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December 10, 2012

Race in Merrimac raises $1,500; racers donate 250 toys

MERRIMAC — Runners’ thirsts were quenched with hot cocoa, and the streets of Merrimac were a bit more festive yesterday thanks to the 18th annual Santa’s Toy Trot benefit for the Merrimac Holiday Helper Program and Toys for Tots. The run raised over $1,500, and racers donated over 250 toys for those in need.

“This is a great day, we’ve got the hot chocolate going,” said race director Jim Banyas. “It’s a family event. It’s a great cause. People just bring toys, and it all stays here in Merrimac.”

The Toy Trot, run each year by the Winner’s Circle Running Club, featured an estimated 300 racers who ran a combination of 2-mile, 4-mile and 6-mile races as well as a Santa’s Elves’ Fun Run for Kids. The founder of the Toy Trot, Bob Randall, was out to see his brain child live on.

“It’s one of the best races around,” said Randall. “You can run whatever distance you want, your choice, and we get about 200 to 300 runners a year. I love it because it’s for such a great cause. You go inside and you see all the toys on the stage. The generosity is unbelievable. We get people from all over who come down to run it.”

Casey Carroll, 41, of Dover, N.H., finished first in the 2-mile race with a time of 10:49. Laura Rudd, 24, of Amesbury was the leader of the women’s pack at 12:47.

Sherri Marshall, 35, of Amesbury ran the 2-miler herself as part of her 30-plus races per year.

“It’s a nice day to run,” Marshall said of the 50-degree weather. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. It’s always good to run for a cause.”

The 4-mile race was topped by Mark Tonelli, 18, of Ayer with a time of 24:19. Laurie Gaudreau, 43, of York, Maine, was the women’s winner at 27:32.

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