6th Annual Cookie Classic
More than 500 people ran with the cookies at this year’s Cookie Classic Run hosted by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. The sixth annual run took place on January 18 at the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail in Chesapeake. Three race levels were offered: 1-mile, 5k, and 10k, and had over 560 participants total. In addition to the races, fun family games and exhibits were available that included samples from Panda Express in Chesapeake.
The Cookie Classic is not only inclusive for runners of all abilities but it is also the only race in Hampton Roads where you get to enjoy Girl Scout Cookies along the way. New this year was the Finisher Festival with music, dancing, games, an awards ceremony and refreshments. Also at the Finisher Festival was the costume contest judged by a returning Cookie Classic sponsor Sweet Briar College. Girl Scout Junior Makayda from Chesapeake won the costume contest and was dressed as a Lemon-Ups stand (resembling a lemonade stand) paying homage to the Girl Scout’s brand new zesty and inspirational cookie Lemon-Ups.
Prizes were awarded to the top three winners in each age group male and female for the 5k. First place of each age group for males and females were awarded a prize for the 10k. All 1-Mile finishers received an official 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Classic keepsake patch. Overall first place winners were Lindsey Bruns of Virginia Beach and Erik Velazquez of Chesapeake for the 5k. Christin Hoffstadt of Norfolk and Eric Fonville of Chesapeake won first place for the 10k race.
Overall through Girl Scout Cookie Classic participants and gifts from sponsors and donors, the event raised $25,685 to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Many thanks to those sponsors who included: Sweet Briar College, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, Practical Dental Assisting of Virginia Beach, Panda Express, and Club Pilates.
About Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a United Way agency, serves nearly 11,000 girls in grades K through 12 with the help of nearly 5,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, unleashing the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.