Sunday, April 14, 2013
They include a mother of eight and a town official.
It is the ultimate marathon, the storied marathon, the marathon every long-distance runner dreams of participating in, and it happens to take place just just up the road in Boston. There are 10 residents of East Greenwich signed up to run in the 2013 Boston Marathon. Here are three of their stories. "My first marathon was Cox in 2008 and thought I would never do another one, until I realized I qualified for the Boston Marathon," recalled EG resident Krista Jarrell. "So the next year I ran Boston. This is my third Boston Marathon. I ran my first in 2009 and really enjoyed it. I wore a shirt that had my name and said mother of 8 with their picture on the back. People were cheering me the whole way." (Jarrell is indeed the mother of eight – …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Girls in grades 3 through 8 can join the 10-week program that culminates in taking part in a 5K run.
A running program for girls to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well being is starting up in East Greenwich and looking for girls and a few good coaches to help out. The program was started in North Carolina by a woman named Molly Barker, who wanted to encourage girls to feel good about themselves despite the many negative and unrealistic messages our culture puts out. She formed her first "Girls on the Run" group – just 13 girls – in 1996, and the concept blossomed and has moved from state to state. It started in Rhode Island a year ago and this fall five schools (involving a total of 73 girls) were offering the after-school program: Moses Brown, Lincoln, Gordon, Bay View, and Vartan Gregorian School. Kathleen Crain, the …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The second annual Turkey Trot drew more than 500 participants, including a turkey and an elf. EG Patch is looking for photos to help tell the story.
The second-annual Hill and Harbour Turkey Trot drew more than 500 participants and hundreds more well-wishers and spectators to downtown East Greenwich Saturday morning, Nov. 23. Here are some photos. If you were there and have more photos, I hope you'll upload them here (and add caption info). I'll be adding more photos later today.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The free Wednesday evening sessions are full of running, jumping, joyful children.
Something pretty cool is happening at EG High School's Carcieri Field Wednesday evenings in July. The East Greenwich Track Club is holding a summer camp of sorts for children age 4 to 14 ... for free. That's because it's paid for with the money raised in last spring's 5K Bunny Hop at Goddard Park. "That was the goal, we wanted to do this for free," said the track club's Cathy Millman. One thought behind the summer sessions was to just get kids active, said Millman. "Everyone can run, and what other sport can you do with kids 4 to 14 at the same time?" EGHS track team's Tom Sommer, one of the many track team volunteers, said, "This is so much fun. I never had this opportunity. They're making it a sport – it never was before."
The Cole Middle School student first made it to the finals in Hershey, Penn., as a 10-year-old.
Laura Murphy decided to go to the local Hershey Track & Field meet two years ago because people told her she was fast. The 12-year-old was fast. She won the local meet, then the state meet, and made it to the North American finals in Hershey, Penn., where she placed seveth overall in the 50 meters. It was a exciting experience and one Laura gets to repeat this weekend, because she has qualified again for the big meet. The program is sponsored by the Hershey Company (yep, the chocolate co.) and features more than 400 of the best young track and field athletes in North America, aged 9 to 14. This year, Laura won both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes at the Hershey state meet held at Rhode Island College on July 6, 2012. The winning times …
Monday, April 16, 2012
The race/walk at Goddard Park to benefit the EG Track Club had close to 400 participants.
EG phys ed teacher and track coach Peter Dion was already making calculations in his head about improvements for next year, but participants in Saturday’s first-annual EG Track Club Bunny Hop 5K at Goddard Park seemed to be enjoying the event just fine. In fact, so many people participated — around 400, according to estimates — they didn’t have enough t-shirts for everyone. They only ordered 300 t-shirts, thinking that would be plenty. And maybe it would have been, if the weather had been cold and rainy. But Saturday was sunny, with temperatures in the 60s. Families came out in droves. The morning started with a 1-mile fun run, followed by an egg hunt. The 500 eggs were scooped up in less than two minutes. The main event featured many …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Mark your calendar now — the Goddard Park fun run takes place April 14.
For a lot of years now, track in East Greenwich got no respect, as Rodney Dangerfield would say. Even with talent like Nick Ross (Class of 2010) and the current girls 4x4 relay team (3-time state champions), EG runners have been on the down low. That's changing, with running enthusiasts and parents getting involved to hold the first-ever Bunny Hop 5K on April 14 in Goddard Park. It's taking place under the auspices of the newly-formed East Greenwich Track Club. Cole P.E. teacher and EGHS track coach Peter Dion has been beating the drum for track and cross country for years. Now that EGHS has a new track, it seemed a good time, organizers thought, to push involvement in the sport. The 5K course will be familiar to those who've run 5Ks at …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Hassard's lifelong passions were running and coaching — he ran for Cranston West and URI, and coached at EGHS, Bryant University and U Iowa, as well as founding the R.I. Women's Track Club.
Friday, December 30, 2011
“It is a lot of miles,” says Camille Speca.
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make and even easier to break, since at least the making part requires conscious thought. But Camille Speca, who lives in the Hill & Harbour district, kept her resolution to run 1,200 miles in 2011. She ran her 1,200th mile on Dec. 26, five whole days early. “I’ve been running for a long time,” Speca said earlier this week. “I just wanted to make a goal and see how much I could do. I don't know why I picked 1,200, I just figured 100 a month would be a good goal.” A good goal, maybe, but no easy feat, since 1,200 miles a year works out to just under 3.3 miles a day. Every day. “It was kind of half hearted in the beginning but then I realized I was doing it,” Speca recounted. This being 2011, she credits a…
Monday, August 8, 2011
Both complete the first-ever Providence Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
More than 7,000 people participated in the Providence Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Sunday - two of them first-time distance runners from East Greenwich: Karen Lockhart, 17, and Kara Caldarone Abrams, 45. For Lockhart, who will be a senior this year at EGHS, it started as a Senior Project idea, but stayed alive even after she picked up something else for her project. For Caldarone Abrams, the race was in tribute to her father, Raymond Caldarone, who died exactly one year ago Sunday. For both, the run culminated months of training and despite the falling rain, their spirits afterward were soaring. “What an amazing race, amazing people, and an amazing challenge,” Caldarone Abrams said Sunday night. “Despite the heavy rain, it was incredible…