With more than 50 road races planned for 2014, Plymouth, Massachusetts has quickly become the road race capital of the U.S. The four-mile Run for Faith, set to enter its third year on August 11, is a fine example of why America’s Hometown has been able to sustain so many races: history.
“Actually, it’s more that each race in Plymouth has its own story and history. In our case, the race is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Faith Romboldi, who lost a courageous battle to ovarian cancer and we’ve been able to raise a good amount of money for the causes that were near and dear to her. That includes two $2500 scholarships to graduating Plymouth high school seniors,” said Matthew Romboldi, Run for Faith organizer. “The other part is the history of the race. Our first year, we ran it before Hurricane Irene hit. So we have an identity as the race that beat Irene and there’s always that question lingering about ‘what kind of weather will we get this year?”
In addition to the story and history, the Run for Faith has other characteristics that have endeared it to local runners, most notably the course and race features. The four-mile race loop captures spectacular views of Cape Cod Bay, the Eel River and scenic horse farms. The course features rolling hills and unmatched history. Water stations are plentiful and the event is professionally timed by Spitler Racing Systems. There is also be a Stroller Division, so runners can run with their young children.
Last year’s Run for Faith resulted in two $2,500 scholarships, which will be given to students graduating from Plymouth North and Plymouth South in 2013. The Run for Faith also contributed $5,000 ($10,000 since the Run for Faith began) to Dana Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care.
The third annual Run for Faith 4Miler, which is a a gold member in the Bayside Runner Racing Series, is set for Sunday, August 11 at 8:30 a.m. at historic Plimoth Plantation. Entry fee is $25 – which will once again go to scholarships for Plymouth high school students, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Plymouth Public Library and other Plymouth charities and non-profits. Runners can register at www.runforfaithplymouth.org.
Prizes will go to top finishers, male and female, and awards will be given to top finishers for various age groups. Post-race “light refreshments” will include bananas, oranges, bagels, muffins and scones. To amuse younger family members, a jumpy house will be available. A number of vendors will be on hand to sell their wares before and after the race.
The Run for Faith is organized by Run for Faith, Inc., which is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to commemorate the special life of Faith “Marcy” Romboldi who gave so much of herself to both individuals and the community.
Faith, or “Marcy” as she was known by her friends and family, was a teacher, member of the Red Hat’s Society, Sweet Adeline’s, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. Marcy’s ability to fight this vicious disease with incessant might and unsurpassed grace will never be forgotten and surely serves as inspiration to those who were close. Mostly, Marcy will be remembered for her acts of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. Many will remember her for her two best accessories- a lovely hat and a radiant smile!
Interested sponsors can contact Matthew Romboldi at 508-400-0751. For more information, please visit www.runforfaithplymouth.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view the course online at: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/42074524.