35th Pat Polletta 2 Mile Rail-Trail Race
The 35th Annual Pat Polletta 2 Mile Rail-Trail Race will be run at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Winner’s Circle, just off the Route 110 exit of Route 95, in Salisbury, MA on Salisbury’s Ghost Trail, a course of packed-gravel.
Pat Polletta, an Amesbury resident, ran three marathons in the 1930s and 40s. He was paralyzed by an injury sustained while working at sea. Pat Polletta spearheaded the creation of the first girls’ track program in the Merrimack Valley and coached the Amesbury High School cross-country and track teams for many years. He was a life-long advocate of fitness as a powerful means to build self-esteem and empower young people. The most remarkable thing about Polletta, who died in 2005 at the age of 94, was that he did not let anything get in his way; not old age, and certainly not paralysis.
To honor the legacy of Pat Polletta, new in 2013, an Adaptive Athletes race category has been added. Race proceeds to benefit the Amesbury High School running programs and to Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, a public charity that enriches the quality of life of people with disabilities through opportunities for year-round sport & recreation www.AdaptiveSportsPartners.org
Awards to: Top 3 male & female Overall Winners; Top 3 Adaptive Athletes; Top 3 male & female finishers in age groups: 12 & under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80+
Special Thanks to our Sponsors: The Provident Bank, Institution for Savings, UMG Bulk Energy, Coca-Cola, Sal’s Pizza, Woodstock Inn Brewery, Runner’s Alley, Thibault Custom Carpentry & Remodeling, Rockingham Auto Repair, James R. Banyas Antiques, Price’s WoodFloors, Forsythe Capentry, National Property Inspections, Home Bodies Fitness, Paul Anthony Awards, Cannon Mountain, Yankee Runner.
Entry Fee Structure: Pre-Entry: $20.00. After June 19 $25.00.
T-Shirts: To the first 150 registered runners.
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|The Pat Polletta 2 Miler will be the third race in WCRC’s own Speed Series 4-3-2-1, preceded by the April Fool’s 4 Miler and the Run for the Roses 5K, and followed by the High Street Mile. In fact, you can register for all four of these WCRC races at once by registering for the Speed Series – “It’s all about running faster.”|