Town Crier

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington area road racing calendar hits its spring-summer stride this Sunday, June 9th, when the annual 5K Run for Recovery & Walk for Wellness takes place at the Town Common.

Slated to kick-off opposite the gazebo at 10:30 am, this outstanding event is once again hosted by Brady’s Foundation in memory of those lost to addiction and orchestrated by Race Director Renee Marcou.

This praiseworthy race, in its third year, is held in honor of Tim Brady, of Wilmington, who lost his life to addiction at the age of 28. Soon after Brady’s death in 2016, close friend Marcou established a Foundation in his name.

“We help people who are struggling with substance abuse issues and also support their family members,” said Marcou. “We help those seeking treatment, start them on the road to recovery, and encourage them to keep moving forward. We also offer referencing for companies and organizations, as well as provide awareness programs in school systems.”

Marcou and her contingent of capable volunteers have worked tirelessly to assemble what they describe as their “BEST 5K event YET!”

The course, flat and fast, should be familiar to those who ran last December’s Solstice 5K or the recent Kim Forte 5K road race, as well as numerous other events in recent years. Starting on Church Street (Route 62) opposite the Wilmington High School, runners and walkers will head north and turn right on Wildwood, left on Woburn Street, left again on Federal Street, and finally, left on Middlesex Avenue which leads back to the finish line opposite the Common. Organizers will position volunteers for along the route for support, as well as provide water stations.

Organizers have arranged for a wide assortment of amenities including a “new for this year” professional race announcer, accurate chip-timed results from RaceWire, free downloadable Finish Line photographs, and giveaways bags.

All participants will receive an official Brady’s Foundation Ribbon and for those runners who are fleet of foot, trophies will be awarded to the top male/female finishers in age categories 18-under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-59, and 60-plus. In the kid’s races, awards are available for age 3-5, 6-7, and 8-9 years-old.

Ample parking is available in the July 4th lot (141 Middlesex Avenue), Wilmington High School (159 Church Street), and St. Thomas Church (126 Middlesex Avenue). All three are a few steps from the starting line.

All participants are welcome to remain for the post-race celebration and take part in the festivities featuring free food and beverages, live DJ entertainment, face painting, activity booth for kids and adults alike, free giveaways provided by generous sponsors, a bouncy house (back by popular demand), a 50/50 raffle, and new this year, a calendar raffle, among others.

Runners, walkers, and their families are urged to view Memory Signage of those lost to addiction and visit our numerous resource tables to learn more about Addiction Awareness and Recovery, Self-Care and Wellness, and Brady’s Foundation merchandise.

Online registration is available until midnight, June 6th and the fee will be $25. for runners and walkers, 17-and-over. Race day registration will be held at the Wilmington Town Common (143 Middlesex Avenue) beginning at 8:30 AM. and the fee will be $35. For kids 16-and-under, the fees are $20. in advance and $25. on race day. Entrants are encouraged to enter online for the substantial discount.

A limited number of T-Shirts will be available for $25.

The first 50 online registered runners/walkers will receive a free raffle entry presented by Brady’s Foundation. Online registrants can also pick up bibs and other materials on Saturday, June 8th, from 4-5 PM at the July 4th building. Keep in mind that race bibs must be worn on the front – this allows for the electronic timing and scoring to function properly.

Always a special treat is Our National Anthem, rendered by recording star and Race Director, Renee Marcou, just prior to the start.

The kid’s races will take place between 9:30 and 10:15 AM, followed by the main event at 10:30 AM.

“It looks like we can expect great weather,” said Marcou. “We hope this year, after fine-tuning a few things and adding some great amenities, we can increase the size of our field of runners and walkers. Also, we’re hoping more people take advantage of our wellness offerings. Along with showing the Wilmington community that we’re supporting one another, we’d also like to erase the stigma of this epidemic that is going on throughout the country.”

Volunteers are always welcome for this event, as well as others in the future. Access www.bradysfoundation.com/volunteer if you’re interested and to join the community, check www.facebook.com/- bradysfoundation for further information.

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