, Salem, MA


November 9, 2013

Letter: Frolic runners, volunteers braved the rain

To the editor:

On behalf of the entire Fall Frolic Planning Committee, we would like to thank all the runners, walkers, joggers, strollers, sponsors and volunteers who came down to Lynch Park on that rainy Sunday, Oct. 6, to be part of the fourth annual Fall Frolic 5k & Kids Fun Run. The event was another great success and brought together friends and families from across our city and beyond! We are excited to share that this year’s Fall Frolic 5k & Fun Run broke all previous records. We had 511 registrants for the 5k and more than 100 kids ran the half-mile Fun Run. Volunteers were great, friends and neighbors lined the streets and cheered — and this was all in the rain! Thanks goes out to everyone who helped make this the best Fall Frolic yet.

Despite the challenge of the weather, principals, teachers, parents, students, grandparents and friends came to Lynch Park early that Sunday morning. The event began four years ago to build unity among Beverly’s five elementary schools, encourage fitness and the love of running, and “maybe raise some money.” It has evolved into a wonderful community tradition and significant fundraiser for our public elementary schools. The Fall Frolic is a motivator, a fundraiser and a confidence and team builder — for many who participate, this is their first 5k.

The commitment of the community and runners that participate continue to overwhelm us. Once again the day was cold and rainy and still you came! The kids who had trained for weeks through their school-wide running clubs. The parents, friends, principals and teachers who stood in the rain with raincoats and umbrellas cheering. The volunteers who didn’t roll over on that cold rainy morning but instead headed to Lynch to “man their post.” And the neighbors along the route who stood in their driveways and porches, ringing cowbells and clapping loudly to give the runners the encouragement to run. You were all terrific! Thank you!

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