For several Labor Day weekends we have taken part in the Run for Jess 5K, a great local 5K race held in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts that raises funds for the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund. Along with so many other races, this year the race organizers needed to pivot and turned the race into a virtual run.
Registration was a reasonable $20 which included a tech running shirt and runners had the entire Labor Day weekend to run the 5K wherever they wanted, to log their time on the race site and share photos on social media.
Mrs. Running Griffin and I decided to run the Bridgewater Police 5K course through downtown Bridgewater yesterday morning for our virtual Run for Jess 5K. The course is a nice loop that takes you through downtown, past the police station and has a couple very small, gradual inclines mixed in for good measure. We hit the course around 6:30 AM so there was not much traffic on the route which allowed for somewhat of a true road race feel to the run.
Overall, I felt quite good on the run and finished the 2020 Run for Jess with a time of 23:44 good for 7:38/miles.
The run for Jess is held in remembrance of Jessica Thurston, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 29. Jessica fought her battle for 2 years but ultimately succumbed to the disease on 8/30/2013. Jessica was an an avid runner and lover of life.
To honor her memory the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund was established by her family and friends. The Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.
Since the fund was established in 2014, they have been able to make a yearly gift to Massachusetts General Hospital to directly support breast cancer research. In addition, they also give out an annual high school scholarship and provide assistance to the local community throughout the year. The foundation plans to keep their commitments this year and increase charitable giving to the Bridgewater area communities to those who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.