Run to End Addiction 5K Run/Walk

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Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Run to End Addiction 5K which will be held in Bridgewater, Massachusetts on May 19th. This race is a great fundraiser for Teen Challenge Brockton and after last year’s remarkable inaugural run this year is sure to be even better!

Join hundreds of Teen Challenge supporters on the beautiful campus of Bridgewater State University for a day filled with entertainment, food, fellowship, prizes and so much more!

Individuals, teams, churches, schools, and corporations from around the state will join together in support of our efforts to end addiction. You can help make this campaign a success; people from all walks of life are welcome. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated!

The race festivities will have live music, a Kid Zone with face painting, games and bounce houses and free food!! The race directors look to create an environment where the community can join together in raising awareness and hope for those in our midst who suffer from substance use disorder.

Race Day Details: 5K Run/Walk (rain or shine)

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: Registration opens at 8:00am; Race begins at 9:00am; Walk begins at 9:05am

Location: Bridgewater State University- 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA

Donations: Money raised will go towards supporting sponsorships to Teen Challenge Brockton.

Teen Challenge Brockton provides adults, teens and families with an
effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution, clinical counseling, and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society. Find out more about this amazing program by visiting-Teen Challenge Brockton

To register for the 2nd Annual Run to End Addiction, please click here.

 

FOP Lodge #28 Five Mile 50/50 Charity Run

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We all know that runners have some of the biggest hearts when it comes to running for charity. We sign up for races that support causes, run marathons to fundraise for charities that are important to us and support other runners in their fundraising efforts. Here is a great race that exemplifies the charitable efforts of the running community.

Join the FOP Lodge #28 for their Five Mile Charity Run. This event is 5 Mile 50/50 Charity Run. Course is mainly flat in a rural area. During the on-line registration process you will be asked to designate which 501(c) 3 charity you would like to register for a chance to win 50% of the profits from this event. Once all race expenses are paid MA. FOP Lodge #28 will keep 50% of the profits. All registered runners and the name of your chosen charity will be entered into a drawing. At the end of the run a name will be drawn and that runner’s chosen charity wins the other 50%!!!! NO T-SHIRTS will be given out to keep the cost of the event down thus more money for the charity. Each participant will receive a commemorative inscribed bronze medallion as a memento.

Open for early and day of registration at 7:30am. Indoor facilities are available with plenty of parking. Run begins at 9am!!!! Course is a 5 mile loop in a rural area, mostly flat with one water stop. Post race refreshments will be provided. In lieu of t-shirts all runners will receive a commemorative bronze medallion recognizing their participation in this charity event. NO PETS allowed on the running course. Run takes place rain or shine. Trophies will be given for top overall Male and Female winner. Awards for First and Second Place, Male and Female in all age divisions. 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

To register for this race, please click here.

Pam’s Run 5 Miler

ImageThis morning it was off to Wayland, Massachusetts for Pam’s Run, a 5 mile race to support Neighbor Brigade. Pam’s Run is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Pam Manikas Washek, founder of Neighbor Brigade and tireless champion for families in crisis.

Neighbor Brigade establishes and mobilizes networks of community-based volunteers to provide immediate services for individuals and families experiencing sudden crisis such as devastating illness, surgery, or accident. All services are delivered with care, quickly, and are free of charge. Please visit our website at www.neighborbrigade.org to learn more!

Prior to the start of the race a few speakers talked about the amazing work that Neighbor Brigade provides and Pam’s children gave a touching speech about their mom and the work that she sought to do before she passed. With the singing of the National Anthem, runners were off onto the course.

The race organizers noted that the race was rather hilly and it indeed lived up to that reputation. The 5 mile course took runners through mostly residential roads of Wayland, a quaint New England town with some rather large homes you ran past and admired. With the leaves starting to change over and race temperatures hovering around 65 degrees, it was a perfect day for a fall run. I skipped the first water stop just past Mile 1 but looking back in hindsight probably should have taken a water since by the time mile 3.5 came up where the next water stop was I certainly needed it. After hitting the water stop it was back up a couple of good hills. The last mile of the course was thankfully rather flat which allowed me to pick up some time heading into the finish line. As I made the last turn, a sea of supporters cheered myself and other runners in.

This was the first ever Pam’s Run and for a first time race it was remarkably well organized. There was close to 500 runners and walkers at the race and race atmosphere was top notch with a local radio station, a band, plenty of food and water and a lot of really happy people remembering the memory of Pam and supporting Neighbor Brigade.

I finished Pam’s Run with a time of 39:09 good for 7:50/miles. Given the success of this race, I am pretty confident there will be a 2nd Annual Pam’s Run next year!

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Run for Patrick and Jess

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On Sunday it was a quick trip to Taunton, Massachusetts to take part in the Run for Patrick and Jess. A 3.1 mile fun run where runners raced along a timed course, the race was a fundraiser for Patrick and Jessica Downes, newlyweds who were both injured in the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon which resulted in both of them requiring amputations. Since the bombings, Patrick and Jessica have been in separate hospitals but are now together at Spaulding Rehabilitation together.

The race took place in the Myles Standish Industrial Park and was a relatively flat 3.1 mile course with the largest inclined mixed in about half way into the run. The temperatures were quite warm hovering around 90 degrees and the sun baked down upon the runners as we made our way out onto the course. A water station was a little past the 2 mile mark along the route and volunteers directed runners at the turns. I finished the 5K with a time of 22:59 which was good for 7:25/miles.

With all of the bad that came with the Boston Marathon bombings it is comforting to see the good that can come out of such a horrific event. It was touching to see the people who flocked to a fun run to help raise money for those injured in the attack. For all that a few, rogue terrorists tried to take from us on that fateful morning the one thing that they could never take is the amazing American spirit that when knocked down shows we can pick ourselves back up again and persevere even in the worst of times. Through running, the runners on Sunday were able to raise some good funds to support Patrick and Jess and also showed how strong the running community is.

If you are interested in supporting Patrick and Jess, a donation page has been established and you can donate online by clicking here.

 

 

Evan’s Run 10k

ImageAs part of the Grand Prix Series for the Thirsty Irish Runners, yesterday it was off to Norwell, Massachusetts for the 13th Annual Evan’s Run. The race features both a 5K run and walk and a 10K run through some beautiful, scenic residential neighborhoods of Norwell. Runners pass by some rather impressive estates and the course is a remarkable terrain of some challenging hills that both allow for some tough climbing but also some downhills where the legs can let loose.

The course is a really well supported 6.2 miles with volunteers at turns, water stops along the way and even a DJ playing some music as you climbed the last hill of the course.

Even though I race the day before and am in the winding down stage of marathon training, I felt relatively good for Evan’s Run and finished with a time of 49:58 which is good for 8:03/miles. My time for last year’s Evan’s Run was 50:38 so it was nice to see some improvement over last year!

About Evan Henry Foundation

The Evan Henry Foundation for Autism is a nonprofit organization that has been established in memory of Evan Henry. Evan was an 11 year old child from Norwell Massachusetts who was diagnosed with autism and who accidentally drowned in July, 2000. Evan’s family and friends would like him to be remembered as a happy and loving child who taught others the true meaning of patience and compassion. Autism occurs in as many as 1 in 500 individuals and interferes with the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Autism is the third most common developmental disability. Through this foundation we intend to accomplish the following goals.

 1. To fund programs and/or projects which will benefit individuals with autism and their families.

2. To promote awareness and education by funding educational programs and research related to autism.

3. To promote financial assistance to those who are caring for an autistic child / family member to improve their level of functioning.

The funds from this foundation will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and families affected by autism or individuals on a case by case basis.