Running with Friends: 5K Jamaica Pond Parkrun Every Saturday

Do you want to run but don't want to get out there alone? Then the free Jamaica Pond Parkrun happening every Saturday morning is for you. Rose Penfold and Laura Cornelissen created the organized 5K run that starts at 9 am every Saturday from the Pinebank Promontory. Penfold said she wanted to create a community run because she missed her local parkrun in London after moving to Boston in 2017. So she Cornelissen and Ann Carbone held a few informal weekly runs.

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First-Ever Women’s Olympic Marathon Champion, Boston Marathon Winner Honored By Councilor O’Malley

Joan Benoit Samuelson, who previously held the women's record for the Boston Marathon, was honored by the Boston City Council Wednesday. Jamaica Plain's City Councilor, Matt O'Malley, authored a resolution proclaiming April 12, 2017, as Joan Benoit Samuelson Day in Boston. Joan Benoit Samuelson won the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984, which was the first year the women's marathon was held in the Olympics. “I am thrilled to be honoring Joan Benoit Samuelson for her outstanding running success and commitment to promoting health and wellness across the country,” said O’Malley, who has participated in the Boston Marathon seven times. “Benoit Samuelson has and continues to inspire competitive runners with her story.”

Benoit Samuelson entered the Boston Marathon as a relative unknown in 1979 and ended up winning with a record-setting time of 2:35:15.

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Action shot of Tiger jamming

Meet the Roller Derby Women of Jamaica Plain

If you overhear a group of women calling each other names like Hex and Tiger, you might have fallen in with the roller derby chicks. Boston has an active derby scene. Four home teams play against each other from February through October and the travel team is ranked 26th internationally. Four of the skaters — Iris “America” Ayala, Caitlin “Hexoskeleton” Boag, Chloé “Tiger Eye” Mason and Michele “Della Kinetic” Savery — live here in JP. Not Your Mother’s Roller Derby
This is a time of revival for the sport.

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Boston Red Sox Foundation to Install Batting Cage at Curtis Hall Community Center

The Boston Red Sox Foundation will install four indoor batting cages this year at Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations, including Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. The batting cages are being funded by a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, an organization of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), "...to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada." "Baseball isn't just a sport -- it's a passion for so many Boston residents and children, and this grant will allow young people throughout our city to improve their baseball game in a welcoming, accessible environment," said Mayor Martin Walsh via a press release. "I'm grateful to our Red Sox Foundation partners for providing BCYF centers batting cages that will allow our young athletes to enjoy baseball throughout every month of the year." "On behalf of all players, and especially those who call the Boston area home, we are happy to direct funds from the Youth Development Foundation to help install indoor batting cages throughout the city," said MLBPA Executive Director and former Red Sox Tony Clark.

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Photos: First Responders Ball with JP Youth in Tourney

Boston's first responders and local youth played against each other in a two-day tournament held at Curtis Hall on Jan. 14th and 15th. Curtis Hall Program Supervisor Jeanette Ayala said the tournament is a “great opportunity for the community to see the police, fire and court officers interact with youth.”

The tournament gave the opportunity for area youth to get to know some of the EMS, BPD and BFD personnel through the area. All proceeds from the Meet the Face Behind the Badge Basketball Tournament were to benefit the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.  

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