On Sunday May 12th the Melrose Running Club held their Melrose Run for Women Mother’s Day race at Pine Banks Park in Melrose.
943 runners and walkers participated in the 15th running/walking of this women only race. Over 1003 women and girls had signed up for the race but some lingering showers kept 60 people from participating. That is a 94% participation rate. Very nice.
The race is organized and managed by the Melrose Running Club (MRC) with race director Liz Tassinari, assisted by a dedicated race committee and team of volunteers. I was amazed at the number of volunteers at this event and it became very obvious to me how important volunteers are for an event of this size. The goal of this event is to raise funding for Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV). If we had to pay each of our volunteers even a small stipend the support that the MRC is able to provide to MAAV would be greatly reduced.
I would like to personally thank Liz and her organizing committee, all of the volunteers and the Town of Melrose for their time and efforts in producing this event. I would also like to thank all of the local businesses, the Town of Melrose and individuals who contributed money, food and time to this effort.
MAAV is a domestic violence prevention and education organization serving the Greater Melrose community. Founded in 1995, MAAV provides a number of important services and programs to the greater Melrose community. As evidenced by the un-ending string of violent acts, both domestic and public, being committed across our country the need for an organization such as MAAV has never been more evident.
The MRC has been supporting MAAV since 1996 and has provided over $130,000 in funding since then. This would not be possible without the support of the community and all of the hundreds of walkers and runners who come out each year to enjoy a great race and make a contribution to their communities. Thank you!
Here is the link to Melrose Run for Women photos by Jim Rhoades.