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August 15, 2013

Letter: To the Bridge and back

To the editor:

On a beautiful August Sunday morning, Heritage Days in Salem was kicked off by nearly 400 runners, volunteers and spectators who took to the streets of Salem and Beverly for the first Bridge & Back 10K run to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

The Bridge & Back 10K race gives a nod to the original Heritage 10K road race that kicked off Heritage Week in Salem for about 35 years before ending in the 1990s.

On behalf of the more than 1,000 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, thank you to all the runners who participated in our inaugural event, which spanned the cities of Salem and Beverly. It marked the first road race to use the Sgt. James Anthony Ayube II bypass road and the challenging Salem/Beverly Bridge.

This community event would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. Major sponsors include the Tavern in the Square, New England Running Company and Sam Adams. Additional sponsors include B&S Fitness, North Shore Road Race Guide, Boston Herald, Saucony, Tee Time Grill, Nelson Gagnon of Rooter-Man To The Rescue, East Boston Savings Bank, Kaloutas Painting, the Stephen M. O’Grady Foundation, Hint Water and Yasso Frozen Yogurt.

We are grateful to the many volunteers who donated their morning to volunteer, including: Tim Short, Beth O’Grady, Mara Mendlesohn, Denise Ramsdell, TR Ramsdell, Stephanie Haygard, Amy Walsh, Melissa Barker, Lisa Kelly, Patty Gouthro, Kelly Morris, Peter Graves, Lauren Gabel, Julie Arrison, Amy Walsh, Susan Hennessey, Sheila Chandler, Susan Frasca, Michele Campbell, Richard Stafford, Jonal Roberts, Andre Daley, Ricky Arias, Bryan Martinez, Emily Arias, Marc Gomez, Alex Sanchez, Juandry Canela, Jeffrey Maldonado. Special thanks to Gif Campbell for the great photos he took on the course, the Salem and Beverly Police for keeping our runners safe and controlling traffic during the race, and the Salem and Beverly residents who cheered along and encouraged our runners on the course.

Again, thank you to everyone for making this a fantastic inaugural event to benefit programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

Doug Bollen

Bridge & Back 10K Race Director

Joanne Scott

Executive Director

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem

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