The Bridge & Back 10K


It’s time to register for the Bridge & Back 10K which is being held on August 6th in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Bridge & Back 10K is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

This race has a very reasonable registration fee of $25 and the first 400 registrants will receive a free technical, short-sleeve t-shirt!

Runners will tackle a great course and will run across the Salem/Beverly Bridge in this out-and-back course. The race kicks off in front of the Tavern in the Square and runners will be happy to rehydrate with a cold beer inside the tavern after the run. Awards will be given to top male and female overall finishers as well as age group top finishers.

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

Race Recap: Hip Hop 10k


This morning it was over to Easton, Massachusetts to take part in the Hip Hop 10k. This race is a  Family Friendly 5K/10K run and 2 mile walk in support of Hip Dysplasia awareness and fundraising. The 10k race kicked off at 9AM which was a nice relief given the humidity at that time was pretty bad and going later into the day has already made it even more sticky. When crossing the finish line I was sweating more than an Ashley Madison account holder!

The 10k race course was a nice challenging run with some rather significant hills mixed into the route. Volunteers did an excellent job directing runners on the course and alerting traffic as to our presence. The much needed water stations on the course provided good relief and were mixed into the race at good times. The course takes runners through rather residential neighborhoods and started and finished at Oliver Ames High School in Easton. A lot of the course was quite similar to the Tiger Turkey Chase I have taken raced in the past.

As you are in the final mile there is a nice uphill climb that really pushes you not slow down before runners intersect with the 5k course and head back toward the high school for the finish line. While coming into the finish there was a band playing some great cover songs and plenty of spectators cheering you into the finish. The race directors did a really nice job organizing the race and there was plenty of water and food to partake in prior to leaving. Several raffles with some big prizes were available inside the cafeteria of the school and vendors setup at the finish line offered samples, massage, chiropractic and more.

I finished the Hip Hop 10k with a time of 51:16 good for a finish pace of 8:15/mile. With the humidity in full effect coupled with some tough quad pain I inflicted upon myself earlier this week playing indoor soccer a good showing at today’s run.

For more information about the work the Hip Hop 10k supports, check out their website here and be sure to “Like” the race on Facebook so you can plan on running this race next year.

Register Today for the Roller Coaster Race at Six Flags New England

9a23b95e017049ad017b975fa37a1412Join The Running Griffin at the Roller Coaster Race to be held at Six Flags New England just outside of Springfield, Massachusetts on Sunday, September 6th. For less than the cost of a theme park ticket, you can run either the 10k or 5k race and spend the day at Six Flags New England after the race!

The Roller Coaster race registration includes a park ticket and parking along with the race entry and all runners will receive a tech shirt and a finisher medal at the end of the race. The races kick off nice and early at 7:30 AM so you can make a nice day out of running and enjoying an amazing theme park. Runners will tackle a USATF-sanctioned scenic course through Six Flags New England and around and under some of their world famous coasters. Post-race refreshments and award ceremony follow the races.

To register for the race, please click here and be sure to note during the registration process when asked how you heard about the race that you saw it on The Running Griffin!

Please be sure to also check out the Roller Coaster Race’s Facebook page by clicking here and follow them on Twitter by clicking here.

Double Racing at the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty


On Friday evening it was off to the home of your New England Patriots for a race at Gillette Stadium known as the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the Fifty. Last year the race night was absolutely stifling so this year temperatures in the 80’s made for ideal running conditions.

There is both a 5K and 10K option for this race with the 10K kicking off at 7PM while the 5K starts at 6PM. My running pals were tackling the 5K and I had signed up for the 10K but when one of them came down with some knee pain I decided to run both races in their honor.

The 5K takes runners on a quick loop of Gillette Stadium before heading back into the stadium to tackle the ramps all the way to the top tier of the stadium. Consider the run a sort of hill workout on steroids with a sea of running friends hitting the ramps along with you. A double edged sword of sorts runs through the mind as you make your way up one set of ramps as you know you will quickly be descending another set from the nosebleed section of the stadium onto the field. The 5K finishes right at the fifty yard line and New England Patriot star Nate Soldier was present high-fiving runners into the finish line.

I finished the 5K with a time of 24:44, good for 7:58/miles. Not too shabby for a course inclusive of climbing all those flights!

Having finished up the 5K, it was then time to make my way back to the starting line for the kickoff (see what I did there) of the 10K race. The 10K race features a much different course and leaves out the ramp ascents and descents and takes runners onto Route 1 briefly before then winding through mostly residential streets. Given the race is the Fourth of July weekend, neighbors use the course as a way to have little parties and cheer on runners and the support along the way mixed with the Americana feel really is perfect. After going through residential neighborhoods behind the stadium, runners then turn back into the stadium grounds on the Putnam Investments road and runners make a quick pass through the backside of the stadium before then finishing at the fifty yard line. Pat the Patriot is available for photos and runners can see themselves finishing the race on the Jumbotrons.

I finished the 10K with a time of 54:22, good for 8:45/miles. Knowing holiday cookouts were in the near future, running 9.3 miles the night before the 4th seemed like a good idea and I’m glad I did both races.

Post-race, a magnificent firework display took place and while we dined and refueled at CBS Scene’s patio we had a great view of the fireworks. A great night of running, food, drink, America and most importantly laughter with friends. This might become an annual tradition!

Registration Now Open for the Keep Springfield Beautiful 10K


Registration is now open for the Keep Springfield Beautiful 10K! The race takes place on Mother’s Day in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts and supports the efforts of Keep Springfield Beautiful which is a non-profit organization that promotes litter and graffiti prevention, recycling, conservation and beautification of Springfield.

The 10K run starts and ends at the south parking lot of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Shortly after the start there is a gradual uphill, then past the Olmsted designed Forest Park.  There is a slight downhill / uphill past the 19th century industrial mill at Watershops Pond.  Turn left at historic Springfield Armory and proceed downhill at 9K past the Federal Courthouse.

There is also a 3K walk for those who are interested in supporting the event but would prefer to walk rather than run. The walk leaves from the Hall of Fame and proceeds on the RailTrail along the Connecticut River.

To register for the Keep Springfield Beautiful 10K, please click here. You can also learn more about Keep Springfield Beautiful on their Facebook page by clicking here.