This weekend was a full schedule of soccer matches for my oldest daughter but with Saturday’s first match taking place at 3PM, I was able to make my way over to the Mick Morgan 5K in Sharon, Massachusetts in advance of hitting the road for the soccer matches. The Mick Morgan 5K was the March Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners so always good when you can pick up some points for the Grand Prix series, as well!
The Mick Morgan race is advertised as a 5K race but race organizers clearly note that the course is actually 3.3 miles and adjust the timing accordingly. Kudos to them for doing this! Running longer is never an issue but when race directors don’t adjust timing accordingly that can be a real pet peeve for runners.
The race raises money for HESSCO and supports their mission of delivering over 130,000 Meals on Wheels each year, providing homemaking and home health aide services, advocating for residents in nursing facilities, counseling Medicare recipients on health insurance options and protecting our seniors from neglect and abuse. A very noble cause and one runners toeing the starting line happily helped raise money for.
The race kicks off and finishes at Mick Morgan’s Irish Pub and for St. Patrick’s Day weekend you can’t really ask for anything more than that. Runners were decked out in their finest green and shamrock covered clothing as they made their way out onto the course.
The route was a really nice one with an overall hilly terrain mixed throughout the course. There were stretches of uphill running alongside a golf course and then through residential neighborhoods and part of the course looped back on the same roads both out and back. For most of the run there was some climbing involved but the course moved along really well and was free of any traffic. Neighbors hung a large Irish flag over one part of the course and a water stop was present at the halfway mark.
Overall, felt good out there running on Saturday and despite some hills and wind ran a strong race. Finished the race with a time of 26:33, good for 7:59/miles in the 3.3 mile course.
Hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day!