biergarten of B-52 Brewing Company, a craft beer venue with food trucks serving before and after the race. Finishers received a tee shirt, finishers medal, a signature pint mug glass and 2 free B-52 craft beers (or lemonade).
Meals on Wheels is very grateful to our community sponsors: Waste Connections, Telegistics, Kevin Baker Real Estate, Planet Ford Lincoln, Tachus, Veritas Title, Brittany Sloan Law Firm, Bradbury Brothers, Sterling Ridge Cosmetics & Family Dentistry, Dr. Travis Hird, Ellard Insurance, Jennifer Contella with CMG Financial, Ace Fence, and Wendall Legacy Homes.
This was a family event with strollers, walkers, and dogs helping Meals on Wheels of Montgomery County to reach their goal of assisting homebound seniors with food, transportation services, and compassionate care in our local community.
Congratulations to the top overall and age division winners. Find your results: www.athlinks.com/event/216952/results/Event/966165/Course/2041962/Results Photo Album: jessejuarezphotography.pixieset.com/milesformeals/milesformeals Photos are courtesy of Jesse Juarez Photography, www.jessejuarezphotography.com.
Every $125 donated feeds a senior for an entire month. MOWMC can delivery meals to a homebound senior for an entire year lower than the cost of one day in a hospital or ten days in a nursing home. Donate online at www.mowmc.org/donate.
Since 1973, MOWMC has had a successful track record of delivering meals to local homebound seniors delivering 31,000 meals monthly. Volunteers deliver meals along 89 routes throughout the 1,000 square miles of Montgomery County. Additionally, MOWMC’s curb-to-curb transportation service provides more than 17,000 rides to the disabled and seniors annually. With a mission to foster independence and maintain the dignity of each homebound senior by providing nutritious meals, transportation, and caring connections, MOWMC can always use additional volunteers and donations. More information about Meals on Wheels Montgomery County can be found at www.mowmc.org.