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Over 1500 Bridge the Gap through heavy fog

QUINCY -- A heavy fog at 8 a.m. didn't stop 1,551 runners from turning out for Quincy Medical Group's annual Bridge the Gap to Health race Saturday morning.

Matt Mueller, who ran the 5K with his son, Wyatt, 11, said the fog changed the experience of running across the Quincy Bayview and Memorial bridges. Mueller and Wyatt, who was one of more than 100 students from Quincy's four parochial schools to compete in the event with the Quincy Running club, finished the race neck-and-neck.

"We're both pretty competitive," Mueller said. "We were really close at the finish line, but I think he probably got me today."

PHOTOS: Click here for a photo gallery from the race

Children younger than Wyatt were still able to enjoy some competition through the Paul Arndt Fun Run, which is held annually during Bridge the Gap.

"The smiles on their faces are priceless, especially the little ones, the 3- to 8-year-olds," said Julie Bowen, who has been volunteering with the Fun Run for 24 years. "They get medals just like mom and dad do, and a lot of them end up graduating on to the big race.

Perritt Foundation grants benefit area children

QUINCY -- Five Quincy-area programs that serve children received grants totaling $37,500 Wednesday.

"Community is important to all of us," said Elise Tyrpin of Quincy, whose family manages the Richard A. Perritt Charitable Foundation. "These grants will be able to put a smile on a child's face and provide them with the ability to partake in an activity that will foster development, improve confidence and allow a child to have fun."

The Perritt Foundation is a 26-year-old not-for-profit managed by the Tyrpin family. Grants worth more than $1 million have been awarded annually to medical research hospitals in the Chicago area for cancer and eye disease research. Hospitals such as Lurie Children's Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center have been recipients of grants.

Mark Tyrpin, president and CEO of Mercantile Bank, said the foundation's secondary focus is youth development and activities.