Saturday's rain didn't turn away a large contingent of runners, including many firefighters, from the 5K, starting and finishing at the Captain Samuel Brown School.
It poured Saturday, and even the possibility of some flooding didn't discourage the 244 runners and walkers who signed up to hit the pavement in support of Jim Rice's family. That crowd included a large number of local firefighters. The Run for Ricey 5K and fun run/walk was held at the Brown School to benefit Rice's family. Rice, a veteran Peabody firefighter, died in the line of duty on Dec. 23. Peabody's Dan Vassallo took first in Saturday's 5K in a time of 16:18 while the first female finisher was another of Peabody's own: Katrina Gravel in third overall at 18:53. Awards were given out for best overall male and female finishers and by age group for both male and female.
Brown School parents are putting on a 5K and fun run/walk fundraiser to benefit the family of fallen Firefighter James Rice.
The Brown School is racing for "Ricey" June 2 -- for late Peabody Firefighter James Rice, that is. The 5K and milelong fun run/walk fundraiser, which will benefit Rice's family, is being organized by Brown School parents and is just the latest effort by the school community to support the family in the wake of tragedy. Rice died in the line of duty on Dec. 23, 2011. "The Brown School, as well as the city of Peabody, felt a great loss [that day]," said parent Lisa O'Connell -- the Rice family lives across the street and two of the children are students at the elementary school. "We want an event that brings family, friends and the community together to recognize his great service and sacrifice," she said. "The family will always have a …