NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The morning of Jan. 1 dawned clear, cold and windy – perfect running weather in the minds of more than 200 people who participated in the town of Northbridge’s inaugural 1st Day 5K.
Well, maybe not “perfect” running weather. “That cold wind coming back was awful,” said Chamber of Commerce President Jeannie Hebert, catching her breath after her run.
Runners aren’t daunted by cold weather. “If it’s above 30 degrees it’s shorts weather for runners,’’ said Brad Waterson, who ran the race in a kilt accompanied by his young son Matthew.
Steven Holm said starting a new year with a run is a good start to a resolution. He ran the race with his son Christian, his son’s second race.
The race was organized by Alex and Megan Rogozenski, owners of MRA Multisport of Northbridge and the running club that grew from the business. Their hope is it will become an annual event, and with 220 runners signed on by the start of the race at 11 a.m., that hope gained traction.
“After just a month of planning, this is great,’’ said Alex Rogozenski as he cheered runners over the finish line. His wife and two of their children ran the race, which was a family affair for many, one of the benefits of a relatively short race, he said.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Graduation, a committee of parents planning an all-night graduation party for their children who graduate from Northbridge High School this year.
Operation Graduation volunteers manned registration and water and refreshment stations for the race.
Race results will be posted on www.racewire.com and www.coolrunning.com when they become available.