Malden’s First Annual 10K Road Race, which took place on Sunday, July 15, boasted a participation of more than 1,500 runners from around the state. The route began and ended at Piantedosi Baking Co. at 240 Commercial Street. A post-race BBQ followed featuring many of Malden’s great food manufacturers, including Piantedosi, Dom’s Sausage – who also did the cooking – Hoff’s Bakery and of course, Idle Hands. Members of the Chamber of Commerce and Triangle helped to operate water stations throughout the route.
Chris Tkach of Idle Hands Craft Ales, who has worked in the past with Ed O’Connor and Brittany Tremble of Cambridge 5K organizing road races in other cities, mentioned Idle Hands’ creation of the “Edgeworth Beer” in support of the renovation of Malden’s WWI Memorial. Cambridge 5K, whose goal is to organize fun races that give back to the community, said they would love to help to organize a race in Malden to support our veterans as well as highlight Malden’s thriving food industry. They reached out to Malden Business Development Officer, Kevin Duffy to discuss the feasibility of the idea and realized it could be a great community event.
“Although I’m thankful to have made it through race,” said Mayor Christenson “I’m truly grateful to event organizers, our local businesses, Police Chief Kevin Molis, Fire Chief Kevin Finn, DPW Director Bob Knox, the State Police, DCR and all the staff who helped make this event truly seamless.”
The race raised $10,000 and will benefit the refurbishment of Malden’s WWI Memorial.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
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