4th Annual Run for Amy Memorial Trail Race

25th September 2021 | 2:00pm

Appleton Farms, Ipswich | 5 & 10K run distances / ~1 mile walk option


** We have unfortunately decided to postpone the Run for Amy to 2021 due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.  We are so looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces again next year!  In the interim, we will be launching an e-commerce site in the coming weeks so that folks can stock up on Run for Amy gear!  Please also support our fundraising efforts, which will be targeted to pandemic relief.   Thank you all! **

Please join us for the fourth annual Run for Amy Memorial Trail Race, on September 25th 2021 through beautiful Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA.   The race, in memory of Amy DiAdamo Foster, is meant to celebrate her life through embracing her passions of both running and spending time outdoors. Equally as important to Amy was the opportunity to gather friends and host a great party so don’t plan on leaving after your race, as music, food and libations are part of the festivities!

The Run for Amy is a fundraising event with all proceeds going to charity – primarily to cancer research at Dana Farber, but also to support Appleton Farms and land preservation.  Please give generously to these worthy causes!!


The race is intended to be casual – we will run through the trails of Appleton Farms, a mix of single track trails and dirt roads, with some beautiful views along the way. I suppose we wouldn’t really be honoring Amy’s memory if there wasn’t some form of competition involved…prizes awarded for top adult & child 5K/10K finishers.

  • Location: Appleton Farms, 219 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
  • The race will start and end near the visitor center, with folks gathering before and after in the stone paddock
  • 2 p.m. race start time, both for the 5K and 10K.  This year we have also added a ~1 mile walk that will start shortly after the runners depart.   The registration fee is $35 for adults and $15 for kids under 10, t-shirts will be given to everyone that registers by August 31
  • We will have a myriad of food / dessert trucks and beer / wine / sodas available, as well as live music, so we hope everyone will stay afterwards!
  • Kids are encouraged to join into the fun and the race, there will be prizes for the top kid finishers in each of the 5K and 10K
  • We need volunteers!  Please register to help us on race day out on the course; we need folks to be stationed at splits in the trails to avoid wrong turns.  You can register to volunteer in the registration section below. Thank you!


Postponing to 2021!
Thank you to everyone that supported last year’s Run for Amy, it was a wonderful day filled with warm smiles and a strong sense of community.  We are grateful for the support from all of you – in total we raised $73,000, of which $50,000 ...
Read More
2019 Race Pics
Pictures from the 2019 Run for Amy are available on our site!!  Due to the number of pictures we didn't upload them at full resolution, please email me at franklin@runforamy.com if you'd like to get a full res version (please reference the image number).  Thanks ...
Read More


Amy DiAdamo Foster passed away in 2016 at the age of 41 after a heroic battle with a rare form of cancer.  Her smile and positive energy brightened the world around her even through her diagnosis, surgery, and treatments. We hope to channel Amy’s unique unwavering appreciation for life and her energy into this celebratory event.

Constantly in motion, Amy savored all that life has to offer.  Running, traveling, hosting parties, cooking, any sport put in front of her – she loved having fun (and competing!), and made sure that others around her did as well. In her “downtime” Amy could be found donating her time to many different organizations and will always be remembered for her empathy and compassion to the world around her.

Above all else Amy’s greatest achievement is her three young boys – Henry (13), Sam (11) and Jack (7) – who share her passions, energy and positive outlook on life.

Amy was an accomplished athlete, in college, high school and beyond.  Her best sport was lacrosse, in which she was co-captain of Middlebury College’s first national championship team.  A three time all-American, Amy still holds the record at Middlebury for career points scored, a record that is 25% higher than other player in the ensuing 20 years.  She is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame both at Middlebury College and Middlesex School.  As an adult, she excelled in roles in development, consulting, education and journalism.  In addition she was a member of the Board of Shore Country Day School and active in many other organizations.

During her long battle with cancer, Amy demonstrated physical and mental strength learned during her years as an athlete.  In a speech given at Middlebury, Amy reflected on how she approached challenges in life:  “Break it down:  you can do anything for 20 seconds.”


Boston Globe Obituary

Middlebury College Hall of Fame Profile and Video

Blog Chronicling Amy’s Battle with Cancer

Dana Farber Giving Page

For sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 event, please email franklin@runforamy.com! 

We are tremendously grateful for the immense amount of time that Alice Winthrop (website) and Jen Romans (logo design) have volunteered for this endeavor.

Alice Winthrop, website

Jen Romans, logo designs