BibBoards Help #SaveTheShirt

bibboards_logo_410xAre you tired of ruining your favorite running shirts due to all the race bib pin holes you have on the shirt? Well, worry no more because thanks to our friends over at BibBoards you can now #SaveTheShirt!

BibBoards replaces safety pins, letting you express yourself without ruining your garments. Patented BibBoards are the world’s best pinless bib number fasteners and safety pin replacements. They attach easily, and don’t damage clothes. For years, athletes have been ruining race shirts, pricking their fingers and struggling to secure race bibs. That is, until BibBoards came along!

BibBoards have a really cool ability to make customized options perfect for including a running club’s logo, a charity logo, an inspirational note or a variety of other options.

Race Directors can differentiate their road race from others by making custom BibBoards with their race’s logo on it which works well both on race day and then serves as an advertising vehicle as runners re-use the BibBoards at future runs. BibBoards makes it easy for Race Directors to design unique BibBoards for their race and would make for a nice addition to a race of any distance!

Businesses can gain visibility through sponsoring BibBoards with their logo on it for runners; the possibilities are truly endless! If you are interested in seeing how easy it is to make custom BibBoards, click here for details.

BibBoards also has some really neat standard options available for purchase including I Love Running, I Run Boston, Will Run for Wine and more! To see some of these options available for purchase, check out their website by clicking here.

For more information about BibBoards, be sure to visit their website by clicking here. You can also “Like” BibBoards on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter!


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Recap: Kingston Waterfront Festival 5K


Yesterday morning it was off to Kingston, Massachusetts for the Kingston Waterfront Festival 5K and when the race announcer quipped that it was more of a “water everywhere” run he hit the nail on the head.

The skies opened up with some drenching rains prior to the race and then right as the race was kicking off with heavy rains soaking runners along the course. Thankfully, summer time rain is actually not that bad to run in other than the fact clothing felt as though it weighed an extra five pounds by the time you crossed the finish line.

I always knew that Kingston abutted the Atlantic Ocean but had never been to the quaint beach village in Kingston known as Rocky Nook. A small, neighborhood beach known as Gray’s Beach was in the process of being rebuilt and the beach was at the foot of a park within Rocky Nook. Rocky Nook featured small beachfront streets with a mix of cottages and homes mixed with residents and summertime visitors alike.

The course itself was a nice run through these neighborhoods and had a couple nice, quick hills mixed into the course for good measure. There was a water stop at about the midway point of the race and, yes, even though it was pouring out I still grabbed a water at the water stop. The final stretch of the race featured a quick, sharp uphill into the final one-tenth of a mile of the race just to ensure you left nothing out on the course. After the race, water, Gatorade, bananas, granola bars and maple water from DrinkMaple was available.

Later in the day, the Kingston Waterfront Festival brought an afternoon of live music, food and other activities right at the Gray’s Beach area.

Proceeds from the race went to support the Silver Lakes Regional High School Music Department.

Although I was a soggy mess by the time I crossed the finish line, I finished the Kingston Waterfront Festival 5K with a time of 23:29, good for 7:34/miles. Despite the rain, this was a great race featuring a nice course and was a bargain with registration fees at the very reasonable price of $20. Highly recommend this race!


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Mrs. Running Griffin Feeling Pretty Knotty


Hey gang! It’s Mrs. Running Griffin here filling in for The Running Griffin who is being lazy and hanging out on the couch after a long weekend at a tennis tournament. I thought it would be a perfect time to introduce you to an ideal brand perfect for runners like myself called Pretty Knotty!

If you are anything like me, you probably have a drawer in your house filled with all kinds of hair elastics that probably drives your running buddy crazy! Well, thanks to Pretty Knotty I will be throwing away a healthy chunk of my stretched out, standard hair elastics and will be switching over to the Pretty Knotty brand. I’ve been using these for the past week and a half while playing tennis, swimming, on the elliptical machine, while running and around the house and have been remarkably impressed at just how awesome the Pretty Knotty brand is.

The girls also loved the Fit Ties and found them easy to use while putting in their own pony tails this week. With the oldest off to soccer camp this week, the Fit Ties will be a perfect way in the heat and humidity to keep her hair out of her face while on the soccer pitch all day long.

Pretty Knotty was developed to create better hair ties for athletes who need to keep their hair secure while being active. Pretty Knotty developed Fit Ties to empower athletes to train and compete with confidence knowing their hair is secured in the most innovative performance products available. One thing that I love about their business model is that Pretty Knotty is dedicated to developing the high-performing products by sourcing the highest-quality, most innovative materials, partnering with US based manufacturers, and hiring other local, small businesses and supports job creation here in the US by partnering with small businesses based out of RI, OH, NY, ID, IL, NJ, and WI.

The Fit Ties are designed to securely hold your hair in place while training and competing.  The low-profile design, innovative manufacturing process, and proprietary material blend combine to create a superior product that outperforms the competition. In addition to the quality in which they are made, the Fit Ties come in a cute little tin perfect to throw in the gym bag, in the glove compartment, in a drawer or in the bottom of your purse. Great products that work well and are easy to tote around; a win/win!

