The Watertown Police Finish Strong 5K Race and Walk started as a way for the community to come together after the lockdown and manhunt for the Boston Marathon Bomber, and this year it came together to honor one of the town’s fallen heroes.
Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn said the fourth annual race was dedicated to Watertown Firefighter Joe Toscano, who died fighting a fire just a couple blocks from Tufts Health Plan, where the race started and ended. He told Toscano’s wife, Maureen, that not only are Watertown Firefighters and firefighters around the state behind her family, the entire community supports them.
Maureen thanked those who supported Joe, and said he would have enjoyed the celebration.
“I know Joe’s looking down, just so impressed by the crowd, by the beautiful day and by the love and support that you all provided for us,” she said. “This is getting harder instead of easier right now, but it’s time like this that we really feel stronger because of you guys.”
This year the race drew 607 registered runners and walkers. The racecourse did a loop around Watertown, including through the site of the shootout – the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street.
The winner was Timothy Gill of Allston, with a time of 15:17. Isabella Donadio of Somerville was the top female runner and 12th overall, finishing in 18:46.
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