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Brian J. Honan 5K Road Race To Be Held September 20th Event to Benefit local charities and scholarships

August 20th 2009

Boston -

Runners from around the Commonwealth will join family and friends of the late Boston City Councilor Brian Honan for the Brian J. Honan 5K Road Race presented by New Balance on Sunday, September 20th at 12 noon. Funds raised from the event will benefit scholarship funds for the Allston Board of Trade and the Brighton Board of Trade. The race also benefits the Brian J. Honan Charitable Fund which has fostered local and national programs that support education, recreation, housing and healthcare.

Brian J. Honan served the Allston-Brighton community for more than seven years as District City Councilor and for his whole life as an advocate for Allston-Brighton and the people of the City of Boston. He lived a life filled with purpose and spirit which transformed ideas into action. Brian's vocation in serving the people of Boston – seniors, young people, community based workers and educators – left an unparalleled legacy.

Covering just over 3 miles of Allston-Brighton, the family-friendly run/walk will welcome everyone including competitive runners to families with strollers. The race begins at The Kells at 161 Brighton Avenue (near the intersection of Harvard Avenue and Brighton Avenue) at noon and everyone is encouraged to return to the host restaurant and pub just as the annual Allston-Brighton parade kicks off from Packard's Corner in Allston.

Participants in the USA Track and Field sanctioned event will enjoy a host of world-class race amenities, including a pre-race stretching tent, a pace car, post-race refreshments provided by The Kell's, and free long-sleeve race t-shirts for the first 1000 race entrants. Race medals will be provided to the first three finishers in each category with the first place prizes furnished by New Balance.

Those wishing to participate in the Brian J. Honan 5K Road Race may register at, call race director Richard Grealish at 617-549-7503, or register on race day beginning at 9:30am at The Kells.

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