One of those people was Newbury’s Kim Pugh, a friend of Hines who, 53 at the time, had never run a day in her life.
“I could not run,” admits Pugh. “I was not a runner. I mean, I was exercising and I could go to classes and all that stuff, but running is totally different to me.”
But Pugh and her friends began meeting at Fuller Field three times a week and before they knew it, they were headed for a 5K.
“We talked about that runner’s high, but I still haven’t experienced it,” says Pugh, laughing. “It’s going to come, I really think so. But it was hard. It was hard to do a 5K. When you don’t run, you have to learn how to do it. It’s a gradual process. We started in April and by June, we ran the race and in the process we met a bunch of really nice (people).”
Since the Flag Day 5K, Pugh has gone on to run three times a week herself and has begun to haunt other races as well.
“It was a great thing to do for Derek,” Pugh says of the Flag Day 5K. “And for the soldiers. From there we did the Yankee Homecoming and the Tufts 10K, then we did the Frigid Five, so we’ve done a whole bunch of races.”
For those who aren’t currently running three times a week and might want to give it a shot for a good cause, this year’s Couch 2-5K will begin at Fuller Field on April 6 from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
“The cause is such a good cause,” says Pugh. “It’s for everybody.”