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Falmouth in the Fall Race Recap


A little behind with the posting so apologies for the delay! A week ago from Sunday it was down to Falmouth, Massachusetts for the Falmouth in the Fall Road Race. Falmouth Track Club sponsors this fall race that takes runners along the same course as the historic Falmouth Road Race but keeps the fall race firmly rooted in old school traditions of paper applications and check, a cap of a few hundred runners, a course open to traffic and a really amazing course that reels runners in!

The weather on race day this year was a bit odd with parts of the course seeming absolutely freezing while other sections seemed to be moderately warmer. There was a rather aggressive headwind when running along the beachfront section of the race while hugging the Atlantic Ocean that added a nice complexity into the running. Overall, the course is somewhat challenging in and of itself thanks to some more than rolling hills mixed throughout the 7.2 miles of the race capped off by a humdinger of an uphill heading into the finish line. Water stops were available twice along the course and were staffed by friendly members of the Falmouth Track Club.

The Falmouth Road Race features elite runners from across the world and the thousands of runners descend upon Falmouth during the summer for the historic race. Call me old-fashioned, but there is something nice and genuine about the Falmouth in the Fall Race and for someone looking to run a great course in the fall this is the race for you!

I finished Falmouth in the Fall with a time of 1:01:36, good for 8:48/miles.

For more information about the race, be sure to bookmark the race website for next year!


OS1st Athletic Compression Gear


Runners can be a stubborn bunch. At times, we may wish to simply run through the pain and not take preventative measures to ensure we don’t further exacerbate an injury but as I get older I realize that listening to my body becomes more and more crucial.

After a recent bout of some rather significant arch pain after a few matches of indoor soccer, ice was alleviating the pain but not really solving the issue. Therefore, I checked out the OS1st FS4 Plantar Fasciitis socks and have been really impressed with the relief they have provided.

These compression socks are high-ankle length in nature and unlike some other compression gear are comfortable enough to wear as a daily use sock and not just a recovery sock. OS1st offers medical grade technology that is currently in use by doctors, podiatrists and physiotherapists all over the world.


In addition to the plantar fasciitis socks, OS1st also delivers targeted compression products for your feet, calf, knee, wrist, and elbow.  Every OS1st performance compression sleeve is designed and manufactured to medical grade standards and aims to improve your performance and enjoy quicker recovery. For those who might be in need of compression products aimed at addressing circulation issues, OS1st should be your first stop to find the right product aimed at addressing your individual issue.

For more information about OS1st, be sure to check out their website by clicking here. You can also “Like” them on Facebook by clicking here and “Follow” them on Twitter here.

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Register for the Monson Memorial Classic


Registration is now open for the Monson Memorial Classic which is being held on November 12th in Monson, Massachusetts. The Monson Memorial Classic offers runners the opportunity to run either a half-marathon or a 5K course in the town of Monson.

The half-marathon is the feature race and has great prize money for those runners looking to push themselves on the course with a chance of placing. The course is scenic but quite challenging and many runners have dubbed this race as being the toughest half-marathon they have ever run.

The post-race food is all homemade and features an excellent assortment of pastas and soups that can be enjoyed while runners listen to live music from a phenomenal bluegrass band after the race. Runners who register for the half-marathon will receive a shirt and a pint glass!

The Monson Memorial Classic prides itself on giving back to the community. The Monson Memorial Classic road race was started in 1996, shortly after the deaths of Kelly Waldron and Kathy Waldron Perry. These sisters died eight months apart from different types of cancer; Kathy suffered with melanoma, and Kelly had breast, bone, and liver cancer. They were wonderful, loving people and the race is held annually in their memory with past year proceeds having gone to American Cancer Association of Western Mass, American Lung Association, Quaboag Valley Hospice, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, all proceeds from the Monson Memorial Classic will be donated to Griffin’s Friends

To register for the Monson Memorial Classic, please click here. You can also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here. Runners are encouraged to bring a non-perishable canned good, too!

