After running in the 2nd Annual Run for Jess on Saturday, it was off to Western Massachusetts to take part in the Roller Coaster Race at Six Flags New England. The Roller Coaster Race is a series of runs across the country that take place at theme parks and allow runners an opportunity to run through the parks and aside monstrous roller coasters and other rides. The Roller Coaster Race at Six Flags New England offered runners a 5k and 10k option and I opted for the 10k option through the park that as a kid was called Riverside and that I spent some of my high school summer days hanging out at.
The race kicked off nice and early at 7:30 AM to beat the rush of park goers looking to wind down the Labor Day weekend with one last theme park hurrah. All runners made their way out of the starting line at the same time since the 10k course was a double loop of the 5k race and ran through a section of the bark and out through the park entrance gates. It was interesting to see the small but gradual inclines mixed into the park’s terrain that became noticeable while running but perhaps not while walking through heading to the next coaster. After running out of the park it was across ramps both up and down and out to a parking lot across the street where theme park customers park for the day. Once through the parking lot it was then into a quick residential loop next to the park before then running into a back-entrance of the park and then past some more roller coasters and other rides and attractions.
Double loops always can be a challenge mentally but I felt pretty good at the half-way mark and continued onto the second loop of the run.
After crossing the finish line, runners were welcomed to a picnic grove area for post-race refreshments and awards. The race was nicely put on and the volunteers did a really nice job making sure everything from registration to the race to the post-race festivities went off without a hitch.
I finished the Roller Coaster Race with a time of 52:49 or 8:30/miles. There are additional Roller Coaster Race events scheduled this year so check out their website by clicking here and visit them on Facebook here.