Register for the Westford Road Race

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Registration is now open for the 19th Annual Westford Road Race which will be held in the afternoon of Sunday, May 6th. The Westford Road Race features something for everyone with a Family Run taking place at 2PM followed by a 5K at 2:20 and the 10K start at 2:25.

Sponsored by Sullivan and Cogliano, Waste Management and The Groton Inn, the Westford Road Race benefits the Westford Charitable Foundation which supports several charitable endeavors. To see some of the organizations and individuals that have benefited from the Westford Charitable Foundation, please click here.

All races start at the Abbot School on Depot Street in Westford, Massachusetts and feature professional timing and prizes for the top finishers. Tee-shirts are guaranteed to the first 600 runners who pre-register for the race. The race course is described as being the perfect mixture of challenging and serene as runners make their way through the idyllic, New England town of Westford and is a USATF certified 5K and 10K course. Additional race features include a raffle and post-race fun!

To register for the 19th Annual Westford Road Race please click here.

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37th Annual Paddy Kelly Road Race

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Last Sunday it was a short drive up Route 24 to Brockton, Massachusetts for the 37th Annual Paddy Kelly Road Race. This five mile race is sponsored by the Colonial Road Runners and takes place within D.W. Field Park, a great park with running/walking paths through the urban locale of Brockton.

Having run the Paddy Kelly a number of times, you know what the course entails but the challenge of a race in February means you never know what the weather is going to bring on race day. Last year, the race was held with temperatures well below zero and a previous year the race was cancelled due to the snow and moved to April. This year, the temperatures were moderate for February and some rain made its way into the region. That said, race clothing called for shorts a long sleeve shirt and a coat which provided enough warmth and protection from the rain along the way.

The 5 mile course takes runners through what is really a hidden gem sort of place when it comes to nice, paved running trails free from traffic. As runners crossed streets intersecting the park, Brockton police officers held traffic allowing runners to cross safely. Each mile is marked on the course and a water stop is present about halfway through the race. Even though the race is in February and temperatures aren’t scorching, for a five mile race I do always wish there were two water stops on the course to support hydrating along the way.

The Paddy Kelly Road Race was the February Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners so a nice sea of TIR green made their way onto the course and stuck around for the post-race merriment. Each runner is provided a ticket for a free beer in the Westgate Lanes Bowling Alley after the run and pasta, chili and a roll is available to help refuel, as well.

This year, the course was the normal five mile route as in past years due to some weather challenges the race has had to shift course a little bit. For the five miles, I ran a per mile pace of 8:21, good for a final time of 41:44. Last year in the frigid temps I ran an 8:46 pace so it was nice to be able to push the legs a bit more this year and finish with a nice pace.

Join Me at the Duxbury Half-Marathon

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Looking for an early spring half-marathon this year? Well, you’re in luck! Join me at the Duxbury Half-Marathon which will be held in Duxbury, Massachusetts on March 31st. Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Duxbury Half Marathon so don’t delay and sign up today!

The Duxbury Half Marathon was founded in 2012 to support the Alzheimer Social Day Program at the Duxbury Senior Center, which provides an engaging and meaningful environment for those living with Alzheimer’s and forms of dementia. It also provides a much needed respite for the caregivers. This program has become a valued resource in the local Duxbury community.

The half marathon is a USATF certified race course and is perfect timing for Boston Marathon training. The race will take you through beautiful scenic backroads with views of Duxbury Bay and the historic village. The race starts and finishes at Duxbury Senior Center and after the race runners will feast on celebratory oysters at the finish line.

Register before March 23 and take advantage of discounted pricing that increases $10 after that date.

 

To register for the Duxbury Half Marathon, please click here.  You can also “like” the race on Facebook by clicking here and can follow the race on Twitter here.

Look forward to seeing you at the starting line!

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Bamboozled by Hops IPA 5K

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On Sunday morning it was over to Weymouth, Massachusetts for the Bamboozled by Hops IPA Pre-Game 5K. New England Runner Magazine partnered with Barrel House Z, Weymouth’s craft brewery, and Old Colony Running Events to host the South Shore’s only 5K leading up to the big game. This was the first annual event and was a great way to burn a few calories certain to be imbibed later in the day while watching the Super Bowl!

The race started on the road of the industrial park that Barrel House Z calls home and quickly ran up an incline onto a more main road. Runners quickly crossed the street following the lead police cruiser but then snaked back to the left hand side as the race course took runners on a left hand turn about a half-mile into the race.

The race course featured some nice inclines at the mile mark and then making our way back toward the finish line in the last half-mile. The course took runners through some residential roads which certainly made for a nicer scene than running through an industrial park the whole time. Though it was on the colder side, I am still a stickler for having a water stop on the course and we were assured that for the upcoming summer race sponsored at the brewery one would be available on the course.

The Weymouth Police Department did a very nice job patrolling the intersections and the course which is always appreciated!

Battling the standard winter cold, I didn’t run my best race but was glad to log some miles and had a great time running and at the post-race within the brewery. All runners were treated to one free beer and some pulled pork tacos and plenty of additional beer was available for purchase if desired.

I finished the Bamboozled by Hops IPA Pre-Game 5K with a time of 26:53, good for 8:40/miles. Definitely would consider doing another race at Barrel House Z so be on the lookout for their upcoming summer race and join me there!

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Run to End Addiction 5K Run/Walk

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Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Run to End Addiction 5K which will be held in Bridgewater, Massachusetts on May 19th. This race is a great fundraiser for Teen Challenge Brockton and after last year’s remarkable inaugural run this year is sure to be even better!

Join hundreds of Teen Challenge supporters on the beautiful campus of Bridgewater State University for a day filled with entertainment, food, fellowship, prizes and so much more!

Individuals, teams, churches, schools, and corporations from around the state will join together in support of our efforts to end addiction. You can help make this campaign a success; people from all walks of life are welcome. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated!

The race festivities will have live music, a Kid Zone with face painting, games and bounce houses and free food!! The race directors look to create an environment where the community can join together in raising awareness and hope for those in our midst who suffer from substance use disorder.

Race Day Details: 5K Run/Walk (rain or shine)

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: Registration opens at 8:00am; Race begins at 9:00am; Walk begins at 9:05am

Location: Bridgewater State University- 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA

Donations: Money raised will go towards supporting sponsorships to Teen Challenge Brockton.

Teen Challenge Brockton provides adults, teens and families with an
effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution, clinical counseling, and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society. Find out more about this amazing program by visiting-Teen Challenge Brockton

To register for the 2nd Annual Run to End Addiction, please click here.

 

Join me at the Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K

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The Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K was conceived by a group of friends who share a love of running, beer and football, while sitting around the taproom at Barrel House Z sampling the Bamboozled IPA in November, 2017. The idea was to create a race on the morning of The Superbowl to fill the void during the long wait for the game to begin. Thus the Pre-Game 5K, the only race held on the South Shore on Superbowl Sunday, was born. There was no turning back once they toasted to it and were committed to getting it done. The lesson learned is never to make serious commitments while drinking good beer.

The fast and friendly 5K course was designed by Fitz and Michelle of New England Runner Magazine. Because it’s a new course, the group decided to limit registration to 300 entrants in the first year. It begins and finishes directly in front of Barrel House Z, which was a serious consideration in order to provide warmth to the runners before and after the race. They are also planning to install outdoor heaters and a firepit near the start line. The registration fee was minimized so that it’s one of the lowest priced races in the area. On-line registration will close on Friday, Feb 2nd at midnight and there will be no late registration. Packet pickup will be available on Feb 3rd at Marathon Sports in Norwell from 11-2 and at Barrel House Z from 3-6.

Following the race, participants and volunteers will retire to the taproom for an awards ceremony featuring custom BHZ tap handles to the winners, Marathon Sports gift certificates to overall and age group winners and a Craft Beer Cellar gift card to the runner wearing the best football themed costume. The post race celebration will feature a free Bamboozled IPA from BHZ and a soft shell pulled pork taco from The Sarcastic Swine for all participants. They’ll also be offering a full beer selection of beer and BBQ to enjoy at the celebration or to carry out for the game.

So, get out and run and have some fun at the Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K. For information go to: www.pre-game5k.com

See you at the starting line!

Frozen 5K Lives Up to Its Name

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Word to the wise: When looking for a January road race in New England see if you can find one called the Warm and Balmy Winter 5K in the hopes that a warm spell will grace you at the starting line and the race will live up to its name.

For those brave runners who made their way to Quincy, Massachusetts this morning for the Frozen 5K, we can all attest to the fact that the race certainly lived up to its name. With race time temperatures just shy of zero and wind chills much colder than that it was a challenge, to say the least, to toe the starting line and head out on the course. Thankfully, the race was a 5K and would be over in a short period of time which was just about the only solace you could find when racing in such extreme cold.

Before making it a few hundred yards past the starting line, my fingers were frozen despite two pairs of gloves and the face covering proved to be a unique obstacle to normal breathing. When I took the face mask down half-way into the race, it then froze and breathing without it was even more of a challenge so the icicle covered mask went back on. Today was a day for layers, more layers and a few more layers but no matter how many shirts or pants you had on, it was freezing!

The course was an out and back run complete with some pretty nice climbing mixed into the course throughout. The course was free from snow and ice on the pavement and a coned off lane provided runners a path free from traffic. A huge amount of gratitude goes out to the Quincy Police Department who had the race course covered perfectly and the officers deserve a lot of praise for also braving the elements so us runners could race in such extreme cold.

Proceeds from the Frozen 5K Road Race benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, helping to fund financial assistance to ensure Y membership, programs and services remain accessible to all.

I finished the Frozen 5K with a time of 25:16, good for 8:08/miles. Not a bad result for the tough running conditions! Once I thaw out completely I might start looking for some warm weather races just to begin to erase the chill of this morning’s run from my memory!

 

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