Friday, August 17, 2012 – Boston – Thursday’s 4th Annual Harborthon 5K to benefit Camp Harbor View brought more than 1,000 participants to Long Island in the Boston Harbor by way of Boston’s Best Cruises ferries to enjoy the Harborthon’s one-of-a-kind DMSE Sports produced race course, b.good barbecue fare, and lively entertainment from Rubix Kube, The Ultimate 80’s Tribute Band.
Congratulations are in order to this year’s top finishers, Kate Klim and Kevin Kelley. Klim, age 29, who finished first place female overall in both the 2010 and 2011 Harborthon’s, beat her own past record of 18:29 with a time of 18:27 this year. Kelley, age 43, finished first place male overall with a time of 17:47.
All race results can be seen at: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/12/ma/Aug16_CampHa_set1.shtml
Selina Wilder of Malden, MA was awarded for raising the most funds for Camp Harbor View with a Boston Harbor cruise for 12 aboard a privately owned 54’ Viking, refreshments included. Monies raised by Harborthon participants go towards the Camp Harbor View College Scholarship Fund which awards qualifying Camp Harbor View Leader In Training alumni with up $10,000 scholarships towards their continuing education.
Following the race, Rubix Kube took the stage for a two hour set, rocking favorite 80’s tunes such as “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, “The Right Stuff” by New Kids on The Block, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “Under Pressure” by Queen and more. They closed the night with an audience requested encore of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. Frontwoman and Boston native, Cherie Martorana, kept the audience entranced with several costume changes and laughing with anecdotes about being the singular Boston native in a band of New Yorkers, while the band as a whole entertained with their contagious energy and enthusiasm.
The Camp Harbor View Foundation would like to thank all sponsors of and contributors to this year’s event including lead sponsor Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity, Boston’s Best Cruises, DMSE Sports, New Balance Foundation, New Generation Advisers, The Boston Bruins Foundation, Bentley University, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Steward Health Care System, RINET Company, Normandy Real Estate Partners, and PlusTick Partners. Great thanks go to b.good and Boston Beer Company for making the barbecue and refreshments possible, local DJ Renell Jean for MC’ing the evening and race announcer Jack LeDuc.
Camp Harbor View opened in 2007 as a result of Mayor Menino’s concern for the welfare of Boston’s inner-city children. Mayor Menino reached out to Boston businessman and civic leader Jack Connors, Jr. and together they had the idea to create a camp for at-risk Boston children that would expose them to experiences and activities beyond their day to day life. With the help of John Fish and a powerful Suffolk Construction team, the Camp was built in 109 days. Today, Camp Harbor View is operated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and serves more than 900 of Boston’s inner-city youth each year with the joys of summer camp for just $5 per session. In addition, year round programming and social service support for both campers and families have created a strong bond between the camp and the children it serves. Each camper experiences unwavering support and a wide variety of activities designed to build confidence, encourage creativity, and help develop the leadership skills they need during school and beyond.