Kenwood will lead Arnold Mills Parade

Kenwood will lead Arnold Mills Parade

CUMBERLAND – Thomas Kenwood, longtime road race chairman of the Arnold Mills Parade Association, will be grand marshal of its 2019 parade.

Kenwood, the former Cumberland High School indoor and outdoor track coach who still volunteers at the school, will lead the 93rd edition of the parade, a Fourth of July tradition since 1964.

The organizer of the Arnold Mills 4th of July Four Mile Road Race for the Arnold Mills Parade Committee, he has been a part of it for 40 years.

“Tom is a great person to honor this year. He has organized road races for many organizations over the years. He still volunteers at Cumberland High School with its young men and women who hope to further their abilities in athletics, said Joyce Hindle Koutsogiane, chairwoman of the parade. “We are pleased to finally give him the recognition that he truly deserves.”

Kenwood, of Cumberland, graduated from Tolman High School in Pawtucket in 1969 where he competed in swim, basketball, cross country and track. He went on to Rhode Island College, where he excelled in athletics.

In 1973, he started his coaching career under the guidance of Ray Dwyer at RIC as his assistant for track and cross country. In 1974, he was hired at Cumberland High to coach indoor and outdoor track. He taught physical education in the Providence Diocese until 1978 when he was hired at the Cumberland School Department, where he taught until 2010.

Kenwood completed his 43rd year of coaching at CHS in 2017, but continues to volunteer at the school. His teams have won more than 600 meets and more than 40 division titles. They are on a streak of winning cross country, indoor, and outdoor division titles for at least the past five years.

He says he is most proud of the fact that 40 of his athletes have gone into coaching track or cross country if only for a brief time.

Kenwood remains very active in the community. He serves on the Cumberland Parks and Recreation Commission and runs youth track meets in the summer for town residents. He served on the Cumberland Youth Soccer Association as a coach and board member for 10 years. He has organized the CumberlandFest 5K Road Race for 27 years as well as serving on the steering committee.

Kenwood is a member of various athletic halls of fame. He and his wife Kathy have three adult children, Chris, 37, Michaela, 35, and Mark, 33. He has coached all of his children in sports.