Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Last Sunday, October 25, hundreds of people joined forces in Prize4Life’s first annual 5K4Life, a road race to raise money for Prize4Life and ALS research. We had a beautiful day, a terrific turnout, and lots of enthusiasm. Runners came from colleges and universities, from local running clubs, from corporate, biotech, and research organizations, and from the Prize4Life family.
Prize4Life was lucky to have the help of volunteers from the East Boston High School Key Club, who arrived bright and early to help set up. They distributed t-shirts, helped stuff race bags, and served food. Other dedicated volunteers lent a hand at the registration table, the water stop, and the finish line.
People surged across the start line when the horns sounded, wearing electronic timing tags. Participants ranged in age; most ran the course (11-year-old Eliza from Natick took fourth place in the female 1-19 division and Dr. Seward Rutkove, who won one of Prize4Life's progress prizes, took second place in his age group). Some folks and families with young children walked, including Prize4Life Board members and a 54-year man old recovering from a double lung transplant. Corinne Casey won the overall women’s division, and Robert Cipriano won the overall men’s division. See the full results (including results by age group) here.
'White Collar Crime,' Boston's leading benefit band, played upbeat music as the runners started off, and all through the post-race picnic. After the race runners and spectators mingled, enjoying a picnic lunch and the pleasant day, and discussing Prize4Life with the staff and Board members present.
Sponsorship for the race was generously provided by Genzyme, Biogen IDEC, Shire, Microsoft, Harpoon Brewery, Marathon Sports, Barker Graphics, Recognition Services Incorporated, the Grossman Marketing Group, White Collar Crime, Save That Stuff, and Yogi Cereal.
The event was a tremendous success its first year (see the list of top fundraisers and fundraising teams here). Runners and participants were very positive about the day.
“We all thought it was a really well run, efficient, organized event with a fantastic course! Thanks so much for your work – we had a blast and will definitely be doing it again next year!” --Vanessa
"I thought it was a good race through a great part of the city!" --Allen
We’ll have a picture gallery up shortly, so keep an eye peeled for more great photos. An extra shout-out to all of our volunteers--we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks to everyone who ran, raised money, or cheered us on, and we hope to see you at the 2010 5K4Life!
--by Meghan Kallman