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Martin Richard Memorial Mile is Thursday

The 6th Annual Martin Richard Memorial Mile will bring hundreds of runners, walkers, para-athletes and supporters together for an evening of one-mile races that celebrates the power of sport to foster inclusion, kindness and peace throughout communities.

The event honors Martin Richard, whose fierce and unrivaled sense of competition was complemented by his understanding and promotion of fairness, inclusion and teamwork, and celebrates his zest for life as a competitor and teammate. Martin was part of the YES Track and Field Program that continues to promote opportunities for youth that build their confidence and leadership skills. All funds raised support the Martin Richard Foundation and Youth Enrichment Services (YES).

Elite fields of men and women from the best racing teams in the country will use the Martin Richard Memorial Mile as warm-up for the Falmouth Road Race or 1 Mile Invitational this weekend. New this year is the Eilte Wheelchair field. The event is open to all runners, including those who are visually or mobility challenged. Pre-registration is encouraged and open through August 14 at www.martinrichard2019.eventbrite.com. On-site registration will also be available.

WHERE: Saunders Stadium at Moakley Park
1005 Columbia Road, South Boston

WHEN: Thursday, August 15
4:30 PM – Registration opens
5:30 PM – 400M races begin
5:45 PM – 1 Mile races begin
(Youth, High School, Open, Masters, and
Wheelchair Heats)
7:20 PM – Elite 1 Mile Wheelchair races begin
7:40 PM – Elite 1 Mile races begin
8:00 PM – Community 1 Mile walk/run/roll
8:15 PM – Awards ceremony

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) has been serving the youth of Boston since 1968 by providing outdoor, sports-based, and leadership programs. YES serves over 1,600 youth annually through its three signature programs: Operation SnowSports, Outdoor Adventure, and the YES Academy.

The Martin Richard Foundation helps young people to learn, grow and lead through volunteerism and community engagement. It looks to advance sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness, and peace through programs, partnerships and projects focused on youth leadership development, education around non-violence, and adaptive and inclusive sports.

Adaptive Sports New England is a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing participation in sports among youth and young adults who have a visual or mobility impairment.

USA Track & Field is a non-profit organization that governs the sport of track and field. USATF drives competitive excellence and popular engagement in our sport in a safe environment for all. With over 3,000 clubs at the local level, USATF promotes and establishes programs across the country for runners of all ages.

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