The second annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run 5k took place Friday, July 4. 380 runners and walkers registered for the event. The run started on Perry and Adams and snaked around the City to end in Adams Street Park. Spectators lined the streets with squirt guns, and even sprinklers and hoses, to squirt the runners and walkers as they went by.
Before the run, Gabe DeFreitas, incoming Port Clinton High School senior and organizer of the event, gathered everyone at the flag pole in Erie Dearie Park and together, led by runner Jaclyn Favro, they sang the Star Spangled Banner.
The proceeds from the 5k go to the Kenny Jensen Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is for a Port Clinton High School senior who is going into the skilled trades industry.
“Kenny Jensen is my step-father who passed this last March. He raised me since I was 3, he was the only father I have known,” said Nicole DeFreitas, mother of Gabe DeFreitas. “He had dyslexia and back then they didn’t know what that was or how to help him. He had a hard time completing school. He became a skilled carpenter and that’s what we want to do with this scholarship is help support kids that will be going into skilled trades.”
“He was a pretty neat guy. Being the baby of the family, I was definitely his partner in crime,” Nicole said of her father. “He gave me my curiosity for life. Dyslexia made him work harder and in a way he was grateful for the disability.”
Results from the race can be seen at scribd.com/doc/232614016/Squirt-Gun-5k-Walk-Overall-Results.