In its brief history, the Run for Faith has accomplished some significant milestones. That includes donating more than $10,000 to the Dana Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care and more than $5,000 in scholarships to graduating Plymouth North and Plymouth South high school students. With the 4th annual Run for Faith set for Sunday, August 24, organizers are counting on year four of this four-mile race to break previous fundraising efforts.
“The Run for Faith has distinguished itself as a family-friendly race that raises significant money for very worthwhile local and regional causes, like the Dana Farber and scholarships for local students,” said Matt Romboldi, one of the founders of the race run in memory of his mother, Faith “Marcy” Romboldi, who lost her battle with cancer in 2009.
Adds Romboldi, “We also offer a course that’s a bit more rural than most of the other races in town, with beautiful pastoral views. And at four miles, it’s welcoming to both runners and walkers alike.”
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 a Stroller Division, so runners can run with their young children.
“We changed the course last year to remove a turnaround in the course at Eel River and added a scenic detour through the woods on Bump Rock Road and Forges Road. The response from runners is that we made a great course even better,” said Romboldi.
Last year’s Run for Faith resulted in two scholarships, which were given to students graduating from Plymouth North (Brad Feeney) and Plymouth South (Briana Sachetti) in 2014. The Run for Faith also made its annual contribution to Dana Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care ($10,000 since the Run for Faith began).
The fourth annual Run for Faith 4Miler, which is a gold member in the Bayside Runner Racing Series, is set for Sunday, August 24 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.