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The 13th Norman Bird Sanctuary 5k was run on Saturday morning, hundreds of runners enjoyed the beauty of Norman Bird Sanctuary and Sachuest Point. All proceeds from the race benefit Norman Bird Sanctuary’s mission of wildlife conservation and environmental education.

The 13th Annual 5K also honored the memory of David Leys Jr., a longtime Aquidneck islander and friend who helped create this special event. After a courageous five year battle against ALS, Dave passed away in August of 2017

Maddie O’Neill, 13, of Wakefield was the top female finisher, while Adrian Massie, 41, of Newport was the top male finisher.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.

He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.