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Randolph Food Pantry 5K


Last weekend was a back-to-back race weekend with the Winter Lights 5K on Friday night followed by the Randolph Food Pantry 5K on Saturday morning.

Saturday morning I made my way up Route 24 to Randolph, Massachusetts for the Randolph Food Pantry 5K which started and ended at an absolutely amazing Randolph Intergenerational Center. This community center features a gym, reading and game room, basketball courts and made for a great place to kick off a road race.

The Race Director for this race also has organized the successful Dedham Pack the Pantry 5K that I have also participated in and the cause of raising funds and food for those who are in need is a great one! Runners were asked to bring non-perishable items to also donate at registration and for each item donated runners received a ticket good for the raffle table. By the time runners were ready to head out onto the course the table was overflowing with items; a very successful food drive for sure!

It was cold with a few corners hiding a touch of black ice here and there but overall the course was in really good shape. The course was marshaled by both volunteers and members of the Randolph Police Department where needed and cones kept runners inside the traffic where needed.

The course was a really good one. There was a nice mix of uphills and downhills that allowed the legs to be nicely stretched out on the course. There was a water stop at the halfway point which certainly came in handy given the extra work on the uphills. The race was a nice mix of roads around the area and took runners through a couple different neighborhood stretches. I really liked this course!

Felt good out on the course despite racing the night before and wanted to keep up a strong pace on both the uphills and downhills and was able to do so rather successfully. I finished the race with a time of 24:23 good for 7:51/miles.

Highly recommend this race when it comes back on the docket in 2020 and would love to see more of these food pantry races in the future!

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