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A 5K RUN & WALK IN MEMORY OF SUE WILLAND ON HER 57TH BIRTHDAY!
Date: June 25, 2022
Location: Parker Middle School, Chelmsford, MA
Start Time: 10AM
Description: Please join us in celebration of Sue Willand on the morning of June 25th for a 5K run/walk or 1.4 mile walk in her hometown of Chelmsford. Sue loved to run in local community road races having participated in hundreds over the course of her life. We invite you to join us in remembering Sue by doing what she loved to do on what would have been her 57th birthday. We welcome everyone to join and encourage strollers and our 4 legged friends to participate as well. (Dogs must be on a leash at all times)
Packet Pickup/Race Day Reg: Available on race day only from 8:30AM to 10AM.
$20 until 3/31
$25 until 4/30
$30 through 6/18
$35 on race week
$40 on race day
Youth 15 & Under and 1.5 Mile Walk – $20 (no price increase)
Team Category: Own a business? Part of a running club? This is an easy and fun way to recruit your friends. Teams must consist of at least 3+ people. Prizes will be awarded for the largest & fastest team.
Course: Starting and ending at Parker Middle School in Chelmsford, MA
Course goes along Graniteville Road, turns right on School Street, then right on Crooked Spring Rd
Then it will turn right on Radcliffe Rd, around Charlemont Ct back to Radcliffe Rd, and back to Crooked Spring Rd. It will finish back at the Parker Middle School parking lot on the opposite side.
Walkers have the option to do a shorter trail walk (1.5 miles), going only to Castlewood Dr. from the starting line to Radcliffe Rd then down Princess to end back at the start rather than where the 5K finishes. Walkers can have strollers and/or dogs.
Visit www.high5em.com for a course map
Swag: All pre-registered participants by 6/1 will be guaranteed to receive a custom commemorative event t-shirt.
Top 3 M/F finishers
1st M/F in each of the following age groups: 12-Under, 13-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Largest Team - Participation
Fastest Team - Cumulative score for the top 3 fastest runners, 1 must be a female
Post Race Festivities: Entertainment and an assortment of food/drink will be available, including non alcoholic beer from Athletic Brewing, Kate's Real Bars and more.
Beneficiary: 100% of the net proceeds will be allocated to a variety of charities that were special to Sue.
Donations: Can't make the event, but would like to make a donation? Follow this link: click here
Weather: This event will take place rain or shine! There will be no refunds.
Event Contact: High5EM | 978-594-7050 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional race information can be found at http://www.high5em.com.
In December of 2019, Susan Willand saved her boyfriend after he suffered a stroke while sleeping and then cared for him in the hospital over the next several days. Then, very unexpectedly, Sue went missing without a word to anyone. Her family, friends, community, and the Chelmsford police launched a massive search for her. It is with deep sadness to say that Sue had unfortunately drowned in the local river, and was found in January of 2020.
Sue was an amazing person, a beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She raised her daughter as a single mother helping her all the way through college and beyond. She was a caring sister who maintained close relationships with her siblings and relatives, hosting dinners and parties all the time. She was the cool aunt, who took her nieces and nephews to concerts and races and baseball games. Sue was the life of the party making close friendships everywhere she went, while supporting friendships from her childhood. One of the most prominent characteristics of Sue was her love of running, especially running races.
We aren’t sure just how many races Sue participated in, we have a box of bibs she collected with over 67 bibs, and we know there were more. Sue ran for charities, especially breast cancer research races in honor of her mother who passed away from breast cancer. Sue even traveled to Dublin Ireland with her boyfriend to run a 5k. There seems to be no better way to honor Sue’s exuberant life than to do what she loved to do on what would have been her 57th birthday.
Smiles for Miles was conceived by Sue’s close family members in February of 2020 with the hopes of having the first 5k in June of that year. Of course, all plans changed with the COVID pandemic shutting our world down. Over the last two years, Sue's family continued to make plans for the 5k to happen and were thrilled when everything came together for June of 2022. And to have the inaugural 5k on Sue’s birthday is a wonderful way to celebrate her life!
Smiles for Miles is a non-profit effort by Sue’s family to honor her memory and celebrate her life with family, friends, and community doing what Sue loved in life. All profits from this event will go to local charities in Sue’s honor.
To learn more about Sue, please check out her remembrance page on Facebook @suewmemory or her obituary here https://memorials.blakefuneralhome.com/susan-willand/4077939/
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