Register Today for West Island 5K


This year’s West Island 5K will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 11:00 AM and this is one race you don’t want to miss out on! The West Island 5K is a great, fast 5K that has an amazing course and a great local feel to it and the organizers do an amazing job putting on a really nice run year in and year out.

The race takes place in the West Island section of the coastal town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and the course is USA Track and Field Certified featuring a mostly flat and fast loop throughout scenic West Island. Runners take off on a fast and downhill start and a sharp uphill incline into the finish line adds a really nice challenge into the race.  Each mile will be marked and a water station will be fully stocked at the 1.5-mile point. Throughout the course, local residents line the route particularly at the finish line cheering runners into the finish.

In addition to running a really nice course, runners can feel good about supporting a great cause when registering for the race as all proceeds go to the Fairhaven High School Cross Country program and to the non-profit, Strive and Achieve.

I have run the West Island 5K a couple times and highly recommend the race. For a previous race recap, click here.

Be sure to give a “Like” to the West Island 5K on Facebook by clicking here to keep up to date with race day details and additional information.

To register for the West Island 5K, please click here.

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Race Recap: Athletes Crush Cancer 5K


It was a quick trip a few towns over yesterday morning to Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts for the Athletes Crush Cancer 5K.

Saturday morning brought cold, windy temperatures with a dusting of snow to the region and though Sunday was supposed to warm up a little bit the 10AM race start was sunny but still had a touch of the cold and windy air lingering around. That said, for March it was still pretty decent so long sleeves and shorts were in order making my way out onto the course.

The race took place completely on the grounds of Stonehill College and weaved runners throughout campus for the 3.1 mile race. There was a healthy mix of flat roads and a couple inclines mixed into the course for good measure. The course seemed to move along at a nice pace, likely thanks in part to the Stonehill track members who helped keep an early fast pace.

The race was organized by Stonehill College field hockey player MacKenzie Greenberg who told an absolutely amazing story about her own battle with cancer before the race kicked off. Greenberg has done some amazing things while battling cancer ranging from playing college level field hockey, writing a book and starting her own non-profit and deserves a tremendous amount of praise for organizing such a great race!

A good morning for running and a nice pace at the Athletes Crush Cancer 5K with a finishing time of 24:12, good for 7:49/miles. Always nice to run a great race in support of a great cause!


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Discount Code for Zulu Audio


Readers of The Running Griffin are being offered an exclusive deal on the new wearable bluetooth audio speakers from Zulu Audio.

Zulu Audio is offering all readers a discount off their wearable bluetooth speakers! These speakers typically sell for $99 but friends of The Running Griffin can purchase these speakers for $59 when using the discount code PG2019 at checkout.

Wearable speakers are much safer than headphones, and they are more convenient than a standalone speaker. The Zulu Audio speakers create a really enjoyable portable surround sound that is great if you are wanting to listen to music but still be aware of your surroundings. Also, the speakers rest on your shoulders right near your ears, and they use directional sound, so you do not have to blast them loud and bother other people around you.

To purchase your Zulu Audio speakers at the discounted rate, please click here and be sure to use code PG2019 to save $40!

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Race Recap: Mick Morgan’s 5K

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This weekend was a full schedule of soccer matches for my oldest daughter but with Saturday’s first match taking place at 3PM, I was able to make my way over to the Mick Morgan 5K in Sharon, Massachusetts in advance of hitting the road for the soccer matches. The Mick Morgan 5K was the March Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners so always good when you can pick up some points for the Grand Prix series, as well!

The Mick Morgan race is advertised as a 5K race but race organizers clearly note that the course is actually 3.3 miles and adjust the timing accordingly. Kudos to them for doing this! Running longer is never an issue but when race directors don’t adjust timing accordingly that can be a real pet peeve for runners.

The race raises money for HESSCO and supports their mission of delivering over 130,000 Meals on Wheels each year, providing homemaking and home health aide services, advocating for residents in nursing facilities, counseling Medicare recipients on health insurance options and protecting our seniors from neglect and abuse. A very noble cause and one runners toeing the starting line happily helped raise money for.

The race kicks off and finishes at Mick Morgan’s Irish Pub and for St. Patrick’s Day weekend you can’t really ask for anything more than that. Runners were decked out in their finest green and shamrock covered clothing as they made their way out onto the course.

