An absolutely perfect New England fall weekend graced runners this weekend who toed the starting line at Pam’s Run in Wayland, Massachusetts. Pam’s Run was selected as the October Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners and a great contingent of TIR green joined me at the starting line for the 10K race.
Pam’s Run raises funds for The Neighbor Brigade. Neighbor Brigade establishes and mobilizes networks of community-specific volunteers ready to help immediately and effectively when a crisis strikes due to illness, surgery, or tragedy. Services are currently available in 35 communities in eastern Massachusetts.
Pam’s Run is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Pam Manikas Washek, founder of Neighbor Brigade and a tireless champion for families facing sudden crisis. She founded Neighbor Brigade to help those in crisis manage both emergency and routine needs, with services provided by fellow community members.
The 10K course is a great run through tree-lined residential roads and then down a dirt road past an area known as Duck Pond Farm. This part of the course was amazingly idyllic and reminded me of stretches of the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon course in Vermont. There was a nice incline at the fourth mile marker which challenged the legs quite a bit and then another quick uphill sprint was in the final mile.
I finished Pam’s Run 10K with a time of 51:51, good for 8:20/miles. This race result was good enough for me to earn third place in my age division and though I had to leave before taking home the bling I’ll be sure to wear the honor of placing with pride!