ON YOUR MARKS — With the crack of the starting gun, the 5K Wiener Run and Walk participants were off. Photos by Mallory Diefenbach.
ANGOLA — The parking lot of Connor’s Hot Dog Stand in Angola was full of activity on Sept. 14, as racers gathered to participate in the third annual Connor’s Hot Dog Stand 5K Wiener Run and Walk. More than 400 runners showed up for the race, which benefited the Lake Shore Boys & Girls Club.
“Connor’s has been a pillar in our community for a long, long time,” said Tiger Schmittendorf, a member of Boys & Girls Club Board. “Always investing in positive things in our community, especially things related to kids views, and better their lives and so forth. The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Shore is a natural fit to them. And Jeff Connors, the youngest Connor son, who’s a teacher at Lake Shore Senior High School, is on our board of directors.”
“I’m a track coach,” said Connors, another Boys & Girls Club Board member and an owner of Connor’s Hot Dog Stand. “I do a lot of 5K’s, so I always wanted to have a 5K. And because we have this great venue and I’m a teacher at Lake Shore, I had a lot of resources. But I had it nothing to give it to. I had no reason to do it.”
KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? — Molly, Thomas and Alyssa McTernan are pictured, dressed up and ready to race.
Connors said that when the club began, “I finally got a purpose to give the money to. I’m one of those who joins a club or a cause; that was my cause. It was perfect, because it was just around the time I really wanted to have a race, and the Boys & Girls Club was starting and it was a perfect marriage.”
HOT DOG! — Annie, Allisa and Howie Butlak were all smiles for the camera.
Disc Jockey BobbyG and The Disco Duck Band provided music for the event, which also included raffles and a prize for the best hot dog costume.
Trophies were awarded to the first overall men and women and the fastest three male and female racers in various age groups.
Sean Squire won the first overall male and Lovria Elizabeth won the first overall female.
Connor’s Hot Dog Stand has been family-owned and operated on the shores of Lake Erie since 1944. It is located at 8905 Lake Shore Road. The eatery closed its doors for the season on Sept. 15.
For more information, check out the stand on Facebook or visit www.connorshotdogstand.com