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New Life Virtual 5k

New Life Virtual 5k

 

New Life Still Running with a Virtual 5k

By Tod Dimmick

The pandemic has affected every community event this spring, including the annual New Life 5k Trail Run, an event that raises more than 20% of the New Life Furniture Bank’s budget. This Massachusetts charity serves nearly 700 hundred households every year, including individuals, families, single mothers, seniors and veterans, as they come out of homelessness. New Life collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need.

Faced with the challenge of having to cancel its annual 5k Trail Run, New Life sought creative and safe ways to hold their event, which raises funds that are critical to New Life’s ability to serve its clients. “The economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting our clients hard,” said Rich Purnell, Executive Director of New Life. He added that, “in the coming months, we anticipate a surge in requests as many families will be displaced from their homes.”

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After careful thought, the trail run organizing committee announced a new “virtual 5k.”  Runners and walkers register the same way they would for a conventional run, at www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k, where they can also create or join a team. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava. Teams or individuals may even choose to row 5k on erg machines, or to bike. Entrants complete their personal 5k anytime between April 13 and May 10, and runners and walkers log their times on Racewire. On May 11, results will be posted and awards will be given in traditional categories, as well as in new, creative categories like most creative course.

Ron Yates, co-founder of the New Life Furniture Bank, said “we recognize that this is a totally new way to do something like this, and that is part of the fun. The Virtual 5k could bring even more people to the event because it is so easy to participate from anywhere, at any time. A team could be made up of family members, high school or college cross country teams looking for fitness and competition, an office group, you name it!”

The organizers also believe that the event offers an important opportunity for supporters who, especially in these challenging times, seek ways to do something positive and proactive while still being safe. “Folks joining the Virtual 5k not only support the New Life mission, they also are a welcome part of a community doing something that matters,” said Yates. “That’s especially important right now. And, running in the virtual 5k is a healthy thing to do. Everyone wins.”

Carmen Luisi of Holliston was the top female runner in the 2019 Trail Run (at age 13!), and she’s looking forward to the Virtual 5k this time around. “This is a very important cause, even greater now because people are struggling financially with the current pandemic,” she said.

Dan Haley, of Wayland, said he will run the Virtual 5k this year with his family. “My wife and 12 year old daughter and I had a wonderful time at last year’s 5K,” he said. “With everything in the near term shutting down, we were excited to hear that the New Life event is going virtual. One of our goals as a family as we navigate this strange, temporary reality is to continuously reach out to help others. Another is to keep getting exercise! So this checks both boxes, and gives us something worthwhile and active to do as a family.”

Mark Silva is a partner at the law firm Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, a sponsor of the event. He plans to run the race for the first time this year. “At a time when we’re all cooped up in our homes looking for something to do, looking for a way to help,” he said, “the 5K is giving us the opportunity to support an incredible organization… while being completely flexible on approach.” He added, “We plan on doing the 5K as a family this year – my wife will run and I am planning to bike the 5K with the kids.”

Kristin Chisum of Wayland will also run the Virtual 5k again with her son Luke. “We are thrilled that the race committee has come up with a way for the race to go on,” she said. “We live near the woods near Walden Pond so that’s where we’ll be.” She added: “I know that we will finish our 5K again this year with a feeling of gratitude – thankful for this group of people that have found a way to change people’s lives and have provided this 5K as a way for us to do our own little part.”

Participants in the New Life Virtual 5k will be encouraged to post photos of their participation with the hashtag #NewLifeStillRunning or send an email to trailrun@newlifefb.org. The registration page reads, in part, “It is our hope that sharing everyone’s fun photos and stories will bring joy to our New Life community and inspire other people far and wide to join the cause.” The organizers made it clear that they want more ideas from supporters about how to make the event fun and accessible to all. Ideas are coming in already, including filming clips of virtual bystanders cheering on the runners, and asking kids to create colorful yard signs.

The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area.

To register, go to www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k.  Those interested in being a sponsor or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

 

Join the Angel Run team!

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The Medfield Foundation’s Angel Run is seeking individuals to assist with the following parts of the annual family friendly race in December, to work with seasoned volunteers:

  • Marketing co-chair
  • Post Race Party co-chair

Join the team, share the fun, and do some good for your hometown!

Email to info@medfieldfoundation.org with interest.

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Sledding map

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Interactive map of where to sled, that is really well done – https://medfield.communitykangaroo.com/sledding/

Thank You from the 2019 Angel Run Team

 

Thank you from the 2019 MFi Angel Run Team
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Angel Run

Dear Angel Run Nation,

You did it again! You came out in good cheer and with bells on to make the 2019 Medfield Foundation Angel Run a great success!  Because of your participation, those in our community who need some extra assistance will have their needs met. The generosity of time, talent and enthusiasm from all is the reason we put this event on year after year. Together we are building a stronger Medfield and truly helping our fellow community members.

