Joshua's Run? Terrific Run for a Great Cause

For many, autumn in New England is both the peak and the end of road race season. Joshua's Run gives true meaning to saving the best for last. Joshua's Run is on Sunday, October 23, 2010 in the coastal community of Scituate on Massachusetts Bay. This five mile race is among the most challenging, scenic and "feel good" races on the South Shore.

Located about 35 miles south of Boston, Scituate (pronounced sit-chew-it) is off the beaten path and perfect for a New England weekend day trip for a race and a stroll through the seaside town which features quaint shops and incredible restaurants.

The course starts off flat, and takes you up through Scituate's seaside neighborhoods. Runners should be prepared for this course to take their breath away, figuratively and literally. The "cliffs" are a true challenge, even to the most seasoned runners, but all are motivated by the photos of the "hill heroes" (photos of children who have been or are currently patients at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic). And if your effort hasn't made you short of breath by the time you've reached the top of these cliffs, the never-ending views of the Atlantic Ocean could just stop you in your tracks.

Joshua's Run, which is really three events in one, has something for every family member to enjoy. There is a Kids' Fun Run at 8:30 a.m.; a Two Mile Fun Run / Walk at 9:00 a.m.; with the Five Mile Cliff Challenge at 10:00.

This five- mile course, the "Cliff Challenge", is not for the faint of heart. The course is the perfect combination of flats and "climbs" allowing your body to "rest" in between the sets of hills. The end of the race is a fast, flat stretch of road that your legs will thank you for as you approach the finish. There will be great food and music at the post race party--a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The party features delicious food provided by FLIK and musical entertainment by local musician Matt Brown and friends.

Joshua's Run began in 1996 as a way to give back to the community that supported this local boy throughout his cancer diagnosis and successful treatment, and to raise funds for others like him. Over the years, a wonderful community of generous, philanthropic people has gathered to make a difference. One of these people was Scituate's beautiful Andrea Gaziano, who lost her heroic six year battle with cancer when she was fourteen years old. Andrea was a much loved member of our Joshua's Run community. Andrea is, in fact, the very reason this race goes on. Her story serves to strengthen the resolve of all who support this race and to carry on in her spirit and actively engage in the battle against childhood cancer.

"This is a spectacular race in every way," says Race Director, Esther Blacker, mother of Joshua, for whom the race was named. "Many people come for the challenge of the course, and then get hooked by the overwhelming emotion of it all."

The celebration of life at this race is palpable in every volunteer from registration, to water stops to the members of the local community who line the course. The photos of the "Hill Heroes" are strong motivation. As runners climb the hills and question whether or not they can make it to the top, the answer becomes clear at the sight of the kids' faces in the photos. The serve as "inspiration for the perspiration" as the saying goes, and perhaps even inspire some personal records at this autumn race.

All Joshua's Run proceeds are directed to The Andrea Gaziano Memorial Fund within The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This fund specifically benefits pediatric oncology research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Pre-registered entrants will automatically be entered into a special raffle! GREAT prizes for the top pledge earners! All participants are encouraged to raise $50+ for the battle against childhood cancers. All race fees and pledge donations are tax deductible and non refundable.

Joshua's Run has raised more than $365,000 since the race's inception in 1996 and this year they intend to bring that over the $400,000 mark, with the help of every runner. Participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can, either through a flat donation, collected pledges, proceeds from summer lemonade stands, garage sales, you name it. Run great and feel good...that's what Joshua's Run is all about--celebrating and embracing life's challenges. Register for Joshua's Run NOW and start training for a run that will both challenge and strengthen your heart and provide fuel for your soul.

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