The Drouthy Bear "Set the Pace" 5-kilometer run and walk will kick off the New Year on a healthy note on Monday, Jan. 1.

The annual 3.1-mile event will take place at 11:11 a.m. at The Drouthy Bear, 50 Elm St., with registration starting at 10 a.m. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The event is organized by the non-profit One Community Many Voices.

One Community Many Voices, OCMV, is a 501c(3) charitable organization, located in Rockland. Using a model called: the Art of Good Fellowship – Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time – OCMV provides gap funding when no other resources are available to help neighbors in need resolve a hardship related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living or well-being.

The 5K race costs $20 on race day and $18 for those who pre-register. Student registration costs $15 in advance or day of. Preregistration is available online at

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male and female finishers and for the runner who takes on the weather as the least dressed. Milemarker sponsors for the event are 16 Bay View Hotel, Trackside Station restaurant and Doug Curtis Jr., Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Bottled water is sponsored by First National Bank.

To learn more about OCMV, visit

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