“We all felt that a long distance point-to-point race from Slaughter Beach to Milford was an awesome idea for the fall and that there were a number of local runners who would participate in the race,”
Joe Gannon, on the inaugural "The Goose 10"
There were no automatic timing systems, fancy T-shirts or dozens of runners to overcome in the inaugural “The Goose 10” race.
The race “un-organizers” described it as a “rogue race” that was unsanctioned, in which 17 runners ran 10 miles from Slaughter Beach to Milford.
The Goose 10 more than likely served as a trial balloon for a much larger run next year.
The lengthy course stretched from the starting line at the DuPont Nature Center at the mouth of the Mispillion River in Slaughter Beach to the finish line at Arenas Deli & Bar at the Mispillion Riverwalk in downtown Milford.
Local runner Erik Farinas finished first in the Goose with a time of one hour, nine minutes and 55 seconds. His trophy was a life-size Canada goose decoy designed by local carver Harold Haman.
The race was organized last month by Milfordians Ramsey Schrader, Brad Dennehy, Joe Gannon and Casey Kenton.
Each runner was asked to wear a plain white t-shirt that was stenciled in a silhouette resembling a Canada goose that went along with a race “bib” number of the runner’s choice.
“We all felt that a long distance point-to-point race from Slaughter Beach to Milford was an awesome idea for the fall and that there were a number of local runners who would participate in the race,” Gannon said.
Following the race, each runner was presented with a hand-carved oyster knife labeled “The Goose 10” and was treated to fresh oysters and craft beer provided by Arenas.
All of the proceeds generated from the race were donated to the Sussex County Land Trust, a conservation nonprofit dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation, stewardship and education.
Since its inception in 2002, the Sussex County Land Trust has raised more than $4 million in private funds and has been involved in the preservation of nearly 6,000 acres.
“We believe in the mission and objective of the Sussex County Land Trust and hope to continue to support the organization through great events such as ‘The Goose 10’,” said Kenton, who is a trustee for the group.
Dennehy, director of Milford’s Parks & Recreation Department, anticipates that The Goose 10 will return next year, and won’t be quite so far under the radar.
“The was the inaugural year for ‘The Goose 10’ and our hope is to legitimize the race into an organized and promoted event in 2016,” Dennehy said. “The race course is one of the most picturesque areas in Sussex County and we also wanted to highlight the Mispillion Riverwalk and downtown Milford.
“Milford is a great town and our goal is to continue to promote fun local events to support the downtown area.”