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September 6, 2013

Run and walk in memory of state trooper Sunday

The third annual Bob Laprel Road Race and Walk will be held on Sunday at Haverhill High School.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. The race is at 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s event raised about $3,600 for the Robert C. Laprel Memorial Scholarship for Haverhill High School seniors. Entry fee is $20 for those who preregister. The first 300 to register receive a blue race T-shirt. Cost is $25 on race day. Race day registration closes at 9:30 a.m.

Prizes for the road race include $100 to the overall first top male and female, $50 to overall second place male and female, and $25 to overall third place male and female. The top three male and female finishers in various age groups also receive awards.

Raffles will be held for two framed posters, one signed by Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque, and the other signed by Bruins left-winger Milan Lucic. Tickets are $1 each. The raffle will be held after the race.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police will have their cruisers there for children to look at and will distribute free junior silver State Police badges. The festivities will kick off with a State Police Color Guard, followed by Haverhill High senior Bobby Gariepy singing the National Anthem.

Laprel’s family organizes this annual event and this year they want to promote heart-healthy eating. Eileen Webster, a nutrition expert from Whole Foods in Andover, will discuss ways of incorporating more vegetables and other healthy foods into your diet, and will be handing out bottled water and fruits to runners and walkers, who are also invited to a free “make your own trail mix” station. A nurse from Merrimack Valley Hospital will talk about maintaining a healthy heart.

Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods will distribute hummus snack packs and Poland Springs will provide bottled water. Dunkin’ Donuts on Winter Street is donating 100 cups of coffee.

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