9th Annual Sonia’s Run 5K Run/Walk

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The 9th Annual Sonia’s Run 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day is in memory of our dear friend Sonia Daly Belcher, who passed away unexpectedly at age 32 due to a sudden heart condition.

Sonia’s Run is USATF Sanctioned, cash prizes offered for the top 3 male and female overall finishers, age group awards for male and female, performance race T-shirts guaranteed for first 150 registrants, complimentary post-race food, team competition, and raffles.

The 5K begins at 9 am, and free parking is available in the church parking lot and surrounding streets. Start and finish at the same location.

Sonia’s Run is a family-friendly event which includes a bouncy house, face painting, pumpkins, clown show and balloon animals, vendor tables and food. Course map, records, registration info and more can be found online at www.soniasrun.org.

All proceeds from Sonia’s Run go to support early childhood education at Theophany School in Needham, MA, a school which Sonia helped to establish.

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Cape Cod Marathon Weekend

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It’s hard to believe that August is already here and before you know it the dog days of summer will be over and we will be running into fall. For those runners who are looking for a great fall run through a beautiful, scenic New England waterfront course then the Cape Cod Marathon weekend of events is definitely one to check out!

The 2017 Cape Cod Marathon Weekend will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, 2017. The weekend starts off with the Cape Cod Half-Marathon on Saturday and the Cape Cod Marathon and Marathon Relay taking place on Sunday.

The Cape Cod Marathon Half -Marathon race course is a fast and scenic route that hugs the Falmouth coastline of Nantucket Sound. Designed to maximize runners’ view of Martha’s Vineyard and the beautiful waters of Nantucket Sound this out and back course is limited to one hill.   But don’t be alarmed- this one hill occurs at miles 3.5 and 9.75 and is over before you know it.

The Cape Cod Marathon is a one-loop course that begins and ends at the Village Green in Falmouth center. The first part is easy, the latter is a test. The people who do well on this course follow the following formula: go out easy, take plenty of fluids, and save energy for the hills. Although the course is not closed to traffic, it is run on secondary roads and monitored by the police and numerous volunteers.

I have previously done the Cape Cod Marathon Relay and it is a great event for a group of friends to get together at and have a really nice time. Relay runners take the same route as the full marathon runners and the relay is an excellent way to build camaraderie, have a fun time and get some nice miles in!

For the extra adventurous, the Clam Chowdah Challenge is available for runners who want to run the half-marathon on Saturday and then tackle the full marathon on Sunday. Good luck to those crazy runners!

For more information about the Cape Cod Marathon, check out their website by clicking here. Interested in taking on one of the races Cape Cod Marathon Race Weekend races? Of course you are! Register online for the race you will be joining here.

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11th Annual Union Street Tavern Trot

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Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Tavern Trot which will be held on September 17th in Windsor, Connecticut. This race benefits the charity Alex’s Lemonade Stand and features a 3.5 mile road and trail race through historic Windsor Center.

The Union Street Tavern Trot is  USATF certified (#CT09017JHP) and is a Manchester Road Race qualifier with electronic chip timing. The course has water stops and rest stops along the route.

Runners who register before September 8th will receive a race shirt. The race kicks off at 12:30 PM and once runners are done racing the course will be greeted by free refreshments, beer and food thanks to Union Street Tavern! Live entertainment will also be available making for a real post-race party!

To register for the 11th Annual Union Street Tavern Trot, please click here. Please be sure to also “Like” the Union Street Tavern on Facebook by clicking here.

 

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Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K

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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

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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

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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.