Nonprofit organization Bread of Life held its 22nd Annual Walk for Bread and 5K Run on Sunday, October 5. The event drew an impressive number of runners and walkers from Malden, Melrose and surrounding areas. Weimen Tchen, a co-chair of the Bread of Life Walk/Run, oversaw the race.
Dressed in bright yellow shirts, the participants made their way around Pine Banks Park, enjoying the event and the day’s unexpected warmth and sunshine. The course wove through Sylvan, Lebanon and Forest Streets and ended where it began, near the Pine Banks Park picnic area.
The male and female winners of the 2014 Walk for Bread 5K Run are Colin Stanton from Cambridge and Malden’s own Megan Foley, a student at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. This year’s race was in honor of Mike and Marcia Sullivan of A & A Window Products. (Their Malden headquarters are at 15 Joseph St.) The pair have been long-time supporters of Bread of Life.
Many of Malden’s elected officials also attended the event.
“I did enjoy the walk,” said Ward 2 Councillor Steve Ultrino. “I wish I could have run this year, but I am having a little trouble with my leg. It was such a beautiful day to do this 5k walk surrounded by so many people who care about the Bread of Life’s work and helping people. It was an honor to be a part of it.”
“Sunday was a spectacular day,” said Councillor at Large Debbie DeMaria. “I was so happy to be part of the Bread Of Life 5K Walk. Myself, along with Councillors Peg Crowe and Barb Murphy, wore pink hoodie sweatshirts to honor not only Bread of Life, but Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Junior Aid Association of Malden. We are so fortunate in Malden to celebrate and support Bread Of Life!”
“I really enjoyed the Walk for Bread again this year,” said Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson. “This is one of the best causes and near and dear to my heart. The weather was perfect and it was very well attended.”