Holden Road Race Is 1,300 Runners Strong On Thanksgiving

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The first runners leave the starting line of the Holden Road Race on Thanksgiving. Photo Credit: Daniel Castro

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.

Photo Album Holden Road Race 2012

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.

For more information on the Holden Road Race, visit the website at or the race's page on Facebook.

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.

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