Race Recap: Edaville Rail Run

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On Saturday morning it was down to Carver, Massachusetts for the Edaville Rail Run. The race takes place on the grounds of the Edaville Family Theme Park which is a Thomas the Tank Engine inspired theme park in southeastern Massachusetts.

The run takes part on the grounds of the small, theme park for a brief period of time before runners make their way out onto crushed stone trails along cranberry bogs. The race is a five mile course and is one of the most quintessentially New England fall runs that you will find. Crisp air, cranberry bogs and fallen leaves add to the charm of the race.

This year the Edaville Rail Run was a Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners so there was a nice contingent of TIR green assembled at the starting line and plenty of friends out on the course.

The course itself is pretty much flat the entire way as runners run along the bogs and there are a couple water stops out on the course. Having run this race previously, some times the wind can really whip across the cranberry bogs and though the temperatures this year were cold the wind wasn’t as bad as it has been in the past and made for some rather comfortable running conditions.

I ran a decent race on Saturday and finished with a time of 39:48, good for 7:57/miles.

All proceeds from the Edaville Rail Run go to benefit the Dorine Merritt Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Join Me at the Randolph Pack the Pantry 5K

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On December 7th you can join me at the Randolph Pack the Pantry 5K and help support stocking the shelves of a local food pantry while tackling a 5K road race!

This is the first annual running of the race but the Race Director has organized the nearby Dedham Food Pantry 5K for the past few years so the race will be a great time all while supporting a really good cause. Heading into the holidays and winter season here in New England, helping ensure those in need have food is critical and a race that raises funds to help stock the Randolph Food Pantry shelves is certainly worth supporting.

Here are the race details:

Date: Saturday, December 7th
Time: 10AM
Location: Randolph Intergenerational Community Center

Race registration includes a long sleeve shirt, as well as raffle opportunities and prizes for the top 3 men and women participants.

All proceeds will go to the Friendly Food Pantry of Randolph. Participants can earn additional raffle tickets by contributing to the food donation box on race day. Request donations include: cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, coffee (ground or instant), tuna fish and spaghetti sauce

To register for the race, please click here. 

Look forward to seeing you at the race! See you at the starting line!

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Camy 5K Registration Now Open

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The USATF-certified 19th annual Camy 5K Run & David 5K walk is being held on Saturday, November 9th at the Walpole Italian-American Club located at 109 Stone St in Walpole.

To register for the race, please click here.

This race helps support a number of important charities and raises funds for charitable organizations, which over the years has included Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Coach Bill Squires “Run Smart” Fund (for economically-challenged student-athletes); Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Invensys Foxboro YMCA; Matty Eappen Foundation (to prevent abusive child head trauma); One Fund Boston; Norwood Hospital Oncology/Hematology Clinic/Lab; Norwood Hospital Cancer Center at Foxboro oncology department (including a blanket warmer unit for chemotherapy patients; building improvements); Walpole Community Food Pantry; Walpole Italian-American Club (including the purchase of defibrillators); Walpole Italian-American Society; among others.

Held at the Walpole Italian-American Club, 109 Stone St., Walpole, Mass., on the second Saturday in November, the USATF-certified event was created in 2001 in honor of Camilio “Camy” Clerici and his grandson, David Clerici, Walpole I-A Society members who died nine months apart in 2000. The Rosina Fun Run for kids is named in honor of Camy’s widow and David’s grandmother, Rosina Clerici, who died in 2006. And the David 5K Walk top trophies are named in honor of his late parents (the Frank Clerici Sr. Award to the 1st male finisher; the Carol Hunt-Clerici Award to the 1st female finisher).

Be sure to register today for the Camy 5K and have a great run on race day!

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Race Recap: Rexel Energy Solutions 5K

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Yesterday morning it was a quick trip over to Taunton, Massachusetts for the Rexel Energy Solutions 5K in support of Boston Children’s Hospital.

The race started and finished at the Holiday Inn in Taunton and took runners through the Myles Standish Industrial Park. There was a quick loop through the parking lot of the hotel before making our way out onto the main roads of the industrial park which provided for some nice, relatively quiet streets to run through on a Sunday morning. The Taunton Police Department did a great job patrolling the entire course on foot, motorcycle and in cars which ensured for good traffic control throughout the course.

The course was relatively flat throughout the majority of the race save a rather nice little uphill in the final half mile of the race. I was pleased with my pace from start to finish and left enough in the tank to make my way up the hill at pace before leveling back off for the final stretch into the finish line.

It warmed up a bit on the course from the 33 degree temperature early in the morning but there was a good crispness to the air that made for some good running. Even with the temperatures comfortable, one water stop on the course would have been nice. (I am a proponent of a water stop even on a 5K as a general rule of thumb.)

Making my way into the finishing chute, I knew I had a good pace going and knew that there were only three runners in front of me so I crossed the finish line in fourth place overall with a time of 22:31, good for 7:14/miles. Upon grabbing my medal and a water, the enticement of free food from the Burgundian Coffee and Waffles foodtruck was too good to pass up so I partook in a lemon curd, blueberry and whipped cream waffle as my post-race refueling. A really nice treat post-run!

