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Register Today for Duxbury Half-Marathon!

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Registration is now open for the Duxbury Half-Marathon which will be held in Duxbury, Massachusetts on April 1st! (This isn’t an April Fools joke, we really think you should go register for this race today!)

Runners will run through the historic South Shore village of Duxbury. The course starts at the Duxbury Senior Center on the edge of the town forest along Mayflower Street, originally a Native American trail. The gentle hills prepare you for Bay Road, 2 miles of “heartbreak” hills, and water vistas. You’ll enter “downtown” Duxbury and circle around Standish Shore running along paths the Pilgrims walked on Captains Hill. Captain Myles Standish (the monument) will point the way to the Shipbuilders District and scenic Washington Street. Catch your breath, you have only 4 miles to finish! This route gives you a bit of everything from scenic vistas, beautiful flats and challenging hills. This community fully supports the runners offering you orange slices, jelly beans, water stations and good cheers.

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As someone who has been impacted by the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, I love that this race’s registration fee benefits the Duxbury Senior Center Alzheimer’s Programs. The Duxbury Half-Marathon is sponsored by the Duxbury Friends of the Council on Aging. It would be great to see some faithful readers at the starting line to help raise funds for an amazing program.

Runners will receive a race shirt along with their registration fee and as an added bonus Duxbury bay oysters will be available at the finish line, as well!

To register for the Duxbury Half-Marathon, please click here to register online. For more information about the Duxbury Half-Marathon, please “Like” their page on Facebook here and follow the race on Twitter!

 

Marathon to Marathon: Final Year!

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As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This is the final year for the Marathon to Marathon so don’t miss your opportunity to run a great race!

This year is the 22nd annual (and final!) Marathon to Marathon which will be held on June 10, 2017! This Heartland USA Classic is USA Track and Field Certified and Sanctioned, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, and attracts many athletes from in and around the state of Iowa. Runners are encouraged to toe the starting line in Storm Lake, Iowa and race the course that finishes in the perfectly named Marathon, Iowa.

Come and enjoy small town friendliness and big time fun. The course will have aid, Gatorade, and water stations available every 2.5 miles (stations are closer towards the finish line) and fresh fruit is on the course with GU Energy Gel available at mile markers 10, 15, and 21. All registrants will receive a Dri-Fit shirt as part of their registration fee and medals will be awarded to all marathon finishers.

In addition to the full marathon, the Marathon to Marathon also features a marathon relay option, a half-marathon and a 5K race, as well. Be sure to check out the race site for more details about the race options.

To register for the Marathon to Marathon, please click here. You can also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here for additional information about the Marathon to Marathon!

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The Hogeye Marathon: It’s a Pretty Pig Deal

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Registration is now open for The Hogeye Marathon series and it’s a pretty pig deal that you go and register for this race today! The Hogeye will take place on April 8, 2017. The Hogeye Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier so if you are looking for a race to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon this one is for you!

This year marks the 41st year that The Hogeye has been run and features full marathon, a half-marathon and a marathon relay. In addition to the marathon series of races, there is also a 5K option which makes The Hogeye the perfect event for runners of all abilities.

This year’s race has a new course and runners will be running in Springdale, Arkansas as they tackle their respective challenge. The new course will take runners past the city’s five major parks and, as in previous years, will include a portion of the Lake Fayetteville Trail. The course will be run primarily on Springdale streets, but sections will run through Johnson and Fayetteville, and a small portion of the 26.2-mile course will take place on the Razorback Greenway.

The Hogeye has some of the most reasonable registration fees around with the marathon priced at $80 and the half-marathon running $60.

All marathon and half-marathon finishers will receive a medal upon completion of the course. Tech shirts are also provided to all runners as part of the entry fee.

For more information about The Hogeye Marathon, please click here. Be sure to give a “Like” to The Hogeye on Facebook by clicking here.

WMass Mother’s Day Half-Marathon Race Recap

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On a day that is supposed to be full of relaxation and pampering for mothers, I decided to bring Mrs. Running Griffin out to Western Massachusetts and have her run a half-marathon with me!

The WMass Mother’s Day Half-Marathon takes place in Whately, Massachusetts which is a small, rural farm community situated in beautiful Western Massachusetts. The race kicked off in the Yankee Candle factory parking lot so the scent of candles wafted through the race air and made me really want a piece of apple pie; subliminal candle scents must work!

The race day weather was rainy and the temperatures were sort of all over the place throughout the time out on the race course. The rain was misting at times and coming down more steadily at other times and the variation in temps ranged a bit adding an interesting component to the race that needed to be considered.

The first half of the race had a couple of decent hills mixed into the race and in the very first mile there was a nice incline that made me initially worry the race was going to be terribly hilly. But after hitting the Mile 7 water station the terrain really flattened out. The hills were rolling for the most part in the first half of the race and overall the elevation changes were quite fair but offered a nice challenge.

