Sport Spuds Potato Packs

I know, I know. You probably are thinking the same thing I did when I first saw Sport Spuds. “Is this some sort of gimmick or will these actually work?” I can assure you, this is no gimmick.

On yesterday’s run through downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts I tried Sport Spuds for the first time about 5 miles into the run and have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with this new way of fueling during a run. Some sport gels leave you with a feeling of acid in your stomach or a sour, upset GI sort of feel so trying something that is a bit more gentle while still remaining effective is usually a big need for runners. Sport Spuds are here to help!

Sport Spuds are an organic fuel for your body and are made from potatoes and Celtic sea salt. Yes, potatoes. The pack is comprised of mashed potatoes with a hint of sea salt and is a smooth and gentle way to refuel that doesn’t leave you feeling like you have something sloshing through your stomach later in the run. It does take a moment to get over the idea that you are fueling with potatoes but once you do the taste is remarkably good and doesn’t leave a lingering feeling of fueling remorse once you take back off on the road.

Potatoes contain long-chain complex carbohydrates, and are rich in vitamins and minerals that help replenish your body without chemicals, dyes, or a super sweet taste that can upset your stomach and spike your blood sugar. You can feel good about eating them and giving them to your family. And, as someone with a deep Irish heritage, what better way to fuel during a run than potatoes?

I tried the original flavor of Sport Spuds and certainly will go back to trying them again for another long run. There is also a white cheddar version and a sour cream and chive flavor, as well.

For more information about Sport Spuds, be sure to check out their website by clicking here. You can also like them on Facebook here.

Dedham Four on the 4th

It is so nice to have live races making their way back! It’s been a long haul without being able to hit the starting lines of races without friends and with more and more people becoming vaccinated hopefully we’ll continue to see more races making a comeback.

If you are looking for a great four miler on the Fourth of July look no further! Run in Dedham, Massachusetts the Dedham Four on the 4th takes runners out onto a great, residential course and is a great time year after year. This year, as an added bonus the race registration cost is just $10 and includes the run, live music post-race, food, beverage, a finishers medal, merriment and more!

All proceeds benefit the Sally Naser Charitable Foundation so it would be great to see a nice contingent of runners at the starting line to support a great cause. ​The Sally Naser Charitable Foundation was formed in 2018 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support important research in the search for cures of pediatric cancers and to support the families of pediatric cancers patients. This is the 10th running of “Four on the 4th Rally for Sally” road race to honor Sally and the many other young cancer patients whose lives have been forever changed or tragically ended by this terrible disease.

To register for the race, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

Running Over MSA 5K

Registration is now open for the Dan Cavanagh Memorial Running Over MSA 5K and I hope you will consider joining me for this race. If you are local to the Chatsworth, Illinois area there is a local 5K option but if you are like me and located a bit further away there is a great virtual race option perfect to be run wherever you may live.

As many of you know, my dad has been diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) and since his diagnosis I have looked for ways to turn that negative hopefully into something more positive. I previously have run the Fargo Half-Marathon and Providence Marathon (virtual) and raised funds for The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition and am happy to support the Running Over MSA 5K again this year as the Cavanagh family raises funds to donate to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, as well.

The Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition® is a 501(c)3 charitable organization devoted to a four pillar mission:

  • Supporting patients and caregivers affected by multiple system atrophy
  • Educating patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • Financing and encouraging meaningful research toward identifying a cause and finding a cure for MSA
  • Advocating for issues important to the MSA community, including creating greater awareness

Last year I ran the Running Over MSA Virtual 5K from here in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and finished the 5K course with a time of 24:06, good for 7:45/miles. I will tackle the same course again this year for the virtual run and look forward to another good run in support of a very important cause.

If you’d like to join me in the virtual Running Over MSA 5K, please click here to register.

Soles of Medfield 2nd Annual 10K

The Soles of Medfield Running Club is thrilled to officially announce that their 2nd Annual Medfield 10K will be taking place this year! The Soles of Medfield is a group of runners of all distances and all paces and get together to schedule group runs, commiserate on injuries, find events and sometimes have a beer. Any level of runner is welcome to join them and their 10K race looks to be a great time!

This year’s race will have both an in-person and virtual option with the in-person race being held on June 13th with a 10:00 AM start time (the starting line closes at 10:15). The 10K race course will be open for two hours. The virtual race option is a great way for runners to join in on the fun from a distance.

General registration opens on May 25th and the in person race will be capped at 150 registrants. Tee-shirts will be available for those registering for the run.

To learn more about the race and to register for either the in-person or virtual race, please visit the Soles of Medfield Running Club website by clicking here.

Sneaks for Beaks 5K

The pandemic has allowed organizations the ability to raise funds with virtual races and with so many worthy causes out there in need of funds, virtual runs supporting organizations are likely here to stay.

The 2021 Sneaks for Beaks 5K Race to Rebuild will benefit Foster Parrots and The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary.

On April 1, 2021 Foster Parrots, an animal rescue and sanctuary in Rhode Island, suffered a devastating fire where over 80 animals died and others were injured. The organization is quite heartbroken but not defeated. There are still 300 animals and operations continue but they need to rebuild and need money to do so. All proceeds from the 2021 Sneaks for Beaks 5K will go toward the rebuilding efforts.

To register for the virtual run, please click here. All virtual runners will be mailed a tee-shirt as part of their registration!

To learn more about Foster Parrots, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here.