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Fall for the Fells 5K and Fall Festival a Success!

Fall for the Fells 5K and Fall Festival a Success!

November 10th, Medford, MA- On Sunday, November 6th Whole Foods Market, together with the Friends of the Fells and Medford Family Network hosted the first annual Fall for the Fells 5K and Festival at Medford High School. The event included a 5K trail run with over three hundred registered runners, a kid’s fun run, family activities organized by Knucklebones, dozens of food vendors and food trucks. All proceeds went to benefit the Friends of the Fells. An estimated one thousand people attended.

13 and under winners. Congrats!

13 and under winners. Congrats!

And they're off! Check out our very own Mustang of the Fells, Zach (who ultimately came in 2nd overall) leading the charge!

And they’re off! Check out our very own Mustang of the Fells, Zach (who ultimately came in 2nd overall) leading the charge!

Neil Anderson, Executive Director for Friends of the Fells: “What a great inaugural event this was! Our volunteers were terrific! The runners enjoyed the course immensely and the kids had fun all why celebrating the beautiful Middlesex Fells Reservation. We can’t wait to do it again!”

Matthew Robertson, Community Relations for Whole Foods Market: “The goal of this event was to bring our communities together. We wanted to celebrate healthy, active lifestyles during the beautiful New England foliage. Huge appreciations go out to everyone who attended to help support an amazing community organization and helping make this year’s event a huge success!”

Catherine Pedemonti, ongoing Community Partner at Friends of Fresh Pond: “The kids’ race at Fall for the Fells was a joy to behold! Kids excited about nature, about the Fells. Kids moving their bodies. Families together, outside, on the weekend, in the Fells. Yet another great example of Friends of the Fells building the future generation of stewards of  our local green spaces.”          

And some shots from the festival after:

Participants check out sponsors and vendors at the festival. Thank you, all!

Participants check out sponsors and vendors at the festival. Thank you, all!

Thank you, Knucklebones and CATS Academy!

Thank you, Knucklebones and CATS Academy!

                                                  

The partnership between Whole Foods Market and the Friends of the Fells has been ongoing. This past summer the Arlington, Medford, Melrose and Woburn store locations hosted a 5% Day fundraiser and raised a combined $13,000 for the nonprofit. This year’s Fall for the Fells event profited approximately $3,000, which will go towards youth initiatives and stewardship programs.

In addition to our ever generous title sponsors Whole Foods, we’d like to thank fellow sponsors Marathon Sports, Honest Kids, Hulafrog, Body Mind Systems, Winchester Savings Bank, Trailsigns, Keegan Werlin LLP, Fitness Together, Late July Snacks, Armstrong Ambulance Service, HUB, Tufts University, Tramontozzi Law Offices, and Health Warrior.

Hope to see you next year!

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Lindsay Beal

Lindsay Beal

Vice-Chair and Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Beal has been a Friends of the Fells volunteer since 2010 and joined the board in 2015.Her outdoor education began while growing up in Western MA in the foothills of the Berkshires, developed while leading hikes and backpacking trips around New England for children and teens, and continues today at the Friends of the Fells and beyond. She blogs about enjoying and protecting the outdoors over at PlaygroundHunt.com as well.
Lindsay Beal

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