Head over to the registration site, get ready to run a tough half-marathon course and support an amazing cause!

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Boston Firefighters Local 718 10K Memorial Road Race


A week ago today before I headed off to Logan Airport for a flight to Chicago it was over to the Dorchester section of Boston, Massachusetts for the Boston Firefighters Local 718 10K Memorial Road Race. I have run this race in the past and was pleasantly surprised that the race course was changed from years past and took runners along a nice bike/running path for a good stretch of the race in the final quarter of the race.

The run starts and finishes at the Florian Hall in Dorchester and features all the things one would expect from a Boston firefighters run including fire trucks, firefighters on the course cheering you on, bagpipes on the course and a great post-race celebration.

Runners head toward UMass-Boston and when in years past runners made their way into the campus this year instead featured a quick turnaround and then back toward the aforementioned running path. There were a couple good little inclines mixed into the course and a grate bridge over the harbor makes for a bit of interesting running. I thought this year’s course was much nicer than years past and didn’t miss the loop through UMass-Boston.

I had a pretty decent run at the Boston Firefighters Local 718 10K Memorial Road Race and finished with a time of 52:07, good for 8:24/miles. Would love to see the race organizers keep the course the same as it was for future years and look forward to running this race again!

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Higashi Community 5K


Registration is now open for the Higashi Community 5K Road Race which will be held on Sunday, November 5th at the Boston Higashi School in Randolph, Massachusetts. This is the First Annual Boston Higashi 5K and the race is open to the community with a nice 3.1 mile loop, beginning and ending on the front lawn of the school.

The race is sponsored by Liberty Bay Credit Union, UNIQLO, Racewire, Wegman’s, Brooks and Anheuser Busch. Special participation in the race will take place by Team Hoyt.

The Boston Higashi School’s mission is to help children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn to reach their full potential through the methodology of Daily Life Therapy. Proceeds from the race will go to help support the mission of the school

The race entry fee is $30.00 and includes post race refreshments and party complete with food, beer and music from the Boston Higashi School Jazz Band. Tee shirts will be provided to the first 300 entrants.

To register for the Higashi Community 5K, please click here.

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Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race


Admit it. You are going to eat a lot of cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, pie and more on Thanksgiving Day. And you have been known to overindulge in the goodness of a gravy boat. But have no fear! Thanks to the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race you will now have a reason to put those feet up on the couch when the turkey day football games come on!

The Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race is held Thanksgiving morning in Salem, Massachusetts and is a great way to kick off your holiday merriment. Proceeds from the 14th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. This is the largest race on the North Shore with 2,000 anticipated participants toeing the starting line and making their way out onto the five mile course.

The first 1600 entries will receive a long sleeve Brooks tech shirt and the race starts bright and early at 8:00 AM so once done running you can head off to your Thanksgiving feast in plenty of time. The course runs along the Atlantic Ocean down Derby Street in historic Salem and then runs through Winter Island around historic Salem Willows and then back toward the Common.

To register for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

Circle of Flags Veteran’s Day 5 Mile Run


Registration is now open for the Circle of Flags Veteran’s Day 5 Mile Run which will be held in Norton, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 12th. I have run several races on this five mile course and the race director does a remarkable job putting on a great race and this is one five miler you won’t want to miss.

Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday, Veteran’s Day and our Nation and Military Service Flags with this five mile run or two mile walk at the Fillmore-Nason VFW #8049 in Norton. The five miler has one of the most attractive entry fees around with registration running only $20.00 for the run and $15.00 for the two mile walk. All proceeds help local Norton veterans and surrounding veteran organizations.

Run begins promptly at 9AM with doors opening at 7:30 AM for day of registration. Plenty of onsite parking with indoor facilities and changing area. Course is a loop, timed and well marked. One (1) water stop. Awards ceremony immediately following final finisher of run and tee- shirts for all participants who pre-regsiter before October 29, 2017.

To register for the race, please click here.


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