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.
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:
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!