Massachusetts National Guard Foundation
Battle Road 5K Was a Historic Success
The Inaugural Battle Road 5K Road Race was a great success. The race held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 attracted over 300 runners and walkers to the historic Minute Man National Park’s Battle Road Trails in Lexington and Lincoln, MA. The race sponsored by NGAMA’s Charitable Foundation, was organized by NGAMA Executive Director Augie Grace and Road Race Chairman CPT Molly Alesch.
The day started with greetings from Massachusetts National Guard Adjutant General Gary Keefe and NGAMA First Vice President LTC Jason Oberton. Then the Jubilation Singers from the McCall Middle School in Winchester, MA sang America the Beautiful and the National Anthem.
The Top Male Finishers were: Michael Trendell, Salem, MA (18:19), Kyle George, Lexington, MA (19:00) and Alex Mangelli, Arlington, MA. (19:44). The Top Females runners were Stephanie Burnham, Hudson, NH (20:16), Yvonne Green, Lexington, MA (20:20) and Emily Miller, Cambridge, MA (21:35). The Adjutant General’s Cup for the best Military team was won by Team RRB from the Massachusetts National Guard Recruitment and Retention Battalion (Emily MacLean, Anthony Ortega, Robert Peters, Bianca Pyrtle, and Danielle Sullivan). The second place Military team was Task Force Patriot followed by 212EIS. The winning Civilian team was Team Free Tom Brady.
Over 200 people attended the Awards Ceremony held at Lexington’s Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub. Maj Gen Keefe, LTC Oberton and MAJ Michael Currie presented Medals and Trophies to the top 3 finishers for both male and female runners in 7 categories. Radio Station MIX 104.1 provided music and prizes at the Awards Ceremony.
All proceeds benefited NGAMA’s charitable ventures including scholarships, professional development and financial assistance. We thank all of our sponsors. They were: Minuteman Level, Boston Red Sox Foundation and Waxy O’Connor’s, Patriot Level, Eastern Bank, Lahey Health, MIT Lincoln Labs, Oasis Systems, and Sodexo, Militia Level, Harold Nichols Insurance Agency, Marquis Tree Service, New York Life, R. Jenkins Insurance Agency, and USAA, and Mile Marker Sponsors, Watertown Savings Bank and Wilson Farms. We also thank the Minute Man Technical High School and the National Park Service for their assistance and cooperation.
We hope next year’s race will be even better and larger. See you next year!
Minuteman Level Sponsors
Patriot Level Sponsors
Militia Level Sponsors
R. Jenkins Insurance Agency
Mile Marker Sponsors
The Foundation: Who We Are
The Massachusetts National Guard Foundation was founded as a Non Profit 501(c) 3 Organization in April 2015 with the purpose to provide charitable and educational aid in the form of money and other property and services. The Foundation also agreed to administer a scholarship program developed by the National Guard Association of Massachusetts.
This year the Foundation awarded three college scholarships to sons and daughters of members of the Massachusetts National Guard. The Foundation now seeks to raise additional funds so that the focus of the Foundation can shifted more towards providing financial assistance to our soldiers and airmen. The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively to raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, bequests of moneys; acquire, receive, hold, invest and administer in its own name securities, funds or property and make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the Massachusetts National Guard.
What we are doing
With the ongoing demands placed on the Massachusetts National Guard, many of the members of the Massachusetts National Guard have been on multiple deployments. These deployments, along with the difficult economy, have placed a burden on our Soldiers and Airmen.
To support our mission, the Massachusetts National Guard Foundation must actively engage in fund raising. Our funds are then distributed to members of the Massachusetts National Guard and their families during times of emergencies. Additionally, we will support our Wounded Warriors and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We are also proud of our commitment to preserve the rich history of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard.
As a 501(c) 3, the Foundation will respond to the needs of our members in support of our mission statement. Additionally, we will helped provide basic needs such as food, gasoline and housing to our Soldiers and Airmen facing hardship from unemployment after their deployment.