It was a back-to-back weekend with the Friar 5K in Providence on Saturday followed by the Boston Firefighter 10k on Sunday. The Boston Firefighter 10k was a Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners and the weather was ideal for running a 10k with a crisp coolness in the air to start off the race, warming slightly during the race and with a light breeze blowing across the course.
The race starts at the Florian Hall in Dorchester which is the social center for the Boston Fire Department. The start was complete with bagpipers, fire engines, firefighters and a giant American flag. The race started promptly following the Star Spangled Banner and off we were.
Runners ran through Dorchester and then down toward the water where the Boston Fire Department fire boat greeted the runners with water spraying in the air. After running past the fire boat it was then toward the UMass-Boston campus where a loop around the campus and past the JFK Presidential Museum & Memorial Library took place.
As the course was an out and back loop, runners ran back past the water with a glimpse of the Boston skyline in sight before heading toward a rather flat final mile back into the area of the Florian Hall. Post-race there was plenty of water, oranges and bananas available. Unfortunately we did not have time to enjoy the free beer, however, the line was rather lengthy and would’ve taken a while to get through. The IAFF bus supporting Elizabeth Warren was also at the event.
I finished the Boston Firefighters 10k with a time of 50:05, good for 8:09/miles. I finished last year’s race with a time of 52:54 or 8:32/miles so I was quite pleased with taking some time off especially in light of two races in one weekend!