Kicked off the morning tackling a 5K course in Bridgewater for the 2021 virtual edition of the Run for Jess 5K. The Run for Jess is an annual Labor Day favorite held in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts but due to COVID has moved to be a virtual run last year and again this year.
With a trip a road trip to a soccer game for our youngest daughter scheduled for the morning, my normal early wake up time allowed me to tackle the 5K course before the sun was even fully up. It was a great morning for running with ideal temps sitting right around 60 degrees when I kicked off and headed out onto the course. For the whole race I felt like I had a consistent and steady pace going and was pleased as I cruised into the finish line with a time of 24:11, good for 7:48/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. In response to the Fund’s most recent annual gift the family of Jess was thrilled to hear from Jessica’s Oncologist at Mass General Hospital. She has expressed her appreciation for the gifts to the MGH Breast Cancer Center. The donations are directly supporting clinical trials for patients with metastatic breast cancer. In Dr. Kuter’s words…“I will never forget Jessica and what she went through, and remembering her suffering spurs us on to keep searching for new solutions.”