by Joy Olaes Surprenant
It was a sunny day, Saturday, June 22, 2013, for the 20th Angino Memorial Road Race and Family Field Day. The event raised money for The One Fund Boston and the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA. We were glad to support both causes and enjoy the festivities!
After all, who doesn’t love face painting and a big bouncy house?
The past few years, Catching Joy has supported this fun, family friendly event. Catching Joy has set up tables and led kids making cards to cheer on the runners and thank the volunteers. It is a great community event and we’ve been glad to be a part of it. It was fantastic to see so many kids and families running and playing games, all for a good cause.
My son, Maxwell, geared up for the children’s races. He ran in the 8-9 year old group with several other boys and girls. The kids lined up at the starting line with determined faces, and they took off like rockets. Maxwell ran his fastest around the track. He focused on finishing strong.
Maxwell felt happy and proud to finish in First Place in his age division. He was not racing for himself, but running for The One Fund Boston, a cause close to home. Inspired by the marathon runners, the first responders, and the victims and their families that are recovering, Maxwell gave his best.
It may have been a small race, but it was for an important cause.
And this kid ran with swift feet and a big heart.