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Race Recap: 3rd Annual Run for Jess

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Labor Day weekend is always a great weekend for running and this year was no exception. Yesterday, the turn of the calendar into September was certainly recognized and the summer heat broke away and gave way to some amazing fall running conditions.

The Run for Jess 5K is held in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts and is held in memory of Jessica Thurston who passed away from breast cancer at the young age of just 29. To honor her memory the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund was established by her family and friends. By holding events throughout the year, and raising funds for breast cancer research it is our sincerest hope to one day put an end to this dreaded disease. We would also like to support graduating students at the East Bridgewater High School with the possibility of a scholarship in Jess’s name.

This race is one of the best races around the area and features a great run with an awesome post-race celebration. Raffle prizes, food a cash bar and events for the kids all make this race a true event perfect for the family and is an amazing fundraiser for both walkers and runners alike to participate in.

Due to a little bit of a hiccup several runners, including myself, were turned down an incorrect street and went off the road race course turning the 5K into a 3.61 mile run instead of the 3.1m normal course. I knew having done this race in the past once I hit an unfamiliar hill that something was amiss. The race directors offered sincerest apologies both at the race and in an email after the race but all runners know these sort of things happen and the good of raising funds for an important cause always outweighs adding on a half-mile to a race.

With the adjusted mileage, I finished the race with a time of 28:10, good for 7:48/miles on the 3.61 mile extended course. A great day of running and definitely a race I will be back at next year!

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