Hi Grace Race friends,
Happy Spring! Our friends at OnYourMarxRacing having opened up the online registration. Click here to register for the 5-mile run or 5K walk happening on Saturday Oct. 4th. Plenty of time to get in shape and the long winter is over!
Hi Grace Race friends,
In case you missed my blog from a few weeks ago … The 11th Annual Grace Race is set for Saturday Oct. 4th. Mark your calendars please so you won’t miss it! MarxRunning is coordinating logistics through their OnYourMarxRacing program to help local road races. Details and online registration links will soon be posted in coolrunning and on the Marx Running calendar. We are also listed on New England Runner’s online calendar. Stay tuned for more details and enjoy the rest of the winter. Be careful if you’re running outside! Thank you in advance for helping to make this year’s annual Grace Race the biggest one yet!
Hi Grace Race friends,
Thanks for helping us to raise over $4000 at the 10th Annual Grace Race! The run and walk turnout was a little lower than in previous years, but as always we were delighted by your support and generosity. You came together as a community to have some fun and help the kids in Kenya, as you have for the past 10 years. Good work everyone! Construction of the rainwater collection and reservoir project at the One27 Academy in Naivasha that I described in previous blogs is underway. This was the focus of fund-raising in 2013. We’ll post photos of the project soon. Grace Race Fund thank-you letters that you can use for tax purposes have gone out to those of you who made donations.
Planning is also underway for the 11th Annual Grace Race, to be held on Saturday October 4th, 2014 at 10AM! Please mark your calendars. Marx Running, through their OnYourMarxRunning program to help local road races, will again be assisting us with logistics and promotion. We’ll post the online signup link as soon as it’s available. Please help us to grow the race – tell your friends about the Grace Race and send them a link gracerace.org.
In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the winter and don’t forget to train! Treadmills and elliptical trainers are your friends when the roads are too treacherous. Stay tuned for more details on the race and the projects in Kenya ….
- John, for the Grace Race team
Grace Race friends,
The full set of photos from the 10th Annual Grace Race are now posted here (with a few select ones copied below too). Thanks again to our gifted photographers Ben, Crystal, and Clarissa for their excellent work capturing the spirit of the day in pictures. A special thanks goes out to our webmaster Alfonso for getting all the photos posted too. Enjoy!
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!
This Saturday Oct. 5th is race day! The starting gun goes off at 10AM. If you’re not registered yet, visit OnYourMarxRacing to pre-register to make sure you get a shirt, or just come to the registration table on Saturday and register then. We open at 8:30 – get there early if you can!
Once you’ve registered, please review a few things about the course, parking, and bag check area here.
Finally, please stick around after you finish for some great refreshments – including pizza from one of our sponsors Brickhouse Pizza of Chelmsford – and the awards ceremony, followed by our famous raffle. This year we have more raffle prizes than ever so you won’t want to miss it. See you soon!
- The Grace Race team
Hi Grace Race friends,
First off, if you have not registered for the 10th Annual Grace Race happening on Saturday Oct. 5th, please do that now via On Your Marx Racing or download a paper application at right under “Important Links.” Register before 9/22 at the lower rate of $20; remember only pre-registered runners/walkers get shirts so do not delay!
Do you want to know more about how your participation helps kids in Kenya? Below is a link to a pdf file showing the overall site plan for the One27 Academy project that the Grace Race supports in Naivasha Kenya. In past years, funds raised at the Grace Race have gone towards the construction of the classroom, dormitory, offices, and administrative buildings shown in the lower right portion of the plan. It’s a fantastic achievement and we did it with your support. As we’ve shared earlier, the school is now open and there are over 75 orphans living on site; additional children from the community who live with parents also attend the school during the day. The 10th Annual Grace Race will direct funds to the construction of an underground rainwater reservoir as well as gutters for all the roofs and some landscaping work inside the courtyards and around the completed buildings. Water collected in the reservoir, especially plentiful during Kenya’s rainy seasons, will be used for irrigation, showers, and toilets, enabling the precious well water to be preserved for drinking, cooking, and revenue generation (bottling and selling the water in town). As you can see from this site plan, there are many additional projects including staff housing, sports fields, and animal pens that future Grace Race events will fund in due time. For the moment, though, let’s see if we can raise $15K at this year’s race to get the reservoir, gutters, and some of the critical landscaping done! Let’s pull together to do that!
As we’ve mentioned earlier, you can get your friends/family/neighbors/coworkers to sponsor you, raise more money, and win some nice prizes while doing so … see this page for more details.
Thank you very much and see you on October 5th!
Here is the site plan pdf file: O27 Academy – Naivasha- SITE PLANS
As mentioned in the previous post, we’re tapping into the expertise of Marx Running and Fitness of Acton MA this year to coordinate a lot of the race logistics, including online registration. You can pre-register now through On Your Marx Running here. October 5th is just around the corner and it’s time to hit the roads or gym and start training! Register before 9/22 to save a bit on the entry fee. Shirts are guaranteed to all who pre-register.
If you want to raise more money and win Pledge Back Rewards, don’t forget the runner/walker pledge sheet (under IMPORTANT LINKS on the right side bar) or if you prefer you can fundraise online. The fund-raising is all optional of course, but many runners and walkers have done it in past years. It’s a way for you to involve your friends/family in our mission to educate and empower kids in Kenya – and you can earn a nice prize in return for your efforts.
Please join us!