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Mary-Jo Griffin (left), Director of Outreach
& Development, with
Middlesex President Carole Cowan.
Middlesex Admissions representatives
staffed the information booth.
Jonathan Crockett, Coordinator Fitness,
Recreation & Student Activities,
with his daughter, Julia.
October 2, 2010
Enthusiastic Runners Made
College History in MCC's
40th Anniversary Road Race
Under a cloudless sky on a glorious October day, nearly 100 brave souls ventured
onto and around the Bedford campus to participate in the MCC Fitness Trail
5K Challenge.
Another in a series of events celebrating the college's 40th anniversary, this was
the first college-organized off-road race and the first time the new Middlesex
Fitness Trail was used for a competitive race.
The Fitness Trial, a two-mile network of trails with 10 Fit-Trail stations, opened
in 2009. It links to the 200-mile Bay Circuit Trail, which runs from Duxbury to
Plum Island. Traversing the woods and meadows of what is now MCC's 200-
acre Bedford campus, the trails were originally created when the property was
a Marist Brothers seminary. One beautiful loop circles a frog pond, which the
Brothers used as a swimming hole and skating rink!
On race day, an army of MCC volunteers welcomed runners young and old.
Scott Spence, of Groton, crossed the finish line first in the men's division, and
MCC's Lisa Doucett, of Andover, came in first for the women.
It was truly a family friendly event. Lively music by the Roaring Jelly contra-
dance band kept everybody in step, while kids raced around the campus quad
in the Family Fun Run. Activities, from bubble blowing to face painting, kept
the little ones entertained throughout the morning.
Many thanks to the Trail Committee, including: Christopher Fiori, Melissa
Troche, Judith Wong, Kimberly Burns, Phyllis Gleason, Steven Hatch,
Christine Martin-Roque, Elise Martin, Frank Morande, Joseph Patuto, Alice
Rouse and Gina Spaziani, and to the Middlesex Marketing & Publications
Department for publicizing the event throughout the Merrimack Valley.
Miles of praise go to Jonathan Crockett, MCC's Coordinator of Fitness,
Recreation & Student Activities, who put all the pieces together to make the
Fitness Trail 5K Challenge such a huge success.
For many of those running, this event was their first time competing. Judging
by comments made afterwards, they are already looking forward to next year's
race. At MCC, we just keep on running!
Patrick Cook