REGION – This year marks the 10th anniversary of Pam’s Run, one of New England’s largest charity runs.
The event includes a 5K for those who want to run or walk and a 10K for those who want to run. There is a Kids’ Run for ages 2-9. The event supports Neighbor Brigade, which is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization aimed at helping local families who face sudden crises.
The races will be held at Claypit Hill School in Wayland on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Pam’s Run is dedicated to the memory and legacy the founder of Neighbor Brigade Pam Manikas Washek, who was inspired to begin Neighbor Brigade (formerly Wayland Angels) in 2002 while battling cancer. Her vision was to help others in crisis with free and immediate services provided by fellow community members.
“Pam’s dream was to spread the mission of neighbors helping neighbors to as many communities as possible, because ‘who wouldn’t want to live in a community like that?’” said Washek’s sister and Pam’s Run race director Joanna Manika.
Joe Ricciardi, the chief human resources officer of Reliant Medical Group, a 1983 Wayland High School graduate and childhood friend of Washek, will emcee.
Registration tables will open at 8:15 a.m., and the first gun will go off at 10 a.m.
Every participant in the Kids’ Run will receive a ribbon. All runners and walkers who register before Sept. 29 will receive an early bird discount and commemorative T-shirt.
In addition to the race, there will be live music by local cover band Daddios, food trucks, a kids’ tent filled with activities and an obstacle course.
For those that don’t want to walk or run but still want to help ensure the day is a success, there are two ways to contribute, including by volunteering or through sponsorship.