Marx Running wishes to thank all the people that made the Run for Bauman a success. With just mediocre registration numbers a week before the event, Chelmsford and its surrounding communities pulled together and turned this run into something special. Through Facebook and word-of-mouth, registration numbers began to grow rapidly in the final few days. With local news wires picking up the story and local celebrities spreading the word on Twitter, a final surge brought in over 100 entries the day before the race. Race morning, another 80 people signed up, many of whom made donations above the required entry fee, bringing the total number of registrants to approximately 500 (not everyone ran, many people bought entries just for contribution purposes). People from Chelmsford to New York to Florida participated in the Run for Bauman. When all was said and done, approximately $9,000 was raised for the Bucks for Bauman charity. The strength and heroic acts Jeff Bauman has shown in the days, weeks and months since the attacks inspired many people to support this event. His recovery was detailed closely in a recent New York Times article, where Bauman exhibits true courage and bravery.
The race itself was appropriately won by a Chelmsford resident, Peter Omae, who completed the 2.62 mile event in 13:18. The women’s title was also kept in Chelmsford thanks to Kara Haas, running a speedy time of 15:51. Runners of all ability levels took part in this event. A total of 444 runners/walkers crossed the finish line in the intense 90 degree heat and humidity. Many runners signed a giant card for Bauman, giving words of encouragement and praise. The after-party at the Chelmsford Senior Center was also well-attended. Race participants and volunteers celebrated Bauman’s heroic recovery and took pride in supporting his cause. The race director, Josh Andrews, a lifelong Chelmsford resident and distance runner, hopes to make the Run for Bauman an annual event. New England Cable News also gave a brief summary of the the Run for Bauman. Once again, we want to thank all those who participated, volunteered, or donated. It was truly an inspiring day.