Mrs. Running Griffin checking in from the running trails here. As Kevin was previously booked to go and run a race in Fall River on Sunday, I was off to Stonehill College in Easton, MA for the James Wright Memorial 5k.
Held on the campus of Stonehill College, the James Wright Memorial 5k was a remarkably well organized inaugural race with over 250 runners and walkers taking part in the event. The course was a really fair running route with a hill mixed in around mile 1 and another near mile 2 and the racing took place for the most part on paved roads throughout the college campus. Perfect racing weather for a 5k with the crisp autumn air matching the aesthetic charm of a New England road race complete with trees changing leaves and the fall really setting in.
Post-race refreshments included oranges and water and the Yasso frozen yogurt truck provided a nice post-race treat!
The race was held in memory of James Wright and the proceeds from the race went to The James Wright Memorial Fund. James died of a heart attack at home on February 12, 2011 at the age of 25. James grew up in nearby Stoughton, MA and was involved in athletics including football and baseball. About a year before James passed away, he became involved in saving pit bulls from being euthanized. The James Wright Memorial Fund will provide financial assistance to a college bound student athlete from Stoughton and will continue to save defenseless dogs from being euthanized. In 2011, Sean O’Malley was presented the scholarship and is currently attending the University of Maine and seven pit bulls were placed in a permanent home this year.
I finished the 5k race with a time of 34:12 or 11:01/miles. I hope this race takes place again next year as I certainly would love to run it again!