HOLDEN, Mass. — Nearly 1,300 runners burst off the starting line of the 2nd Annual Holden Road Race on Thanksgiving morning to raise funds for the Wachusett Food Pantry.
After a flash mob broke out in synchronized dance to get the spirit going, the throng of runners set out at 8 a.m. from the Big Y to take on the 5K course through the hills of Holden.
The traditional Thanksgiving event was reinvigorated last year, when members of Fellowship Church in Holden took it over.
Last year's race brought more than $14,000 to the Wachusett Food Pantry. With this year's participation climbing from more than 800 to 1,279, race organizers hope to top that.
All net proceeds from race registration will go to the pantry and Joseph’s Project, a nonprofit organization that delivers food to families in a confidential manner to protect and respect their privacy.
The first ten runners to cross the finish line were:
1 Andy Greene, Leicester
2 Dariusz Kuranda, West Brookfield
3 Peter Ryan, Holden
4 Grant Hauver, Holden
5 Sean Sampson Holden
6 Paul Doe, Derry NH
7 Dustin Ramsay, Hampden ME
8 Matthew Brien, Fairport NY
9 Jairo Obando, Worcester
10 William Muse, Bradford
For complete race results, click here to visit CoolRunning.com.