Saturday, 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 the Marist Preparatory 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! 120