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St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry 5K

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Last weekend in Middleborough, Massachusetts the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry 5K took place on another pristine fall weekend. The weather was clear and was a touch warm for the latter part of September but given the fact the shovels will be out before we know it, no complaints here!

The Food Pantry 5K is a very well-organized race that does a great job raising funds and food for the local food pantry in Middleborough. In addition to the registration fee, runners are encouraged to bring cans of food to the race to help stock the shelves of the food pantry and it was nice to see the boxes at registration filling up quickly!

The race course is a loop 5k course and there were two water stops on the course which came in handy given the warmer temperatures. After a downhill start, runners head into a rolling residential route as they make their way back to the school grounds where the race started. The race finishes on a Heartbreak Hill-esque uphill into the finish line and the calves were working double duty as they headed up the hill and battled against the heat. A young lad tossing his cookies on the hill made for a quick mental hurdle to get past but I finished the race one foot in front of the other and did alright battling up the hill.

I finished the Food Pantry 5K with a time of 25:23 or 8:10/miles.

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New Personal Course Record

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Gotta love when there is a 5K right in the town you call home! With the hectic season of school, soccer, yoga classes and more now consuming the weekdays and weekends thanks to the kids, it can sometimes be a challenge to find time to get to a race. However, when there is a race just down the road that fits into your calendar it is a beautiful thing!

This year was the 10th Anniversary of the Frances F. Morast 5K Walk and Run to Beat Ovarian Cancer. I have participated in this 5K twice previously and each time have been impressed with the passion put into organizing a race in memory of an educator who lived within the local community and passed away from ovarian cancer. The race is organized by Morast’s family and they do a nice job raising funds for Ovations, which is working to find a cure for ovarian cancer.

The course for the race is rather pancake flat which makes for some nice running. Saturday was a bit of an off, September morning with temperatures somewhat mild but the humidity off the charts. Thankfully there was a bit of a cloud cover at the start of the race which helped as if the sun was out with the humidity as bad as it was it would have been a real rough morning of running.

About half-way into the race in front of St. Thomas Aquinas Church there were bottles of water runners could help themselves to and police patrolled the one major road crossing of the run. The course takes place on an open course that loops runners around the general downtown area of Bridgewater and finishes back in front of the Williams School where the race kicks off from.

This year, I knew I ran the course pretty well and only had one fast runner ahead of me on the route. We stuck together for the first mile or so but then his speed was just too much to keep up with. I still maintained a strong pace and finished the race with a time of 22:10, good for 7:08/miles. This is the fastest I have run this race and is one of my better paces for the year! It certainly pays to know the course and to have no real pressure when you are running in second place for the duration of the race!

First Annual Edgewood 5K

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Sunday morning it was just a quick jump away over to Raynham, Massachusetts for the First Annual Edgewood 5K. Hosted at Edgewood Pool & Tennis Club, the Edgewood 5K was organized by members of the club and featured a great 5K course through the streets abutting the club.

The race featured a nice layout with four left turns making it impossible to get lost on the course and to keep runners honest there were a few, rolling hills mixed into the route.

For the first mile and a half making my way to North Main Street in Raynham I was in first place but noticed a young runner closing in on me. I continued to maintain a rather solid pace but could not maintain the increasing pace my challenger not presented and slipped to second place which is where I finished overall in the race. Even though the field of runners was small, I was quite pleased with how well I ran and felt no sense of disappointment coming in second place overall.

I finished the Edgewood 5K with a time of 23:28, good for 7:33/miles. A great morning of running at a very well organized race that will be sure to continue to grow each year! I look forward to next year’s race already!

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Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse

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Registration is now open for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. The proceeds of the 5K will be split evenly between Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Gavin Foundation located at 675 East 4th Street in South Boston. The race takes place in beautiful downtown Milton, Massachusetts.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was founded in 2014 to address substance abuse challenges in the town of Milton. The Coalition has a special emphasis on prevention programs for youth in the town and counts many teens among its membership. The Coalition is sponsored by the Milton Public Health Department.

The Gavin Foundation is a multi-service nonprofit agency providing comprehensive, community-based substance abuse treatment, education, and prevention programs. They serve more than 5,000 individuals each year through their adult, youth and community programs. The Gavin Foundation works from a deep commitment to the community, including the widespread community of individuals and families in recovery. It is considered the gold standard of halfway houses for recovering addicts. Mike was a resident at the Gavin Foundation and was at peace while living there with the education, support and love that he received.

Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy on a beautiful October Saturday morning. The first 100 people to register for Mike’s 5K will receive a free, long sleeve race t-shirt.

To register for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse, please click here.

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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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.

 

Berna’s Great Legs for Women 5K

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Though my significant manliness prevents me from signing up for this race, The Running Griffin is calling upon all my female readers to sign up for Berna’s Great Legs 5K which will be held on Thursday, July 13th in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Bernas Great Legs for Women 5K is a race for women only and in its 37th year is the second oldest continuously running women’s only event. It is dedicated to women and women of all abilities (walkers and runners) are welcomed and encouraged to join in this unique event. Bring your daughter!  Bring your mother!  Bring them both.  This truly is an event for all women!

All of the proceeds from this race  go to the Lowell House of Hope. House of Hope is dedicated to homeless families in Massachusetts, helping them gain stable housing. House of Hope is represented by two distinct sister nonprofit organizations, House of Hope Shelter and House of Hope Housing that share a commitment to transitioning homeless families into a stable community life by providing tandem services that (1) respect and nurture families so they can begin to heal from the trauma of homelessness, and (2) support parents by guiding them through opportunities to build economic sufficiency and embrace a stable home life.

The race is being held on Thursday July 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Reilly School in Lowell, MA. Don’t delay and register online today to take advantage of the reasonably priced online registration fee of $20.00 before it increases to $25.00 on July 1st.

To register for Berna’s Great Legs for Women 5K, please click here.

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