The Mattapoisett Road Race Committee recently met to continue preparations for its 43rd 5-mile run to be held July 4 at 9:00 am. The Race Committee is chaired by Bill Tilden, ORRHS Athletic Director.
Since its conception, the Race Committee has given over $120,000 in awards to graduating seniors from ORR High School who have been involved in running. Highlights for this year’s race are Core Performance Tech T-shirts for the runners, sale of “Future Runner” shirts the day before and day of the race and recognition of the most spirited spectators! Every year spectators have been a huge component of the race with their cheering, decorations, displays of T-shirts and live musical renditions!
Community merchants from the Tri-Town area continue to be most generous in their support with donations and sponsors of T-shirts. The Committee wishes to extend its appreciation to our current supporters:
Barley Family Healthcare & Rehab, Bars Inc., Bartlett Gardens, Bat Club/BCM Country Club, Body in Balance, Colonial Shutterworks, DG Service Co., Dr. David Chesney, Muldoon Family Dentistry, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, G.H. Dunn Insurance, Hiller Fuels, How on Earth, Howard Stillman Bates Foundation, The Inn at Shipyard Park, Jack Conway & Co, Marion dental Health Associates, Nick’s Pizza, On The Go, Panino’s, Peter Briggs, Ins., Robert Paul Properties, Screen Works, State Fruit, Suffolk Construction Co., Tomlinson & O’Neil, Town Wharf General Store, Village Package Store, Village Signs, Ying Dynasty and No Kidding.
This year, online registrations must be completed by June 26, and mail-in registrations must be postmarked by June 24. Runners can also sign up at Shipyard Park on July 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm or on July 4 from 7:30 to 8:30 am.
Please go to www.mattapoisettroadrace.com for information regarding mail-in or online registration.
Mattapoisett Road Race Reflections
As the annual Mattapoisett Road Race approaches, participants may be wondering where are Road Race Scholarship recipients now. How did their scholarships impact their futures? For the next few weeks, we will feature past recipients and what they have been doing since graduating from high school. If other recipients are willing to share what they have been doing, information can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Flaherty Hall (1998) attended Wheaton College, where she majored in English and Political Science. She continued to run track and was captain her senior year. After getting her MAT at Boston College, Megan taught English and Social Studies in Newton. In 2011, she earned a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and has been an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Newton school system. She also coached track and soccer and has run in the Boston Marathon. This summer, Megan and her husband will be returning to the Mattapoisett area.
In 2001, Douglas Hickey received a Road Race Scholarship, which he used to attend the University of Virginia, where he majored in Economics and Government. During his time at UVA Doug was a four-year member of the triathlon and cycling teams. Currently, he works for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Doug continues to participate in road races and triathlons. Now, he is training for his second Ironman Triathlon. It is noteworthy that Doug ran his first Mattapoisett Road Race as a first-grader and ran every year until he graduated from high school.
Annice Correia graduated from high school in 2003 and went on to Providence College. In 2007, she graduated with a major in Social Science and a minor in Public and Community Service Studies. After college, Annice volunteered with AmeriCorps. She served in Denver, where she coordinated an alternative sentencing program for women. Following her volunteer work, Annice went on to NYU, where she received a Masters in Education and Social Policy. Currently, she is program manager for MIT’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative.
It is obvious the Mattapoisett Road Race Scholarships benefit students in meaningful ways. Those who participate in the Road Race are responsible for helping numerous young people pursue their educational goals. To everyone who runs, thank you.