For years the Jaycee 5K benefited a lot of people. In previous years, the race has purchased a wheelchair for a Foxboro man, help fund a young girl’s kidney transplant, and benefitted the construction of the Foxboro Senior Center.
Official time was kept by Spitler Racing Enterprises. The race was sanctioned by the USA Track and Field Association.
2000 Chairman – Carl Bertolino
The Foxboro Jaycees held our 7th annual 5K FUN RUN September 30, 2000. In keeping with our tradition of helping people in the community, this year we join forces with friends and family of 3 1/2 year old Kacey Gaffey, who was diagnosed with Leigh’s disease in April of 2000. This rare mitochondrial disease is an inherited neurometabolic disorder which results in rapid, progressive degeneration of the central nervous system. Currently, diagnostic testing and treatment options are extremely limited, and prognoses are poor; there is no known cure. This event’s proceeds will be donated to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, in support of the Gaffeys’ mission to fund research and raise awareness so that children like Kacey may some day have a fighting chance.
The morning featured fun, food, great raffles, and family activities, and awards for the top Male, Female, and Wheelchair finishers, and to the top three finishers in each age category.
From the FOXBORO REPORTER 10/5/2000 by Don Wilding:
Patrick Pollard of Sharon was the winner of last Saturday’s seventh annual Jaycees 5K Fun Run, also known as the “Kacey Gaffey and Friends Walk / Run for Life” but it may have been the 3-1/2 year-old girl for whom the race was named this year who was the biggest beneficiary of all. Nearly 200 runners and walkers showed up outside the Foxboro Company’s Neponset Avenue facility, all in support of the daughter of Michael and Jackie Gaffey of Foxboro. Kacey was diagnosed earlier this year with mitochondrial disease, a rare, progressive degenerative brain disorder. Friends and family of the Gaffey family were everywhere, greeting Jackie and Kacey at the finish line. Mother and daughter were among the many walking participants who pushed their children in strollers. Pollard crossed the finish line of the 6.1-mile race at 16:58. The Sharon runner pulled ahead of Germany’s Janus Boie and Foxboro native Sean Gallivan about halfway through the race and stayed there. Boie came in at 17:39; Gallivan, a Newton resident and the son of the late Vin Gallivan, was right behind him at 17:42. The first woman to cross the finish line was Kristen O’Connell of Easton (20:44). Foxboro’s Cindy Sullivan was third among female runners at 21:55. The Jaycees also presented Kaycee with a specially-equipped tricycle during post-race ceremonies. Also in attendance were local politicians — state Sen. Jo Ann Sprague (R-Walpole), state Rep. Barbara Hyland (R-Foxboro), state Rep. Betty Poirier (R-North Attleboro) and state Rep. Barbara Hyland (R-Foxboro), who presented the Gaffeys with a special proclamation from Gov. Paul Celucci.
Foxboro Jaycees 2003 Fun Run “Run for Mya” to benefit The Blue Bird Circle RETT Center Baylor College of Medicine
Saturday, June 14, 2003 at Gillette Stadium
From the FOXBORO REPORTER 6/19/2003 by Don Wilding:
There was plenty of running going on at Gillette Stadium last Saturday, but any football action is still about two months away.
No, it was the ninth annual Foxboro Jaycees Annual 5K and 10K Fun Run, which this year benefits the Baylor College of Medicine’s Blue Bird Circle RETT Center to help them with clinical and basic research as well as education and promotion of Rett Syndrome awareness. The event was dubbed “The Run for Mya” for Mya Campbell, 4, of Mansfield. The daughter of Chuck and Leann Campbell was diagnosed with high-function RETT at age two.
Fellow townies from Mansfield played a big hand in the outcome of the race, which ended inside the confines of the stadium. Former Mansfield High distance running standout Bill Stanley won the 10K race, while Joe Esposito prevailed in the 5K race. Patrick Benson of Foxboro, a junior at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, took second place and was first among runners age 19 and under.
Esposito was the first runner to enter the stadium, clocking a solid 16:41 to take first place in the 5K race, followed by Benson at 16:58.
Susan Kenney of Somerset was the women’s winner of the 5K race (20:39, 14th place overall), followed by Kristen Leontie of Franklin.
Colin Wu, a recent Foxboro High graduate and member of the Warrior track teams, took fourth place in the 5K. Robert Laubenstein of Foxboro placed 10th overall.
In the 10K, Stanley was untouchable at 5:57, beating John Whelan of Hopkinton by 14 seconds. Patrick Cullity (eighth) and Brian Kelly (10th) topped local runners.
Lynn McConnell of Norfolk topped the ladies in the 10K race, clocking in at 47:01.
Among the age 50 and over 10K runners, Jack Martin of Foxboro placed first in 55:57. Jeanne Nappa of Foxboro topped the 50 and over women’s local runners at 59:00.
On the 5K front, Pattie Street placed second among the ladies in the 40-49 division (24:52), while LeeAna Benson (second, 23:33) and Emily Shea (third, 23:35) placed in the top three among the women under age 19.