, Salem, MA


April 26, 2013

On The Run column: Sticking together in a time of crisis


Earlier this week, about 200 runners gathered at New England Running Co. in Beverly for an impromptu 3-mile run to honor Stephen Woolfenden of Salem and his son Leo, who were injured at the Boston Marathon finish line. The event started with a simple post on New England Running Co.’s Facebook page, but it quickly caught on with local runners who wanted to do something for the family and provide donations to the Woolfenden Family Fund. There were many runners from the Wicked Running Club, of which Stephen’s wife Amber is a member, as well as folks who didn’t even know the family. The runners showed up, some with their children, on a chilly Monday night and made their way along Route 1A into Wenham and back.

It was a simple but meaningful gesture, and it illustrated how the running community, and the North Shore in general, responds in a crisis.

We keep running, and we run together.


On the Run is a biweekly column about the North Shore running scene. Send any questions, comments, or news to

Upcoming races

Saturday: Second Annual Run for Ricey 5K, Brown Elementary School, 150 Lynn St., Peabody, 8:30 a.m. New for 2013: Firefighter division. Chip-timed 5K also includes a 1-mile walk. Contact: Lisa O Connell (James Rice Memorial Fund) at 1-978-532-2645 or email

Sunday: 17th Annual North Shore Wellness Fair 5K, Salem State University O Keefe Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Flat and fast USATF-certified course, chip-timed, awards for SSU affiliates. Contact: Joseph Dunn (Salem State University Wellness Center) at 1-978-542-6537 or email

Lynn YMCA 5k Road Race, Tides Restaurant, 2 Wilson Road, Nahant, 12 p.m. Flat, fast course with post race celebration at Tides Restaurant. Contact: Sharon Dobbyn (Lynn YMCA) at 1-781-581-3105 x244 or

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