Featured Race(s) of June
Proceeds from the Flag Day 5K supports the 1st Lieutenant Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance fund provides financial assistance for Massachusetts’s soldiers, and their families, who have incurred serious, career ending, and life altering injuries while on active duty. Below is Derek’s story
Derek is survived by his parents, Steve and Susan, and his younger siblings Michael, Ashley, and Trevor.
A 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy, 1LT Derek S. Hines, 25, died on September 1, 2005, in Baylough, Afghanistan. His unit was conducting security operations and came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. Even after he had been fatally shot, 1LT Hines continued to fire at the insurgents. Derek showed that same fortitude in everything he did. Click here to read more..
Just like any other sport, running has its legends that have done great things to move forward the very activity that they are so passionate about. On the North Shore of Massachusetts and in the Merrimack Valley that person is Pat Polletta.
Pat, an Amesbury resident was a great runner himself, having ran three marathons in the 1930’s and 40’s. Tragically, his running career ended when he was paralyzed by an injury sustained while working at sea as a merchant mariner.
While Pat was a life-long advocate of fitness as a powerful means to build self-esteem and empower young people, it was his creation of the first girls’ track program in the Merrimack Valley that really sealed his fate as a legend in this area. Pat also coached the Amesbury High School cross-country teams in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2005 Pat died at the age of 94 and although he did battle paralysis, he did not let that or anything else defeat him, rather he took any challenge that came his way and met it with a positive response. Click here to read more…
Featured Race(s) of July
The Friends of Reading Recreation (FORR)was established to seek private sector donations to enhance the recreational and leisure opportunities in the Town of Reading. We are grateful for our Lead Sponsors – Reading Cooperative Bank, REI, and Stop & Shop. Through their generosity, FORR has been able to increase its programming, events, and initiatives.
Our road race is not primarily a fund raiser. We put on the the FORR 5k race to benefit two communities: the Running community and the Reading community. Several of us on the race committee are avid runners and appreciate a quality, well-organized road race that pays attention to the details such as an accurate course, accurate timing, an on-time start and the little things that make a good race experience. All of us live in Reading and appreciate fun, family-friendly outdoor events that make our town a great place to live. Click here to read more…