Off to Milton last night for a 6:30 PM summer evening race. The sun had warmed up the summer air pretty nicely and it was a pretty hot evening for a 5.12 mile road race. The race was the MAD Scramble and took runners through a pretty challenging course that had an uphill course for the first 3 miles or so followed by a pretty nice downhill to flat last 2.12 miles of the race. Right outside of the Curry College campus at the 3 mile mark was a pretty humorous sign that read “Sorry, no more hills.”
The course was predominantly on the asphalt of roadways and the Milton Police Department did a really nice job patrolling the course in conjunction with the Mass. State Police when the race crossed over Blue Hill Avenue. There was plenty of water on the course which was ideal for a hot, summer night and when running through the residential sections of the race there were some people out cheering away. Some off-road terrain was run for sections of the race and that ranged from crushed and packed stone to some trail running. The nice mixture of the course really allowed for some good scenery and mixed things up a bit.
I felt a little tight while running, especially in my right hamstring, but was okay with finishing the 5.12 mile race in 43:55 for 8:35/miles.
About the Race:
The race is dedicated to Michael A. Devin and raises funds for a scholarship fund. Michael Devin, a juvenile detective for the Milton Police Department and father of three, died in an automobile accident in December 2006. After living in South Boston as a child, he graduated from Milton High School in 1967. He went on to attend the Police Academy and served in the Vietnam War as a Marine. At the time of his death, in addition to being a juvenile detective in Milton, he served as a deputy sheriff in Norfolk Country and the residency officer for the Milton Public Schools.