2nd Annual Foxborough Cares 5K

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Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Foxboro Cares 5K. This race will be held on Saturday, June 1st in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The Foxborough Cares 5K is a collaboration of efforts from community volunteers who wanted to continue a long-standing, beloved tradition of gathering to run for a cause on the first Saturday of June each year. The proceeds of this 5k will benefit 3 local non-profits:

  • The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center at the Orpheum run by a non-profit organization whose mission is to keep our theater vibrant for the community.
  • ConfiKids, a non-profit that builds kids confidence by providing financial support for recreational, enrichment, sports and arts programs to families with financial challenges.
  • The Foxborough Police Relief Association who provides scholarships and relief funds to community residents and programs.

The first 200 registered runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt so don’t delay and register for this great community-focused road race today!

To register for the 2nd Annual Foxborough Cares 5K please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

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Race Recap: Raynham K of C 5 Miler

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A rainy spring morning greeted locals early yesterday morning before the rain gave way to an absolutely perfect afternoon. It was a quick shot over to nearby Raynham, Massachusetts for the Raynham Knights of Columbus 5 Miler where the spring rain and a touch of humidity in the air made for a good springtime run!

For those familiar with the Colonial Road Runners Monday night fun runs, this race took runners on a reverse course featuring sections of that run and then an added couple of additional neighborhoods, as well. The course itself had a somewhat gradual uphill grade to it and the King Phillip Road hill was in the final mile of the race which made for a very solid uphill run as you hit the mile four marker which then gave way to a slightly downhill finish in the last mile.

Felt decent on the course but definitely could have used a tad thinner of a rain coat as by the time I was around 3.5 miles in the heat could certainly be felt. It was only the high 50’s but the humidity and rain added a different element to the run I battled through. Overall, pleased with my time at the race finishing with a gun time finish of 41:11, good for 8:14/miles.

Post-race, runners are welcome to stick around for a full pancake breakfast. I picked up a banana, water and some cranberry juice and then made my way to a coffee shop for post-run coffee!

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Register Today for West Island 5K

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This year’s West Island 5K will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 11:00 AM and this is one race you don’t want to miss out on! The West Island 5K is a great, fast 5K that has an amazing course and a great local feel to it and the organizers do an amazing job putting on a really nice run year in and year out.

The race takes place in the West Island section of the coastal town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and the course is USA Track and Field Certified featuring a mostly flat and fast loop throughout scenic West Island. Runners take off on a fast and downhill start and a sharp uphill incline into the finish line adds a really nice challenge into the race.  Each mile will be marked and a water station will be fully stocked at the 1.5-mile point. Throughout the course, local residents line the route particularly at the finish line cheering runners into the finish.

In addition to running a really nice course, runners can feel good about supporting a great cause when registering for the race as all proceeds go to the Fairhaven High School Cross Country program and to the non-profit, Strive and Achieve.

I have run the West Island 5K a couple times and highly recommend the race. For a previous race recap, click here.

Be sure to give a “Like” to the West Island 5K on Facebook by clicking here to keep up to date with race day details and additional information.

To register for the West Island 5K, please click here.

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Race Recap: Athletes Crush Cancer 5K

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It was a quick trip a few towns over yesterday morning to Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts for the Athletes Crush Cancer 5K.

Saturday morning brought cold, windy temperatures with a dusting of snow to the region and though Sunday was supposed to warm up a little bit the 10AM race start was sunny but still had a touch of the cold and windy air lingering around. That said, for March it was still pretty decent so long sleeves and shorts were in order making my way out onto the course.

The race took place completely on the grounds of Stonehill College and weaved runners throughout campus for the 3.1 mile race. There was a healthy mix of flat roads and a couple inclines mixed into the course for good measure. The course seemed to move along at a nice pace, likely thanks in part to the Stonehill track members who helped keep an early fast pace.

The race was organized by Stonehill College field hockey player MacKenzie Greenberg who told an absolutely amazing story about her own battle with cancer before the race kicked off. Greenberg has done some amazing things while battling cancer ranging from playing college level field hockey, writing a book and starting her own non-profit and deserves a tremendous amount of praise for organizing such a great race!

