08 Apr For Creedon Memorial run, 6 years of helping, healing in Brockton
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 5:41 PM
BROCKTON – Five years after the sudden death of her son, Mark, Andrea Creedon says an annual road race in his memory has helped her to heal while raising thousands for scholarships and community programs.
A Cardinal Spellman High School graduate, Mark Creedon, 33, was attending law school when he died of a bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis, which caused septic shock throughout his body.
“I just don’t want people to stop talking about Mark. I like hearing the funny stories and little quirks about him,” his mother said recently. “To not hear it, makes the heartache worse.”
The sixth annual Mark Creedon Memorial Walk/Run will be held in Brockton’s D.W. Field Park on April 9. The race will begin at 10 a.m.
Creedon was one of Brockton Water Systems Manager Brian Creedon’s five children and a member of the well-known Creedon family.
His family set up the race weeks after Mark’s death on Feb. 12, 2011 to cope with the tragedy.
“There was a tremendous void in my lifeat that time because of Mark’s loss,” said his younger brother, Adam Creedon, 35, a Norwell resident. “We were simply just trying to focus our energy on something. This was our way to harness and channel that energy into some thing positive.”
To date, more than $70,000 has been raised during the annual race in memory of Mark, who was an avid runner, for a scholarship fund created in his name, his family said. The fund has provided 22 scholarships at schools including Cardinal Spellman, Trinity Catholic Academy and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School, which Mark was attending at the time of his death.
The race has drawn more than 2,000 participants in the last five years. Last year, more than 400 participants from several states and cities and towns in Massachusetts took part in the event.
The 3.5-mile course for runners will begin at the top of Tower Hill, complete a full loop around the park and finish at the horseshoe parking lot just past the top of Tower Hill.
For walkers, there is a 2.2- mile course that begins at the top of Tower Hill, turns left on South Street before taking a right back into the park, also finishing at the horseshoe parking lot just past the top of Tower Hill.
The registration fee for this year’s race is $25, but students with a Spellman ID can register for $10.
There is no age limit for the event, and children under 10 can participate for free. Strollers are also welcome.
Those interested in participating in the race can register at www.markcreedonmemorialrace.org.
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