Postponed Due to Weather: BASK/FOP Lodge #28 6th Annual New Year’s Day Frozen Five Mile Run

Due to the dangerously cold temperatures in New England, the BASK/FOP Lodge #28 6th Annual New Year’s Day Frozen Five Mile Run has been postponed from January 1st to January 7th. Runners can now register for the race through January 6th by clicking here.

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BASK/FOP Lodge #28 6th Annual New Year’s Day Frozen Five Mile Run


The time for New Year’s resolutions is right around the corner therefore don’t delay starting 2018 off on the right foot and register for the BASK/FOP Lodge #28 6th Annual New Year’s Day Frozen Five Mile Run. I have participated in this annual tradition for a couple years and the race is one you won’t want to miss!

This year MAFOP Lodge #28 is proud to turn this event over to BASK!!! BASK is a 501c3 non-profit service dog foundation that provides and supports specially trained assistance dogs to enhance mobility and independence through K9 partnership. This organization provides service K9s to our military veterans free of charge. We welcome walkers to bring their well-mannered, leashed dogs for this event. Registration includes a post run/walk breakfast that is a great way to warm up and refuel.

The run/walk will begin at 9 AM and the run course is a 5 mile loop while the walk course is one mile out with a turn around and a one mile return. Registration tables will be open at 7:30 AM.

Participants will find plenty of on-site parking available and indoor facilities. The race takes place snow, rain or shine and the warm, post-run breakfast is included with all entries. Trophies are available for top finishers and all race participants will receive a 23 oz. soup mug engraved with the BASK logo!

To register for this race, please click here.



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Walter’s Run in West Roxbury


After a snowy Saturday, an early morning check of the email confirmed that Sunday’s Walter’s Run was still on as planned. This race is held annually in the West Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts and is a great December race that benefits some local charities and a scholarship fund and helps runners get into the Christmas spirit!

This 5K course features what seems to be an overall uphill terrain for most of the race with a doozy of a hill right after the mile 2 marker. Runners climb the hill before making a left into a residential neighborhood for a bit more climbing before the race tapers off into a downhill finish into the finish line chute. There is a water stop about halfway into the race and though it snowed the night before the race the course was clear and in good shape for the most part.

Walter’s Run was the final Grand Prix race for the 2017 Thirsty Irish Runners and a sea of TIR green was present at the race followed by the annual meeting held at the Village Manor in Dedham. Looking to join a great running club in 2018? Join the Thirsty Irish Runners!

This year, I finished Walter’s Run with an overall time of 25:20, good for 8:10/miles.

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Race Recaps

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Were you able to get a Turkey Trot in?

Last Sunday I made my way to Mansfield, Massachusetts for the Red, White & Blue 5K. The weather was pretty gross with a rain gracing the course the entire time but at least the temperatures were somewhat moderate. The race took place in an industrial/office park which featured gradual inclines throughout the race.

While running, I could see the first and second place males ahead of me and felt rather comfortable while running. I knew I was running pretty well and because of a somewhat smaller entry field knew that I had some space between me and the fourth place male. I began to coast a little bit into the race and focused on finishing the race strong. Unfortunately, there was no water stop available on the course which even for 5K races I think is a must. I finished the race with a time of 24:33, good for 7:54/miles and good to take home third place male finisher. Heading home with the third place prize, I also took home a $25 gift card for Marathon Sports.


The Red , White & Blue 5K supported Fisher House Foundation, an amazing organization that supports veterans in need of medical care. I first became exposed to Fisher House Foundation when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon for them several years ago and appreciate all the work they do on behalf of our veterans.

For Thanksgiving, Mrs. Running Griffin and I picked up the babysitter at 7AM and took the Lil’ Griffins with us to our race in Braintree, Massachusetts which kicked off nice and early at 8AM.

The 18th Annual Braintree High School Athletic Association Turkey Day 5K features a great race that brought a nice crowd of runners out to burn some pre-Thanksgiving meal calories. The course started and finished at Braintree High School and took runners on a loop through the neighborhood abutting the high school. There were some nice hills mixed into the course, particularly in the final mile, which required a little extra kick heading up them. Though the course was open to traffic, a nice early start on Thanksgiving morning kept the roads quite clear of traffic and Braintree Police patrolled the course to ensure runner safety.

I finished the Braintree High School Athletic Association Turkey Day 5K with a time of 24:08, good for 7:48/miles, an improvement over the time I finished the Red, White & Blue 5K with. A great morning of running followed by a nice, warm coffee to warm up and a great Thanksgiving dinner complete with food, football on the TV and feet up on the couch!

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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