Applefest 5K run/walk returns to Northborough roads


By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Runners begin the Applefest 5K Road Race at Melican Middle School.
Runners begin the Applefest 5K Road Race at Melican Middle School.
(Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

NORTHBOROUGH – Nearly 300 runners and walkers registered to support the annual Applefest 5K Road Race on Sept. 18. The route began and ended at Melican Middle School. 

Two Northborough residents earned the top achievements. 

Pierre Massat of Northborough finished first overall in 19:21. Kaitlin Johnson of Northborough was the first-place female, finishing in 22.09.

To comply with 2020’s pandemic restrictions, last year’s 5K road race took place as a virtual event. This year, participants were given the option of doing the race online.

Proceeds go to Boros Cares 4 Troops (BC4T), which has organized the 5K since 2019. 

BC4T is a nonprofit that supports military veterans’ causes. The organization was founded in 2015 by Northborough residents Leslie Arsenault, Karen Brewster, Beth Davison and Michelle Gillespie, the Applefest chair.

Among BC4T’s current projects are a veterans’ food pantry and Hometown Heroes banners displayed on town light poles that depict Northborough service members.

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