To the Editor:

The Washington Environmental Council wants to thank everyone who helped make our first Earth Day 5K a huge success, starting with our race partner: The Steep Rock Association.

Every step of the way, WEC and Steep Rock worked together to offer our community a way to honor Earth Day and our beloved Steep Rock Preserve.

Over 100 runners ran along the beautiful Shepaug River knowing their efforts and energy helped support our planet.

We are thrilled to acknowledge the following individuals and businesses whose willingness to donate gifts and/or services helped us put together 16 age-group prizes as well as offer refreshments to all the runners.

Their generosity, time and support demonstrates their strong commitment toward saving our Earth as well as creating an environmentally friendly and sustainable community.

Thank you Averill Apple Orchard, Aspetuck Gardens, County Wine and Spirits, The Hickory Stick Book Shop, Hidden Valley Eatery, Marty’s Cafe, Nine Main Bakery & Deli, RIDE Indoor Cycling Barn, Stone Construction, The Gunnery Student Volunteers, Washington Volunteer Ambulance, Washington Food Market, Washington Supply Company, Woodbridge Running and Fast Track Timing.

Congratulations to the following winners: Marissa Perachi and Ben Churyk (under 12), Meg Salmon (ages 13-19), Lindsay Kenner-Eck and Alex Tinnlinghast (ages 20-29), Alison Masopust and Adam Kozack (ages 30-39), Darcy Campbell and Jeremy Titus (ages 40-49), Pam Quist and John Rosenberger (ages 50-59), Susan Lapis and John Richers (ages 60-69), Phyllis Allen and John Dezutti (ages 70-plus) and Quinn Evans (youngest runner award).

WEC hopes to see everyone at our Future Now Environmental Expo on June 24.

This free, walkable and informative event will address today’s most pressing environmental issues and offer “action-oriented” solutions.

Check out the Expo’s website at www.futurenowexpo.org for details.

Diane Lash Decker

Carrie Rowe

Co-presidents

Washington Environmental Council, Inc.