Yesterday it was down to Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Plymouth Police/Fire 5K Run. What started off as a crisp, overcast fall morning turned into an absolutely beautiful race day and since this race took off at 11AM the conditions were spot on for a race toward the end of September.
The race benefits the Liam Macomber Memorial Fund and with the added sponsoring of the Plymouth Police and Fire Departments the race has grown quite nicely in recent years. The Liam Macomber Memorial Fund (LMMF) was established in memory of eight month old Liam Matthew, who died unexpectedly in September 2005. The goal of establishing this fund was to assist young adults of the South Shore further their education through scholarship endowments and most importantly, to help families who have experienced a similar loss.
To date, the LMMF has provided financial assistance in excess of $38,000 to area families who have suffered the loss of a child. In addition, over the past six years, twenty four students from Plymouth North and South High Schools have been awarded scholarships totaling $12,000 on behalf of the LMMF to help offset the cost of college expenses.
The race starts right along the Plymouth Harbor and your first leg has you sprinting out along the water and past historic markers such as the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. The course has a couple of really good, fast inclines mixed in and finishes along the water, as well, for a pretty good view the whole way through. Runners make a nice loop through the downtown Plymouth business district with maintains the perfect blend of historic, New England charm and some newer restaurants, bars and shops.
Post-race festivities were held at the beautiful East Bay Grille right on the water with food, drinks and live music making for a great afternoon setting for those wishing to stay.
I finished the Plymouth Police/Fire 5K Run benefiting the Liam Macomber Memorial Fund with a time of 23:29 or 7:34/miles.