The Ipswich Ale Half Marathon for Ipswich-Rowley Rotary returned this year and once again attracted hundreds of runners to the spectacular 13.1 mile course in Ipswich.  The race starts and ends at Castle Hill, and proceeds along the bucolic by-ways of Ipswich to benefit the Rotary club’s scholarship program and other service projects in Ipswich and Rowley.    
 
As in the past, most of the competitors came from the Boston and North Shore area.  But, several runners travelled from other New England states, Alaska, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington, DC.
 
We congratulate all the winners.  There were winners in each category, winners who ran their best times, and winners who completed the challenge of this scenic but challenging road race.  But, the big winners on Saturday were the young scholars of Ipswich and Rowley who will receive scholarships, as well as our friends and neighbors in these communities who benefit from Rotary’s on-going service and charitable activities.      
 
Reed Dolan of Ipswich finished first among all runners with a time of 1:11:30 minutes.  Reed led a large pack of runners from start to finish.  Following the race he told the Ipswich Local News that although this was his first time competing in the event he was familiar with the course.  Reed works at the beach gate in the summer, so this was ‘kind of my morning commute’.
 
The fastest woman this year was Julianna Catania of Brookline with a time of 1:28:24.  Sarah Lynam of Ipswich was second among the women, with a time of 1:32:57.  
 
Tom Lynam posted the best time for men ages 30-39 with 1:32:50.  Dan Healey of Ipswich was the fastest man over 60, finishing with a time of 1:35:42.  Jack MacLaughlin of Anchorage, Alaska travelled the greatest distance and celebrated with a good time of 1:31:20. 
 
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary also must acknowledge our winning team of major sponsors, without whom this wonderful event would not be possible:
 
Ipswich Ale BreweryInstitution for Savings
Bank GloucesterTrustees of Reservations
Ipswich Family YMCABeverly Hospital
 
We also are very grateful to the following organizations whose considerable contributions were vital to the success of the event:
 
Action AmbulanceBaystate Physical Therapy
East End BagelsIpswich Police Department
Kayem FoodsIpswich Department of Public Works
Pomodori Pizza 
 
And, our special thanks go to the many Rotarians and local residents who generously volunteered their time and talent. 
 
Finally, thanks to all the runners who participated.  We’ll see you next year!
 
Heroes don’t have to wear a cape.  Some wear a uniform, or just a smile as they make a difference in your life, our community, or the world.  Along with the brave men and women who have served our country and community, a hero is anyone you admire for their courage, outstanding achievements, noble qualities, or who gives back to the community.  
 
Remember and honor your Hero by sponsoring a flag with a contribution that also helps Rotary fund our community-based and international service projects.  The flag project was a huge success last year in Ipswich when 100 full-sized U.S. flags graced the South Green for several weeks.  This display of patriotism and gratitude is back and bigger than ever.  
 
This year, 200 flags will be on display in Ipswich.  And, in celebration of our new identity as the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club, we have added 100 flags on the Rowley Common.  Flags will be displayed on the Ipswich South Green from May 27-June 18, and in Rowley from June 18 to July 9.  Flag sponsorships will be accepted on a first-come basis until sold out. 
 
Register Online on our website, www.ipswichrotary.org, and pay by credit card or check.  Sponsorships are $50 per flag in the location of your choice, and the funds raised will go to the Ipswich Rotary Charitable Trust.  Click HERE to register.
 
NEW - Register Manually by picking up a sponsor form at one of our convenient drop-off locations in Ipswich.  Simply fill in the form, also attached HERE, and bring it and your payment to a drop-off site:  
 
BankGloucester, 143 High Street, Ipswich
Institution for Savings, 2 Depot Square, Ipswich
Institution for Savings, 112 County Road, Ipswich 
 
Donations are picked up at one of the drop-off locations, Brookline Bank on Market Street.  Seen in the photo are Rotarians John Witzig and Heidi VonAsch, the bank's branch manager, along with John's son Matt. 
 
Ipswich-Rowley Rotary completed its ’25 Days of Kindness’ food drive for The Open Door food pantry last week.  The Gloucester based food assistance organization serves all of Cape Ann and also owns and operates a pantry in Ipswich.   
 

Once again, our month-long annual drive was a big success.  Over 2,100 food items and household products were collected, totaling over 1,000 pounds of groceries delivered to the Open Door last Thursday.  All of this was made possible through the generosity of Rotarians and local residents.  
 
We are deeply grateful to our local sponsors and supporting organizations that promoted the drive and provided drop-off locations.  These include BankGloucester, Brookline Bank, the Institution for Savings, Ipswich YMCA, Manchester Athletic Club, and the Winthrop Elementary School.  Our special thanks also go out to Rotarian John Witzig and his son Matt for picking up and delivering three large loads of groceries to The Open Door. 

 
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Ipswich-Rowley
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Village Pancake House
26 Main Street
Rowley, MA 01969
United States of America
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