A double feature of road racing this weekend with Sunday’s race taking place in Abington, MA. The Jeff Coombs Memorial Road Race was a 5k held in the town where 9/11 victim Jeff Coombs and his family resided. Like all of the victims of September 11th, Coombs has a remarkable legacy that can be read about by clicking here.
After the tragedy of September 11th, Coombs’ family created The Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation.
The Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation was established to provide assistance to area children, youths, and families, and to help fund enrichment programs within Abington schools. The non-profit, 501C-3 organization is in memory of Jeff Coombs, an Abington father of three who died on September 11, 2001 in the WTC Terrorist Attacks. Since the very informal creation of the Foundation in November of 2001, a dedicated and wonderful group of volunteers has raised more than $350,000 with eight road races, three auctions, two yard sales, three teen concerts and a Christmas sale.
Over the years the foundation has awarded numerous grants to Abington public and private schools to enrich the children’s education, 20 scholarships to graduating seniors and students enrolled in private high school, and assisted families in a variety of ways after they found themselves in suddenly difficult situations because of death or illness in the family. Because of the foundation that honors Jeff’s legacy as a loving father, generous friend and caring individual, families have enjoyed vacations and group outings, and received financial help to ease the burden of their current situation. They’ve also been granted small “wishes” to help them adapt to the difficult changes in their lives. Parents have been able to provide their children with the kind of holidays we all are fortunate enough to give our children, all in the name of Jeff.
The 5k race this year was the 10th annual race and started and finished at the Woodsdale School in Abington. An amazing turnout was present of runners and walkers alike and the race was an amazing way to pay tribute not just to Coombs but to all who lost their lives on September 11th. An actual piece of the steel from the World Trade Center was present at the race and a truck from New Jersey that pays tribute to the fallen emergency personnel was also present.
I finished the race in 24:23 or 7:52/miles and was truly touched by the remarkable show of patriotism and remembrance at the race.