COW ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 6,000 runners raced in this years Beach to Beacon. They trained for weeks for the 10K, but few looked forward to race day more than the organization called Rippleffect that was named the beneficiary to this years race receiving a check for $30,000.

Rippleffect is a youth leadership group based on Cow Island that uses the Maine outdoors to help build self-confidence, connect to their communities and the environment. It's open to all ages, backgrounds, and in 2009 began offering year-round programming.

"Our community across the water reflects all backgrounds and so Cow Island, in order to be it's best, has to do the same," said Rippleffect Executive Director, Anna Marie Klein Christie.

A favorite among all the kids who attend is the high flying zip line. Many overcome their fears and form leadership roles that Rippleffect hopes they take with them when they leave. Salim Salim of Portland was one camper who stepped right up to support others in his group when they strapped themselves into the zip line.

"You end up with this person being on your side, because you helped them out and it's like really an honor to be able to help somebody," said Salim.

To find out more about Rippleffect and it's programs visit


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