For more information about Pretty Knotty, please check out their website by clicking here. You can also follow Pretty Knotty on Instagram just like I did by clicking here. Be sure to support this great business and feel Pretty Knotty while doing what you love!

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Dedham Trails Day 5K Trail Run


Registration is now open for the Dedham Trails Day 5K Trail Run and for those runners looking to tackle a nice trail run this is one race you certainly will want to register for. The Dedham Trails Day 5K Trail Run will take place on August 19th at the Dolan Center located at 269 Common Street in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Runners will take scenic trails to Whitcomb Woods and the Dolan Center Trails ending at the Dolan Center in what will prove to be a great summertime trail run.

In addition to the 5K trail race, there is also the opportunity to be able to participate in a duathalon option, as well. Sprint & Splash runners will stay to the left at the finish line to board kayaks supplied by L.L. Bean and the Town of Dedham for the 1 mile paddle on the Charles River. The paddle takes you along the scenic Charles River ½ mile out where L.L. Bean staff will be positioned to direct paddlers to turn around and then a ½ mile back to the Dolan Center launch.

After the race, runners are welcome to join the Dedham Trails festival and enjoy food, live music, face painting, games and demos of kayaks, SUP’s and fly casting with L.L. Bean. In addition to all of this, there will be dozens of environmental, health and active wear vendors available for the day helping to really round out the offerings available for the day!

To register for the Dedham Trails Day 5K Trail Run, please click here.

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Register for the 12th Annual Butterfly 5K

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Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Butterfly 5K which will be held on August 12th in North Attleboro, Massachusetts!

The 12th Annual Butterfly 5K for Julia’s Garden will kick off at 9 AM at the WWI Memorial Park in North Attleboro, MA.

This net downhill race is a community favorite and is very much a family fun day: The race takes place at a community zoo, sports and playground complex at the WWI Memorial Park and Zoo. The Butterfly 5K is an annual fundraiser for The Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation and all proceeds support “Julia’s Garden”, a 4 acre memorial garden park and playground complex in memory to 9 year old Julia Cekala. Race day includes music, food, raffles, children’s activities and a Kid’s Fun Run. Post race, there is a trophy award ceremony and live butterfly release! The race is an official summer race of Team Hoyt and Dick and Rick Hoyt and Team Hoyt will join the race again this year!

The goal of The Julia Cekala Foundation is to focus on the issues that affected Julia’s life and to support the community through recreation, education and medical assistance. To learn more about the foundation and about Julia Cekala, please click here.

To register for the 12th Annual Butterfly 5K, please click here to register online. Be sure to also “Like” the Julia Cekala Foundation on Facebook by clicking here.

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Race Recap: Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K


When you race after a full day of work you never really know what to expect. 7PM races can always be an interesting challenge to ensure you have properly hydrated throughout the day, ate the right amount of fuel but not too much and still have enough energy in the tank to tackle the race well even after putting in a full day of work.

On Thursday, it was out to South Boston for the 31st Annual Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K. This is an exceptionally good race put on by the L Street Running Club and takes runners along a relatively flat and typically hot 5K course alongside Carson Beach in Southie. The road is shut down to traffic for the quick time the race takes place and runners have the road to themselves as they make their way out onto the course.

The race is known to have featured some tough warm temperatures in prior years and given you are in the sun the entire way this 5K course can certainly take a toll when the weather is hot. Fortunately, this Thursday night was an absolutely gorgeous night with temperatures still warm but not scorching, absolutely no humidity in the air and a gentle breeze from time to time coming off the water. When compared to the brutally warm conditions from last year’s race, this year was a simply perfect night to run a 5K.

In this year’s Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K, I felt strong making my way out onto the course and it seemed as though it was going to be one of those running days where you just sort of know you have it. The out-and-back 5K course allows you to hit the water stop twice which certainly came in handy and through more than 3/4 of the race I kept up a nice pace. I could feel myself fading a little bit as I hit the 3 mile marker but knowing there was just a tenth of a mile left to go I dug deep and finished with a time of 23:07, good for 7:27/miles.

A great result and proving just how nice of a night it was for a run in last year’s scorcher I ran an 8:44/pace so shaving more than a minute per mile off I couldn’t be more pleased with that result!

Be sure to “Like” the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl’s Facebook page by clicking here and I will see you at next year’s race!

Bridge & Back 10K Registration Now Open


Registration is now open for the Bridge & Back 10K which is being held in Salem, Massachusetts on August 5th. Faithful readers of The Running Griffin attended last year’s Bridge & Back 10K and reported back glowing reviews of the race so be sure to add this 10K to your race calendar!

With a name like the Bridge & Back 10K you could probably have guessed that there is going to be a bridge involved! Runners make their way over the Salem/Beverly Bridge on this 10K route giving runners a bit of an incline while racing up and down the bridge. Once runners make their way along the 10K route, there is a great post-race party at the Tavern in the Square in Salem where runners can refuel and enjoy a cold pint after the run.

The first 300 participants will receive a short sleeve t-shirt! Race Director Doug Bollen puts on some amazing races and this year’s Bridge & Back 10K is sure to be no exception!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. Be sure to help pack the starting line to help raise funds for this great organization!

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


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