Melanoma Education Foundation 5 Miler in Hingham, MA

Headed down to Hingham, MA today for the Melanoma Education Foundation 5 Miler. This 5 mile race took place at the absolutely beautiful Wompatuck State Park in Hingham and the race was part of the Grand Prix series for the Thirsty Irish Runners.

If you have never been to Wompatuck State Park and live in the general Boston area then you must head there for some of the greatest preserved open space around. With great trails both paved and off-road, the park is a great place to either have a race or some training runs at. A state run park like this makes you not gripe about paying taxes!

The course for today’s 5 miler was all on paved trails through the woods. It was an unseasonably warm and humid day in Hingham with temperatures reaching about 80 degrees and the humidity leaving the race shirt in need of a good ringing out post-race. The course was moderately challenging with some pretty good rolling hills throughout the course and a couple of dandy uphills to fend off. There were two quick downhills, appropriately marked with steep grade warning signs, that were in the 4th mile and brought you back down to the starting line grade.

I finished today’s 5 miler with a time of 43:56 for 8:47/miles.

About Melanoma Education Foundation:

The Melanoma Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to saving lives from melanoma, a common skin cancer that is often deadly unless detected early before there are any symptoms. The Foundation increases awareness of melanoma three ways:
  • Educates middle and high school health teachers and provides them with free classroom materials and lesson plans.
  • Provides complete information about early self-detection and prevention of melanoma in a user-friendly website.
  • Conducts talks and facial skin analyzer screenings for area organizations and businesses.

By the end of the 2010–11 school year, the SkinCheck® Class was being taught in over 1,000 schools in 46 states.


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