People participate in road races for any number of reasons. Some need the race as a goal to get in better shape. Other runners want to top a personal best time or distance. For many runners who participate in the Run for Faith, the four-mile road race is an opportunity to bond with their child via the race’s Stroller Division.
“There are loads of road races in Plymouth but I can’t think of any that have an official Stroller Division that awards prizes for the winner,” said Matthew Romboldi, said Matthew Romboldi, Run for Faith organizer and son of Marcy “Faith” Romboldi, in whose memory the race is held. Faith lost her battle to ovarian cancer in 2010.
Adds Romboldi, “My mother was all about family and she’d be thrilled at how many families, including our own, participate in the Run for Faith. That we have a stroller division that makes it possible for even more families to participate is icing on the cake.”
The winner of the Stroller Division also get an added prize. In addition to the winner’s medal, the first place finisher for the Stroller Division will receive a complimentary massage at Equinox in Kingston, Mass.
“There’s a certain empowerment that comes with pushing your child in a stroller. It gives you an added boost to dig a little deeper, which makes finishing a race and meeting your goals even more rewarding,” said Nicole Romboldi, wife of Matthew Romboldi and mother to a three-year-old son, Charlie. “Of course, you feel it that much more after the race, which is why we are so happy to reward the winner of the Stroller Division with a free massage.”
The third annual Run for Faith 4Miler, which is a gold member in the Bayside Runner Racing Series, will take place on 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 (Last year’s Run for Faith resulted in two $2,500 scholarships for graduating Plymouth North and Plymouth South high school students; The Run for Faith also contributed $5,000 to Dana Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care).
The Run for Faith’s four-mile race loop includes 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. Prizes will go to top finishers, male and female, and awards will be given to top finishers for various age groups, including a Stroller Division.
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.
Interested sponsors can contact Matthew Romboldi at 508-400-0751. The Run for Faith’s current roster of sponsors includes: Baker’s Auto; Marty’s Buick GMC Isuzu; The East Bay Grille; Mayflower Food & Spirits; Stevens The Florist; RJF Homes; Cape Auto; G&G Silk Screen Embroidery; B&B Auto Body; Dunlap’s Propane; Associated Engineers; Wood’s Seafood; Kingston House of Pizza; Almeida Towing Service; Plimouth Plantation; Davis Carpentry; Dunlap’s Oil; Richard’s Wine & Spirits; Mike Tupper, Welding; and the Lobster Pound. 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.