During the month of May, The O’Halloran Group held its third annual virtual Ultra 1k road race to raise funds and awareness in support of three local food pantries, Kearsarge Lake Sunapee (KLS) Community Food Pantry, Newport Food Pantry and Warner Connects NH Food Pantry.
During the event, racers participated from all over New Hampshire, creating their own race routes or enjoying one or all of the official routes located around the Lake Sunapee Region. Many participants took the opportunity to go much further with their walks or runs, logging several 1ks throughout the month. Between racer participation and generous sponsor support, O’Halloran Group raised $19,305 and will be donating all proceeds equally among the three food pantries. This is an increase from the $15,000 raised in 2021 and $8,000 in the inaugural race in 2020. To date, $42,305 in proceeds have been donated on behalf of the Ultra 1k.
“We are so excited and appreciative of the support this year,” said Dan O’Halloran, broker/owner. “To raise over $19,000 in our third year of the event is amazing. We received such incredible support from our generous local businesses and people in our community. It’s a great feeling to raise money for our local food pantries who work so hard throughout the year. We are so lucky to live in such a giving community. Thank you so much to all those who helped, sponsored, donated and participated in the race.”
Combined, the three food pantries support residents in 24 towns in the Sunapee Region. In 2021 the Newport Food Pantry provided more than 47,145 meals with only 1 director and 1 volunteer. The Warner Connects NH Food Pantry made 300 visits per week with 100 hours in volunteer time per week. The Kearsarge Lake Sunapee (KLS) Community Food Pantry, with their 80 volunteers, served 1,093 households last year with 48 new families needing assistance. The 4th Annual Ultra 1K will return May 2023 and you can expect even more fun and entertainment from the event.
Pictured in photo from left to right: Lori Meding, Dan O'Halloran, Susan Morrison of Warner Connects NH Food Pantry, Mary Jannenga of Newport Food Pantry, Clara Sheehy and Marilyn Paradis of Kearsarge Lake Sunapee Food Pantry, Josh Lizotte, Brandy Waterman and Christina O'Halloran