Tarentino Strong 5k Run/Walk 2020
100% of all money raised in this event raised will go to the Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Charitable Fund (ORTJ). This event is a family friendly way to honor all that Officer Tarentino continues to stand for along with the great work the charitable fund continues to do. Officer Tarentino was a respected, well loved police officer who served with distinction in both the towns of Leicester and Auburn. He also was a true family man who loved spending time with his family. The mission of the ORTJ Charitable Fund is to lead by example in Acts of Kindness, Acts of Generosity and Service to the Community. We serve communities and families in Massachusetts and the greater New England area. Through the ORTJ Charitable Fund, donations are made and services are provided to families experiencing loss, illness or tragic events, including families of first responders and military. We grant scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing secondary education in community-service oriented careers. We sponsor programs within local school systems that promote kindness in the hope to put an end to bullying and school violence by involving students in positive outlets and a connection to their community. We have identified opportunities for officers and youth to invest their time and talents in community programs, to build relationships and foster a sense of respect, service and commitment.
Online registration is open for $30 per person and closes on September 15th at 11:30pm. T-shirts are guaranteed only to all online registrants. We will also offer registration at bib pick up on Friday, September 18th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm and on Saturday, September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am at the Leicester Rod and at the registration table on morning of the race for $35.00 per participant.
The start of the race will take place in the Leicester High school parking lot next to the Wolverine statue. Runners and walkers will head out of the High School, cross over Rte 56 and head down Whittemore Street. Runners and walkers will then turn right on to White Birch Street followed by another right onto Sconset Street. Runners and walkers will then head back on the same route and finish at Leicester High School. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of runners and walkers in the previous years, law enforcement and the race director will not be allowing dogs (special service animals are allowed), skateboards, bicycles, scooters, or other recreational toys on race route during the event.
Parking will be available at the Leicester Middle School parking lot, Leicester Town Hall and Leicester Senior Center. The best parking for the event will be at the Leicester Walmart, 20 Soojian Drive, Leicester, MA. The Walmart parking location will have buses leaving 8:00am - 9:35am bringing participants to the event location at Leicester High School. Buses will then begin making return trips starting at 11:00am following the conclusion of the event. Handicap and Team Hoyt parking will be available at the Leicester Primary School. No parking will be available at Leicester High School on the day of the event.
Bib pick up
We will be offering bib number pick up and race registration on Friday, September 18th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm and on Saturday, September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am at the Leicester Rod and Gun Club. Bib and t-shirt pick up is also available on race morning from 8:00am - 9:50am. Registration at bib pick up or on race day is $35.00 per participant with event t-shirts being given on first come. The Leicester Rod and Gun Club is located at 1015 Whittemore Street in Leicester, MA.
Awards will be offered to the top 3 overall male and female finishers. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in both male and female age groups, 18 and under, 19 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50+. Awards will also be given to the top three First Responder in Uniform and Team Hoyt.