An annual pilgrimage to Bourne, Massachusetts for the Weary Traveler Road Race was in store for this morning and the race always lived up to the expectations. In past years there have been race days that have been frigid and other years that the race featured icy turns and a slippery finish line. Last night some light snow and sleet hit the region which then led to warmer race time temperatures in the high 40’s and a heavy rain hitting the course just before the race was set to kick off. Needless to say, the course was rather wet but shorts and a jacket were plenty of running layers to head out onto the course with today.
The race is put on by the Cape Cod Road Runners and benefits the Bourne Conservation Trust. The race is a great bargain race costing $12 per person and comes complete with running gloves and a hearty chowder and claim fritters meal after the race. This year there was a nice crowd of runners who enjoyed the race and post-race merriment together inside the Weary Traveler Club tucked away at the end of a residential street. The race course is patrolled by volunteers and members of the Bourne Police Department and a water stop half-way through the race certainly comes in handy.
I finished today’s Weary Traveler Road Race with a time of 36:29 which for the 4.9 mile course equates to 7:26/miles.