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New Life 5k – now virtual only

From Tod Dimmick – “update – the race organizers just learned from the state that, unfortunately, the in-person component of the New Life 5k won’t be possible this year.”

UCC Medfield enters the New Life 5k

UCC Medfield has entered a team in the New Life 5k Trail Run since the event began. Rich Frank, an organizer of the team, says that the church is a passionate supporter of the mission of New Life Furniture Bank of MA. “Our team (and church) members love New Life Furniture Bank,” he said. “The largest portion of our annual giving budget is directed towards housing/homelessness, and we have several ministries that serve those experiencing homelessness. New Life serves a critical need… and we’ve witnessed just how impactful that experience can be.”

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, New Life found a way to safely serve almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area.

To Frank, the big picture is important. He says, “New Life helps restore dignity to and removes a tremendous burden from their clients.”

The 5k organizers have learned that the in person component will not be possible this year.  As a result, the 2021 New Life 5k will be entirely virtual, and entrants can run or walk their own 5k between now and May 8th (Just like last year!).


New Life 5k registration and information is available at  www.newlifefb.org/5k. There are discounts for teams of four or more, and new teams are welcome. The registration fee is $30. T-Shirts are available for purchase. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

Other teams participating this year include Team Babson, Yates, Walk Ins Welcome, Soles of Medfield, Eliot Church XC, and others.

UCC Medfield welcomes new runners on the team. If you’d like to know more, email Rich Frank at richardfrank02@yahoo.com “We’re open to have anyone join our team,” he says.

New Life 5K Trail Run – 5/8 in person, or now – 5/8 virtual

From Tod Dimmick –

Courtesy Photo of the UCC Medfield team at the New Life 5K Trail Run (Prepandemic)

UCC Medfield enters the New Life 5k Trail Run

UCC Medfield has entered a team in the New Life 5k Trail Run since the event began. Rich Frank, an organizer of the team, says that the church is a passionate supporter of the mission of New Life Furniture Bank of MA. “Our team (and church) members love New Life Furniture Bank,” he said. “The largest portion of our annual giving budget is directed towards housing/homelessness, and we have several ministries that serve those experiencing homelessness. New Life serves a critical need… and we’ve witnessed just how impactful that experience can be.”

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, New Life found a way to safely serve almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area.

To Frank, the big picture is important. He says, “New Life helps restore dignity to and removes a tremendous burden from their clients.”

This year, the 5k organizers hope that participants will have the choice of whether to participate in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th.


New Life 5k Trail Run registration and information is available at  www.newlifefb.org/5k. There are discounts for teams of four or more, and new teams are welcome. The registration fee is $30. T-Shirts are available for purchase. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

Other teams participating this year include Team Babson, Yates, Walk Ins Welcome, Soles of Medfield, Eliot Church XC, and others.

UCC Medfield welcomes new runners on the team. If you’d like to know more, email Rich Frank at richardfrank02@yahoo.com “We’re open to have anyone join our team,” he says.

Soles of Medfield Running Club loves the New Life 5k Trail Run

This Running Club loves the New Life 5k Trail Run

By Tod Dimmick

Soles of Medfield Running Club is one many teams with deep local roots that will participate in the New Life 5k Trail Run. We asked John Trigg, one of the Club organizers, about Soles of Medfield, and why they love this particular event.

Trigg said that Soles of Medfield has members from all around the “greater Medfield” area, including Medfield, Millis, Sherborn, Norfolk, Walpole and other towns. “We started as a loose collection of friends and neighbors training for a half marathon in 2015, and the team snowballed from there,” he said. He added that what evolved from a mailing list to a Facebook group is now a formal non-profit running club with a regular schedule of runs of all lengths. Trigg says team members come from all experience levels; from ‘couch to 5k’ to ultramarathoners. He said, “We’re just here to provide community and support.”

“The New Life 5k Trail Run is one of our favorite events,” Trigg said. “Not only is the event local, and benefits such a great organization, but the route and use of the state hospital sets it apart from just about every other 5K.  The course is challenging, but provides great scenery all the way around. Runners of all levels will enjoy it.” Trigg said he loves that the New Life 5K Trail Run benefits the mission of the New Life Furniture Bank of MA.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality, gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, New Life found a way to safely serve almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area.

This year, the 5k organizers hope that participants will have the choice of whether to participate in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th.


New Life 5k Trail Run registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5k, with discounts for teams of four or more.  New teams are welcome. The registration fee is $30. T-Shirts are available for purchase. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

Other teams participating this year include Team Babson, Yates, Walk Ins Welcome, UCC Medfield Trail Blazers, Eliot Church XC, and others.

Soles of Medfield welcomes new members. Learn more at solesofmedfield.com and on Facebook and Instagram. Questions are welcome at solesofmedfield@gmail.com. “Maybe run with us to see if you like who we are and our runs,” Trigg suggests. “Come find people to run with.”

