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Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K-- a Celebration, a Remembrance, and a Mission
The Race, the Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K, is more than a 5K run and walk in Foxboro, Massachusetts it is an endeavor to make “Diabetes a Disease of the Past.” The race is held in memory of Shannon E. Hurley and it is an event dedicated to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Be a part of this community event on June 1, 2013 on the scenic and historic roads of Foxboro. This great event is to raise funds and awareness, knowledge, and action.

Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K-- a Celebration, a Remembrance, and a Mission

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 22 April, 2013

Springtime is coming and so are the many races in eastern Massachusetts. And here is one you will want to place on your calendar—Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K, running at 10:00 a.m. on June 1 at the Invensys Foxboro Company at 38 Neponset Avenue, just a short distance from the famous Foxboro Town Common. It is a clockwise loop on scenic neighborhood roads, starting and ending at Invensys. Things will get underway at 8:00 a.m. that morning with late registration and number pickup, but don’t wait that long—price goes up on race day and T-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 400 of the 1,000 or so who will register.

This race is for a great cause, and this will be the 13th year of the event—dedicated to raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from the outset. This cause is tremendously important, so all runners and walkers participating can feel really good about their race accomplishment and at the same time feel great about helping such a worth while cause.

This one is really easy to get to also. The center of Foxboro is near the intersection of Interstate 95 and 495, and just off Route 140. It is about 22 miles southwest of Boston and 21 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island.

Foxboro is known as the home of Gillette Stadium, hosting the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. Co-located with Gillette Stadium, and off famous Route One, is Patriots Place, a relatively new and marvelous shopping and entertainment complex that every New Englander should visit.

But there is another side to Foxboro too; you should visit the historic and quiet town which was settled in 1708 and incorporated in 1778, right after the start of the Revolution. In an ironic twist the town was named after Charles James Fox, a member of the British Parliament who was tremendously supportive of the Colonial cause.

There are many historic buildings and some scenic streets and lanes, and this race takes advantage of them. There is a lot to see in Foxboro and the running loop is a relatively flat and pleasant one. There are so many interesting tidbits about Foxboro: For example, it was once the site of the world’s largest straw hat manufacturing plant, the Union Straw Works. It once stood where the post office is now.

Nice Course to Run
The course begins at Invensys, 38 Neponset Avenue, Foxboro, MA 02035. It heads north on Neponset to a right turn on Chestnut Street, followed by another right on Mechanic Street (one of the streets that spokes off from the oval Common. From Mechanic there is a right on Railroad Avenue at about half way, followed by a quick left on Bird, and another right on Baker Street. Baker leads to Chestnut again and a right on Neponset—this time heading south—takes runners and walkers to their triumphant finish near the start. This is a really pleasant journey and memorable run.

Last year’s winners were Haley Sykes (19:55) and Brendan Sullivan (16:17), both of Foxboro. Helen Dinan of Bellingham, MA holds the women’s record, 18:00 set in 2010; Andrew Wedlake of Bedford, MA set the men’s mark at 15:03 in 2004.

The top three women and men overall will receive Saucony gear. There are 10-year age groups with 12-and-under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. The top three in each group win awards.

How about historical perspective--the post party is at the Lafayette House where George Washington, John Adams, and General Lafayette all spent the night. While you sip a brew or two you can consider that you are running and walking in the footsteps of our nation's founding.
Please visit the website at for details on the Course (great map), training, sponsorships and sponsorship opportunities, volunteering, registration, donation directions, and more. They will have chip timing for accurate and immediate results.

For additional information you can e-mail or call 508-269-4259.

This race will be a gem all right, and will raise funds to help find a cure for Diabetes. Right from the start, you will feel the positive energy and community commitment to this cause. From the DJ blaring music to the massage tables for pre and post-race massages to running under a gigantic American flag hanging from a fire truck at starting line. Don’t forget to get your free ice cream from the Mix 104.1 van at the finish line.

This will be the 13th annual Foxboro Against Diabetes and you will not want to miss this late spring tradition as you crank up your racing season. Walkers and beginning runners are welcome. In fact, this is the ideal race for them to begin a road race career with a wonderfully supportive atmosphere and a terrific cause. This is high quality through and through with outstanding corporate and community support.

Let’s Do It
The race proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Make those strides mean more. You can check out the website and their efforts to improve lives at: So in this case you know your money is going to a good cause.

This racecourse is a USATF-certified 5K, and the event is also sanctioned by USATF, and it is almost completely flat. The course runs through much of eastern Foxboro and is free of traffic. How many times will you have the chance to actually run or walk on those roads? Cross that line and then the party begins! Good food, good music, and great traditions over 13 years: This has the makings of a wonderful community happening.

The race will start at 10:00 a.m., with packet pickup and late registration available at the Invensys offices from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45. It is easy to get to and there is plenty of parking.

As successful as the first 12 years were, this year promises to be even greater. It will have the genuine feel of a well organized, well planned, well executed benefit race.

Don’t Miss the Fun
This is definitely your race for the first day of June. Make it a springboard to a terrifically successful and enjoyable season. You can tune-up for your spring season already underway, and measure your fitness after a restful off-season. Join in the celebration. This is an appreciation of resolute determination and resilience to finding a cure to a disease that affects so many. Dedication and determination--wonderful attributes for runners. Join nearly 1,000 participants and train now and sign up for Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K. Be a part of the positive energy.



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