The route was a really nice one with an overall hilly terrain mixed throughout the course. There were stretches of uphill running alongside a golf course and then through residential neighborhoods and part of the course looped back on the same roads both out and back. For most of the run there was some climbing involved but the course moved along really well and was free of any traffic. Neighbors hung a large Irish flag over one part of the course and a water stop was present at the halfway mark.

Overall, felt good out there running on Saturday and despite some hills and wind ran a strong race. Finished the race with a time of 26:33, good for 7:59/miles in the 3.3 mile course.

Hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Join Me at the Pack the Pantry 5K


Looking for a nice 5K race in support of a local food pantry? Look no further and join me on June 8th in Dedham, Massachusetts for the 2019 Pack the Pantry 5K!

Organized by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, the Pack the Pantry 5K raises funds for the Dedham Food Pantry and runners are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with them to the race as a donation. The race organizers do a really nice job with this race which comes complete with a homemade breakfast for all runners post race.

I ran last year’s Pack the Pantry 5K and loved the course laid out for this 5K race. The race started off with some really nice uphills in the first mile followed by a significant downhill right around the one mile marker. The course was open to traffic but coned off on main roads and while running through the neighborhoods there wasn’t much traffic to contend with. A water stop was present at the half-way mark which proved to be important as runners made their way up another really good uphill stretch around the two mile mark. After tackling the hill it was then into another looped neighborhood stretch before runners made a right turn back onto the road the church was on for a good downhill and flat stretch heading into the finish line.

APR Physical Therapy will be at this year’s run again and will provide stretching for runners both pre- and post-race. Be sure to visit their table and take advantage of the amazing muscular work the APR team provides to runners; you won’t be disappointed!

Don’t delay and register for the race today and take advantage of their refer-a-friend program where you’ll receive $2 back for each friend you refer to run with you. Race a great 5K and help tackle hunger in the greater Dedham area. See you at the starting line in June!

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Boston Marathon History by the Mile

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Local journalist and runner Paul Clerici is the author of the bestselling book “Boston
Marathon History by the Mile.”

The award-winning writer takes readers through the colorful 26.2-mile journey – mile by
mile, town by town, story by story. With his unique vast array of experiences and
knowledge – he has run the Boston Marathon 23 times and has covered it for over 30
years now – Clerici brings the great race to life through informative, humorous, and
enlightening detail that includes stories about every statue, moment, landmark, and
portion of the course from its start in 1897 to its current incarnation. With forewords by
Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray and the first woman to complete the
race – Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb – the book also features a wide range of vintage and race-
day photos, some of which never before published. Read about all the great stories about
the very beginnings of the race in Ashland; the various start lines in Hopkinton; the year
in which a train cut through the race in Framingham; the Scream Tunnel of women at
Wellesley College; the Johnny Kelley statue in Newton; the different finish lines in
Boston; and much more.

A freelance journalist, photographer, and former newspaper editor, Clerici also delivers
talks and lectures at libraries, historical societies, bookstores, running clubs; appears at
expos, book signings, group meetings; appears on television (NECN, cable stations, etc.),
radio (NPR, local and city stations, etc.), and media outlets including “The Boston
Globe” and “Cape Cod Times.” Race director of the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk in
Walpole, he has also competed in nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon –
including two triathlons, 43 marathons, the Falmouth Road Race several times – and has
won numerous age-group and Clydesdale running awards.

He is also the author of “A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod” and
“History of the Greater Boston Track Club.”

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Raynham Knights of Columbus 5 Miler


Join me on April 13th in Raynham, Massachusetts for the Raynham Knights of Columbus 5 Miler! This is the 29th annual running of the race and is sure to be a great road race!

The course has one moderate hill at Mile 4 on the file mile course but otherwise is relatively flat and fast for rest of way. The race takes place on quiet residential streets with volunteers at every turn and post-run runners are welcome to enjoy a complete pancake breakfast at the finish line. Awards are awarded for First, Second and Third place M/F for the 5 Mile Run.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Raynham Knights of Columbus and local charities across the greater Raynham area.

To register for the race, please click here. To save a $1 off registration and to receive a coupon for a free sub from Jersey Mike’s, use code JERSEYMIKES at checkout, too!

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