Join me for the Virtual Revere Beach Pumpkin Dash

The Revere Beach Partnership is excited to announce the annual Revere Beach Pumpkin Dash and Kid’s Fun Run will be going virtual. In efforts to keep runners and supporters safe and healthy, they have made the decision to take the 2020 Pumpkin Dash online. I will be participating in the virtual 5K from Bridgewater, Massachusetts and encourage you to join me for the run wherever you call home!

Participants will have the option to run, walk, or bike a 5K road race all to support the Revere Beach Partnership the week of October 24th- 31st. This is a great opportunity to support an organization doing important work keeping Revere Beach a safe, clean and welcoming ocean-side beach location.

To register for the race please click here. Look forward to virtually running with you!

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Join me for the Virtual Run for RBG

Join me for the Run for RBG! This virtual 5K can be run any time between now and November 15th and you will upload your times to make it official. There is a great shirt and medal combo that will be shipped and all proceeds from the race benefit some amazing women’s organizations including NOW, Planned Parenthood and Girls Who Code.

This virtual 5K is open to both runners and walkers alike and is a great way to remember the legacy of RBG.

To register for the race you can click here and be sure to use a special fan of The Running Griffin discount code 5KYXRLWKXV at checkout to save 10%.

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2020 Virtual Jingle Bell dash4debra

Readers of The Running Griffin are invited to take part in a special discount code for the 2020 Virtual Jingle Bell dash4debra to support debra of America.

This virtual run will take place anytime between November 27th and December 31st and money raised from this event will go to support research, provide medical supplies to families and patient access to specialists for individuals who have been diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullosa.EB, is a rare connective tissue disorder with many genetic and symptomatic variations. All types of EB share the major symptom of extremely fragile skin that blisters and tears from the slightest friction or trauma. Internal organs and bodily systems can also be seriously affected by the disease. EB is always painful, often pervasive and debilitating, and is in some cases lethal before the age of 30.

There is currently no cure or treatment for EB. Pain management, wound care, and preventative bandaging are the only options available.

To register for this race, please click below and use the discount code IRISH to save $10 off your registration fee. All registrations come complete with a holiday hat perfect to snap a photo in to show your support post-run.

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UWOL’s First Annual 5k Virtual Fun Run

United Wings of Liberty‘s mission is to connect veterans to the resources that are available and vetted in order to provide their desired treatment. We unite patriotic companies and nonprofits that support our Veterans and empower their mind, body and spirit. Our united patriots and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us drive progress and success.

UWOL is inviting runners to the First Annual 5K (3.1 mile) Virtual Fun Run/Walk/Roll/Ruck fundraiser event for only $35. This event is open for a limited time only and will end November 18th so you have plenty of time to record, take a photo of your results, and then simply upload on the race website. All proceeds will go towards Veterans in need of rebuilding their lives after serving our country.

To register for the race, please click here.

Please be sure to give a “Like” to United Wings of Liberty on Facebook by clicking here and follow the organization on Twitter by clicking here.

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Virtual Run for Jess 5K

For several Labor Day weekends we have taken part in the Run for Jess 5K, a great local 5K race held in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts that raises funds for the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund. Along with so many other races, this year the race organizers needed to pivot and turned the race into a virtual run.

Registration was a reasonable $20 which included a tech running shirt and runners had the entire Labor Day weekend to run the 5K wherever they wanted, to log their time on the race site and share photos on social media.

Mrs. Running Griffin and I decided to run the Bridgewater Police 5K course through downtown Bridgewater yesterday morning for our virtual Run for Jess 5K. The course is a nice loop that takes you through downtown, past the police station and has a couple very small, gradual inclines mixed in for good measure. We hit the course around 6:30 AM so there was not much traffic on the route which allowed for somewhat of a true road race feel to the run.

Overall, I felt quite good on the run and finished the 2020 Run for Jess with a time of 23:44 good for 7:38/miles.

The run for Jess is held in remembrance of Jessica Thurston, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 29. Jessica fought her battle for 2 years but ultimately succumbed to the disease on 8/30/2013. Jessica was an an avid runner and lover of life.

To honor her memory the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund was established by her family and friends. The Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

Since the fund was established in 2014, they have been able to make a yearly gift to Massachusetts General Hospital to directly support breast cancer research.  In addition, they also give out an annual high school scholarship and provide assistance to the local community throughout the year.  The foundation plans to keep their commitments this year and increase charitable giving to the Bridgewater area communities to those who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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