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Race Recap: TBC 5K

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Posting is a bit delayed due to a whirlwind week of business travel last week but on Sunday, June 10th a perfect summer morning made for absolutely ideal running conditions. It’s always nice when there is a race close by, but when there is a race less than 2 miles from your house then it is a real win! The 1st Annual The Bridge Center 5K took place in Bridgewater, Massachusetts just around the corner from my house so it was simply too good to pass up.

The TBC 5K and Fun Run is a community event to benefit The Bridge Center, a 501 (C) 3 organization that provides year-round therapeutic recreation and equine therapy programs for individuals with disabilities. The Bridge Center offers specialized year-round and summer camp opportunities and experiences for all abilities and all ages to work towards independence and improve overall quality of life, in the South Shore of Massachusetts and beyond. The TBC 5k and Fun Run raised funds to support programs, the over 1,700 participants we service annually, and the thousands of others The Bridge Center has yet to serve.

The race had a great group of runners and walkers and for a first annual race was well handled. Runners started with a quick lap through The Bridge Center grounds before making their way onto Pine Street. The Bridgewater Police Department manned the roads and runners had a stretch on Pine Street free of cars prior to making a left hand turn into Olde Scotland Links Golf Course. For about a mile runners ran along the cart paths of the course which made for some great views, quick uphill sprints and even a stretch over a footbridge in the woods between two holes. Wardens were throughout the course and most of the golfers took a few minutes off and cheered along the runners. It was a really unique and interesting road race course and something quite different. After running through the course, runners made their way back onto Pine Street and tackled a nice uphill before turning back into The Bridge Center grounds for a final loop around the grounds and into the finish line.

The course was a bit shy of a true 5K route and next year I’m sure there are some ways to make the course an actual 3.1 mile route. The golf course path running was quite awesome so with just a little bit of mapping, no doubt they’ll get it right next year. A water stop along the course also would be nice, particularly given the June temperatures were in effect on race morning.

Officially, I finished the TBC 5K with a time of 20:27, good for 6:34/miles if the course had been a true 5K. I felt pretty strong running and probably ran closer to a 7:10/mile 5K pace but admittedly did not time myself on the run.

This is a great race and raises money for a really amazing cause and I look forward to next year’s run!

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