Na­suti No­vans 5K set for fifth an­nual run

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH B. NADEAU jnadeau@woonsock­et­call.com

WOONSOCKET – The high school’s ath­letic depart­ment will get an­other round of fund­ing sup­port when the fifth an­nual edi­tion of Ge­orge Na­suti 5K Walk Run sets out from The Gym LLC on Di­a­mond Hill Road on Me­mo­rial Day, May 28.

The race walk is held in mem­ory of Ge­orge Na­suti – the school depart­ment’s late ath­letic di­rec­tor, school ad­min­is­tra­tor and coach who died in Feb­ru­ary of 2014 – to raise fund­ing for items sup- ple­ment­ing Woonsocket school depart­ment ath­letic re­sources.

Judy Sullivan, owner of The Gym LLC at 2168 Di­a­mond Hill Road, said this week that ev­ery­thing is com­ing to­gether for an­other great edi­tion of the Na­suti walk run.

“We had over 400 peo­ple reg­is­ter last year and we are hop­ing to do at least the same num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions this year,” Sullivan said.

The race was started as a fundraiser for Villa No­van sports pro­grams by

Na­suti and many of the same vol­un­teers putting on the an­nual event to­day.

The first Villa No­van 5K was held in Septem­ber of 2013 and Na­suti was among those head­ing out on the course for the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion, Sullivan noted.

The or­ga­niz­ers had been talk­ing about mov­ing the race to Me­mo­rial Day, a good date be­fore school lets out, and when Na­suti died in Feb­ru­ary that plan was put in place with the race be­ing ded­i­cated in his mem­ory, Sullivan ex­plained.

The race brings to­gether many of the peo­ple who knew Na­suti and his wife, Carol, his sons, Chris and Sean, and sis­ter, De­bra Moy­lan, and they work to put on a spe­cial event that not only ben­e­fits lo­cal school ath­letes but is lots of fun too.

Of course, those wish­ing to run the 5K com­pet­i­tively will have to han­dle the hill go­ing up Di­a­mond Hill from The Gym, but then there is a nice down­hill sec­tion af­ter Bound Road on El­der Bal­lou, and the race course wraps up with a turn onto Men­don Road and then again onto Di­a­mond Hill Road be­fore re­turn­ing to the start. Lo­cal run­ners shouldn’t mind the ini­tial hill, ac­cord­ing to Sullivan. “No mat­ter where you run in Woonsocket you are go­ing to go up a hill,” she ex­plained.

Sullivan said the race will be held rain or shine and the past edi­tions have in­cluded both nice days and some rainy ones that didn’t scare away the race’s an­nual par­tic­i­pants.

“It is a nice trib­ute to Ge­orge and it is a nice way to give back to the com­mu­nity,” Sullivan said.

The high school’s Villa No­van com­mu­nity will be out in force again this year as High School Prin­ci­pal Car­nell Hen­der­son makes sure the new­est batch of ath­letes and schol­ars at the school do their part in putting on the an­nual event.

“Stu­dents from the high school’s honor so­ci­ety vol­un­teer ev­ery year and do a lot of the data en­try,” Sullivan said.

The Savini Fam­ily and Matt Moy­lan will once again be pro­vid­ing the post race snacks from Ciro’s and CVS Health is sup­ply­ing bot­tled wa­ter for the race/walk­ers at the fin­ish line.

There will also be ac­tiv­i­ties for kids in­clud­ing a bounce house, face paint­ing, and a shorter course, kids fun color run be­fore the main race/ walk sets out. The kids race goes off at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30.

Re­tired Cum­ber­land run­ning coach Tom Ken­wood, or­ga­nizer of the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Race, will once again man­age the pro­fes­sional tim­ing of the 5K race on a cer­ti­fied course and awards will be given top fin­ish­ers for men, women, and kids.

The race wa­ter-stop at the end of El­der Bal­lou will once again by manned by state Sen. Roger Pi­card and his fam­ily at their drive­way en­trance.

Mike De­broisse, of the city’s Engi­neer­ing Depart­ment, is once again han­dling reg­is­tra­tions for the race which can be com­pleted on­line at run­signup.com by search­ing No­van­sPride5K.

The race fee is $20 for adults and $15 for stu­dents for the 5K be­fore May 25. The kids run fee is $5 for ages 5-9.

Reg­is­tra­tions on the day of the event are $10 for the kids for color fun run, and $20 for stu­dents and $25 for adults for the 5K race.

A fam­ily dis­count of $2 per reg­is­trant is avail­able for 3-7 fam­ily mem­bers. Teams of be­tween 5 and 30 reg­is­trants can also get a $2 dis­count per reg­is­trant.

The Ge­orge Na­suti No­vans Pride 5k tech­ni­cal cloth, long sleeve, race shirt can be or­dered for $20 by May 18.

Pro­ceeds of the event go to the Ge­orge Na­suti Foun­da­tion and are ear­marked for the high school’s ath­letic pro­gram. The Foun­da­tion also ben­e­fits from the an­nual Ciro’s Ge­orge Na­suti Char­i­ta­ble Golf Tour­na­ment at New Eng­land Coun­try Club, this year on Satur­day, May 26, which raises fund­ing for its schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

Although plenty of peo­ple will be tak­ing on the 5K race/walk as their con­tri­bu­tion to the foun­da­tion, Sullivan said some contributors to the an­nual event just choose to make a do­na­tion and not ac­tu­ally set out on the course. On the other hand, are the stu­dent com­peti­tors who sign up from their schools as teams and run the course in race mode for school pride.

“It’s great for all these kids show­ing up to be able to en­joy morn­ing and it is a nice event for the city,” Sullivan said.

Photo by Joseph B. Nadeau

Signs ad­ver­tis­ing the up­com­ing Ge­orge Na­suti No­vans Pride 5K line the road out­side Woonsocket High School.

Carol Na­suti

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