Ok, so we're a running club... but we're not just about running.
SRR values our community relations and once in a while we try to give something back.
SRR is Boston Strong in 2013
As active members of the Boston running community, we were saddened by the Boston Marathon tragedy. We collectively stood together and demonstrated solidarity and team spirit at the City of Somerville candlelight vigil, our own vigil and fundraiser for the One Fund, and we created a dedication run to Somerville Auxiliary Officer, Sean Collier. We were part of the planning committee for the One Run event held in May to honor the last mile of the Boston Marathon. Three of our runners were pacers for the event as well. Collectively, our club raised nearly $7,000 for the One Fund to benefit the marathon bombing victims and their families.
2013 Running Gear Donations
SRR is pleased to be collecting gently worn shoes for the new charity, Run Littlefoot. The organization provides footwear to those who cannot afford it. Shoes are either donated or recycled. At the 26 X 1 Mile Club Challenge Relay in June, we collected over 150 pairs of shoes and over 90 lbs. to recycle.
SRR volunteering, community activities, and charitable donations
Throughout the year, we volunteer at annual club races, Boston Athletic Association (BAA) races, and other events to show our support in the running community. We also plan to launch community initiatives such as a Couch to 5K program. Since 2011, SRR has made almost $120,000 in charitable donations raised through our club races and other channels such as the One Fund initiative noted above.
SRR supports the Somerville Homeless Coalition
For several years, SRR has supported the Somerville Homeless Coalition, which is a grassroots organization collaborating to help those less fortunate within our community. By volunteering and participating at the annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K, we have helped this organization keep up its outstanding work. In 2013, we donated a membership package including a 2014 membership to be auctioned at the annual gala.
2012 Superstorm Sandy Relief
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the NYC marathon was cancelled, thus affecting some members of SRR. One such runner responded by creating a charitable run for the American Red Cross. Greg Soutiea and 28 other runners (and various other supporters) got together on the day the NYC marathon would be held, and collectively ran 305 miles (62.2 run by Soutiea, himself) and raised nearly $3,000.
2012 East Somerville cleanup
A group of volunteers represented SRR at the City of Somerville cleanup in East Somerville in April of 2012. SRR tied for the biggest team presence!
SRR Annual Scholarship
Over the past couple of years, SRR has created a scholarship committee to review and award scholarships to local high school graduates in Somerville. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. SRR awards three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to selected recipients.
Annual Mustachio Bashio
SRR takes part in an annual movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues during Movember. Brave souls don their whiskers throughout the month in an effort to raise and collect money to donate to charities such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Back On My Feet Relay Team & Running Gear Donations
June 2010 – "As you may recall, SRR donated a team entry to Back On My Feet for the (annual Club Challenge) relay. Probably one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time was Victor Acosta, the director of BOMF and perennial charity marathoner, finishing his final lap on the track with the entire BOMF crew running with him. Two of the BOMF team members were running their very first race. It was really a special moment for these runners, and I think it really hit home for all participants, volunteers and spectators how lucky we all are -- so many people are just one paycheck away from being homeless.
Many, many thanks to everyone, including several clubs participating in the relay, for their running gear donations. The amount of gear we collected was amazing -- check out the SRR Facebook page to see it all laid out on one of the benches outside the track. Many of you have asked if we could do this again -- we'll definitely do another collection this Fall." – Heather Hagerty, club president
2010 Old Icky Running Shoes
A whopping 177 pairs of sneakers were collected this year for Nike's ReUse-A-Shoe recycling program, 57 more pairs than last year! This is equivalent to ten large green trash bags full of stinky sneakers! Many thanks to everyone who made donations. And OODLES and OODLES of thanks to Deb Downs who delivered them to Niketown in Boston. From there they're be shipped off to Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR to be ground up and made into surfaces for playgrounds and tracks.
Helping to Make A Difference
May 2010 – SRR contributed $7000 to the Cambridge Family & Children's Services at their annual event from the An Ras Mor race proceeds - pictured: Brendan Kearney, Maria Mossaides (Executive Director at CFCS), Mike Greco, Brian Lavalle and Larissa Bifano Park. SRR is one of the title sponsors of this event.
2010 East Somerville Clean-Up
May 2010 – A hardy crew of 5 SRR members came out in the pouring rain on Saturday, May 8th for the annual East Somerville Clean-Up.
2009 Old Icky* Running Shoes
RECYCLE DRIVE A SUCCESS! SRR collected 120 pairs of sneakers for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe drive. They are heading to Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR, where they will be ground up & made into surfaces for tracks and playgrounds. Thank you for your donations!
* "Icky" is a Karin Turer trademark. All rights reserved.
2009 East Somerville Cleanup
SRR pitched in for Somerville Spring Clean-Up Day on May 9th. Here are Scott Abrams and James Moberg picking up trash along everyone's favorite crossroad: McGrath/O'Brien Highway. Hopefully it will bring good karma for the traffic lights.
SRR was recognized at the Somerville Homeless Coalition Event on April 25th for donating $12,000 to Project Soup from the proceeds of the 2008 Gobble, Gobble, Gobble Race. Many thanks to Bill Bryant, Race Director.
Photo Compliments of Joe Grafton from Somerville Local First (linked image is 1.9MB).