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Salem, Massachusetts, has become a popular community for runners over the past five years. The city hosts more than ten races every year ranging from distances of one mile to twenty, but only one of the races focuses on historic preservation. Three years ago, board members from Historic Salem, Inc., the local historic preservation board, started a 5K (3.1-mile) road race to raise both funding and awareness for historic preservation in Salem.
For the past two years, the Phillips House has been a sponsor of the road race, providing a venue for race preparation and a water stop at Dead Horse Beach. Members from Historic New England, Historic Salem, Inc., and the Wicked Running Club gather to prepare goody bags for participating runners and volunteers. Included in the bags are Historic New England’s Guide to Historic Properties and Phillips House event calendar.
Members of the Phillips House staff handed out water to thirsty runners at this year’s race on August 7. “Participation in the Heritage Days 5K provides an excellent opportunity for Historic New England to reach out to a new demographic of visitors. The run truly highlights some of Salem’s great historical and architectural assets,” says Site Manager Julie Arrison.