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Stephen’s Run 5k Road Race in North End a Great Success [Photos]

The first Stephen’s Run 5K Road Race took place on Sunday, October 13th and was welcomed with over 100 runners and dozens of volunteers.

The road race was held in honor of Stephen Perez and to benefit the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Rosanne Sdoia Recovery Fund (See Stephen’s Story Below). The course was directly through historic downtown Boston on a perfect October morning. Water, bananas, and oranges awaited the runners at the finish line. Start to finish, the event went smooth – the race was well organized and the runners were proud to contribute to such worthy causes. There were several past and present members of the Armed Forces participating in the Road Race. Race results can be found at here.

The top two Male Runners Received
A pair of Celtics Tickets
A pair of Red Sox tickets for the 2014 Season

The top two Female Runners Received
A 6 month gym membership to Beacon Hill Athletic Club
A pair of Red Sox tickets for the 2014 Season

Stephen’s Story
Stephen J. Perez was a young man whose life was taken too soon. As a child Stephen grew up in Boston’s North End and attended Saint John’s School. Stephen went off to graduate high school and enlisted in the Army. He did three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq where he was a sniper. When Stephen was through with his service he applied to Bunker Hill Community College and studied Criminal Justice Stephen was an A student at BHCC and was part of the Criminal Justice Club and active in the Veterans section of BHCC. During this time Stephen’s goal was to be a police officer.

Sadly, Stephen was tragically murdered on the night of April 28th, 2012 in a senseless act of violence. At the time of his death Stephen was 23 years old. Two months later, he was accepted into the police academy. Though Stephen lived a short life, he accomplished so much and had so much more to give, both to his family and his community. With “Stephen’s Run” we honor both Stephen’s commitment to his country and his dream to serve his community.

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More information on the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans click here

More information on the Rosanne Sdoia Recovery Fund click here 

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4 Replies to “Stephen’s Run 5k Road Race in North End a Great Success [Photos]

  1. Congrats to all the runners and organizers on a great 1st time event!

    And, I am pleased to add that our own Conor Finley not only covered the race for, but placed 2nd!

  2. Great job by the organizers and volunteers. Congrats to my pal Conor, a very welcome addition to the neighborhood!

  3. Awesome Race with Awesome cause, it was a last second signup but great way to see the city. Felt right at home, Shout out to the Race Directors who put it on, they were really friendly and even ran into them later at Four Winds, thankyou again! Was curious if there was any other photos?

    1. Brad,

      You can view more photos here.

      Or look on the Stephens Run Facebook Page for the direct link.


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