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18  August 2015
Progeria Research Foundation's Race For Research Has A New Home

PEABODY, MASSACHUSETTS (…On Saturday, September 12, 2015 downtown Peabody will be the site for the 14th Annual International Race for Research, which includes a 5K road race and a 2-mile fun walk.   Sponsored by The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) and its long-time partner North Shore Bank, check-in starts at 7:45am and the race kicks off at 9:00am at its new official location Leather City Commons, 53 Lowell Street, Peabody.   Early registration (before 9/1) is $20 for the run, $15 for the walk and $10 for children ages 3-10 (walk or run).  Participants can also raise money by gathering sponsors for their run or walk.

“We are very excited about the move to the Leather City Commons”, states Audrey Gordon, PRF’s Executive Director.  “We held the race there last year as a test and we could not have been happier with the outcome! There’s plenty of parking, comfortable grassy areas and room to grow.  The race is more popular every year, and we want to thank the City of Peabody for working with us to find a great new location. ”

Progeria is a fatal, rapid aging disease that afflicts children, who die of heart disease at an average age of 14. The Progeria Research Foundation’s mission is to discover treatments and the cure for Progeria and its aging-related disorders, including heart disease.  For more information, please visit

David LaFlamme, CEO of North Shore Bank said, “We are proud to once again be a part of this great event which raises money for an incredible cause.  Audrey and the Foundation do such good work.  We thank all of you who come out to run and walk for this special organization."

Registration starts at 7:45am at Peabody City Hall, and we encourage everyone to register online to avoid long lines.  T-shirts are guaranteed for all who pre-register by August 20th. Awards will be given to top finishers in 8 age categories for the 5K race, top 3 Walkers to finish, and all kids. Additional highlights include a post-race party with free refreshments. Computerized timing for runners is provided by North Shore Timing.  The race is USATF sanctioned, and the course is well marked with signs, police officers and volunteers from Peabody High’s ROTC class along the entire route.

Online registration at or by calling 978-535-2594.

North Shore Bank was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Peabody.  The Bank operates 10 branches, located in the towns of Beverly, Danvers, Middleton, Peabody, Salem and Saugus. Call (877) 712-7000 to be connected to any office, or visit to learn more about the bank’s products and services.


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