It was a back-to-back race weekend this past weekend with the Hop for HOPS 5K on Saturday followed by yesterday’s Foley’s Backstreet 5K. After a solid race performance on Saturday, I was looking to match the strong running on Sunday and thankfully just around race time in Canton, Massachusetts the rain held off for a bit and made for some nice running conditions.
Foley’s Backstreet 5K is sponsored by Foley’s Backstreet Grille, a local family owned-restaurant in nearby Stoughton. Having dined at the restaurant in the past, it was clear that the entire team truly look forward to this race day and several familiar faces staffed the registration area, the post-race cookout and other spots throughout the race.
Prior to taking off onto the course, runners stood at attention as a flutist played an impressive rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Once the anthem was done, it was into the street and off onto the course for a perfectly on-time race starting time.
The course took runners through a quick loop of the grounds of the Pappas Rehabilitation Center for Children and then back onto the main road in front of the center. Runners were then greeted with a somewhat downhill stretch of the run but having heard tell prior to the run of the hilly nature of the course I knew that the downhill portion was to be enjoyed quickly before tackling some hills.
The race then took runners through some residential neighborhoods with some challenging hills mixed in for good measure. Water stops were thankfully available throughout the course and the route moved along nicely from start to finish. In the final mile of the run was the most significant uphill of the course which upon cresting and making a right turn back onto the main road heading back to the finish line then gave way to another uphill stretch that could be felt in the legs and the lungs equally. Continuing back toward the Pappas grounds, runners then made a final left hand turn and finished with about a .25 mile stretch into the finish line where many spectators cheered runners into the finish line.
Coming off a strong Saturday race, I was quite pleased with yesterday’s finishing time of 23:01, good for 7:24/miles. A great weekend of running!
After the run, a really nice post-race celebratory cookout complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, Foley’s homemade kettle chips, kettle corn, beer and water was available for runners and a DJ played tunes adding to a nice post-race atmosphere. Definitely, give a “Like”to this race on Facebook and check it out next year as this is one run not to miss!
Every single dollar of the money raised at this event is donated to the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. To learn more about this organization and center, please click here.