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Softball Runs in Red Bandanna 5K

Oct. 19, 2011

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The softball team took part in the seventh annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run on October 15 to support the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust.

Along with the baseball and fencing teams, softball players competed and volunteered in the race while the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams offered their services as well.

"Welles's story makes you want to make a difference and do something noble," junior Maria Pandolfo said. "Putting on that red bandanna before the race was an honor. The run was a great way to show Welles and his family how important he still is to the BC community and that his story still lives on with everyone at BC, especially the student-athletes."

The Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run is a 5k road race on the Boston College campus held as an annual tribute to the September 11 hero. The race is co-sponsored by the Boston College Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust.

"The Welles Crowther Red Bandanna Run was an awesome experience," senior Brittany Wilkins said. "After hearing Welles's parents speak about his heroic life and experience at BC, I was truly inspired."

Welles Crowther was an equities trader in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Months after the attacks, survivors began piecing together stories of the events and Crowther's heroic acts came to light. Crowther used the last hour of his life to save the lives of others, using a red bandanna to cover his nose and mouth as protection against smoke and debris. Crowther had carried a red bandanna in his pocket since his father gave him one as a child, and it became his trademark as he wore one under his helmet as a BC lacrosse player. His heroics were documented in the "Outside the Lines" segment on ESPN, produced by ESPN's Drew Gallagher (BC '99), who was a friend of Welles at BC, written by Tom Rinaldi and narrated by the actor Edward Burns.

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