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Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K


Thursday evening the heat and humidity walloped the Greater Boston area which made for some intense running conditions for the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K. It has been a number of years since I had last run this race and in previous years the race was a five mile course. Thankfully the race organizers at the L Street Running Club changed the race to a 5K a few years back as if the race was still a five miler I might have just keeled over.

With a 7PM race start in South Boston right along the ocean, runners were hoping for a little breeze to come off the water and perhaps take some of the sting of the heat and humidity out of the air but instead the air was remarkably still and made for some rough running for me. Even though there were two water stops on the course and someone holding a hose around the one mile mark, this out-and-back course got the best of me Thursday night.

The course is pancake flat and runs along the water and toward the L Street Bath House and back to the Boston Teachers Union building. This year, about 35 of my coworkers participated in the run as one of our charitable outings for the year since race proceeds go to support local, Boston charities.

Race participants received a tank-top and pint glass and there was plenty of free goodies to take both before and after the race. Upon entering the finish line, runners were immediately handed a bottle of water and a cold, wet towel which was much appreciated!

Not my best showing by any stretch of the imagination but I battled the warm temperatures and finished with a time of 27:05, good for 8:44/miles.

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Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K


It was a back-to-back race weekend this past weekend with the HussDog Jog 5K on Saturday followed by the Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K on Sunday morning.

The Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K is hosted by Mayflower Brewing in Plymouth, Massachusetts and takes place on the roads of an office/industrial park making it for a rather traffic-free 5K course. The race starts and finishes on the road in front of Mayflower Brewing and kicked off at 9:30 AM.

I have run the 5K course for other races and there is a humdinger of a hill on the course that makes for some intense climbing. In addition to this hill, the overall course seems to have a rather uphill feel to it which makes it a quite challenging 5K route. The major hill comes around the one mile mark and is out in the open without any shade so the warm temperatures coupled with the climbing certainly made for a good challenge.

The course had volunteers manning two water stops along the route, one of which could be hit twice on the out-and-back course. The Plymouth Police Department did an excellent job patrolling the course and directing the limited amount of traffic on the roads of the course. Race organizers could have had water available at the finish line, particularly given the heat, as runners had to walk about 100 yards or so to the brewery to get a bottle of water.

After finishing the race, runners were invited to a free offering from Mayflower Brewing and their beer was quite well received by runners looking to cool off with a solid craft offering! Additional beers were available for purchase and a food truck was available if runners wanted to purchase food.

I finished the Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K with a time of 25:39, good for 8:15/miles. This has been my first back-to-back race weekend in a little while and it felt good to push the legs a bit more, particularly on a hilly and hot course.

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7th Annual HussDog Jog

Yesterday morning it was up bright and early and off to Pembroke, Massachusetts for the 7th Annual HussDog Jog along with my childhood pal Matt who was in town visiting from Kentucky.

The HussDog Jog is a 5K road race commemorates the passing of Steven R. Hussey by bringing family, friends, and the town of Pembroke together in a celebratory 5K and 2 mile walk! Join the Hussey family as they raise awareness and provide support to individuals and their families who have suffered from a stroke.

Proceeds from the Hussdog Jog benefit the nonprofit Stroke Rehabilitation and Healing (SRH). SRH’s mission is to raise awareness regarding the challenges met by stroke patients and their families. SRH works to increase the support and services that are offered to stroke patients and their families, and provide necessary equipment for in-home recovery/rehabilitation. SRH hopes to increase the quality of life and longevity of those who suffer from a stroke. For more information about Stroke Rehabilitation and Healing, please click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Just past 8AM the road race kicked off and runners made their way out of the Pembroke educational area housing the high school and then into the roads of Pembroke. The race is hosted on some nice, rolling residential hills and is patrolled well by the Pembroke Police Department along the way. There were two water stops this year just past the one mile marker and the two mile marker and a nice group of runners hit the pavement in support of this great cause. There’s a nice, gradual hill in the final mile of the race and then the last .1 of the run is a slight little uphill that was certainly more noticeable running up it than it was driving up it early in the morning.

The race organizers do an excellent job post-race welcoming runners back into the finish area with water bottles being handed out and fresh fruit, granola bars, Gatorade and more available to help refuel. A DJ keeps the music spinning and some awesome raffle prizes including Red Sox tickets, Patriots pre-season tickets and a Trillium Brewery gift pack were available to take a chance on.

