While most of the running world is gearing up for Marathon Monday, Dedham resident Martin Hanley is finalizing the last details for the 29th annual James Joyce Ramble.
The 10k run brings together at least 2,000 athletes, the works of poet James Joyce, and fund-raising for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Hanley, an avid runner and the race’s founder started the event in 1984 while reading Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” which Hanley says was like training for a race. Thus the first James Joyce Ramble was held on March 26, 1984.
“Over the years I've talked with the people I know and see what they want to have a perfect race and then I get it done,” Hanley said.
This year’s event will be held April 29 and take runners from the Endicott Estate, along East Street, through Dedham Square, along Court Street, past the Fairbanks House, and back to the estate. It will also include a children’s race and an event called “Take a Walk” for anyone not interested in running.
The work of Joyce is still very much incorporated into the race and this year two dozen actors will read poems at each mile along the course. In addition, nonprofits and local organizations will be set up on the lawn of the estate to meet with residents about volunteer opportunities.
“I want to get the people who come out here engaged and talking to people," he said. "Plus it’s a great way for these organizations to get recognition for their work."
For more information about the race or register visit www.ramble.org.
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