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Recap: Kingston Waterfront Festival 5K


Yesterday morning it was off to Kingston, Massachusetts for the Kingston Waterfront Festival 5K and when the race announcer quipped that it was more of a “water everywhere” run he hit the nail on the head.

The skies opened up with some drenching rains prior to the race and then right as the race was kicking off with heavy rains soaking runners along the course. Thankfully, summer time rain is actually not that bad to run in other than the fact clothing felt as though it weighed an extra five pounds by the time you crossed the finish line.

I always knew that Kingston abutted the Atlantic Ocean but had never been to the quaint beach village in Kingston known as Rocky Nook. A small, neighborhood beach known as Gray’s Beach was in the process of being rebuilt and the beach was at the foot of a park within Rocky Nook. Rocky Nook featured small beachfront streets with a mix of cottages and homes mixed with residents and summertime visitors alike.

The course itself was a nice run through these neighborhoods and had a couple nice, quick hills mixed into the course for good measure. There was a water stop at about the midway point of the race and, yes, even though it was pouring out I still grabbed a water at the water stop. The final stretch of the race featured a quick, sharp uphill into the final one-tenth of a mile of the race just to ensure you left nothing out on the course. After the race, water, Gatorade, bananas, granola bars and maple water from DrinkMaple was available.

Later in the day, the Kingston Waterfront Festival brought an afternoon of live music, food and other activities right at the Gray’s Beach area.

Proceeds from the race went to support the Silver Lakes Regional High School Music Department.

Although I was a soggy mess by the time I crossed the finish line, I finished the Kingston Waterfront Festival 5K with a time of 23:29, good for 7:34/miles. Despite the rain, this was a great race featuring a nice course and was a bargain with registration fees at the very reasonable price of $20. Highly recommend this race!


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