It's often that the amazing accomplishments of Somerville Road Runners, as individuals and as a club, are captured by local news or publicized through our own social media. If you have a story of interest that you'd like published on this page, please forward it to our webmaster for consideration.
Greg Soutiea's Inspiring NYC Marathon Story
After Superstorm Sandy devastated many parts of New York and surrounding areas, it was no surprise that the 2012 edition of the NYC marathon was cancelled. Although many who had trained for months to run the marathon walked away disappointed, Somerville Road Runner Greg Soutiea quickly found a way to turn a negative situation in to a positive one. Greg took immediate action to organize a charitable run in his home suburb of Brighton––a run that would potentially benefit the victims affected by the recent storm. More than fifty inspired runners and supporters came out to join Greg on Sunday November 4th. Over 305 miles were covered by runners (62.14 by Greg himself!), and $2,700 was raised for the American Red Cross relief effort. The local news stations picked up on Greg's inspiring actions. Click here to see the story as reported by CBS Boston. Greg also chronicled the events online as the day progressed. Amazing job, Greg.
Diona Fulton Wins the 2012 Mad Marathon
SRR's own Diona Fulton was the first female runner to cross the finish line at this year's Mad Marathon in Waitsfield, Vermont. Her net finish time of 3:15:06 (Pace: 7:26) placed her four minutes ahead of the next female finisher. The aptly-named Mad Marathon is renowned for being one of the most difficult courses in New England, challenging runners with many long steep climbs. The official website quotes it as being: 'Beautiful, but a Beast!' Check out the course profile map to see! Amazing job, Diona!
Rory Fagan School's Floridian Runners
January 31, 2012 – Rory Fagan finished first at the annual 5K Tiger Dash held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne Florida. (Finish time: 17:43.2 Pace: 5:43). After the race he gave an interviewer some insight on his SRR training regime.
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SRR recognized in Boston magazine
December 28, 2011 – In the January issue of Boston Magazine, on page 55, SRR is one of four running clubs named in Boston's "Casual to Hard-Core Running Clubs." They offer a succinct, accurate description of the club... "Shared Goal: Run for fun, beer, competition or all of the above." The other clubs mentioned are: The Most Informal Running Club Ever, L Street Running Club and Cambridge Running Club. The story highlights that SRR has donated more than $140,000 to local charities since 2005! Kudos to our fabulous race directors!
Robert Cipriano Named NER Athlete of the Month
December 24, 2011 – A big congratulations to Robert Cipriano who really made it happen in 2011 and was named New England Runner Athlete of the Month in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue (page 72). He is the first 50+ athlete ever to crack the Top 5 of the Pub Series in its thirteen year history!!
Sara Radkiewicz - 2011 Richmond Marathon
November 10, 2011 – Sara Radkiewicz ran a fantastic race at the Richmond Marathon this past weekend, completing the course with a net time of 3:32:11. Sara finished 9th in her division and beat her previous PR by over six minutes!
Back On My Feet (from Spare Change News)
July 29, 2011 – Nice article about the Back On My Feet program, who entered their first-ever team in SRR's 26x1 Relay in June.
John Wichers Conquers Mt. Kilimanjaro
From John: "Here's a picture of me on the top of Kilimanjaro wearing my SRR singlet. It was about eight degrees (Fahrenheit), so I stripped down only long enough to take a picture or two..."
Ex-football player MacDonald slims down with marathons (from The Salem News)
May 19, 2011 – This is a great article about SRR's own Marc MacDonald on his focus on running and love of marathons.