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36th Annual Pat Polletta 2 Mile Rail-Trail Race

Start of the 2013 Pat Polletta 2 Mile Trail Race

Start of the 2013 Pat Polletta 2 Mile Rail-Trail Race

The 36th Annual Pat Polletta 2 Mile Rail-Trail Race will be run at 6:30 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014 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. New in 2013, an Adaptive Athlete race category was added!  New for 2014, is a special Amesbury student awards category! Race proceeds to benefit Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, a public charity that enriches the quality of life of persons with disabilities through opportunities for year-round sport & recreation www.AdaptiveSportsPartners.org . The race is named for Pat Polletta, who 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. Polletta, who was paralyzed in his later years, did not let anything get in his way; not old age, and certainly not paralysis.  He was a life-long advocate of fitness as a powerful means to build self-esteem and empower young people.

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WCRC Runners and Volunteers Head to Mt Washington on June 21

WCRC waterstop volunteers at Mt Washington

WCRC waterstop volunteers at Mt Washington

The 2014 Mt. Washington Road Race will be held on Saturday June 21, on the Mt. Washington auto road. This year, the Winner’s Circle Running Club is sending a record group of 40 runners to “the Mountain” for a challenging run followed by a great post-race cookout. This is a lottery controlled event, so if you were not selected in the March lottery you can not run this year.

However, WCRC also staffs the first water stop on the mountain. Being first, the WCRC stop is a good one for volunteers: it is very busy (no hanging out needed) but for a relatively compact period of time since the runners are not yet fully spread out over the Mt. This is a great way to see the race and enjoy the post-race cookout/party at the base of the mountain.

If you would prefer to see the race from the summit, you can help out as a volunteer driver. Cars are sent to the top prior to the race in order to provide transportation to the runners headed back down after the finish. Often, WCRC has runners willing to send their cars to the top (in order to ensure rides back down) but with no one to drive them up. Note that generally you only have to drive up the Mt (the easy direction). The owner of the car will drive it back down (the hard direction). If you’d like to drive someone’s car to the top and watch the race finish from the summit, the easiest thing to do is to contact directly any WCRC member you know who is running and volunteer to drive their car or give them a ride down. Note that race rules only allow one person per car (the driver) on the way up prior to the race. Each car must bring at least 3 runners back down.

If you would like to be a WCRC volunteer at the Mt., contact Doug Zechel at doug@smilinwideatryeharbor.com.