All proceeds from the race went to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Trails4Tails Fest

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Are you a runner looking for a fun event to bring your favorite four legged friend to?

Trails4Tails Fest   is a fundraiser benefiting It’s A Ruff Life Rescue (an all breed dog rescue) and  co-hosted by the Bucks County Triathlon Club.  The event takes place October 19, 2019 at the historic Washington Crossing Park, NJ.

Races include a 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k, 5K with Dogs, 15K, Double Dog (5K & 15K combined), 50K Ultra and the Triple Dog Ultra (5K, 15K, 50K).

All racers 21+ receive a free ticket to the beer & wine garden. The Fest itself includes a beer & wine garden, food trucks, vendors, adoptable dogs, dog agility course, dog costume contest,  K-9 Police Dog demos and more.

The Fest is open to the public! Folks can register at https://www.trails4tailsnjpa.org and thanks to the race organizer and our friends at Thirsty Irish Runners, you can use the discount code Irish5 to save $5 off your registration cost.

Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event page by clicking here and give a “Like” to the race’s Facebook page by clicking here.

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The Lawn on D 5K

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If you are in the Greater Boston area, you are not going to want to miss the upcoming Lawn on D 5K. The race will take place on September 28th and will start and finish at the beautiful urban Lawn on D grounds in the heart of Downtown Boston.

Sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Lawn on D 5K features an absolute bargain of a registration price of just $10! Registration includes your race bib and a long-sleeve runner shirt with food and beverage available to purchase at The Lawn On D at the conclusion of the race. In addition to the post-race food and drink, stick around for a great afternoon of live music from South Boston’s own Thomas Park and lawn games spread across the Lawn on D.

To learn more about The Lawn on D, please visit their website by clicking here.

To register for the race, please click here. You can also RSVP for the race on Facebook by clicking here.

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Race Recap: Craft Classic Atlanta Half Marathon

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The annual guys weekend pilgrimage this year took five childhood friends to Hotlanta! An Atlanta Braves game, delicious food, copious amounts of coffee and brewery visits were in store for the five of us last weekend and my buddy Matt and I thought we would throw in a half-marathon for good measure. We usually try to do a race and in the past have done the Flying Pig Half-Marathon, the Bourbon Derby Half-Marathon in Kentucky, a 5K in Pittsburgh and more! Therefore, this year we thought we’d keep the tradition rolling and signed up for the Craft Classic Atlanta Half-Marathon.

The race kicked off nice and early but we weren’t going to be fooled as we saw the forecast called for some warm temperatures complete with humidity. With temps slated to rise into the 90’s, an early start allowed for a glimmer of hope that we would beat some of the heat but it was still quite warm as we toed the starting line.

The race kicked off in a park and made a quick loop through part of the park before heading out into the streets of Atlanta. I’m not sure why I assumed Atlanta was relatively flat but that assumption was quickly but to rest as we tackled what seemed to be hill after endless hill. The race took runners through residential neighborhoods and through some great, historic downtown areas many which seemed to have a little bit of a rebirth with some new restaurants, stores and housing. Running through the state that calls Coca-Cola home, the Coke murals that were painted on the sides of buildings were quite remarkable and added a nostalgic charm to the area.

When we reached the mile 4 marker, Matt and I agreed that this was now going to be a race where we just wanted to cross the finish line. The humidity was soupy and thick and even after running in the summer humidity of the Boston area and Matt running in the heat of Kentucky, this humidity was something fierce and with the combination of hills made for some of the more challenging running conditions we have faced in some time.

We ran along a great bike path near the Ponce marketplace and we ran past New Realm Brewery and sized it up for a post-run tour and lunch with the other three guys once we finished the race. Around the mile 10 marker we made a right turn up yet another hill and were greeted to the delicious aromas of a local homemade donut shop on the corner. I’d be lying if the thought didn’t cross our mind to just drop out of the race, polish off about a half-dozen donuts and then take a Bird scooter back to the hotel. However, we kept on trucking toward the finish line.

Closing in on the mile 12 marker, a high school friend and her kids who now live in Atlanta cheered us on and then met us at the finish line. After passing the mile 12 marker there was another punch-you-in-the-gut sized hill to run up before making a very slight downhill into the finish. Crossing the finish line never felt so relieving.

Even though there were post-race beers available, I was content eating a popsicle, pretzels and Twizzler bites and dousing myself in as much water as possible. Shade was needed in a bad way and sitting down almost became a dangerous game of figuring out if I’d be able to get back off the ground.

It was not a pretty race for either of us, but Matt and I stayed together from start to finish and picked each other up at the right times. We had a great time chatting, catching up, telling stories and jokes we have told a hundred times and crossed the finish line despite the conditions. We finished with a time of 2:24:02 but this race wasn’t about the time on the clock; rather, it was about the good time we had hanging out on the course and over the course of the weekend.

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