Hi RAW Series Community,
By every measure the RAW Series has been successful and a fun Waltham activity that has met its goals and fulfilled its mission. It is with mixed emotions that I announce at the end of the 2017 RAW Series we will not be returning in 2018. Although all the races will continue as usual we will not be at the events or scoring the runners.
Kathy and I started this adventure called the Race Around Waltham (RAW) Series six years ago with a simple goal of supporting a healthy lifestyle and fostering community involvement in Waltham. Our Mission was to give back to the running community by cross promoting Waltham's running events and the local business community. The RAW Series coordinated many of the 5K road/trail races in Waltham, MA. Unlike other Series, participants could run, walk or volunteer (any combination) to earn prizes and receive an invitation to the end of year Awards Night. Neither the individual races nor the runners paid a fee to be part of the RAW Series because it was funded through the generous sponsorship of local businesses.
The 2017 RAW Series had 330 registered participants with 145 of those earning awards by competing in at least six of the ten events. We are truly proud that 20 of the winners are between the ages of 8-17! The overall winner Male is Rodin Godoy of Waltham, MA and the Female champion is 13 year old Ella Wozek also Waltham, MA.
Some other interesting facts about the RAW Series:
2017 Female Participants 77
2017 Male Participants 68
2017 Youngest competitor is 8 years old
2017 Oldest competitor is 72 years old
2017 Total miles raced on the roads/trails of Waltham is 4,365
Since 2012 Total miles raced on the roads/trails of Waltham is 22,261
2017 total entry fees collected contributing the charities is $35,200
Since 2012 total entry fees collected contributing the charities is $178,275
We know the Series would not have been possible without the support of the business community. A key part of the Series mission was also to promote local business and we must thank so many organizations for the financial support the past six years;
AFC Urgent Care, Waltham has been the Series premiere sponsors since 2013
Marathon Sports provided the ¼ zip jackets this year
RTN Federal Credit Union was the Series very first sponsor in 2013
Copper House Tavern
Gelineau Associates Real Estate
Delaney and Delaney Your Attorneys for Life
Johnson Compounding and Wellness
Weight Management Center at Mount Auburn Hospital
True Value by Ideal
Arbella Insurance Foundation
Health and Safety Services of New England
J.E. Murphy Plumbing and Heating
Boston Sports Club, Waltham
Greater Boston Running Company
Launch Trampoline Park
N K Family Dentistry
Pro Sport Therapy
Quick and Clean Car Wash
Central Rock Gym
Old Colony Running Events
Thank you to all the participants the past six years, we have had a lot of fun and made many new friends and are looking forward to seeing you on the road.
Tim and Kathy Irving
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The RAW Series is the coordination of 5K road/trail races all starting and finishing in Waltham, MA. Participants who run, walk or volunteer (any combination), earn prizes.
The Goal of the Race Around Waltham Series is to support a healthy lifestyle and foster community involvement.
Our Mission is to give back to the running community by cross promoting Waltham's running events and the local business community.
Neither the races or the runners pay a fee to be part of the Series because we are funded through the generous sponsorship of local businesses and by hosting two of the annual events. So it is with great pleasure that we announce AFC Urgent Care, Waltham has once again agreed to be our Premiere Sponsor for the 2017 Season!
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