Original Runners

Each year, the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women pays tribute to a unique group of women who have run the race every year since its inception in 1977.

Most of them stepped up to that start line for many different reasons in 1977, whether it be a commitment to get healthy, to gain self-confidence, to make a stance for women in sports, or simply to have fun. Whatever it was, this race has become an important part of their lives.

Although they did not know each other, this special group has formed an everlasting bond — the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women! They will not only run with each other on race day, but their friends, sisters, daughters, and colleagues will join them to celebrate women and healthy living. Be sure to “Follow Them” on Columbus Day, as they surely know the way!

  • Joyce Barrett

    In 2003 the Tufts streak almost ended for me. While riding my bike, I was hit by a car and suffered a fractured femur. At that point, I was having trouble walking…

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  • Nancy Breen

    I joined a running class sponsored by the Weymouth Health Department. The instructor Jack Stoddard told us about the Bonne Bell in 1976…

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  • Shirley Jacobson

    I wish I could say that the reason for running the race is for raising lots of money for worthwhile causes. Though I have given to various charities…

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  • Paula Metivier

    When I ran the Bonne Belle in 1977, I had no idea how to pace myself, let alone complete a 10K race, or mini marathon as the race was called back then…

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  • Jane Rasmussen

    When I cross the start line for my final time, so many memories will be going through my mind – starting and finishing on Memorial Drive…

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  • Kathy Sastivickas

    I started to run the Bonne Bell in an effort to manage my weight after I quit smoking. I remember training so hard and being so fearful that…

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