Lawrence Sons of Italy Races--Honoring our Armed Forces and Veterans on Memorial Weekend
Are you looking for a great way to celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend? Participating in a race or walk that honors our service men and women in historical Lawrence is ideal. The Lawrence Sons of Italy 21st Annual Road Races are for you on Saturday, May 29th! (Formerly held on July 4th.)
Posted Saturday, 22 May, 2010
The Lawrence Sons of Italy Road Races will be running at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, a terrific venue. They offer a choice of the 5K or 5 Mile races, as well as the 5K Health Walk, and all finish on the excellent track inside the stadium. Everyone can participate, including the kids with a 1K fun run on the track. It will be a celebration of the sport; Lawrence has a great reputation for welcoming runners. And it will also be a celebration of the USA, honoring those who have served or are serving in our armed forces.
All participants will be timed using the new ChronoTrack D-chip system so Yankee Timing Company will be posting results almost immediately. The walk steps off at 8:45 a.m. with both races starting
simultaneously at 9:00 a.m. What a great way to start your Saturday, your holiday weekend.
"The event is an opportunity for us to honor the men and women of the armed forces and our
veterans in a special way." Marshall McCloskey, Race Director.
Families are encouraged to bring their youngsters to participate in a 1K youth race starting at 8:30 am, one-half hour before the adult races. Medals will be awarded to the first 3 finishers in 2 year age groups, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14. All youth race entrants will receive a ribbon indicating their participation.
Please visit the race Website at http://www.coolrunning.com/major/10/sonsofitaly/ for lots of information including registration forms, on-line registration, directions, course maps, sponsors, results, and more.
Awards and RecordsAwards will be presented to the first three finishers overall in 5K and 5 Mile races, and in the following age groups: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. The first place male and female finishers in both races will receive cash prizes. All finishers receive a custom souvenir medal. The five-mile race records are held by Casey Moulton (25:18) of Pelham, NH and Melissa Donais (30:43) of Bradford, MA. The 5-kilometer record holders are Frank Row (18:25) of Reading, MA and Peggy Gioioso (20:49) of Methuen, MA.
Race AmenitiesFor the 5-kilometer and 5-mile races T-shirts will be awarded to the first 400 to enter. The first 50 entrants in the 5K Health Walk will receive T-shirts. ChronoTrack D-Chip timing will be provided by Yankee Timing Company, providing quick and accurate results for all. They will have course maps for you. The Sons of Italy will host a post-race pasta feed free to all entrants, complemented by beverages and baked goods and more refreshments provided by a variety of sponsors. All participants are eligible for an excellent raffle following the races. This will be a FUN morning!
Click here http://www.active.com/running/lawrence-ma/sons-of-italy-memorial-weekend-races-2010 to register online.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center of Haverhill, which serves the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. The mission of the Veteran's Outreach Center is to provide services to assist, support and advocate for Veterans and their families (please see: http://www.northeastveterans.org/).
Getting There and Race MorningThe events will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 240 Osgood Street, Lawrence, MA 01843—just off Interstate 495 and on State Route 114. From Route 495 take Exit 42, Route 114 North—the stadium will be 3/10ths up on the right on Route 114 heading into downtown Lawrence.
Registration and number pick-up will be under the stadium on race morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Contact InformationContact Race Director Marshall McCloskey, Jr. at 617-548-9877 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are welcome and needed if you would like to participate without navigating the courses.
Come Run, Walk--An Event for the Entire Family
Race day festivities offer an opportunity for all family members to participate—runners, walkers, kids. The 5K Health Walk is available for those looking for a more leisurely pace. The first 400 runners and 50 walkers will receive T-shirts. Again, the kids run the 1K at 8:30 a.m., the walk will begin at 8:45, and the 5K and 5-Mile races blast off at 9:00. Start your summer racing off right; start your holiday weekend off with an enjoyable and healthy activity. Just be there!