The John LeClerc Wind Turbine 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk was started to revive a once powerful Narragansett Cross Country program.
Due to a small amount of participants since the 1980 season they have become; at best, a middle of the pack team to a point that fielding a full team at times had been a task. Four years ago the participation became low enough that conversations were that the program might be dropped.
Why the distance, course and name? The 5K distance was chosen because it is an attainable goal for most fit people in the age group (30- 45 yrs.) to run or walk. This age group would have children in or entering middle or high school. Our hope is that their children will become interested in running, enter the race and join the Cross Country team.
The course is believed to be the flattest 5K loop in the Town of Templeton, thus easy to run and fast for those that choose to do so. The race finishes in front of the Templeton’s Wind Turbine just to the side of the High School running track, hence the name. John LeClerc’s name was added just before our second race. See related article from the Worcester Sunday Telegram dated July 17, 2011.
Past Narragansett Cross Country Team History
The 1966 boy’s team won the school’s first State Championship along with league and invitational titles. From those first championships continuing until 1997 the boy’s teams have added 4 more State Championships, 25 leagues, 22 Wachusett Invitational’s, 6 District Championships with 2 State Championship runner-ups.
The ‘Gansett girl’s teams (team championships were first held in 1979) have kept pace with the guys. During this same period they captured 4 leagues, 10 invitational’s and 2 district championships. They also were State Championship runner-ups twice.
There are two objectives.
The first as stated in the history section is to revive a once powerful Narragansett cross country program.
The second as stated in our non-profit corporation Articies of Organization we are organized exclusively for the charitable purpose of providing scholarship and financial assistance to Narragansett Regional High School Cross Country team members. Through organizing, managing and timing of running events. All funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift or by contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to said funds. To fulfihl our scholarship objective we are asking for your support. Our costs to undertake this event will exceed $3,000 for 2012. A sponsor sheet is included in this folder. Entry fees are the main source of income. Entry fees have been kept bw ($15.00) to allow more people to participate. Our ist year 181 runners/walkers registered, last year the numbers grew to 292, this our 3 r year, we are part of Templeton's 250'hanniversary celebration and our goal is 500 runner/walkers. We have also added a kid's race for 2012 with no entry fees.
35 State Road
Exit 19 off of Rt 2
Phillipston, MA 01331
Office : 978-249-6300
Fax : 978-249-4808
198 Patriots Road
East Templeton, MA 01438
Office : 978-632-1221
Fax : 978-630-4585
Eric Ouellette from Ashburnham, MA
Time 15:00 in 2014
Jessica Anderson from Winchendon, MA
Time 18:28 in 2014
High School Male
Joseph Capps from Templeton, MA
Time 17:17 in 2014
High School Female
Anna Capps from Templeton, MA
Time 21:36 in 2011