Run for Hope reaches 5th anniversary

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PORTLAND — The fifth annual Pouravelis Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K Run for Hope, honoring the memory of Jim and Maxine Pouravelis and raising money for a McAuley scholarship fund, will be held Saturday, May 14 in Portland.

The race was founded in memory of the Pouravelises, who both passed away from cancer in 2006.

Jim and Maxine’s daughters and McAuley alumnae Claudia and Justine Pouravelis oversee the event. Claudia, who played basketball prior to the Lions dynasty years and also ran cross-country in high school, is the Director of Graduate Admission at Regis College, outside of Boston. Justine, a member of the 2002 Class A state champion McAuley basketball team, is a Studio Producer at New England Sports Network.

“It’s a wonderful event and so much a testament to the fantastic McAuley community, coaches, parents, friends and administrators who are all involved in the race planning and organization,” said Claudia Pouravelis. “Many athletic teams participate in the run and as volunteers. We’re extremely grateful to the McAuley community for their devotion to the run. They have only affirmed why our parents loved the school so very much.”

The race begins at 10 a.m. A walk starts at 10:15 a.m. The course traverses the neighborhoods around the school. Nearly 200 runners took part a year ago, with an additional 60-plus walkers.

Red Sox tickets will be awarded to one of the top six finishers, to the top fundraiser and as a raffle gift. There will be other giveaways as well.

Post-race food and drink will be donated by local restaurants and companies, including pizza from Samuel’s and baklava baked by the ladies from St. Demetrios Greek Church, where Jim Pouravelis was heavily involved.

So far, funds from the race have resulted in over $35,000 awarded in scholarships to young women to attend McAuley.

Registration for this year’s race is open at mcauleyhs.org/alumnae/events/run_for_hope/register/.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. He can be followed on Twitter @foresports

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