New Life 5k Trail Run Update

From Tod Dimmick –

Here’s an update on the New Life 5k Trail Run. Six teams have entered already!

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New Life 5k Trail Run Update

Now is the time to register for the 2021 New Life 5K Trail run. The event is open for runners, walkers and everyone in between. Participants have the choice of registering to run in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th. Each year the event brings out hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Last year, the “Virtual 5k” was a tremendous success, after organizers offered one of the first virtual races in Massachusetts. Virtual runners participated last year from as far away as Australia!

The in-person component will only occur if Massachusetts moves into the stage of Phase 4 that allows Road Races.  The organizers will determine whether or not the in-person event will occur by April 30th (If the in-person event is not permitted, in-person registrations will become virtual registrations). The in-person 5k Trail Run will include measures to ensure safe participation, such as staggered start times throughout the day on May 8th.   

The virtual component will be structured much like last year. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava, and then complete their route anytime between April 17 and May 8. Participants can log their times on RaceWire. On May 9, results will be posted and awards will be given.

The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA, which collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. New Life has remained vigilant throughout the pandemic and has continued to serve people in need by finding creative and safe ways to operate online and with minimal contact.  In 2020, New Life served almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property to donate their gently used goods and furniture. 

New Life 5k Trail Run registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5k, with discounts for teams of four or more.  New teams are welcome. The registration fee is $30, and T-Shirts are available for purchase. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

New Life 5k Virtual Trail Run

From Tod Dimmick for the New Life Furniture Bank –

The 2021 New Life 5K hopes to offer both virtual and in-person components


The fourth annual New Life 5K Trail Run will take place this spring. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness.

The New Life 5k in all its forms is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between.  Each year the event brings out hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Last year, the “Virtual 5k” was a tremendous success, after organizers offered one of the first virtual races in Massachusetts. Virtual runners participated last year from as far away as Australia. This year, the organizers hope that participants will have the choice of whether to participate in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th.


The in-person component will only occur if Massachusetts moves into the stage of Phase 4 that allows Road Races.  The organizers will determine whether or not the in-person event will occur by April 30th (If the in-person event is not permitted, in-person registrations will become virtual registrations). The in-person 5k Trail Run will include measures to ensure safe participation, including staggered start times throughout the day on May 8th.   

The virtual component will be structured much like last year. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava, and then complete their route anytime between April 17 and May 8. Participants can log their times on RaceWire. On May 9, results will be posted and awards will be given.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. New Life has remained vigilant throughout the pandemic and has continued to serve people in need by finding creative and safe ways to operate online and with minimal contact.  In 2020, New Life served almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property to donate their gently used goods and furniture.

Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5k, with discounts for registration before April 12, and for teams of four or more.  The registration fee is $25 “early bird” and $30 regular. T-Shirts will be available for an additional fee. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

2020 Virtual Angel Run & Fundraiser

2020 Virtual Angel Run & Fundraiser

Join us for the 15th year of The MFi Angel Run, we’re going Virtual this year! Run anytime, anywhere between the dates of Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) through Sunday, December 6th, 2020 to support the MFi Angel Run and maintain a safe physical distance.

Your registration donation to the MFi Angel Run directly supports residents in need right here in Medfield and this year that need is greater than ever. The Angel Run helps raise thousands of dollars that is put back into the community to help people who have come upon hard times. Your registration helps make a difference in the lives of so many people. If a virtual 5K is not your thing, please register as a donation to the MFi during this unprecedented time.

Registration for the virtual Angel Run is now open

Sam Aronson, of StringKing Lacrosse and MHS Class of 2011 Donates 2,000 Masks

From Carol Read –

String King face masks

Chief Carricon and Chief Guerette holding donated masks.

2,000 masks donated by Sam Aronson, of StringKing Lacrosse and Medfield High Class of 2011

String King Lacrosse, of LA, CA was founded by Jake McCampbell, Medfield High School Class of 2007 and Luke Aronson, Medfield High School Class of 2005 (cousins).  Sam Aronson joined the company after graduating from Tufts in 2015.

Still time to enter

New Life Virtual 5k

New Life Virtual 5k open to May 10

The New Life Virtual 5K is still open for runners, walkers and more through May 10. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.

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. Teams or individuals may even choose to row 5k on erg machines, or to bike. Entrants complete their personal 5k anytime up to 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. Participants are encouraged to post photos with the hashtag #NewLifeStillRunning or send an email to trailrun@newlifefb.org. Over 250 people have already registered for the event, including runners from as far away as Melbourne, Australia.

The Virtual 5k offers an important opportunity for supporters who seek a way 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 Ron Yates, co-founder of New Life Furniture Bank. “That’s especially important right now. And, running in the virtual 5k is a healthy thing to do. Everyone wins.”  

The Virtual 5k 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.”

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for local residents who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

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.

new life virtual 2020

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.”

new life 2020

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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