Exciting new event for 2014 New Bedford Half Marathon allowing the entire family to participate in the weekend festivities! Please join Southcoast HealthSystem and the New Bedford Half Marathon for a fun-filled KIDS Day in scenic downtown New Bedford at Custom House Park. Registrants will participate in activities including hula hoop contests, exercise stations, face painting, dancing, and much more! Parents who are running the New Bedford Half Marathon can pick up your number immediately following the event at the YMCA. For more details and registration please visit www.southcoast.org/kidsday.
The Boys of Summer are Back in New Bedford! The Bay Sox Season is upon us, with a Home Opener of Friday and GiftsToGive Night at the Ball Park on Saturday! What a wonderful way to spend a weekend night watching world class baseball here on the Southcoast! I hope to see you at Paul Walsh field this weekend. Please learn more about GiftsToGive night by reading the press release.
Please join us on Tuesday, May 7th, 4pm-12am at Slainte’ Irish Pub, 34 Union Street, New Bedford MA 02740 for a fundraiser to support The One Fund Boston. See our flyer by clicking HERE to learn more.
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Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2013, the New Bedford Half Marathon and the Friendly Sons
of Saint Patrick are pleased to announce the race’s newest sponsor, BayCoast Bank. BayCoast
Bank will be the Gold Sponsor for the 2013 Race ensuring New Bedford as New England’s
premier half marathon. This year’s race will be held March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.
The New Bedford Half Marathon welcomes an anticipated field of over 3,600 participants to
a challenging course that winds through historic neighborhoods and picturesque waterfront
While showcasing the City of New Bedford the race also provides direct financial support to
scholarship funds and other local charities and non-profit organizations. With BayCoast Bank’s
support, the race can continue making the SouthCoast a better place to live.
BayCoast Bank is a mutually-owned savings bank that was chartered in 1851. Currently, the
Bank serves southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island with locations in Fall River, New
Bedford, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, North Dighton, Fairhaven, Westport, and Tiverton, RI.
BayCoast Bank offers a wide range of financial services including investment management,
trust services, and insurance and brokerage services to consumers and businesses. Its affiliates
include BayCoast Financial Services, offering stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities and college
savings plans; and Partners Insurance Group, LLC, an independent agency representing several
insurance companies that provide automobile, home, life and business coverage. Nicholas
Christ is the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Main headquarters are at 30 Bedford
St, Fall River, MA 02721. For additional information on the Bank or its services, please visit
www.BayCoastBank.com or call 508-678-7641.
Great performances by Matt Pelletier (men’s winner at 1:06:30), and Hilary Dione (women’s winner at 1:19:07).
Skip the hassle getting of looking for a Parking Spot or fighting traffic after the Race.
Parking and Shuttle are free – courtesy of the Harbor Development Council, and the City of New Bedford, Jon Mitchell Mayor.
Free Parking and Free Shuttle Service (8am-4pm) from the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot (Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry Parking – see map).
Directions to the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot (532 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford)
From I-195, take exit 15 – Downtown/New Bedford
Take the Purchase Street Ramp – on right
Turn Left on Purchase Street
2nd Left on Hillman Street – at the light
Turn Left on Acushnet Avenue
Destination will be on the Right.
NEW BEDFORD — Newcomer Ruben Sança of Dorchester won today’s New Bedford Half Marathon, taking the lead in the first mile and never letting it go.
Sança, competing for the Boston Athletic Association, posted a winning time of 1:05:25. For the women, defending champion Kim Smith of New Zealand made it two in a row, finishing with a time of 1:09:50.
Smith, who bested last year’s time of 1:10:53, was the ninth-place finisher in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Finishing second overall was Dan Vassallo. Nathan Krah finished third. Both are BAA runners.
The field for the race this year was the largest in its history, with 2,730 people participating. That bests the record set last year, which was 2,603.
The course record for men is 1:01:58 set by Geoff Smith in 1985.
The course record for woman is 1:08:32 set by Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway in 1989.
