WILMINGTON, MA — At its August meeting, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of We’re One Wilmington (WOW) to hold its 7th Annual Run For Wilmington & Kim Forte Walk on Sunday, April 23, beginning at 11am on the Town Common.
WOW Vice President Joe Martiniello told the Selectmen that the 2016 race/walk attracted nearly 500 participants and raised more than $10,000. The event saw more winners than ever as various age categories for children were added to the race. Medals were also awarded for the first time.
Martiniello noted that the route for the 2017 race would remain the same — The Town Common to Wildwood Street to Woburn Street to Federal Street to Middlesex Avenue to the Town Common. The weekend that the event will fall on — the Sunday after Patriots Day, at the end of school vacation week — is also the same in year’s past.
“The event has been a very successful event in the past, run very safely and effectively,” noted Assistant Town Manager Kendra Amaral, who reported that the Wilmington Police and Fire Departments were supportive of the request.
“I’m so pleased that your group has incorporated the memory of Kim Forte into [the event],” Selectwoman Judy O’Connell told Martiniello. “I don’t think anybody can drive around Wilmington and not remember her vibrant spirit as she walked around the streets. Kim represented the ‘walk’ of Wilmington.”
“I think [her inclusion] is so fitting and appropriate,” continued O’Connell. “I know it means a tremendous amount to her husband, son and entire family. Loved ones want to know that the community doesn’t forget their special person and I think it’s clear that the Wilmington community hasn’t forgotten Kim.”
“Thank you for what you’re doing,” added Selectman Mike Champoux. “Thank you to WOW for being an example to many other folks, who hopefully witness your works and are inspired to do some of their own.”
“[I] would probably need a paramedic to take [me] along,” joked Selectman Mike McCoy, upon hearing that colleague Selectman Greg Bendel has participated in the race before.
Martiniello pointed out he was making the race request a few months earlier than usual so that WOW could promote the event at the upcoming Wilmington’s 12th Annual Half Marathon and 5K, sponsored by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, on September 25.
Watch the discussion, which begins at 11:50 and lasts about 10 minutes, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:
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