February 19, 2017 will mark the 22nd annual running of the Old Fashioned 10 Miler and Flat 5K (OFTM) road races, which are being sponsored by Ashworth Awards and will take place at the Schneider Electric Company in Foxboro. The races are organized and presented by the Wampanoag Road Runners. The OFTM has grown to become one of the largest and most successful races in the area and a “must do” race for those training for the Boston Marathon as well as other spring marathons. They have moved their races around to offer the ability to run both races, should runners want to run a combined mileage of a half marathon. Races will also start earlier this year: 10:00am for the 5K and 10:45am for the 10m. Again this year, the field will close at 1000 runners as it has in the past and is expected to fill up well in advance of race date.
All proceeds raised from the OFTM will be donated to many local charities including Foxboro area food banks, Norfolk County ARC, Wrentham Development Center, Attleboro Arts Museum and the Julia Cekela Fund. In addition the OFTM provides scholarships to Foxboro High School students. They consider these their “core” charities as they have been donating to these causes for most of the years the OFTM has been presented. Over the past 22 years they have given well over $250,000 to these local charities and others and strive to keep this figure growing. The Wampanoag Road Runners are a 501-C4 charitable organization and their goal is to assist the local community in any way they can.
The first 750 runners will receive a clear vinyl, Runners Tote and other giveaways with their entry and all finishers will earn custom medals created by Ashworth Awards who is the major sponsor. In addition, they serve a hot meal to all runners as well as samples of food items from local suppliers. Awards will be given out to the top 3 male and female winners in both races and a special piece if you are one of the first 150 to register for the half marathon and complete the combo. The overall winners of the races will be awarded running shoes from DB Sports and the winners of the 10 Miler will receive artwork supplied by artists from the Attleboro Arts Museum. Last but not least, they will hold a runner’s raffle loaded with many exciting prizes.
For more information about the Old Fashioned 10 Miler and Flat 5K and/or to register, simply log on to www.wampanoagroadrunners.org . The “Wamps” look forward to seeing you there…