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Finish at the 50

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The past few years the Finish at the 50 has been an annual tradition that I have thoroughly enjoyed and this year when the race announcement was released I made the decision to sign up for both the 5K and 10K option. The 5K race kicks off at 6PM and the 10K followed at 7PM and thankfully this year the summer night was absolutely perfect with the race time temperatures far cooler than it has been in previous years.

The 5K race is a great run where runners make their way through the parking lot of Gillette Stadium before heading into the home of the New England Patriots. Once in the stadium, runners make their way all the way to the top of the stadium up the ramps and then get a great view running along the upper bowl and looking down onto the field. After making a lap around the stadium, runners then make their way down a different set of ramps and run one of the lower bowls of the stadium before then heading into the tunnel to make their way onto the field and finish the race at the fifty yard line. Running on the same field that some of the NFL greats have played on is a pretty cool experience and this year I was lucky enough to get a photo with Jerod Mayo post-run.

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After finishing up the 5K race, I grabbed a bottle of water and then made my way to the starting line of the 10K race which started promptly at 7PM. The 10K course takes runners out of the Gillette Stadium/Patriots Place complex and brings runners into residential neighborhoods abutting the stadium for most of the race. The course is a very fair course with some nice straightaways mixed into some pretty decent rolling hills. The crowd support throughout the residential neighborhoods was great and the course was well marked and managed by volunteers and police alike. Unlike the 5K, runners do not run the ramps once making their way back into the stadium but still finish at the fifty yard line once making their way onto the field.

This year, I felt quite strong for each one of the races and improved my overall times from last year. I finished the 5K with a time of 24:06 or 7:46/miles as compared to a time of 24:44 last year and finished the 10K with a time of 53:43 or 8:39/miles; an improvement from last year’s time of 54:22. A great nice for racing and definitely a tradition potentially in the making!

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  1. July 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm

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