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Once again this fall, hundreds of feet traversed the beautiful,
wooded route of MCC's third annual Fitness Trail 5K Challenge.
And, for the first time, two Middlesex students nabbed the top
honors, setting course records in the process.
On the first Saturday in October, MCC hosts its annual 5K
run/walk on the Bedford campus. The 3.1-mile course utilizes the
nearby Bedford Rail Trail, as well as the network of trails that
winds between campus buildings and nearby Route 3. This year, a
glorious fall day brought nearly 100 community members to
campus to join staff, faculty and students for the road race.
Two fleet-footed students were the first to cross the finish line.
Alexis Andujar
of Lowell, came in first in the Men's Division
with a new course record of 18 minutes flat. Five seconds behind
him was
Nathan McCarthy
. The two are former Lowell High
School Cross Country Team running partners.
For the third year in a row, MCC's own
Lisa Doucette
, director of
grant development, grabbed top honors for the Women's Division
with a time of 23:42, finishing in 12th place overall.
"The best thing about this race is the opportunity to show our
community partners what a jewel we have here on the Bedford
campus," said Jonathan Crockett, MCC coordinator of athletics,
health & wellness.
"Even people who have lived in Bedford or Billerica all their lives
often don't realize these trails are back there," he added. "This race
provides a healthy, family friendly outlet to explore a hidden
treasure that's right here in their own neighborhoods."
All proceeds from the Fitness Trail 5K Challenge benefit the
Middlesex Community College Foundation. Mark your calendars
now and start training for next year's race, already set for Saturday,
Oct. 5, 2013!
Patrick Cook