A good morning for running and a nice pace at the Athletes Crush Cancer 5K with a finishing time of 24:12, good for 7:49/miles. Always nice to run a great race in support of a great cause!

 

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Discount Code for Zulu Audio

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Readers of The Running Griffin are being offered an exclusive deal on the new wearable bluetooth audio speakers from Zulu Audio.

Zulu Audio is offering all readers a discount off their wearable bluetooth speakers! These speakers typically sell for $99 but friends of The Running Griffin can purchase these speakers for $59 when using the discount code PG2019 at checkout.

Wearable speakers are much safer than headphones, and they are more convenient than a standalone speaker. The Zulu Audio speakers create a really enjoyable portable surround sound that is great if you are wanting to listen to music but still be aware of your surroundings. Also, the speakers rest on your shoulders right near your ears, and they use directional sound, so you do not have to blast them loud and bother other people around you.

To purchase your Zulu Audio speakers at the discounted rate, please click here and be sure to use code PG2019 to save $40!

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Race Recap: Mick Morgan’s 5K

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This weekend was a full schedule of soccer matches for my oldest daughter but with Saturday’s first match taking place at 3PM, I was able to make my way over to the Mick Morgan 5K in Sharon, Massachusetts in advance of hitting the road for the soccer matches. The Mick Morgan 5K was the March Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners so always good when you can pick up some points for the Grand Prix series, as well!

The Mick Morgan race is advertised as a 5K race but race organizers clearly note that the course is actually 3.3 miles and adjust the timing accordingly. Kudos to them for doing this! Running longer is never an issue but when race directors don’t adjust timing accordingly that can be a real pet peeve for runners.

The race raises money for HESSCO and supports their mission of delivering over 130,000 Meals on Wheels each year, providing homemaking and home health aide services, advocating for residents in nursing facilities, counseling Medicare recipients on health insurance options and protecting our seniors from neglect and abuse. A very noble cause and one runners toeing the starting line happily helped raise money for.

The race kicks off and finishes at Mick Morgan’s Irish Pub and for St. Patrick’s Day weekend you can’t really ask for anything more than that. Runners were decked out in their finest green and shamrock covered clothing as they made their way out onto the course.

The route was a really nice one with an overall hilly terrain mixed throughout the course. There were stretches of uphill running alongside a golf course and then through residential neighborhoods and part of the course looped back on the same roads both out and back. For most of the run there was some climbing involved but the course moved along really well and was free of any traffic. Neighbors hung a large Irish flag over one part of the course and a water stop was present at the halfway mark.

Overall, felt good out there running on Saturday and despite some hills and wind ran a strong race. Finished the race with a time of 26:33, good for 7:59/miles in the 3.3 mile course.

Hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Join Me at the Pack the Pantry 5K

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Looking for a nice 5K race in support of a local food pantry? Look no further and join me on June 8th in Dedham, Massachusetts for the 2019 Pack the Pantry 5K!

Organized by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, the Pack the Pantry 5K raises funds for the Dedham Food Pantry and runners are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with them to the race as a donation. The race organizers do a really nice job with this race which comes complete with a homemade breakfast for all runners post race.

I ran last year’s Pack the Pantry 5K and loved the course laid out for this 5K race. The race started off with some really nice uphills in the first mile followed by a significant downhill right around the one mile marker. The course was open to traffic but coned off on main roads and while running through the neighborhoods there wasn’t much traffic to contend with. A water stop was present at the half-way mark which proved to be important as runners made their way up another really good uphill stretch around the two mile mark. After tackling the hill it was then into another looped neighborhood stretch before runners made a right turn back onto the road the church was on for a good downhill and flat stretch heading into the finish line.

APR Physical Therapy will be at this year’s run again and will provide stretching for runners both pre- and post-race. Be sure to visit their table and take advantage of the amazing muscular work the APR team provides to runners; you won’t be disappointed!

Don’t delay and register for the race today and take advantage of their refer-a-friend program where you’ll receive $2 back for each friend you refer to run with you. Race a great 5K and help tackle hunger in the greater Dedham area. See you at the starting line in June!

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