HARWICH – Never underestimate moms with a mission. Seven years ago a group of Harwich moms with young children wanted to find a way to keep themselves and their children fit, so they started meeting in the early mornings for a walk/run, building up their endurance until they were ready for a full-fledged 5K.
“The McCourt Race was the first race we ever ran,” said Joanne Logie, adding that disappointment set in when the moms were told it was the final race. Then someone suggested Logie and friends take it over, and the Harwich 5K Road Race was born.
“We started with the mission of keeping kids moving, and all the money raised goes back to the town for kids' fitness programs,” Logie said.
On June 25 the event enjoyed its seventh running thanks to Logie of New England Vacation Rentals, Jeremy Gingras and Cyndi Williams of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, Kristen Crooker of Coastal Landscaping, and longtime volunteer Peggy Rose.
Runners and walkers of all ages took to the streets of Harwich Port at 9:30 a.m., celebrating their successes at the traditional after party held at Ember.
“We wanted it to be a small-town family event that felt like Mayberry,” said Logie. “There are families that have come every year for the race.”
Harwich 5K Top Five Overall Finishers
1. Geoff Nelson, Providence, RI
2. Zachary von Reitzenstein, New York, NY
3. Ryan Richer, Harwich
4. Michael Demayo, Harwich
5. Mike Barrera, Canton
Harwich 5K Category Winners
Overall Female - Andrea Wideberg, Canton
Overall Male - Geoff Nelson, Providence, RI
Top Female 1-7: Meg Willis, Harwich
Top Female 8-14: Brianna Gilchrist, Canton
Top Female 15-19: Caroline Fish, Osterville
Top Female 20-29: Krista Carlson, Medfield
Top Female 30-39: Chrissie Classen, Albany, NY
Top Female 40-49: Kimberly Robbins, South Chatham
Top Female 50-59: Kathy Gustafson, Dennis
Top Female 60-69: Sidney Letendre, Florence, MA
Top Female 70-99: Martha Edwards, South Yarmouth
Top Male 1-7: Tripp Overbay, Harwich Port
Top Male 8-14: Ben Haber, Harwich
Top Male 15-19: Zachary von Reitzenstein, New York, NY
Top Male 20-29: Michael Demayo, Harwich
Top Male 30-39: Joshua Keating, Charlestown
Top Male 40-49: Dave Fay, Dennis
Top Male 50-59: Steve Masi, Harwich
Top Male 60-69: Brian Igoe, Waltham
Top Male 70-99: David Baker, Hyannis
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