Hope for Nica 5K raises funds for the education of children in Nicaragua

Racers take off from the starting line.

Racers take off from the starting line. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Chandler Ketola pushes hard for the finish, earning third place for the male 10-to-14 age range.

Chandler Ketola pushes hard for the finish, earning third place for the male 10-to-14 age range. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

The Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey hosted the Hope for Nica 5K on Saturday to raise money for the education of children in Nicaragua.

The Hope Fellowship Church in Jaffrey hosted the Hope for Nica 5K on Saturday to raise money for the education of children in Nicaragua. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Father and sons Nelson Traffie, Avery Traffie and Logan Traffie swept the podium, finishing second, first and third, respectively.

Father and sons Nelson Traffie, Avery Traffie and Logan Traffie swept the podium, finishing second, first and third, respectively. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Graham Heagy finishes in fourth, while pushing a double stroller the whole way.

Graham Heagy finishes in fourth, while pushing a double stroller the whole way. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI

Pastor Jordan Moody crosses the finish line in 10th place.

Pastor Jordan Moody crosses the finish line in 10th place. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

Logan Traffie finishes in third place.

Logan Traffie finishes in third place. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

Avery Traffie accepts his first-place medal.

Avery Traffie accepts his first-place medal. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Avery Traffie crosses the finish line first, with a time of 16 minutes, 50 seconds.

Avery Traffie crosses the finish line first, with a time of 16 minutes, 50 seconds. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

Nelson Traffie finishes in second place, followed closely by Logan Traffie.

Nelson Traffie finishes in second place, followed closely by Logan Traffie. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

By ASHLEY SAARI

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 05-06-2024 11:32 AM

The 10th annual Hope for Nica 5K Saturday continued the Hope Fellowship Church’s ongoing mission of supporting Nicaraguan children in getting a education.

The annual race typically raises about $20,000 for Jardin Infantil y El Padul in Managua, Nicaragua, a school that supports children who would otherwise not receive an education due to their family situation and economic hardship. The school runs entirely on donations.

Marla Somero, the director of the Hope for Nica 5K, said while the race has reached its 10th year, the church has been supporting the cause for almost twice that long, and sends about $30,000 each quarter in support of the children. In addition to special fundraisers like the 5K, church members also support individual children through sponsorships of about $600 a year, which provides education and a meal every day for the child.

For information, visit hopefornica.org.

Race results

Avery Traffie – 16 minutes, 50 seconds.

Nelson Traffie – 19:02.

Logan Traffie – 19:03.

Graham Heagy – 21:51.

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Matthew Smith – 22:01.

Sean Radcliffe – 22:09.

Brad Kulla – 22:30.

Tristin Goodwin-Hicks – 22:48.

Ethan Smith – 22:51.

Jordan Moody – 23:02.

Alex Ketola – 23:07.

Cali Salo – 23:19.

Travis Salo – 23:20.

Matthew Saari – 23:38.

Naomi Traffie – 23:56.

Shayni Cutter – 24:04.

Kaelyn Olson – 24:06.

Noah Olson – 24:07.

Weston Saari – 24:19.

Heidi Somero – 24:30.

Cody Boutwell – 25:05.

Jaxon Haavisto – 25:15.

Chandler Ketola – 25:23.

Wendy Price – 25:54.

Tahnee Seppala – 27 minutes.

James Kingston – 29:03.

Holden Lehtonen – 29:59.

Hazen Muhonen – 30 minutes.

Noah Haavisto – 30:08.

Gwenna Ketola – 30:31.

Judy Heddy – 31:05.

Desmond Muhonen – 31:19.

Ginger Smith – 31:52.

Rachel Wooster – 33:40.

Parker Bertram – 34:09.

Edison Muhonen – 34:09.

Jacqueline Wooster – 34:58.

Adam Haavisto – 35:43.

Emma Muhonen – 36:08.

James Price – 37 minutes.

Tammy Wright – 37:55.

Shara Heagy – 40:23.

Sage Heagy – 40:24.

Saylor Heagy – 40:28.

Bonnie Somero – 41:17.

Sari Wooster – 45:33.

Davanna Aho – 49:02.

Kathleen Traffie – 49:03.

Martha Bertram – 50:09.

Patsie Krook – 50:14.

Shaina Traffie – 53:14.

Kecia Kulla – 53:15.

Honey Aho – 55:34.

Audrey Hiott – 55:35.

Karen Gibson – 55:36.

Shakiya Gibson – 55:39.

Sheila O’Brien – 57:46.

Robert O’Brien – 57:48.