UMass Police & Friends win first Mass. ‘Half Dash’

The UMass Police & Friends team won top honors in the Half Dash competition in this year’s Mass Dash road race across the state on July 13-14.
Now in its fourth year, the 200-mile fundraiser for cancer research traces a route from the foot of Mount Greylock in Lanesborough to Carson Beach in South Boston. The Half Dash is an 85-mile route from Mount Greylock to UMass Amherst.
“Due to some last minute injuries we had to pull back our commitment this year to the full race to Boston and ‘only’ did the Half Dash to Amherst,” said deputy chief and team captain Patrick Archbald. We ran from the New York border to Amherst in 12 hours and 28 minutes, a new record for our team.”
The team included Archbald and his son, Conor, Officer Jen Yazwinski, Damien Fenske-Corbiere, Ben Thompson, sergeants Mike Malouin and Brian Green, and detectives John Hall and Derek Napoli.
Archbald said this year’s race raised more than $140,000 for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“We have participated for four years and will continue to participate every year,” said Archbald. “If anyone has interest in joining us they can contact me.” 

Photo: Standing, from left, Deputy Chief Patrick Archbald, Officer Jen Yazwinski, Damien Fenske-Corbiere, Ben Thompson, Sgt. Mike Malouin, Sgt. Brian Green and detective John Hall. Kneeling, detective Derek Napoli and Conor Archbald