27 Apr A run to remember: Racing in memory of Brockton’s Mark Creedon
BROCKTON – On a brisk spring morning hundreds of runners lined up at the starting line in idyllic D.W. Field Park for the sixth annual Mark Creedon Memorial Walk/Run Saturday.
“It’s a good opportunity to get together and celebrate Mark,” said Adam Creedon, Mark’s younger brother. “Mark loved these type of events.”
The race is held each year in memory of Mark, a Cardinal Spellman High School graduate, who was attending law school when he died of a bacterial infection, necrotizing fasciitis, which caused septic shock throughout his body.
An avid runner during his life, the first race was hosted just weeks after Mark’s death in 2011. Adam attributed the event’s ongoing success to his large family and the extensive network of “friends for life” who continue to participate in the event each year.
He added that more than 350 runners and walkers had pre-registered for Saturday’s race, and even more participants were registering that morning.
Often times, the race draws out runners who didn’t know Mark personally, but were inspired to run after a friend or family member shared his story.
“I heard he was just a great guy, and the family is well-known in Brockton,” said Eric Marchand, who has participated in each of the six races after a neighbor who knew Mark told him about the event.
“She talked it up to me, and that’s how I ended up here,” Laing said.
A strong contingent of runners from Cardinal Spellman – where faculty members still remember Mark from his high school days – also participate in the event.
“He was absolutely, 100 percent liked by his whole class,” said Jane Westerlund, the high school’s database administrator. “He was a giving kid, just so generous.”
To date, the race has raised more than $70,000 for a scholarship fund created in Mark’s name. 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 winner of this year’s race was McKenzie Wessen, who was the first woman to take first place at the event. Wessen was a high school classmate of Creedon’s youngest sister, Elizabeth Joyce, and will be running in the upcoming Boston Marathon.
The full race results can be found here.
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