Race Recap: Craft Classic Atlanta Half Marathon

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The annual guys weekend pilgrimage this year took five childhood friends to Hotlanta! An Atlanta Braves game, delicious food, copious amounts of coffee and brewery visits were in store for the five of us last weekend and my buddy Matt and I thought we would throw in a half-marathon for good measure. We usually try to do a race and in the past have done the Flying Pig Half-Marathon, the Bourbon Derby Half-Marathon in Kentucky, a 5K in Pittsburgh and more! Therefore, this year we thought we’d keep the tradition rolling and signed up for the Craft Classic Atlanta Half-Marathon.

The race kicked off nice and early but we weren’t going to be fooled as we saw the forecast called for some warm temperatures complete with humidity. With temps slated to rise into the 90’s, an early start allowed for a glimmer of hope that we would beat some of the heat but it was still quite warm as we toed the starting line.

The race kicked off in a park and made a quick loop through part of the park before heading out into the streets of Atlanta. I’m not sure why I assumed Atlanta was relatively flat but that assumption was quickly but to rest as we tackled what seemed to be hill after endless hill. The race took runners through residential neighborhoods and through some great, historic downtown areas many which seemed to have a little bit of a rebirth with some new restaurants, stores and housing. Running through the state that calls Coca-Cola home, the Coke murals that were painted on the sides of buildings were quite remarkable and added a nostalgic charm to the area.

When we reached the mile 4 marker, Matt and I agreed that this was now going to be a race where we just wanted to cross the finish line. The humidity was soupy and thick and even after running in the summer humidity of the Boston area and Matt running in the heat of Kentucky, this humidity was something fierce and with the combination of hills made for some of the more challenging running conditions we have faced in some time.

We ran along a great bike path near the Ponce marketplace and we ran past New Realm Brewery and sized it up for a post-run tour and lunch with the other three guys once we finished the race. Around the mile 10 marker we made a right turn up yet another hill and were greeted to the delicious aromas of a local homemade donut shop on the corner. I’d be lying if the thought didn’t cross our mind to just drop out of the race, polish off about a half-dozen donuts and then take a Bird scooter back to the hotel. However, we kept on trucking toward the finish line.

Closing in on the mile 12 marker, a high school friend and her kids who now live in Atlanta cheered us on and then met us at the finish line. After passing the mile 12 marker there was another punch-you-in-the-gut sized hill to run up before making a very slight downhill into the finish. Crossing the finish line never felt so relieving.

Even though there were post-race beers available, I was content eating a popsicle, pretzels and Twizzler bites and dousing myself in as much water as possible. Shade was needed in a bad way and sitting down almost became a dangerous game of figuring out if I’d be able to get back off the ground.

It was not a pretty race for either of us, but Matt and I stayed together from start to finish and picked each other up at the right times. We had a great time chatting, catching up, telling stories and jokes we have told a hundred times and crossed the finish line despite the conditions. We finished with a time of 2:24:02 but this race wasn’t about the time on the clock; rather, it was about the good time we had hanging out on the course and over the course of the weekend.

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Forrest Memorial Road Race

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The Forrest Memorial 5K Road Race is being held on September 22, 2019 in Marlborough. This road race benefits Thrive Support & Advocacy, a local non-profit that empowers children and adults with developmental disabilities to lead rich, active and self-directed lives.

Proceeds from this race support more than 25 social and recreation experiences for Thrive participants every month.

Race Details: 
Date: Sunday Sept. 22, 2019
Time: Race Start 11:00 am
Location: Wayside Athletic Club, Marlborough, MA
After race BBQ and bash with burgers, beers and music. Awards for top runners.

To register for the race, please click here and be sure to use the discount code FORREST2019 to save $5 off your registration fee.

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Bridgewater Kids Road Race

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After a three year hiatus, the one mile, Bridgewater Kids Road Race, open to Bridgewater children only in grades K-8—with separate races for boys and girls, will be staged again this coming fall, on Sunday afternoon October 6th , at 2:00 p.m., on the campus of Bridgewater State University.

The race was a fixture in Town from 1980 through 2015, a 36 consecutive year run. The 37th edition is presented by Bridgewater State University Athletics (track and cross country teams), with support from Northeast Race Management, Colonial Road Runners, and the Bridgewater Police Foundation.
There is no registration fee. Race information will be sent home with each child during the first week of school, but, in the meantime, race registration is now available at the following website:

www.bridgewaterkidsroadrace.com

For more info, contact race director, Sam Baumgarten, at 774-208-2933 or sbaumgarten@verizon.net.
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The Double Burn 5K

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Registration is now open for The Double Burn 5K, a race in support of the non-profit Anna’s Pals.

