If you lived where your team has never been to a Super Bowl you may spend all of Super Sunday in front of the TV watching just about every pre-game show possible. But when you have the good fortune of living in New England, well, you find a race to run the morning of Super Sunday so you can indulge a bit with game-time snacks while watching the big game!
Yesterday morning it was off to Weymouth, Massachusetts for the Pre-Game 5K hosted at local brewery Barrel House Z. I participated in this race last year and it was nice to see this run grow in size quite nicely year over year as the run is a good one. The course starts and finishes at Barrel House Z and a healthy amount of Patriots gear clad runners toed the starting line and made their way out onto the course.
The course can definitely be described as relatively hilly with a really nice, gradual hill mixed into the course in the first mile and a half. Because the race is an out-and-back you do have the benefit of getting the same gradual downhill but the climbing really goes on for a while. The final half-mile of the race also has a nice uphill stretch to it before runners turn right for the final .2 miles into the finish line chute in front of the brewery.
In addition to those who opted to wear Patriots gear, the DJ did a nice job playing the arena rock songs fans can here at Gillette Stadium and got runners into the mood for the game later in the day. Each runner was provided with two tickets for a pint or can of Barrel House Z brews and the Bamboozled by Hops IPA is a really nice option. The can was a Berliner weisse and was very well received by those who opted for that offering.
I felt good while out on the course and perhaps it was the visions of buffalo chicken dip dancing in my head that pushed me harder on the course but I ran a strong run and finished the race with an overall time of 24:11, good for 7:48/mile. A great run and a great result later in the day with another win by the Patriots!