Look for updates, photos, video and searchable race results later today at http://SouthCoastToday.com/halfmarathon
This story first appeared in the New Bedford Standard Times – HERE:
NEW BEDFORD — The minutes are ticking down to the start of the 34th New Bedford Half Marathon and no one is more excited than Mary Hodgson, CEO of the Schwartz Center, a Dartmouth-based school for the developmentally disabled.
Nine children from the school, ranging in age from 2-year-old Molly Menard to 18-year-old Trey Rivet, will be lining up to race alongside all of the other runners Sunday.
“It started out as just a dream but now it’s about to happen,” Hodgson said.
In partnership with Citizens-Union Savings Bank, the center assembled 80 volunteers from the community to push the children around the course in jogging carriages.
“We’ve had a couple of training sessions to get the kids used to it and to get the runners used to pushing them,” Hodgson said.
The children were evaluated to ensure they can withstand the challenge, and the initial response has been great, she said.
“A number of the children communicate via sign language. If they tap their fingers together it means ‘more.’ When the runners slowed down the first day we practiced, the kids were doing it because they wanted more.”
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, who stage the race, welcomed the kids’ participation, according to race co-director Dan McCarthy.
“The race is a celebration of the best New Bedford. What could be better than able-bodied athletes helping those who would never have been able to participate on their own?” he said.
Mindy Menard of East Taunton will run part of the course pushing her 2-year-old daughter, Molly. “I’m not a runner but I have been training for eight weeks,” she said. “Next year, I hope to do the whole thing.”
Cheryl Rowe, of West Wareham, whose 10-year-old son Jared Rousseau has been going to the Schwartz Center for five years, said the race will be a big occasion for Jared. “He loves interacting with people. He’s very social, so this is a perfect opportunity. When they thought of this, he was the first child they called.”
Runner Lynn Poyant of New Bedford has volunteered her services. “I have run the half marathon for myself, so I thought it would be more meaningful to do this,” she said. “I think it’s great for the kids. I’m glad the Schwartz Center is part of our community. The work they do is phenomenal.”
Poyant’s team includes her sister, Monique Poyant, and cousin, David Reis, and they intend to complete the entire 13-mile course.
“David is great because he already pushes a triple stroller with his daughters in it, so he’s used to this,” she said.
Maribeth Moore, whose son Jeremy Charron, 5, has cerebral palsy, said he is thrilled to be part of the race.
“He’s excited. We’ve been talking about it at home,” the Freetown resident said. “He’s very verbal and loves to be out and about. He’ll get to see the whole city and it will be a great experience for him.”
Brian Tjersland of Dartmouth, a marathon runner, also plans to do the whole race. “I pushed my kids when they were young but I never ran with them,” he said. “I’ve been practicing with Trey. It’s different. It changes your stride,” he said. “He is 125 pounds. I hope someone is there to help with the hills on Hathaway Road.”
Although this is the first time the Schwartz Center is participating in the half marathon, it has a long association with the race, according to human resources director Carol Almeida.
“We’ve been handing out water on Rockdale Ave. as long as I can remember,” she said. “We’ve always been proud to see Team Hoyt (the famed father/son team from the Boston Marathon), so to have our own team is exciting.”
Almeida also paid tribute to the men and women who have agreed to push the children.
“Runners are generally competitive people. But this year many have put aside worrying about what place they finish to help these kids, and I think that’s wonderful.”
This story by Don Cuddy first appeared in the New Bedford Standard Times on March 18th here:
2011 New England Grand Prix Series
USATF-New England Half Marathon Championship
- New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford MA
Sun, Mar 20
- James Joyce 10k, Dedham MA
Sun, May 1
- Medical Center 6k, Nashua NH
Sun, May 8
- Rhody 5k, Lincoln RI
Sun, Jun 5
- Stowe 8m, Stowe VT
Sun, Jul 17
- Carver Cranberry 5m, Carver MA
Sat, Jul 30
- Cape Cod Marathon, Falmouth MA
Sun, Oct 30