Anna’s Pals Night of Remembrance and Light will take place on Friday, November 29th at Jamaica Pond in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. The evening will start off with The Double Burn, a 5K race around Jamaica Pond and appropriately gets its name as you will be burning off your Thanksgiving calories and then will burn a candle in remembrance of a loved one.

The 5K race begins at 2:30 PM with the lighting of candles to follow at 4:30 PM. All race participants who register before September 1st are guaranteed a tee-shirt.

Anna’s Pals is a 501c3 non-profit charity founded in memory of Anna Jerome who passed away after a courageous battle with leukemia. Anna’s Pals is working  to preserve Anna’s kind spirit by using her wish to help others in their battle against leukemia and funds from The Double Burn 5K will go to continue the work in Anna’s memory. To learn more about Anna’s Pals, please visit their website by clicking here and “Like” the organization on Facebook here.

To register for The Double Burn 5K in support of Anna’s Pals, please click here.

 

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Humidity Beats Kevin Tonight

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If it has been said once it has been said a million times. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.

As runners, we all have our off days/nights of running and tonight the humidity beat me pretty good. It was sort of a last minute decision to head to the Raynham Monday Night Fun Run this evening after a bit later train commute home and it would have been easier to stay home and just put the feet up. But I changed into my running gear and made the short drive a town over and tackled the 3.25 mile course.

It rained here earlier just a few hours earlier and the summertime humidity was in full effect. Within the first mile my shirt was already a soupy mess and the air was so thick you needed a fork and knife to cut through it. Having run this race more than a few times, I know what to expect out on the course but the humidity really was the wild card this evening.

I still ran a decent race and finished with a time of 26:19 on the 3.25 mile course which is good for 8:05/miles. Overall the pace was not terrible but I definitely felt the humidity take its toll and struggled more than normal. Nonetheless, another race complete and putting the feet up post-run was even more well-deserved than had I not run!

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Discount Today: Run for Jess 5K

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Today only! Take advantage of $5 off registration fee for the Run for Jess 5K in memory of what would have been Jess’s birthday today.

The 6th Annual Run for Jess is in remembrance of Jessica Thurston, who passed away from breast cancer. Jessica fought her battle for 2 years but ultimately succumbed to the disease on 8/30/2013. Jessica was an an avid runner and lover of life. Please come join us on 8/31/2019 to remember Jess, and help support the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund.

To honor her memory the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund was established by her family and friends. By holding events throughout the year, and raising funds for breast cancer research it is our sincerest hope to one day put an end to this dreaded disease. We have also been able to support graduating students at the East Bridgewater High School with a scholarship in Jess’s name.

The Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

I have run this race a few times since it started and the race is absolutely a must run for those looking for a great course, the ability to support a meaningful organization and the post-race picnic complete with food, raffles and a cash bar. To register today and save $5 off your registration fee, please click here.

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Race Recap: Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K

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After putting in a full day in the office one of the best ways to unwind is to go for a run! So yesterday after doing big things in the insurance industry it was off to South Boston for the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K.

Two of my colleagues joined me at the starting line and tackled the run on what was a perfect night for running. Having run the Sugar Bowl in the past, this mid-July race has a propensity for being run on an absolutely scorching night but last night afforded runners temperatures that were in the low 70’s with a little bit of a breeze coming off the ocean and overcast skies that didn’t hurt either.

The Sugar Bowl 5K starts and finishes at the end of Carson Park right near the Boston Teachers Union building. The course is quite flat as runners make their way alongside the beach and the water and the road in the heart of Southie is closed down to all traffic for the race.

Last night I was feeling quite strong on the course and logged a sub-7 first mile and didn’t feel like letting up. I took the water on the course just past the first mile marker and around the two mile mark, as well, and wanted to keep up a good pace throughout the race. With the weather in my favor and with an overall flat course it was a good race to stretch the legs out on and focus on trying to maintain some speed.

I finished the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl with a time of 22:23, good for 7:12/miles. Last year I ran the race with a time of 23:07 and the year before that with some intense heat ran an 8:44/mile pace so overall some really nice improvement on this course over the past three years. I’l take it!

Thanks to Mrs. Running Griffin and my colleagues for joining me at the race!

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