2017 Events Recap
2017 was a great beginning for Warrior Runners. The year included trail runs around Cape Cod, weekly fun runs, coaching, a 5K run/walk fundraiser, and a feature in Cape Cod Magazine. Read on for more about Warrior Runners' 2017 Events.
Special Olympics Massachusetts' Sandwich Sailors!
It is an honor being a coach for Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) in my hometown. The athletes on the Sandwich Sailors team are talented, hard-working individuals who put their heart into each practice and competition. Every day working with these young men and women on the track, soccer field, and basketball court brings a smile to my face, and I feel privileged to know them.
I was fortunate enough to be on the 2017 SOMA Falmouth Road Race fundraising team, Xtra Mile. I raised over $1000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and the money went directly to the athletes' participation in sports year-round. Thanks to all who donated to this great cause!
Cape Cod Canal 4-Mile Fun Run
Every Wednesday in 2017, rain, snow or shine, I led a four mile fun run at the Cape Cod Canal at 5:30 pm. Whether cloaked in darkness and dodging black ice, or baking in the hot sun on a windless day, I was out there. Sometimes there was a group of 3+ runners. Sometimes it was one friend, and we caught up on each other's lives. And sometimes it was just me. Whatever the case may be, it was definitely an experience and a lesson in commitment - to one's self and others. Thank you to all who were a part of the journey. Also, many thanks to Cape Cod Magazine for featuring my story in the August 2017 edition.
Warrior Trail Runs Cape Cod
In Summer 2017, Warrior Runners led guided trail runs through the hidden woods and sand dunes of old Cape Cod, MA. Featured runs included Sandy Neck Beach Trail in Barnstable, Great Island Trail in Wellfleet, Race Point Trail in Provincetown, and Nickerson State Park Trails in Brewster. The sights and sounds along "the trails less traveled" were unbeatable. Starting as early as 6:30 am, the settings were peaceful and picturesque amongst lighthouses, fishing vessels, and wildlife.
Stay tuned for future featured trail runs along the Cape!
The Sandwich Run/Walk 5K
The Sandwich Run/Walk 5K took place in the quaint downtown of Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. With unbeatable views of the boardwalk, Cape Cod Bay, and Cape Cod Canal, it was an event for the whole family. After the race, everyone was invited to SandwichFest- featuring the town's finest local sandwiches, as well as the Best Sandwich in Sandwich Competition. Thanks to all who registered and volunteered, $1500 was raised for charity. Proceeds went to the Sandwich Food Pantry, Sandwich Arts Alliance, and First Church Sandwich. Local businesses Sweet Tomatoes, Heritage Theater, Shipwreck Ice Cream, Twin Acres, Hanlon's, and Mashpee Fitness Center donated gift certificates to top finishers.
Youth Running Programs 2017
In coordination with the Sandwich Recreation Department, I led a four-week youth running program, located at the Sandwich High School track. Each practice consisted of stretches, running games, and some light track work - totaling 1-2 miles each day. The children ranged in age from 4-12, and on hot days, the favorite games involved water squirt guns and water balloons.
I also had the pleasure of coaching a youth group at the Lifehouse Church in Middleboro. Every Tuesday for 9 weeks, I led young men and women in interval runs to build their endurance for a 5K race. The 15+ individuals stuck with the program and did great!
By fall, the Sandwich STEM Cross-Country season had started. The 7th-8th grade team consisted of 21 boys and 1 girl. Over the course of 7 weeks, everyone improved in speed and endurance. Not only did finish times get faster, bu the athletes worked as a team. The boys went undefeated for the season, and the girl finished first or top three in all of her meets. I am one proud coach!