BILLERICA, MA – Despite a steady rain and only a handful of participants and spectators, the annual Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association 5K road race went off without a hitch last Saturday.
The event started and finished on the school’s brand new track surface and also covered a portion of the new cross country course.
Shawsheen cross country assistant coach Dan Dorazio helped coordinate the run along with several enthusiastic alumni, who braved the elements with smiles and cheers for the participants.
The run was won by Ram junior Ryan Smith, who breezed through the course for an easy victory. He beat out Shawsheen freshman Sam Quattrocchi, who was second.
Paula Lambert was the first overall female finisher.
While Robin Sgrosso, a 1980 Shawsheen graduate and the president of the Alumni Association, admitted that she would have loved a few more runners, she insists that the real mission of the race, which happens annually during Shawsheen’s Homecoming Weekend, is to reunite former students.
“We usually have triple the amount of runners,” said Sgrosso, a Burlington native who studied business as a Shawsheen student. “Most of the people this year were all new runners and they loved it.”
Shawsheen’s Alumni Association started in 2007 and has been working hard ever since. The group has sponsored four Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, four Roasted Ram events, a gathering to honor (and tease) a retired member of the school’s faculty, and coordinates the road race, but the pride of the Alumni Association is the scholarships.
In all, the organization has handed out more than $25,000 in scholarships thanks to days like Saturday.
“It’s one of those events that we really want to get alumni back for, and to attend homecoming and the football game,” she said. “A lot of alumni want to come back because they enjoyed their time at the school and they’ve done well professionally because of the school.”
On November 18, the alumni will help out with another event when the school hosts a Fall Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus in Billerica. The free event will feature various fun activities for families including a Kid Zone that will include face painting, arts and crafts and balloon animals.
Proceeds will go to the Alumni Association and the Fresh Start Orientation Program at Shawsheen.
While Sgrosso and the rest of the Alumni Association are looking forward to more fun events, they’re also looking for new members to join the association. The group meets only a few times a year.
For more information on the Alumni Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The alumni also have a Facebook page.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech, written by Doug Hastings.)
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