“I will be “The Majestic Dragon,” said Isabella Ferrari, 13, explaining that she will wear a grey cape emblazoned with a dragon as the manifestation of her inner super hero. She joined the club because she loves to run and was looking for an after-school activity. “It feels good; I run whenever I have the energy.”
She’s gearing up for Sunday when dozens of running clubs and hundreds of runners will be vying for finishing places in the annual event. The run also offers a costume contest with cash prizes for the best individual and best group disguises. All proceeds from the race benefit local non-profit organizations.
The starting line is at 82 Pacific Street; start time in 9 a.m.
“This is such a fun event,” said Jennifer Tsolas, director of development at On The Rise. “We love to come out to support the runners and see all the imaginative costumes. And we are so grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of the event.”
On The Rise, located at 341 Broadway in Cambridge, is a place where women can find a nutritious meal, clean clothing, and a safe place to shower or sit during the day. It is also a place where women can forge relationships and find the resources and support they need to move out of homelessness.
Science teacher Michael Coughlin, an avid runner, started the club this fall and loves running with the youngsters.
“There were some funds available for an extracurricular sports club and running is a sport that doesn’t require a lot of equipment or a big financial investment,” Coughlin said. “Anyone can run.”
About half the youngsters in the club have committed to run in the race. While they will go as a group, they have not settled on a collective theme or disguise. Mr. Coughlin is convinced he will “come up with a Super Hero” in time for Sunday’s race.