 

We Need Your Help!

As you probably know, the Angel Run is organized by volunteers from the community and we cannot do it without people being generous with their time and skills. As we like to say, “the Angel Run doesn’t run itself!”

After six years as a co-chair of the Angel Run and the person behind the amazing decorations and entertainment on the race course, our Race Course Coordinator has now retired. We are looking for a new Race Course Coordinator to pick up and run the effort. This is a critical leadership role for the Angel Run for someone with great project management and organizational skills.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Corporate Sponsorships team
  • Decorations team
  • Post-Event Party team
  • Publicity team
  • Race Course Coordinator
  • Registration & Reporting team
  • Shirts & Bibs team

We have an experienced group of leaders and a great team that work closely together and will help any new volunteers with any questions. And don’t worry, we only meet in person to kick-off the planning and to do a wrap-up so you won’t be bogged down by lots of meetings.

We’d love to have your involvement. Please email us at angelrun@medfieldfoundation.org and let us know if you would like to help or if you have any questions.

 

Photos of 2019 Event

MFi has a Flickr site with high resolution photos available for you to download at no charge. There are over 1,300 photos for you to explore as well as a “Best of 2019” album. And if you have any photos, be sure to upload them so everyone can benefit!

Thank you Jeffrey and Kristina Bunce and MFi Youth Leader John Shelley for the great photos.

 

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Go to Flickr to see hi-res photos from the 2019 Angel Run

 

In addition, RaceWire, the company that provided the timing system at the event, took photos at the finish line. Be sure to check them out to see your finish photo!

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Race Results

If you haven’t already done so, you can view your race results on RaceWire as well.

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Thank You and Save the Date

Save the date for the 15th Annual MFi Angel Run on Sunday December 6, 2020. We hope to see you there. Cheers to all and many thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

On behalf of the Medfield Foundation Board of Directors and the 2019 Angel Run Committee, our most sincere Thank You!
 
The 2019 MFi Angel Run Committee

 

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Angel Run Early-Bird Registration Ends November 8th

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Greetings Angel Run Friends,

Join us for the 14th running (or walking) of the Angel Run on Sunday, December 8 at 12:30pm.

Early registration ends on Friday, November 8th so register now for $25.00 per person and receive your commemorative shirt.  You can still register online after November 8th, however the price goes up to $30.00 per person and you will not receive a shirt.

REGISTRATION LINK:  https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/mfi-angel-run.  

The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run uses chip timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins and ends at Medfield High School.  There will be a special separate starting corral for competitive runners. You decide if you should belong to that group, be sure to note this on your registration.

We hope to see you there (with bells on)!Cheers,

The MFi Angel Run Team

New Life 5k Trail Run – 2018 photos

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New Life 5k Trail Run on 5/11

From Todd Dimmick –

New Life 5k

Local Teams Enter The New Life 5k Trail Run

 

Many teams with deep local roots will participate in the New Life 5k Trail Run on May 11. This community-building event offers a morning of both competition and fun at the scenic Medfield State Hospital Grounds while supporting a great cause. Get In Shape for Women, and Greater Neponset Running Club (GNRC) are just two of the participating teams.

 

For Alexandra Chace of Get In Shape For Women of Westwood (Members are from Westwood, Dover, Norwood, Medfield and Dedham), the New Life 5k Trail Run is perfect for them. “New Life gives people a fresh start, new chance and they make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “And I think that we have similar values in changing lives and empowering people.” Chace noted that her group supports many other New Life efforts. “New Life is an amazing organization,” she added. Describing last year’s team, she observed that “for more than half of them it was their first 5k. They had such a great sense of accomplishment when they finished that course.”

 

For Jeff Weidenaar, president of GNRC (with members from Norwood, Walpole, Canton, Sharon, Medfield, Westwood, and Dover), the event is “a 5K with something different about it. The trails made for a new twist that appealed to a lot of people. GNRC participated because we were looking for a fun local race.” He added that the event is “a worthy cause that everyone in the club was proud to support.”

 

Other teams participating this year include UCC Medfield Trail Blazers, BHHC, Manning Maniacs, Eliot Church XC, Soles of Medfield, Team Grandpa Elwell, Team Kramer, Walk-Ins Welcome, Blue Hills Hiking Club, and Team Infinitri. New teams are welcome. The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to avid runners, walkers and everyone in between. Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun, with discounts for teams of four or more.  The first 400 registrations will receive a t-shirt on race day thanks to New Balance, an event sponsor.

 

The New Life 5K Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.

 

What will the challenge be this year? Chace of Get In Shape For Women admits that “I have to figure out a way to top last year’s shirts.” (see photo)

 

To register for the Trail Run or to support the cause with a financial contribution, visit www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. Learn more New Life and how you can help, including volunteering and donating home furnishings, at www.newlifefb.org.

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