Yesterday morning it was over to Easton, Massachusetts for the Hip Hop 10K, which also served as the August Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners running club.
The race kicked off at 9AM which is always a great idea to combat the August summer heat that has a way of making running even more challenging. The air was still hot and there was a touch of humidity in the air but thankfully this mostly residential road 10k course features some nice shaded roads which made a world of difference. When running without any shade, the warm summer air could certainly be felt.
With a mostly rolling residential 10k course, there is a really good hill in the final half-mile that challenges the already weary legs quite nicely. After charging up that hill, it is then into a flat final stretch looping around Oliver Ames High School where the race starts and finishes. The race had three water stops on the course but for a 10k, particularly in summer, one extra water stop might be a good idea for next year.
The Hip Hop 5K/10K was started by hip dysplasia patient Emily Cioffi in 2013 in response to the need for better treatment and awareness of hip dysplasia for patients of all ages; newborns to adults. In the past 3 years it has grown to become a prominent town event in Easton, MA drawing in participants from all over the country. We pride ourselves on an organized registration system, timely start, and an excellent volunteer staff throughout the race course. The road race committee works hard year round to aid in promoting awareness and fundraising to assist Boston Children’s Hospital Orthopaedic Hip Program, and the IHDI in their research to develop better, more efficient methods of diagnosis, as well as less invasive forms of treatment to hopefully minimize the severe physical and mental repercussions of hip dysplasia. As we continue to grow, we hope you will join us to help us reach this years goal of 40,000 and over 500 participants!
I finished the race with a time of 52:31, good for 8:25/miles.