In each of the past five years, runners and supporters from Hamilton, across the North Shore and beyond have taken part in the day-after Thanksgiving road race known as Gabe’s Run.
Tomorrow’s sixth annual event, billed as the “Reunion Run,” promises to be no different.
The race, set up to honor and celebrate the life of former Hamilton-Wenham running star Gabriel Pacione, whose life was tragically cut short in the summer of 2008, just days before he was set to begin college at Dartmouth, will be held at Patton Park in Hamilton.
Hundreds of runners have already signed up for the women’s and men’s 5K races as well as a one-mile fun run. The women’s 5K race begins the festivities at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 9:45 a.m., the one-mile fun run at 10:30 a.m. and the awards and prizes being awarded at 11 a.m.
”There are going to be a few surprises at the end of the fun run,” said Jeff Pacione, Gabe’s father. “I’m not going to say what they are, but we decided to pump up the volume at the finish line. It’ll be very exciting as the runners are coming in.
”About 675 runners have already pre-registered. We’re on track and the race has steadily grown each year. A lot of people come out for the event, but some others travel for the holiday. If the weather’s good we usually get a good turnout. We expect another good crowd this (tomorrow).”
All proceeds go to Gabe’s Fund, which awards two scholarships annually: one to a college-bound senior from Hamilton-Wenham and the other to a member of a Cape Ann League school. The students selected encourage and inspire others the way Gabe did and also strive to attain high accomplishments.