|THE 4TH ANNUAL CHIPMUNK RUN FOR ALS IS A SUCCESS!!||
March 01, 2010
Nipmuc Regional High School juniors Jeff Rogers and Conor Rielly announce the success of the Fourth Annual Chipmunk 5K for ALS, a road race held February 27 to raise money for The Angel Fund, an independent, non-profit charity benefiting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Research Center at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.
One hundred eighty runners and walkers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine raised over $3,000. The snowing event, held at the High School in Upton, featured t-shirts, refreshments, and awards.
On hand was The Angel Fund’s Chief Development Officer Ann Hadley, who praised the boys for all their hard work in fundraising for ALS research, and for promoting community awareness of the devastating disease.
Male Winner was Patrick Mullarkey of Mendon, with a time of 16:39. The Female Winner was Lisetta Shah (also the winner last year) of Newton with a time of 21:21, . Complete results are posted on coolrunning.com.
The accurately wheel-measured, USA Track & Field New England-sanctioned 3.1-mile road race was named “The Chipmunk 5K for ALS” after the successful Jimmy Kennedy “The Squirrel” Memorial Run for ALS held annually in Quincy in memory of Jimmy Kennedy, who died of ALS in 1997 at the age of 31. Jeff and Conor, members of Nipmuc’s DECA chapter, decided to continue the charity race started by their older brothers Daniel and Patrick three years ago, who are now away at college. The four events have raised more than $9,000 for ALS research.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, always fatal neuromuscular disease. ALS leads to muscle weakness and as it progresses, results in total paralysis and the inability to speak and swallow while the mind and senses remain intact. Research funds have helped uncover promising new therapies that may treat and possibly reverse ALS. This is significant not only for ALS but other neurodegenerative diseases.
Sponsors for the community event included Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, Milford Federal Savings & Loan Association, Upton Men’s Club, Phipps Insurance Agency, Milford National Bank and Trust Company, Hopkinton Physical Therapy, Meininger Family Chiropractic, Dean Bank, Law Offices of Gerard J. Levins, P.C., PR Running, and Kennedy Brothers Physical Therapy. Also on hand were the Upton Police Department, EMS, Nipmuc Regional High School Coach Richard Auger, National Anthem student singer Ashley Spindel, and many student and parent volunteers.
Conor and Jeff plan to direct the race again next year!