On Sunday October 20, 2013 the Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation (OPTN) will host the first annual John Tanner Memorial 5K Run. The race will start behind the Wayland Town Buildings @ 41 Cochituate Road Wayland, MA. All proceeds will go to support Batten disease research.
John Tanner was a longtime friend and employee at Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland, MA, who unexpectedly passed away while running the NYC half marathon this past spring. John was an exceptional athlete and competitive runner who devoted all of his races over the past 5 years to raising awareness about Nicholas and Batten disease. He was a wonderful person with amazing kindness and devotion to help others. We are blessed that he chose to help Nicholas.
Nicholas is our now 10 year old son and was diagnosed 5 years ago with a life threatening brain disease known as Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, or Batten disease. Children with this disease suffer from seizures, blindness, dementia, immobility, and will typically die between the ages of eight and twelve. Batten disease is potentially curable if given enough support for research.
Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation has worked hard during the past 5 years to directly fund worthy research initiatives and we organized an international scientific conference in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and other Batten disease foundations. Our second scientific conference is planned for spring 2014 to again bring the best scientist in the world together.
Saturday, October 19th from 1pm - 5pm
at Russells Garden Center @ the OPTN Raffle booth.
Sunday on race day between: 9:30am-10:30am
at the Wayland Town Building parking lot.
Top 3 runners will receive medals.
Behind the Wayland Town Buildings
41 Cochituate Road Wayland MA
or: in the field behind Russells Garden Center
Directions to the race
WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland MA 01778-2614
Take Exit 17 (Newton/Watertown)
Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp, merge onto Centre Street (Route 16). Take Route 16 for .6 miles until you come to the intersection of Route 20 Go LEFT on Route 20 (West)
Continue on Route 20 West to the intersection of Route 27. At the lights, take a left; IMMEDIATELY on your right is the entrance to the WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING. There is a sign that says “WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING” beside the driveway.
TOTAL DISTANCE FROM EXIT 17: 10.7 miles
From the Mass Pike WEST:
Take Exit 13 towards Natick/Framingham
Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp, merge onto Route 30 WEST
At the intersection of Route 30 and Route 27, turn LEFT onto Route 27. Continue on Route 27 until you see the intersection of Route 20. The entrance to the WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING is on your left, IMMEDIATELY before the intersection.
TOTAL DISTANCE FROM EXIT 13: 4.8 miles
From Route 128:
Take Exit 26 (US-20 exit) towards WESTON/WALTHAM
Merge onto WESTON ST/US-20 West (becomes BOSTON POST ROAD) Continue on Route 20 West to the intersection of Route 27. At the lights, take a left; IMMEDIATELY on your right is the entrance to the WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING. There is a sign that says “WAYLAND TOWN BUILDING” beside the driveway.
TOTAL DISTANCE FROM EXIT 26: 5 miles
The course starts behind the Wayland Town Buildings @ 41 Cochituate Road Wayland MA. There will be guides at each turn and turnaround cone.
-Leaving the parking lot behind the Wayland Town Buildings. - take a left onto Pelham Island Road heading West. At 0.6miles take a right onto Jeffrey Road - run 0.4miles and at the end - turn Right back onto Pelham Island Road - heading west for 0.8miles. There will be a turn around cone at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Sign. From there you will run 1.5 miles back on Pelham Island Road.. Take a left into the back entrance of Russells Garden Center to finish the race.
Will be held at Russells Garden Center on Saturday, October 19th.
Yes, T-shirts for every runner
I know that running [volunteering for] a road race is potentially hazardous activity, which could cause injury or death. I will not enter and participate unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to any aspect of my participation in this event, including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I attest that I have read the rules of the race and agree to abide by them. I assume all risks associated with running in this event, including but no limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and inconsideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the OPTN Foundation’s JT Memorial 5k Run, the city of Wayland MA, all event sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.
Parent’s Signature if under 18 years: