Randolph Food Pantry 5K

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Last weekend was a back-to-back race weekend with the Winter Lights 5K on Friday night followed by the Randolph Food Pantry 5K on Saturday morning.

Saturday morning I made my way up Route 24 to Randolph, Massachusetts for the Randolph Food Pantry 5K which started and ended at an absolutely amazing Randolph Intergenerational Center. This community center features a gym, reading and game room, basketball courts and made for a great place to kick off a road race.

The Race Director for this race also has organized the successful Dedham Pack the Pantry 5K that I have also participated in and the cause of raising funds and food for those who are in need is a great one! Runners were asked to bring non-perishable items to also donate at registration and for each item donated runners received a ticket good for the raffle table. By the time runners were ready to head out onto the course the table was overflowing with items; a very successful food drive for sure!

It was cold with a few corners hiding a touch of black ice here and there but overall the course was in really good shape. The course was marshaled by both volunteers and members of the Randolph Police Department where needed and cones kept runners inside the traffic where needed.

The course was a really good one. There was a nice mix of uphills and downhills that allowed the legs to be nicely stretched out on the course. There was a water stop at the halfway point which certainly came in handy given the extra work on the uphills. The race was a nice mix of roads around the area and took runners through a couple different neighborhood stretches. I really liked this course!

Felt good out on the course despite racing the night before and wanted to keep up a strong pace on both the uphills and downhills and was able to do so rather successfully. I finished the race with a time of 24:23 good for 7:51/miles.

Highly recommend this race when it comes back on the docket in 2020 and would love to see more of these food pantry races in the future!

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Race Recap: Winter Lights 5K

December 8, 2019 1 comment

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Friday evening was an interesting mix of rain and cold temperatures but more than 2000 runners toed the starting line in Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Winter Lights 5K. The race kicks off at 6:30 PM and takes runners on an evening stroll through downtown Plymouth and is a great way to continue to ring in the holiday season.

We first ran this race last year with two of our friends and were asked to join again for this year’s run so took them up on the offer. The starting line is packed with runners but the race organizers to a nice job at letting runners off in waves to ensure a little less chaos in the first stretch. That said, the first mile of the race is still pretty crowded with runners clad in blinking lights and Christmas gear so the race is not one where you will likely score a PR but instead it’s a nice run to go out and have a nice time while running.

The first mile includes an uphill stretch before runners make their way alongside the ocean for a very flat next mile. The roads are somewhat open to cars but the police do a nice job ensuring the runners are safe on the course and stagger traffic along the way. After running through the flat section past Plymouth Rock, runners hit a seaside neighborhood and park before making a right turn back onto Court Street where the race starts and finishes. A nice little uphill sprint into the finish line allows runners to leave it all on the course in the final mile before leveling off and being greeted by a nice crowd of supporters merrily cheering runners into the finish line.

Overall a really fun night of running followed by dinner and drinks with our friends right near the finish line at a great, little downtown restaurant.

Finished the Winter Lights 5K with a time of 25:06, good for 8:04/miles.

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Race Recap: Gobble Wobble 5K

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Before the belt had to be loosed from an extra scoop of stuffing it was down to Attleboro, Massachusetts for the Gobble Wobble 5K.

The race took place nice and early yesterday morning at 8AM and was held on the grounds of an industrial/office park. The race started and finished at the Attleboro YMCA and raised funds for programming at the YMCA. The weather was drizzly and chilly but certainly there have been much colder turkey day runs in the past.

Upon leaving the starting line, we made our way into the office park and it was pretty apparent that the race would be rather flat aside from a couple quick inclines over speed bumps (kidding). There was no traffic in the office park on Thanksgiving morning and the course was an out and back loop. The only real elevation in the race came in the final mile of the run and was a touch of climbing for no more than 30 seconds; overall a very flat run. There was a water stop around the 1.5 mile mark that runners could hit both on the way out and back.

Legs were a little sore from 3 rides on the Peloton the day before but overall ran a pretty good race. I finished the Gobble Wobble 5K with a time of 24:08, good for 7:46/miles. Definitely earned that extra scoop of stuffing and maybe a second piece of pie!

 

 

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8th Place Overall at the Sgt Daniel Vasselian Memorial Road Race

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With the girls’ soccer matches scheduled for later tonight and tomorrow, this morning offered a good opportunity to travel to Abington, Massachusetts to take part in the Sgt. Daniel Vasselian Memorial Road Race. A cool, crisp morning air was certainly noticeable but the conditions were what you would come to expect for a November fall run in New England.

