Hello and thank you to all the runners, walkers, volunteers, and sponsors who made the 10th Annual Grace Race a success! Special thanks to Mark Coddaire at Marx Running for helping with race logistics and to Andy Stewart and his team from Westford PART for the assistance on the course with communications.
It was a smaller than average turnout but everyone finished, and we had some impressive running in the front. Both men’s and women’s records were broken today!
For the men: Glarius Rop of Springfield MA, originally from Kenya, ran a 24:37 – breaking Nate Jenkins’ record of 24:49 set in 2010. The second place finisher Amos Sang was another man from Kenya and he also broke the previous record, running 24:44.
For the women: Lindsay Willard of Somerville MA ran a 29:12 – breaking Kara Haas’ record of 29:26 set in 2012.
Our first women’s master’s finisher was Cindy Meklenburg of Westford. The first men’s master’s finisher was Joseph Ekuom of Kingston NY, also born and raised in Kenya. Joseph was our 2011 champion and finished 3rd last year.
Full results are posted here at coolrunning.
Since we are all about raising money to help kids in Kenya, to provide a safe home, education, and vocational training for girls and boys there, we love to see runners who grew up in Kenya come to support us. This makes the race that much more meaningful, I think. Asante sana (thank you very much) to our Kenyan friends!
We will post photos of the race soon and also report on how much money we raised this year in support of the rainwater reservoir project described in the slide below.
Thanks again everyone for making this a memorable day!