On Sunday morning it was off to Taunton, Massachusetts for the Miles with the Mayor 5k. The race took place nice and early on Sunday morning but the heat and humidity hung around later into September to add an extra challenge to the race. After a night before of wedding fun, hitting the pavement was a good way to dust off the cobwebs and move without the need of a Pitbull song blaring.
The race is sponsored by Taunton Mayor Tom Hoye and this third annual race is a nice community event that helps to raise funds for the Mayor’s Worthy Cause account. All proceeds from the Miles with the Mayor go towards the Mayor’s Worthy Cause account, through which the Mayor supports a wide array of worthwhile events and activities, such as scholarships and the Christmas Parade and which benefits Taunton citizens of all ages. The Mayor’s Worthy Cause account, whose sole purpose is to improve the quality of life and bring joy to each and every citizen, is supported by both businesses and individual donors.
The race started outside of a park that had a DJ, events for the kids, sponsors and copious amounts of water and snacks available post run. The race took to the streets of Taunton and twisted and turned through residential roads before entering the grounds of Taunton State Hospital. After a stretch through the State Hospital grounds, the race then hit the roads again heading back toward the finish line. It was rather warm out on the residential roads and a water stop on the course could have done wonders. The Taunton Police Department did a great job patrolling the course for their boss’s charitable road race.
I finished Miles with the Mayor 5k with a time of 23:23 good for 7:32/miles.