Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Run, Walk or Crawl

Most of us have a bucket list of some sort. Some of y'all are adventurous and want to skydive, bungee jump or zipline. Some of ya want to lose 20 pounds, visit a foreign country or learn to cook a perfect boeuf bourguignon a la Julia.

Many of us want to be better friends, better wives and better mothers -- and we qualify these things in a million different ways when it comes to a task list. We dream big, we set the goals high and the bottom line is that the bucket list -- in the wake of all of the other humdrum duties in the midst of parenthood -- often falls deftly by the wayside.

If our gremlin barks loudly enough, we may just trick ourselves into believing that we never really wanted those things that much anyhoo.

But many of us, I know, want to complete a 5K. I know this because I see the look one peoples' faces when they cross the finish line. Complete and utter pride, not realizing that they were capable of having accomplished something so wonderful. We want that for ourselves, we want to feel it radiate off our spouses and children as they meet us at the finish line. Almost everyone has a fitness goal, however small or large, and the 5K is a perfect place to begin.

It's a simple enough bucket list item; attainable, accessible and socially acceptable. They are held in every city and town across the country, and even in the dead of winter you will find one.

My issues with races like 5Ks is that they cost money, and if I need to pay someone to let me run 3.1 miles, I may as well stash some cash in an envelope under my mattress every time I need a workout. So I am very particular when it comes to participating, because I am a cheap Yankee underneath all these Northern curves and I like to keep my money close to my person. Bazinga.

But I would implore those of you local to Central Mass to consider participating in one of 2 upcoming 5K events -- both of which are family friendly, vital to the Central Mass community -- and both of which celebrate you wherever you are at -- whether you walk, run or crawl across the finish line.


April 28th :: 5K/Family Fun Run to Benefit the Leominster Education Foundation
Because I love my kids and my community, and because my community loves its' schools, I will be among the masses this weekend at a 5K Family event to be held at Doyle Field in Leominster, with proceeds benefiting the Leominster Education Foundation.

Brief Description

Community school event supporting education, and promoting health and wellness. Proceeds to benefit the Leominster Education Foundation funding student scholarships and programs within the Leominster Public Schools. Food, beverages, fun, games, music, raffles, and baby sitting available to all participants.


Fun Run/800M - Participation Ribbons 
5K Run - 
Overall male and female winner - $100 
First place male and female in each age category - $25 
(Overall winners will not qualify for first place prizes)


8:00am - Registration 
9:00am - Fun Run (Non-School Age Children) 
9:30am - 800m - Grade 5 and under 
10:00am - 5K Walkers 
10:30am - 5K Runners 

Activities until 12:30pm

Additional Information

Rain or Shine! 

T-Shirts guaranteed for registrations received by April 13th.
Registrations received after April 13th will be $25.

May 5 :: Bosom or Bust 5K Run, Walk or Crawl

If the LEF 5K isn't for you or you are not available, consider signing up for Bosom or Bust. Now in its 3rd year, the event is dedicated to the memory of my friend Jo's mom, Gail, and funds will go to support PINK Revolution, a local non-profit dedicated to providing local women and families undergoing breast cancer treatment with hands-on help with whatever it is they need.


Start: Saturday, May 5, 2012


75 Felton St  
Marlborough, Massachusetts

Registration Closing Date

Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 11:59 PM US/Eastern


Race starts at 10:30AM. Registration will open at 9AM
Yoga Stretch at 10!!!

The Bosom orBust 5K in Memory of Gail Rowe is a Pink Revolution Event.

What is the PINK Revolution?
PINK REVOLUTION is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to institute and advance fundamental change(s) in the lives of those touched by breast cancer. PINK REVOLUTIONS MISSION is to celebrate the lives of those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer; support those who currently battle breast cancer; to make pervasive change in the future of breast cancer by paving a path to living stronger. The mission will be accomplished by support of early detection and prevention strategies; by providing psychosocial care; by funding basic science and clinical research advancements, in conjunction with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center; the UMass Medical School; affiliates of UMass Memorial Healthcare; and with the promotion of survivorship programs in central Massachusetts.

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