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Race Recap: Esplanade 5K

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This Sunday morning the Esplanade 5K took place on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts and though a touch of humidity was in the air it was a great morning for a run.

Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, proceeds from the race went to benefit The Esplanade Association so in addition to being able to run a great course runners also had the opportunity to support a great cause. The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain the natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

The race course itself was a nice and flat course aside from a few quick inclines up bridges over water within the Esplanade. Each mile was marked on the course and volunteers directed runners along the course route at each turn. A water stop was present at the half-way point of the run , as well. The paths within the Esplanade were open to casual runners, walkers and bikers not taking part in the race and for the most part they did an okay job keeping the course free and open as runners made their way by.

When it comes to running in Boston, the Esplanade is one of the best spots you can find and Sunday’s race was great! A nice, small assortment of vendors has tents post-race including Polar Seltzers which made for some nice hydration post run.

Having raced on Saturday, as well, quite pleased with a finishing time of 23:24, good for 7:32/miles. Great back-to-back race weekend and the Esplanade 5K is definitely one you will want to keep on the radar in 2019!

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Race Recap: Run to End Addiction 5K

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It was a two 5K in one weekend sort of weekend with Saturday’s race taking place right within the town I live in and housed on the grounds of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The Run to End Addiction 5K was held to support the Teen Challenge program in Brockton, Massachusetts which aims to help those afflicted by the grips of addiction.

The race had a great social media presence leading up to the race and more than 1900 runners and walkers took part in the race, an increase from the 700 participants that took part in the event last year. With such a nice increase in the participants, the day was sure to be a huge fundraiser for the Teen Challenge program and post-race the organizers sent an email thanking everyone for participating in the event and noted that the race raised $110,000! I’d call that a success for the second annual event!

The Run to End Addiction 5K took place right at 9AM and fortunately some rain that was in the forecast held off for the entire race. The run took runners through the Bridgewater State University campus and briefly out onto a main road just outside the campus and included a downhill and uphill stretch on the appropriately named Great Hill. A water stop took place about half-way into the race which came in handy after cruising down Great Hill and then trudging back up it after a quick turnaround.

Throughout the race were signs lining the road showing people who passed away due to addiction. However, some of the most moving signs along the road were those signs showing before and after photos of Teen Challenge members with those individuals standing next to their signs thanking and cheering on runners each step of the way. A truly moving way to put a personal face on addiction and the importance of racing to raise money to help others battling addiction.

With the Great Hill of BSU mixed into the race course I knew I’d have to trust my legs and push on the downhill and on the uphills and to speed through the rest of the course to make up any lost time on the hilly parts. I finished the Run to End Addiction with a time of 22:59, good for 7:23/miles. A great race and a nice finishing time!

If you are interested in registering for next year’s Run to End Addiction 5K, be sure to register by tomorrow to take advantage of a great offer! All you have to do is register at www.runtoendaddiction.com and use the coupon code “Hope” and you will get 50% OFF any and all registrations that you complete!

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Race Recap: The 2nd Annual Honor Thy Mother 5K

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Saturday turned out to be a pretty rainy and gross day all around but fortunately the rain clouds held off for the most part so the The 2nd Annual Honor Thy Mother 5K could take place without too much of the added excitement of a rainy challenge being mixed into the race.

The 2nd Annual Honor Thy Mother 5K took place in Lakeville, Massachusetts and was hosted by and supported the Mullein Hill Christian Academy. The race director prior to kicking off the race noted that the 5K was the school’s largest fundraiser so it was nice to see a healthy amount of walkers and runners toeing the starting line and heading out onto the course.

The course itself was an out-and-back loop taking runners away from the school and then into a large residential neighborhood, with some really splendid homes to look at along the way. Each mile was marked on the course and the course itself was pretty much pancake flat save a slight incline heading into the finishing half-mile or so. A water stop was at the half-way turnaround point and though the temperatures weren’t too warm it was a tad bit humid so the water certainly came in handy. The benefit of this out-and-back course is that you had plenty of runners and walkers cheering you along as you made your way through the second half of the race.

I knew as I was running along that I was maintaining a nice pace and certainly felt strong as I made my way throughout the course. The benefit of a flat course certainly is always nice to have but you also want to ensure you don’t push too soon and burn out midway through the race. Coming into the finishing chute, I was pleasantly surprised to see an official finish time of 22:36, good for 7:16/miles. Great to have a nice, fast pace on this race and here’s to hoping some more fast paces are in the not-so-distant future!