This race is held in memory of Abington’s own Sgt. Daniel Vasselian who after serving several tours of duty with the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan was killed in action in 2013 in Afghanistan. Vasselian was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism. The Vasselian family and friends helped organize this race which raises funds for a foundation in Vasselian’s memory. The funds from the foundation serve a dual purpose of awarding scholarships to local students and helping to support veterans and military families who have fallen on hard times and need support. Truly a remarkable story of positive coming out of something so tragic!

After a quick service indoors including a video recorded of Vasselian speaking the day before he was killed in action about why he loved serving in the military, runners made their way out to the starting line. The race took off down a main straightaway before making a right turn and then another before runners made their way into a cemetary.

Running the paths through the cemetery, flags were prominently noticed throughout but the Marine standing guard in full uniform at Vasselian’s grave was moving. Though I have run this race before and knew a Marine would be standing guard there, running by and seeing it again literally gave me goosebumps.

I knew I was running pretty well on the course and felt strong out there. Just past the mile 2 marker was a second water stop where I grabbed some water knowing a quick uphill sprint was coming up soon. After tackling the hill well, it was then another right turn on a gradual declining road heading back toward the finish line.

Overall, a good day of running for me! I finished the 3.5 mile race with a time of 25:34, good for 7:18/miles. A great run for an even better cause!

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Race Recap: Edaville Rail Run

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On Saturday morning it was down to Carver, Massachusetts for the Edaville Rail Run. The race takes place on the grounds of the Edaville Family Theme Park which is a Thomas the Tank Engine inspired theme park in southeastern Massachusetts.

The run takes part on the grounds of the small, theme park for a brief period of time before runners make their way out onto crushed stone trails along cranberry bogs. The race is a five mile course and is one of the most quintessentially New England fall runs that you will find. Crisp air, cranberry bogs and fallen leaves add to the charm of the race.

This year the Edaville Rail Run was a Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners so there was a nice contingent of TIR green assembled at the starting line and plenty of friends out on the course.

The course itself is pretty much flat the entire way as runners run along the bogs and there are a couple water stops out on the course. Having run this race previously, some times the wind can really whip across the cranberry bogs and though the temperatures this year were cold the wind wasn’t as bad as it has been in the past and made for some rather comfortable running conditions.

I ran a decent race on Saturday and finished with a time of 39:48, good for 7:57/miles.

All proceeds from the Edaville Rail Run go to benefit the Dorine Merritt Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Join Me at the Randolph Pack the Pantry 5K

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On December 7th you can join me at the Randolph Pack the Pantry 5K and help support stocking the shelves of a local food pantry while tackling a 5K road race!

This is the first annual running of the race but the Race Director has organized the nearby Dedham Food Pantry 5K for the past few years so the race will be a great time all while supporting a really good cause. Heading into the holidays and winter season here in New England, helping ensure those in need have food is critical and a race that raises funds to help stock the Randolph Food Pantry shelves is certainly worth supporting.

Here are the race details:

Date: Saturday, December 7th
Time: 10AM
Location: Randolph Intergenerational Community Center

Race registration includes a long sleeve shirt, as well as raffle opportunities and prizes for the top 3 men and women participants.

All proceeds will go to the Friendly Food Pantry of Randolph. Participants can earn additional raffle tickets by contributing to the food donation box on race day. Request donations include: cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, coffee (ground or instant), tuna fish and spaghetti sauce

To register for the race, please click here. 

Look forward to seeing you at the race! See you at the starting line!

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Camy 5K Registration Now Open

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The USATF-certified 19th annual Camy 5K Run & David 5K walk is being held on Saturday, November 9th at the Walpole Italian-American Club located at 109 Stone St in Walpole.

To register for the race, please click here.

This race helps support a number of important charities and raises funds for charitable organizations, which over the years has included Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Coach Bill Squires “Run Smart” Fund (for economically-challenged student-athletes); Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Invensys Foxboro YMCA; Matty Eappen Foundation (to prevent abusive child head trauma); One Fund Boston; Norwood Hospital Oncology/Hematology Clinic/Lab; Norwood Hospital Cancer Center at Foxboro oncology department (including a blanket warmer unit for chemotherapy patients; building improvements); Walpole Community Food Pantry; Walpole Italian-American Club (including the purchase of defibrillators); Walpole Italian-American Society; among others.

Held at the Walpole Italian-American Club, 109 Stone St., Walpole, Mass., on the second Saturday in November, the USATF-certified event was created in 2001 in honor of Camilio “Camy” Clerici and his grandson, David Clerici, Walpole I-A Society members who died nine months apart in 2000. The Rosina Fun Run for kids is named in honor of Camy’s widow and David’s grandmother, Rosina Clerici, who died in 2006. And the David 5K Walk top trophies are named in honor of his late parents (the Frank Clerici Sr. Award to the 1st male finisher; the Carol Hunt-Clerici Award to the 1st female finisher).

Be sure to register today for the Camy 5K and have a great run on race day!

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