Community comes together to support children


WILMINGTON — On Saturday, the community of Clinton County came together to celebrate family, health, good food, books, nature, fitness, animals, and mindfulness at an event held in support of the county’s children sponsored by the Clinton County Health District.

This event was a sub event of the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, which celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday. It was a resounding success, with many participants enjoying the festivities, according to organizers.

Organized by several local organizations, including the CCYC – Clinton County Youth Council, Clinton County Farmers’ Market, Wilmington Kiwanis, and Wilmington Get Fit, the event featured a variety of activities and attractions. Participants had the opportunity to take part in fitness classes, mindfulness exercises, the 26-mile race, as well as explore nature trails, face-painting, visit with animals, and sample delicious food from local vendors.

Special thanks were extended to all the individuals and organizations who contributed to the success of the event, including VitalFitness, Wilmington Yoga Collective, Cowan Lake State Park, Clinton County Trails Coalition, Wilmington Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Fire Department, Clinton Memorial Hospital, Veracruz Mexican Restaurant, Parks Livestock Farm, and Boy Scout Troop 155 Clarksville. Thanks were also given to Wilmington Mayor John M. Stanforth and Clinton County Commissioner Brenda Woods for awarding official Flying Pig Marathon medals to local runners at the “Finish Swine.”

Credit was also given to Pearl Spurlock Photography for capturing images of the day’s events.

Renee Quallen, Clinton County’s Youth Wellness director, and Milena Wahl, a Youth Wellness Coordinator intern, played significant roles in the success of the event by contributing to its planning and organization.

Quallen wants to especially recognize and thank the Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren and Clinton Counties, as well as donations from Larrick Construction and Excavating and Mean Jeans Salon.

Overall, the event was a wonderful celebration of community and support for Clinton County’s children, according to organizers. It showcased the county’s many resources and the commitment of local organizations to creating a vibrant and healthy community.

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