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8th Place Overall at the Sgt Daniel Vasselian Memorial Road Race

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With the girls’ soccer matches scheduled for later tonight and tomorrow, this morning offered a good opportunity to travel to Abington, Massachusetts to take part in the Sgt. Daniel Vasselian Memorial Road Race. A cool, crisp morning air was certainly noticeable but the conditions were what you would come to expect for a November fall run in New England.

This race is held in memory of Abington’s own Sgt. Daniel Vasselian who after serving several tours of duty with the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan was killed in action in 2013 in Afghanistan. Vasselian was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism. The Vasselian family and friends helped organize this race which raises funds for a foundation in Vasselian’s memory. The funds from the foundation serve a dual purpose of awarding scholarships to local students and helping to support veterans and military families who have fallen on hard times and need support. Truly a remarkable story of positive coming out of something so tragic!

After a quick service indoors including a video recorded of Vasselian speaking the day before he was killed in action about why he loved serving in the military, runners made their way out to the starting line. The race took off down a main straightaway before making a right turn and then another before runners made their way into a cemetary.

Running the paths through the cemetery, flags were prominently noticed throughout but the Marine standing guard in full uniform at Vasselian’s grave was moving. Though I have run this race before and knew a Marine would be standing guard there, running by and seeing it again literally gave me goosebumps.

I knew I was running pretty well on the course and felt strong out there. Just past the mile 2 marker was a second water stop where I grabbed some water knowing a quick uphill sprint was coming up soon. After tackling the hill well, it was then another right turn on a gradual declining road heading back toward the finish line.

Overall, a good day of running for me! I finished the 3.5 mile race with a time of 25:34, good for 7:18/miles. A great run for an even better cause!

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