NEWBURYPORT — Hundreds took to the streets yesterday to participate in The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s second annual Boston Strong 2.62 Mile Charity Race, braving the cold, wet weather to support those affected by last year’s tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Approximately 700 runners in total ran in yesterday’s race, and while a final tally hadn’t been taken, it is expected that this year’s race came close to matching the $15,000 raised by last year’s inaugural race for The One Fund.
“We were very pleased with the registration turnout,” said Calli Towne, the race coordinator. “Our donation to The One Fund should be a substantial one this year. At this point we think it’s going to be close to last year, but we really have to make sure that we’re clear with our numbers.”
This year’s run began at Cashman Park, and the race route took runners up Merrimac Street to Ashland and then up onto High Street. Runners then looped back around to the rail trail before finishing back at Cashman Park near the starting line.
The first to cross the finish line was Pat Fullerton, a Haverhill resident who finished the race in 15:10. Fullerton is a regular at Winner’s Circle events and recently won the April Fool’s Day Race as well.
“He’s very, very fast,” Towne said. “He’s the manager of the Greater Boston Running Company store and he was a supporter of our race today, which we really appreciate, so it’s fun to have that full connection.”
Scott Walsh, the president of The Winner’s Circle, said he was happy to see so many people come out despite the dreary weather, adding that it was great to see a lot of new faces who don’t typically come out for races.