By Beth David, Editor
The third annual Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez Run To Remember 5K brought 158 runners and walkers to the streets of Fairhaven on a sunny Sunday, 11/3/19.
Fairhaven’s own Shane McNamara, 16, took top honors, finishing the race in 18:19. Jason Foster, 24, also from Fairhaven, took second place overall in 22:16; and Christopher Cutter, 51, of East Bridgewater took third in 21:03. First woman over the line was Angela Mota, 25, of Somerset, coming in nine overall in 24:49.
The race began and ended at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, and included lots of fun, prizes, t-shirts and comaraderie.
In a sad, but noteworthy point of information, Paul Vidal and his wife of 47 years, Carol, ran/walked the race. Mr. Vidal is the pilot who was killed when his Cessna airplane crashed in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford the very next day, 11/4/19.
At the race, Paul, 74, and Carol, 69, told photographer Glenn C. Silva that they purposely crossed the finish line together, instead of vying to beat each other out (see photo this page).
The race benefits the LCpl Matthew Rodriguez Memorial Fund, which was started by Matthew’s family after he was killed in Afghanistan on 12/11/13.
Matthew’s lifelong dream was to become a Marine and he proudly served as a Combat Engineer with the Mobility Assault Company of the First Combat Engineer Battalion.
For race results visit https://my.racewire.com/results/36168
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