Matt, a member of the Bluegrass Runners back home in Kentucky, and I decided to run together for the run and we had a good job pacing one another along the 3.1 mile course. I finished the run with a time of 24:28, good for 7:52/miles. Great to run with a friend and nice to be able to pace each other to a sub 8 race finish.


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World Congress on Thyroid Cancer 5K


It’s time to register for the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer (WCTC) 5K presented by Sanofi Genzyme, which is being held on July 30th at 6:30am at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

The inaugural WCTC 5K is an official activity of the 3rd World Congress on Thyroid Cancer, welcoming event goers, their colleagues and Bostonians to run or walk. This race has a very reasonable registration fee of just $15!

Join the WCTC 5K to raise awareness for thyroid cancer. For an additional $15 participants can purchase a technical race shirt. All proceeds from this event will be donated.

Runners will tackle a great flat course and will run along the Charles River in this out-and-back course starting and ending at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

To register for the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer (WCTC) 5K, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” and ‘Follow” the race on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The Bridge & Back 10K


It’s time to register for the Bridge & Back 10K which is being held on August 6th in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Bridge & Back 10K is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

This race has a very reasonable registration fee of $25 and the first 400 registrants will receive a free technical, short-sleeve t-shirt!

Runners will tackle a great course and will run across the Salem/Beverly Bridge in this out-and-back course. The race kicks off in front of the Tavern in the Square and runners will be happy to rehydrate with a cold beer inside the tavern after the run. Awards will be given to top male and female overall finishers as well as age group top finishers.

To register for the Bridge & Back 10K, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

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Berna’s Great Legs for Women 5K

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Though my significant manliness prevents me from signing up for this race, The Running Griffin is calling upon all my female readers to sign up for Berna’s Great Legs 5K which will be held on Thursday, July 13th in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Bernas Great Legs for Women 5K is a race for women only and in its 37th year is the second oldest continuously running women’s only event. It is dedicated to women and women of all abilities (walkers and runners) are welcomed and encouraged to join in this unique event. Bring your daughter!  Bring your mother!  Bring them both.  This truly is an event for all women!

All of the proceeds from this race  go to the Lowell House of Hope. House of Hope is dedicated to homeless families in Massachusetts, helping them gain stable housing. House of Hope is represented by two distinct sister nonprofit organizations, House of Hope Shelter and House of Hope Housing that share a commitment to transitioning homeless families into a stable community life by providing tandem services that (1) respect and nurture families so they can begin to heal from the trauma of homelessness, and (2) support parents by guiding them through opportunities to build economic sufficiency and embrace a stable home life.

The race is being held on Thursday July 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Reilly School in Lowell, MA. Don’t delay and register online today to take advantage of the reasonably priced online registration fee of $20.00 before it increases to $25.00 on July 1st.

To register for Berna’s Great Legs for Women 5K, please click here.

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21st Annual Marion Village 5K Road Race

Packed up the car and headed south to Marion, Massachusetts this morning for the 21st Annual Marion Village 5K Road Race. The race kicked off in the heart of idyllic Marion just off the campus of the prestigious Tabor Academy.

Heading to the race, the skies started to look a little ominous and just before the race the skies opened up a bit and a muggy, summer rain fell upon runners making their way to the starting line. The humidity was made a bit worse by the rain but thankfully the rain wasn’t as strong during the race as it was on the ride home when the skies turned black and the rain was coming down in sheets.

I have run this course in the past at the 2016 Guard Oil 5K Turkey Trot and the course takes runners through the residential roads around Tabor Academy. The course has a couple gradual inclines mixed in and runners have some nice straight roads throughout the race. Runners catch a glimpse of the ocean as they make their way past the Sippican Tennis Club. While running through downtown Marion, a woman playing a bagpipe as runners made their way through the town was a great touch today!

I finished the Marion Village 5K Road Race with a time of 24:27, good for 7:54/miles. The last time I ran this course I finished with a time of 26:52 so taking more than 2 minutes off my finishing time is no small victory.

Hope you have a good weekend! Have you done a race or are you doing one tomorrow?

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