It was an overcast and humid day on Sunday August 18, when 17 runners took off from the starting line of this year’s Falmouth Road Race to raise money for the League School. Collectively the team raised $16,250, a record amount and $1,250 over their goal. The proceeds will go toward the school’s enhanced educational needs.
This year’s team was comprised of staff, parents, and supporters who all had similar reasons to run – to support the League School of Greater Boston and raising awareness of autism. “Being part of a visible event makes an impact not only to our school, but to all who are involved, including the runners, family, friends, and donors,” said Patrick Fuller, the League School’s Principal. This was his first year running the race. “I ran to support our remarkable students and to reinforce the importance of health and wellness.”
“The crowds are cheering and inspiring us the whole way,” said Lindsay Wagner, one of the school’s occupational therapists. “You can’t help but be emotional as the crowd points to the puzzle piece on my shirt. It’s rewarding to raise awareness for autism and our school by running this race.”
Madison Waple, who is a relative of a League School employee, welcomed the opportunity to raise awareness for autism. “Having family members with autism and learning disabilities has given me a new perspective on life and running the Falmouth Road Race to improve the lives of students with autism is an honor,” she said.
“I believe every child deserves a unique education,” said Chandler Ross, friend of a parent of a League School student. Two of the school’s employees point to the school’s students as their reason for running. “I appreciated the opportunity to run in support of the students who inspire me every day,” said Rachel Finer, one of the school’s occupational therapists. “I care deeply about the students and welcomed the opportunity to support the school,” said Nancy Murray, an assistant teacher.
The Falmouth Road Race, now in its 47th year, is an iconic seven-mile course that starts in Woods Hole and ends in Falmouth Heights. Passing Nobska Lighthouse, the ocean, and beaches, the views are stunning. Bands and food greet the runners at the end of the race. However, it’s not an easy course, and the ending includes a long, steep hill right before the finish line. The enthusiastic crowds encourage the runners and help propel them over the finish line. “The crowd brings a nice energy,” said Tim McCabe, the School’s Director of Development, who ran the race on behalf of the school for the fourth consecutive year. Tim’s nephew, Cash Cantrell, age 13, was the team’s youngest participant.
Thank you to all of the runners who supported the school! In addition to Patrick, Lindsay, Madison, Chandler, Rachel, Nancy, Tim, and Cash, other supporters included Kate O’Halloran, Mike Vazquez, Patrick and Jenna Powers, Erin Maguire, Meghan Ryan, Thomas (TJ) Hughes, and Alison Smart.