Boys & Girls Club has Worcester Police on the run

From the Heart of the Commonwealth to the nation’s capital, 13 Worcester Police officers (sometimes 14) and one sheriff’s deputy will be lacing up their running shoes to jog 460 miles together over the course of four days, with a single, unified goal: to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester’s track and field program.

Beginning May 9, city law enforcement officers — led by WPD gang unit Officer Brian Piskator and vice squad Officer Nathan Reando — will run about 10 to 12 miles a day starting at City Hall and arriving at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 13. Sunday, May 14, kicks off National Police Week.

The route from Worcester to Washington, D.C., is being scouted by map right now, but a “driving recon” will be done by car before May 9, according to Piskator.

“The way it looks like right now it will be 10 to 15 miles per day for each runner. However, that’s going to be dependent on injury and condition. If one person goes down the first day and rolls their ankle, that’s going to bump everyone else up to 16 or 17 miles a day,” he said.

Worcester Sun, April 23-29: Mariano and Sinacola double up on Trump, Melifonwu takes aim at NFL dream + much more

Local blogger and urban planning expert Joyce Mandell’s five-point plan to invigorate Worcester’s Renaissance. Worcester Police on the run for city kids. And a whole lot more in your April 23-29 Worcester Sun.

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It’s a jam-packed Wednesday, April 19, Worcester Sun. Get in there!

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Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, will begin testing at Burncoat and Doherty [March 31]
Sina-cism: ‘Coming Apart,’ at Middlebury and elsewhere [April 2]
State’s highest court hears arguments for and against ICE immigration detainers [April 5]

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Editorial: New hope for Notre Dame church? [March 29]
Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, will begin testing at Burncoat and Doherty [March 31]
Youth baseball official frustrated by city’s tag days stance [March 26]
Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought [March 19]
Sina-cism: On guns, what professors ‘know’ just ain’t so [March 26]

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Mariano: The problem of PCBs at Burncoat and Doherty high schools could be worse than I thought [March 19]
Mariano: Shame on the mayor, superintendent and School Committee! [March 8]
Filmmakers hope to whip up fundraising frenzy for Major Taylor biopic ‘Black Cyclone’ [March 22]
Editorial: Crime stats show Worcester becoming safer in long run [March 22]
Requiem for Dissent: McGovern-ing in the era of Trump [March 19]

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Filmmakers hope to whip up fundraising frenzy for Major Taylor biopic ‘Black Cyclone’

Running from Foster to Highland streets through the heart of downtown Worcester — and never more than a few blocks away from the infamous incline of George Street — is Major Taylor Boulevard.

The bustling thoroughfare is named after Marshall “Major” Taylor, a pioneering athlete who trained to become the first black world champion cyclist in 1899 by repeatedly sprinting the steep 500 feet between Main and Harvard streets. The second world-champion black athlete, after boxer George Dixon, Taylor’s grueling workout inspired an annual fundraising event at George Street that continues with its 15th edition in July.

The American sprint champion in 1900 and one-time holder of seven world records, Taylor retired in 1910 at 32 years old, fell on hard times and died destitute at 53 in a Chicago hospital, his legacy all but forgotten already.

Locally, the Major Taylor Association has attended to that legacy with events, including the George Street Challenge, not to mention a downtown monument, for the man known as “The Worcester Whirlwind” and “The Black Cyclone.” A number of books have been written, as well, but many feel his impactful life deserves more attention

In an effort to shed more light on Taylor’s heroics on a national level, a group from Beverly Hills, California — including producer Rashid Bahati, author John Howard and script writer Rob Walker — have come together to create a feature film, “The Black Cyclone.”