By Christopher Roberson
After three months of planning, Peabody resident Cailie Trombley was successful in bringing the mission of the Martin Richard Foundation to the North Shore with the Peabody for Peace 5K and Two-Mile Fun Walk.
During the Oct. 6 event, Trombley spoke about the significance of the well-known poster Martin made in 2012, which read: “No More Hurting People – Peace.” “People will always remember that picture of him,” she said, adding that she ran in this year’s Boston Marathon for the foundation’s team, MR8. She will be representing MR8 once again in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.
Trombley briefly addressed the more than 100 participants at the starting line on Lowell Street. “Thank you for practicing kindness, inclusion and peace,” she said. “While you’re running, remember why you’re out there.”
The race itself was easily won by John Ayers, 52, of Hamilton, with a time of 17 minutes, 32 seconds. He crossed the Chestnut Street finish line three minutes and 56 seconds ahead of second-place finisher John Doyle, 28, of Lynn. “It was my first race in over a year,” said Ayers, adding that he had been recovering from an injury.
Dylan Faletra, 12, had the best time of the Peabody runners, completing the course in 21 minutes, 53 seconds and finished in fifth place overall.
Courtney Marsolais, 27, of Boston, ran the course in 23 minutes, 36 seconds, which was the best time of all the female runners. Marsolais finished the race in 10th place overall.
Anne Noga, 58, of Salem, recorded the third-best women’s time of 26 minutes, 16 seconds and finished in 17th place overall. Noga said she was impressed with Trombley’s efforts to organize the race. “Cailie put on a good event; I was happy to be a part of it,” she said, adding that she did not know about the race until Oct. 4.
Speaking about the course, Noga said the level of difficulty was appropriate for a 5K. “It wasn’t totally flat. It had some incline,” she said.
Kaylee Brazell, 23, of Peabody, said she enjoyed the race as well. “It was a lot of fun; it was a good track and a happy atmosphere,” she said.
First place in the Two-Mile Fun Walk went to Diane Sullivan, 52, of Andover, with a time of 28 minutes, 18 seconds. She was followed by Ward 6 Councillor Mark O’Neill, who recorded a time of 35 minutes, 13 seconds.
School Committee Member Joseph Amico also took part in the Fun Walk as well as did Mary Bellavance and Christopher Ryder from the Mayor’s Office.