For many, it’s difficult to consider a four-mile run a “stroll”. Yet for the many parents who are runners with infants and toddlers, running with a stroller is second nature. Recognizing this large demographic of runners, The Run for Faith is introducing a Stroller Division for its second annual race, taking place on Sunday, August 19 at 9am at historic Plimouth Plantation.
“As the daughter of a Methodist minister from the Midwest, my mother was all about family and she would absolutely love the idea of fathers and mothers pushing their children in a race devoted to her memory,” said Matthew Romboldi, Run for Faith race director and son of Faith “Marcy” Romboldi. Mrs. Romboldi, in whose memory the race is held, died from ovarian cancer in 2010.
For safety reasons, Stroller Division runners will start behind other runners. Prizes will be awarded to both male and female winners (kids, too).
“When you run and you’re pushing a child in front of you, there’s a certain empowerment and level of strength that you learn to appreciate. It’s one thing to carry yourself to the limit, but its even more special and note worthy to push someone else in front of you,” said Nicole Hayes, wife of Matthew Romboldi and mother to a two-year-old son, Charlie. “I’ve seen people at many races push people in wheel chairs and I always make sure to congratulate them on their accomplishments. As a mother who runs frequently with a running stroller, I think it’s important to have a special category where these runners are recognized and commended for their efforts.”
To participate in the Stroller Division, you must register on Active.com. You can link to the site from the Run for Faith website, http://www.runforfaithplymouth.org. Registration is $25 and you must check the box for Stroller Division if you will be running with your child and a carriage.
The Run for Faith is organized by Run for Faith, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the proceeds from the race help raise money for several Plymouth non-profits and charitable organizations. The first Run for Faith raised enough for a $5,000 donation to Dana Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care and ovarian cancer research. The Run for Faith also contributed two $2500 scholarships for two Plymouth high school students: Graham Allen from Plymouth South High School and Nathan Fuller from Plymouth North High School.
The 2012 Run for Faith has attracted a number of local sponsors, including Nolan Schelle Insurance, Marty’s GMC, Liddell Brothers Traffic Safety Systems, 99.1 WPLM, Powderhorn Press, Plimoth Plantation, Girls on the Go, Newfield House, Mayflower Food and Spirits, Cold Spring Club, Unity Club, and Mama Mia’s.
Businesses looking to sponsor the second annual Run for Faith can e-mail email@example.com or call 508-400-0751.
About The Run for Faith
The Run for Faith 4Miler is a gold member in the Bayside Runner Racing Series. The four mile race starts at Plimouth Plantation at 9am on Sunday August 19. The 4 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. The event will be professionally timed by Spitler Racing Systems. You can view the course online at: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/42074524.
The entry fee for The Run for Faith is $25. Every dollar of fee will be donated to local charities.
There’s a registration link on www.runforfaithplymouth.org or you can go directly to www.active.com. For more information and to register for the race, please visit www.runforfaithplymouth.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.