LINCOLNVILLE — The “Run 4 the Money” 5-kilometer race and children’s fun run returned in all their glory on Sunday, May 29 at sun-splashed Lincolnville Central School.

After a few-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the usually annual event returned for running fun and to raise funds for the MONEY Athletic Foundation Scholarship, spearheaded by Paul Russo and family in memory of their son, Mikail.

The children’s fun run and 5K, or 3.1-mile event, started and ended at the school.

The “low-key, family and friends” event included the following results:

Top-three men — Jeremy Stone, age 19, 18:38; Seth Crockett, 32, 18:56; and Graham Stoughton, 12, 19:18.

Top-three women — Miranda Dunton, 19, 20:43, fourth overall; Jaiden Johnson, 15, 23:29; and Jessica Haffard, 37, 23:38.

First finisher older than age 60 Ron Howard, 65, at 27:47.

Micah Fagonde, 14, at 27:38 was the middle-of-the-pack finisher.

Colin Fitzpatrick was the children’s fun run winner.

Registration was online at: moneyathleticfoundation.org.

Participants could preregister by using the online form on the website, pay by using the PayPal donate button, and sign a release form on race day.

One also could “virtually” walk or run another 5K course. They simply made a donation via PayPal and send a course description, map and photo to moneyathleticfoundation@gmail.com so the group can post that information to its Facebook page.

The Mikail R. Russo More Opportunities for NEighborhood Youth (MONEY) Athletic Foundation was created to ease the cost of youth athletics for needy families.

MONEY is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that strives to assist athletes ages 18 and younger who show a need and a willingness to work hard to reach their athletic goals.

The Mikail R. Russo, MONEY Athletic Foundation’s purpose is to give financial assistance to local youth. Members of the board believe athletic participation fosters a healthy lifestyle and that setting goals and achieving them opens doors to self-growth and confidence.

“We also believe the lives of the scholarship recipients can be enriched by meeting people of diverse backgrounds and interacting with them in challenging settings,” states information on the organization’s website. “We ask each child, as part of our application process, to tell us the reason he or she should be considered for an award and how the activity will benefit him or her. Since each year the cost of attending sport camps, taking lessons, and participating on local teams grows exponentially, the community need is self-evident.”

To date, the foundation has helped more than 600 young athletes reach for their goals.

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com.