Runners, walkers, performers gather for Maine Walks with Haiti

May 13, 2017


PORTLAND (WGME) -- Saturday morning, volunteers met in Back Cove Park in Portland for the Maine Walks with Haiti 5-kilometer Run.

Proceeds from the walk and run benefit Konbit Sante's Cap-Haitien Health Partnership, a Maine-based nonprofit organization working to improve the health system in northern Haiti.

The walk and run around Portland's Back Cove includes prizes for top runners and a festival with live music.

Entertainment will include The Fullertons band, Island Beats steel pan band, Scarborough's Gym Dandies, and Lincoln Academy's Maine Music Outreach.

Portland Mayor Strim issued a proclamation before the race.

Runners began at 10 a.m., followed by walkers.

Entertainment and awards for top runners and first stroller across the finish line are scheduled to run between 10:15 a.m. and noon.

"The funds raised at this event directly support and enable local people to provide improved health care to their communities. And the 'walk' sends a message of our common desire to see them succeed," says Konbit Sante executive director Nate Nickerson.

This year's Maine Walks with Haiti raised around $70,000, a new record for the event.