 

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Liam MaGuire’s Irish Pub Almost 5 Mile Road Race

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It was a Thirsty Irish Runners Grand Prix race weekend so on Sunday morning it was off to Falmouth, Massachusetts for the Liam MaGuire’s Irish Pub Almost 5 Mile Road Race.

The race started right in the downtown section of Falmouth and took runners on a remarkably scenic route through Falmouth complete with ocean views, beachfront streets and some of the same roads runners tackle on the Falmouth Road Race and Cape Cod Marathon. The course is an almost five mile race clocking in a distance of 4.9167 miles and is one of the better courses I have run in quite some time.

The race had a nice crowd of runners tackling the course and the route was well marked at each turn with signs and volunteers. There was one water stop on the route; perhaps could have had one extra water stop along the way, but that is really the only constructive feedback. The weather made for some really nice running conditions with temperatures in the high 50’s and just a slight beachfront breeze gracing the race course.

I finished the Liam MaGuire’s Irish Pub Almost 5 Mile Road Race with a time of 39:26, good for a pace of 8:02/miles. This is certainly a race I would look to do again in future years! Be sure to “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here so you can keep an eye out for next year’s run information once posted!

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Join me at the Pack the Pantry 5K

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On June 9th, plan to make your way to Dedham, Massachusetts for the Pack the Pantry 5K.

Hosted and sponsored by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 950 East Street, Dedham, the “Pack the Pantry 5K” will seek to raise money for the Dedham Food Pantry. The race day festivities will include a Kids Run at 8:30 AM followed by the 5K at 9:00 AM. After you are done tackling the 5K course, there will be a free pancake breakfast for all participants following the race.

This is a good opportunity for all members of the community to support the needs of the hungry in the Greater Dedham area. If you register online and share the race on Facebook, you will also receive a $2 discount off your registration fee so be sure to register today!

Runners (and walkers!) can sign up at https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/pack-the-pantry-5k-dedham.

I look forward to seeing you in Dedham on June 9th!

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Race Recap: Cambridge Spring Classic 5K

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This weekend was a back-to-back race weekend with Saturday’s Benting Strong 5K followed by Sunday’s Spring Classic 5K in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Cambridge Classic series feature seasonal 5Ks that take runners through the heart of Cambridge and the weather for this year’s Spring Classic made for some very nice running conditions.

The Spring Classic is not the kind of race where you will likely make a PR as you are running amongst a sea of other runners on a 5K course. The course is relatively pancake flat and there is no shortage of running friends joining you along each step of the course. It is sort of surreal to run down Mass. Ave on a Sunday morning with bystanders, Uber drivers, Sunday commuters and others sort of taking it all in that close to 3000 runners are out for a run.

The course is patrolled at each intersection by a Cambridge Police Officer and the race really takes precedent to any traffic needs for the short amount of time it takes for runners to pass by. A water stop is at the midway point and runners are treated to both a tee-shirt and a pint glass should they register far enough in advance.

Post-race, a really nice setup of tents for larger teams and a beer line for all participants is available and this year Brooklyn Brewery was the featured beer with both an orange pale ale and a summer ale available.

Felt good running on Sunday and finished the Spring Classic 5K with a time of 24:44, good for 7:58/miles. For such a crowded course, great result and good way to cap off a back-to-back race weekend!

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Join me at the Esplanade 5K

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On Sunday, May 20th head over to Boston, Massachusetts and join me at the Esplanade 5K!

If you have never run the Esplanade before, this 5K will take you on the most popular route in Greater Boston! This course takes an unparalleled riverfront route with both water and garden views set against the iconic backdrop of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The Esplanade is one of the best spots to run in all of Boston and this race, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, will take runners across the Esplanade for a great run! The finish line is perfectly photogenic, with passing sailboats on the Charles River.

Proceeds from the race will benefit The Esplanade Association so in addition to being able to run a great course you will also be supporting an awesome cause. The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain the natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

To join me at the Esplanade 5K, please click here to register. Be sure to also RSVP on the race’s Facebook event page and I’ll see you at the starting line on May 20th!

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