The Wellesley Police Department drew 230 runners to its 13th annual Officer Savage Memorial 5K road race at Babson College Sunday under sunny skies and with memories of the Boston Marathon still fresh in everyone’s minds.
Wellesley resident and runner Jim Jones, who sent us a couple of photos and a recap of the race, reports that Boston Strong and Boston Marathon apparel was worn by many a runner yesterday. He adds that it was a great race and after-party.
As for the race results posted on the Cool Running website, Wellesley’s Seth McClennen beat the next fastest runner by more than a minute, with a time of 17:07 (5:31 per mile pace). The top female runner was Molly Karp of Natick, who finished in 21:05. Ronald McGill and Evan Rosenberg were among the fastest from the Wellesley Police force. Complete results here. Race organizers reported that this was one of its biggest fields in years (last year they had 204 runners).
Jones reports that Wellesley Police were selling WPD-designed Boston Strong shirts, which were available for the first time at the race but will also be sold during the police department’s open house on May 18. Chief Terry Cunningham, Deputy Chief Jack Pilecki and Sergeant Scott Whittemore collaborated on the shirt design.
A Wellesley High School student sang the national anthem (shown below), and a moment of silence was observed for active U.S. military and Boston Marathon bombing victims.