Yesterday morning it was up bright and early and off to Pembroke, Massachusetts for the 7th Annual HussDog Jog along with my childhood pal Matt who was in town visiting from Kentucky.
The HussDog Jog is a 5K road race commemorates the passing of Steven R. Hussey by bringing family, friends, and the town of Pembroke together in a celebratory 5K and 2 mile walk! Join the Hussey family as they raise awareness and provide support to individuals and their families who have suffered from a stroke.
Proceeds from the Hussdog Jog benefit the nonprofit Stroke Rehabilitation and Healing (SRH). SRH’s mission is to raise awareness regarding the challenges met by stroke patients and their families. SRH works to increase the support and services that are offered to stroke patients and their families, and provide necessary equipment for in-home recovery/rehabilitation. SRH hopes to increase the quality of life and longevity of those who suffer from a stroke. For more information about Stroke Rehabilitation and Healing, please click here to “Like” them on Facebook.
Just past 8AM the road race kicked off and runners made their way out of the Pembroke educational area housing the high school and then into the roads of Pembroke. The race is hosted on some nice, rolling residential hills and is patrolled well by the Pembroke Police Department along the way. There were two water stops this year just past the one mile marker and the two mile marker and a nice group of runners hit the pavement in support of this great cause. There’s a nice, gradual hill in the final mile of the race and then the last .1 of the run is a slight little uphill that was certainly more noticeable running up it than it was driving up it early in the morning.
The race organizers do an excellent job post-race welcoming runners back into the finish area with water bottles being handed out and fresh fruit, granola bars, Gatorade and more available to help refuel. A DJ keeps the music spinning and some awesome raffle prizes including Red Sox tickets, Patriots pre-season tickets and a Trillium Brewery gift pack were available to take a chance on.
Matt, a member of the Bluegrass Runners back home in Kentucky, and I decided to run together for the run and we had a good job pacing one another along the 3.1 mile course. I finished the run with a time of 24:28, good for 7:52/miles. Great to run with a friend and nice to be able to pace each other to a sub 8 race finish.