The 15th Annual Joshua’s Run--The Cliff Challenge...Many Reasons to Run in Scituate
Joshua's Run, also knows as The Cliff Challenge in Scituate, Massachusetts, is a five mile road race with unsurpassed views of the Atlantic along the spectacular Scituate Cliffs; two mile fun run and walk and kid’s run too. Fifteen years!
Posted Monday, 5 September, 2011
This year commemorates 15 years of the Joshua's Run. For runners, and especially those who like good food for the post race, this event is the 5-mile version of the runners' "perfect bite." It has a taste of everything you want in a race: short distance, but not too short, hills, flats, endless views of the Atlantic, and inspirational volunteers. Most importantly it benefits the Jimmy Fund--it was founded for that purpose.
If you needed reasons to run, now you have at least five--one per mile and more--and by the time you cross the finish line you will be able to add more of your own to that list. It is not just a five-miler, it is a family event including a two-mile fun run/walk and a kids' run too; it has something for everyone.
And one more reason, it will run at peak foliage time and the course will be bursting with color. The race is Saturday, October 22, 2011 in the coastal community of Scituate on Massachusetts Bay. Located about 35 miles south of Boston, Scituate (pronounced sit-chew-it) is off the beaten path and worth visiting. It is perfect for a New England autumn weekend day trip for a race and a stroll through the seaside town which features quaint shops and incredible restaurants--lunch and shopping along the waterfront.
This five mile race is among the most challenging, scenic and “feel good” races on the South Shore. Whether you live in surrounding communities or have never been to the South Shore coast, for five miles (or two) the race organizers make all runners and walkers feel like a family, a family working together for that all-important goal of raising money and awareness for the work done by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The course starts off flat, and takes you up through Scituate’s seaside neighborhoods. Runners should be prepared for this course to take their breath away, figuratively and literally. The “cliffs” are a true challenge, even to the most seasoned runners, but all are motivated by the photos of the “hill heroes” (photos of children who have been or are currently patients at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic). And if your effort hasn’t made you short of breath by the time you’ve reached the top of these cliffs, the never-ending views of the Atlantic Ocean could just stop you in your tracks.
Joshua’s Run, which is really three events in one, has something for every family member to enjoy. There is a Kids’ Fun Run at 8:30 a.m.; a Two Mile Fun Run / Walk at 9:00 a.m.; with the Five Mile Cliff Challenge at 10:00.
The five-mile course, the “Cliff Challenge”, is not for the faint of heart. The course is the perfect combination of flats and “climbs” allowing your body to “rest” in between the sets of hills. The end of the race is a fast, flat stretch of road that your legs will thank you for as you approach the finish. There will be great food and music at the post race party--a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The party features delicious food provided by FLIK and musical entertainment by local musician Matt Brown and friends.
Joshua's Run began in 1996 as a way to give back to the community that supported this local boy throughout his cancer diagnosis and successful treatment, and to raise funds for others like him. This event celebrates great success. Over the years, a wonderful community of generous, philanthropic people has gathered to make a difference.
One of these people was Scituate’s beautiful Andrea Gaziano, who lost her heroic six-year battle with cancer when she was fourteen years old. Andrea was a much loved member of our Joshua’s Run community. Andrea is, in fact, the very reason this race goes on. Her story serves to strengthen the resolve of all who support this race; they carry on in her spirit and actively engage in the battle against childhood cancer.
“We started this race 15 years ago when Joshua was receiving treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. We wanted to give back to the place where he received such extraordinary care, which ultimately saved his life," says Race Director, Esther Blacker, mother of Joshua, for whom the race was named. “We have continued our commitment as fundraisers for the Jimmy Fund because we want the same for all children fighting cancer. We cannot help with the brilliant research to find cures, and extraordinary care provided by Dana-Farber. But we can fund them. This commitment is shared by so many, including our sponsors, volunteers, athletes and all participants."
The celebration of life at this race is palpable in every volunteer from registration, to water stops to the members of the local community who line the course. The photos of the “Hill Heroes” are strong motivators. As runners climb the hills and question whether or not they can make it to the top, the answer becomes clear at the sight of the kids’ faces in the photos. The serve as “inspiration for the perspiration” as the saying goes, and perhaps even inspire some personal records at this autumn race.
All Joshua's Run proceeds are directed to The Andrea Gaziano Memorial Fund within The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This fund specifically benefits pediatric oncology research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Pre-registered entrants will automatically be entered into a special raffle! GREAT prizes for the top pledge earners! All participants are encouraged to raise $50+ for the battle against childhood cancers. All race fees and pledge donations are tax deductible and non refundable.
Joshua’s Run has raised more than $400,000 since the race’s inception in 1996. Participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can, either through a flat donation, collected pledges, proceeds from summer lemonade stands, garage sales, you name it. Run great and feel good...that’s what Joshua’s Run is all about--celebrating and embracing life’s challenges. Register for Joshua’s Run NOW and start training for a run that will both challenge and strengthen your heart and provide fuel for your soul--the ultimate reasons why we run!