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5th Annual Irish Cultural Center 5k

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Sunday afternoon brought absolutely perfect running conditions to the Greater Boston area and a final blast of late summer graced runners as they toed the starting line at the 5th Annual Irish Cultural Center 5K. This event is held at the Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, Massachusetts and supports the Irish heritage work that the ICC does.

The race starts and finishes on the grounds of the Irish Cultural Center which features a building including a pub, fields where hurling, rugby and soccer matches and circles the grounds on the way out onto the course. Bagpipers played in the first mile and added a nice touch to the race. Fiddlers also were around the two mile mark and infused some nice Irish tunes into the course. The course runs through an industrial park that the ICC also calls home and for the most part is a relatively flat course. Volunteers were aplenty out on the race course and two water stops were present on the course for runners to hydrate.

An absolutely stunning rendition of both the American and Irish national anthems took place prior to the race which was a true highlight of the day. Perhaps another musical act on the course could have helped infuse a bit more Irish into the course.

Upon finishing the race, runners could enjoy two free pints with each race entry and food was available, as well. The Gobshites rocked the post-race tent and performed some great tunes for the runners to enjoy.

I finished the Irish Cultural Center 5K with a respectable time of 23:48, good for 7:41/miles. It was a great day for the Irish and a great day for runners!

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4th Annual Run for Jess

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This morning it was off to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts for the 4th Annual Run for Jess. This great event features a rolling 5K course through the road of East Bridgewater and has a great post-race BBQ complete with food, raffles and games for the kids. Next season if you are looking for a race to add to the running docket be sure to mark this one down to complement your Labor Day weekend activities!

The Run for Jess 5K  is held in memory of Jessica Thurston who passed away from breast cancer at the young age of just 29. To honor her memory the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund was established by her family and friends. By holding events throughout the year, and raising funds for breast cancer research The Fund’s sincerest hope is to one day put an end to this dreaded disease. Additionally, the Memorial Fund also supports graduating students at the East Bridgewater High School with a scholarship in Jess’s name.

It’s heard to fathom a 29 year old young woman passing away from breast cancer coupled with the toll such a loss must have had on her family and friends. However, seeing the remarkable good coming out of such a loss is truly inspiring and the race organizers should be proud of their efforts to help fund a cure for breast cancer.

The course is an open-road race with a nice mix of rolling, residential hills mixed into the race. There is a water stop about half-way through the race and a fast finish into the finish line. Today’s running conditions were absolutely perfect weather-wise and it was a great experience to once again run this race. I didn’t have my best run today but finished with a decent 26:01 finish time good for 8:22/miles.

For more information about the Jessica C. Thurston Memorial Fund, please be sure to “Like” the page on Facebook by clicking here.

 

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First Annual Edgewood 5K

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Sunday morning it was just a quick jump away over to Raynham, Massachusetts for the First Annual Edgewood 5K. Hosted at Edgewood Pool & Tennis Club, the Edgewood 5K was organized by members of the club and featured a great 5K course through the streets abutting the club.

The race featured a nice layout with four left turns making it impossible to get lost on the course and to keep runners honest there were a few, rolling hills mixed into the route.

For the first mile and a half making my way to North Main Street in Raynham I was in first place but noticed a young runner closing in on me. I continued to maintain a rather solid pace but could not maintain the increasing pace my challenger not presented and slipped to second place which is where I finished overall in the race. Even though the field of runners was small, I was quite pleased with how well I ran and felt no sense of disappointment coming in second place overall.

I finished the Edgewood 5K with a time of 23:28, good for 7:33/miles. A great morning of running at a very well organized race that will be sure to continue to grow each year! I look forward to next year’s race already!

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Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse

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Registration is now open for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. The proceeds of the 5K will be split evenly between Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Gavin Foundation located at 675 East 4th Street in South Boston. The race takes place in beautiful downtown Milton, Massachusetts.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was founded in 2014 to address substance abuse challenges in the town of Milton. The Coalition has a special emphasis on prevention programs for youth in the town and counts many teens among its membership. The Coalition is sponsored by the Milton Public Health Department.

The Gavin Foundation is a multi-service nonprofit agency providing comprehensive, community-based substance abuse treatment, education, and prevention programs. They serve more than 5,000 individuals each year through their adult, youth and community programs. The Gavin Foundation works from a deep commitment to the community, including the widespread community of individuals and families in recovery. It is considered the gold standard of halfway houses for recovering addicts. Mike was a resident at the Gavin Foundation and was at peace while living there with the education, support and love that he received.

Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy on a beautiful October Saturday morning. The first 100 people to register for Mike’s 5K will receive a free, long sleeve race t-shirt.

To register for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse, please click here.

Edgewood 5K

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Edgewood Pool & Tennis Club invites runners and walkers of all ages to join them on Sunday morning, August 27th, for a 3.1 mile race that will begin at Edgewood, wind through the streets of Raynham, Massachusetts and finish back on site.

Bib and t-shirt pick up will occur at Edgewood that day before the race, Saturday August 26th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM and again the next morning beginning at 7:30 AM. The race will step off at promptly 9:00 AM.

Registration is $25 per person and the first 50 registrants will receive a free t-shirt, so act quickly… sizes are limited!

This race is open to the public and is a great way to meet fellow runners who are members of Edgewood and see what a great club Edgewood is!

You can register for the Edgewood 5K by clicking here.

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Ashland Half-Marathon

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The 6th annual Ashland Half Marathon is set for Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. The races will start and finish at Marathon Park, the original start line location of the Boston Marathon from 1897 through 1923. The 2017 race will feature a new 5 Mile race and a Half Marathon two-person team relay competition. 

The 2017 Ashland Half Marathon will introduce a NEW race course featuring scenic rolling hills traversing Ashland town roads and a loop through the beautiful Hopkinton State Park during the peak fall foliage season. The Half Marathon and a new 5 Mile race will run together for the first five miles in a loop course through the residential Ashland neighborhoods.

To register for the Ashland Half Marathon, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

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Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day 5K

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Race, T Shirt, Food, Party, & Music!

Don’t miss the 4th Annual Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day 5K on September 9th!

Early Registration for Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race
One time chance to register for the 2018 Holyoke St. Patrick’s 10K for only $20!

RACE LIMITED TO FIRST 1000 RUNNERS! CASH PRIZES!

Pricing Structure
Entry Fees:
$25 until August 31st
$30 from September 1st until race day
$35 on race day

Read my recap from running this race in the past by clicking here.

Don’t delay and be sure to register for the 4th Annual Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day 5K by clicking here.

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