Evan’s Run… Terrific Run for a Great Cause
Evan’s Run in Norwell, Massachusetts, has something for everyone: a 5K and a 10K road race, a 5K fitness walk, and a series of kids’ fun runs. The loops are scenic around and through Norwell, and best of all it is for a great cause—the Evan Henry Foundation, which does a great job in helping with support and creating autism awareness.
Posted Tuesday, 10 May, 2011
For many, spring in New England is the beginning of the road race season. Evan’s Run on the South Shore gives true meaning to running for a cause, and having your effort, your miles mean so much more. Evan’s Run is on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in the community of Norwell, just off the Route 3, the Southeast Expressway or “Pilgrim’s Highway.”
This event, now in its eleventh year, provides more options than most races on the South Shore. Participants have their choice of 5K or 10K road races, or the 5K walk; these events start at 10:30 a.m. The kids’ races start at 8:30 a.m. with the 6-8-year olds, followed by the 9-10-year olds at 8:50, 11-12 groups at 9:15, and the five and under kids doing the 100 meter run at 9:30. The kids will get their awards (ribbons for all) before the adults and big kids begin their events.
More than anything this is a family-friendly atmosphere with all events taking place at Norwell High School. There will activities going on before, during, and after each race. The Evan’s Run has grown tremendously in its 11 years, and now is nearing 2,000 participants (700 to 1,000 in the 5K). There is a very worthwhile raffle for which all participants are eligible; awards go to the top three women and men in each race, with 10-year age groups starting with 18-and-under right on through to 70+. And one big reward is the post race party at McGreal’s Tavern in Norwell Center—you won’t want to miss that!
They are making this as convenient as possible. Save time and avoid the hassle on race day and pick up your timing chip and race packet on Saturday, May 21st at the Norwell High School Gym from noon to 5:00 p.m. Or you can pick up race day morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. If you do not register in advance you may do so on Saturday or Sunday morning during those same hours.
This event has some history and some high level competition, and previous results are available on the race website. The 5K records are held by Claudia Camargo (17:13, 2008) and Gilbert Kiptoo (15:13, 2008) Heidi Westerling holds the 10K mark (36:19, 2007) as does Patrick Moulton (31:04, 2006).
Norwell, Quintessential New England
Spring is beautiful in Norwell! Located about 30 miles south of Boston, Norwell is only a few miles Route 3, but it seems like it is much further off the beaten path; it is a scenic little town that is perfect for a New England weekend day trip for a race and a stroll through the historic town center.
Evan’s Run, which is really many events in one, has something for every family member to enjoy. Check out the excellent website for all necessary information: Race Information, early and race day registration, awards, directions and parking (shuttle) details, chip and number pickup, sponsors, the Evan Henry Foundation for Autism, gifts and donations, grant applications, and much more:
Evan Henry had autism. He was a warm and wonderful child who drown in 2000 when he was only 11. This year will mark the 11th year of the race, one year for each of Evan’s years. The year following Evan’s death the Henry Family chose to honor his memory and make an impact on autism awareness by starting the Evan Henry Foundation, and by creating this race as a memorial and as a fundraiser for the foundation. To date over $350,000 has been raised and distributed to various organizations, families and individuals involved with or impacted by autism.
Evan’s Run began as a way to give back to the community that supported him and his family during his short life, and a way to do good for others who deal with autism; contribute to research in search of answers for autism, and to raise funds for others like Evan. Over the years, a wonderful community of generous, philanthropic people has gathered to make a difference; gathered to race and raise money, gathered and ran or walked to make a difference. Make those miles mean something more! And what family fun!
The Evan Henry Foundation is an organization focused on Autism and all of its aspects—awareness, support, and research. As noted on the Foundation Website, 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 with about the frequency of 1 in 500 individuals. It interferes with the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communications. 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.
Evan’s Run has raised more than $350,000 since the race’s inception in 2001 and this year they intend to bring that over the $400,000 mark, with the help of every runner and walker and donor.
Participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can, either through a flat donation, collected pledges, proceeds from family and friends supporting their run.
Join the Fun and the Cause
Yes, run great and feel good...that’s what Evan’s Run is all about--celebrating and embracing life’s challenges. Register for Evan’s Run NOW and start your spring off by running well and feeling good.