There were some absolutely beautiful stretches of this race as runners made their way past brooks and streams and alongside country roads full of farms, farm stands, small businesses and supporters greeting runners along the way. Some houses alongside the course had nice porches where locals read their papers and had a morning cup of coffee and cheered on the runners. The race had a feel reminiscent of the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon in Vermont and I highly recommend the race.

I finished the WMass Mother’s Day Half-Marathon with a time of 1:56:36 good for 8:55/miles. Overall not a bad a result for a moderately challenging race and some bad weather. I’ll take it!

Be sure to check out the WMass Mother’s Day Half-Marathon’s Facebook page to keep up to speed relative to next year’s run.

 

 

Key West Half-Marathon

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As I sit here dreading heading out to shovel the walkway and driveway, now seems like a good time to reminisce about last week’s Key West Half-Marathon. Mrs. Running Griffin and I headed down to Key West with a squad from the Thirsty Irish Runners and made a little long weekend for ourselves that included plenty of things contradictory to running a half-marathon like copious amounts of fresh seafood, brewery tours, watching the Patriots win their way to the AFC Championship and a night of karaoke that no one will soon forget!

The day before the race we headed over to the starting line area where race numbers could be picked up. There was a small race expo with a couple of vendors present and the bib pickup was nice and efficient. Everyone had their eyes on the weather as a rather bad storm was set to hit Key West the night before the race into race morning and with a 7AM race start knowing the conditions was critical to planning.

Race morning arrived and upon waking up you could hear the rain absolutely pouring down and the wind was nothing short of fierce. The local news channels had their eye on the storm and a tornado warning was in effect with tornadoes actually touching down in another part of Florida. The race organizers wisely decided to delay the start of the race by one hour. We purchased disposable ponchos the night before the race and after gearing up made our walk about a quarter-mile to the starting line in driving wind but far less rain.

While at the starting line, the rain continued to lighten up but the wind was still quite strong. The race started promptly at 8AM and runners were off into the streets of Key West for the half-marathon. The course took runners first down the iconic Duvall Street and past several of our favorite haunts from the nights leading up to the race. One of the highlights of the run was passing the Southernmost Point marker, which we ran to the day before the run during our shake-out run. Several runners stopped to take a photo here during the race.
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The conditions for the race were a challenge to say the least. The course itself was pancake flat but the storm before the race added some interesting complexities into the race. The rain left a whole lot of water on the roads as Key West is not known for its stellar drainage systems. During the first half of the run as runners made their way past the ocean, the road was covered with remnants of the sea swelling over the sea wall so running on top of thick sea weed and dodging jellyfish was a new running challenge I have never experienced before. I’ve run past my fair share of squished squirrels, but jellyfish?

You could tell for the first half of this out-and-back race that the wind was at your back but perhaps it was deceiving how much that may have been true. Once turning around at the half-way cone, it immediately became clear how bad the wind really was. The headwind was a force to be reckoned with and with the wind blowing 50-60 MPH head-on, there were times where you expended a whole lot of energy trying to move forward but the legs just would not move. I tried drafting in the middle of a group of runners, no luck. I found a bigger guy to run behind, no luck. If anyone tells you they met their pace goal on this run, they are probably lying. Mrs. Running Griffin noted that in the second half of her run the wind blew a palm tree branch into a transformer causing it to blow and catch on fire.

Aside from the burning legs challenged by the winds, I felt pretty good while running the Key West Half-Marathon. The conditions made things quite difficult running-wise but the course was a great course and the group of running friends couldn’t have been better. I finished the Key West Half-Marathon with a time of 2:00:39, good for 9:13/miles. Not a bad end time given the adverse conditions caused from both the weather and a night of good karaoke.

The race ended immediately in front of Waterfront Brewery and they were sponsoring runner specials of $3/drafts for any of their brews. If you are traveling to Key West you must check out this great brewery featuring some really good microbrews served fresh overlooking the ocean.

Race the Lake Marathon & Half-Marathon

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Looking for a marathon or half-marathon to add to your 2016 racing schedule? Registration is now open for Race the Lake Marathon & Half-Marathon.

Race The Lake Marathon and Half marathon will take racers around beautiful Otsego lake in Cooperstown NY. You will run past such landmarks as the Otesaga Hotel, The Farmers Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum and The Baseball Hall Of Fame.

The lake will always be on your right with awesome views of the surrounding area. The course is very challenging and runs on small county route roads through small villages . Both the full and the half are certified by the USATF ,the race can be used as a Boston Marathon qualifier . The course is also completely staffed with many local volunteers. Numerous water and aid stations and also bicycle patrols that ensure a safe and directed run. Finishers will have included in the registration fee a bbq with finish line food . Awards to the overall male and female of both races and also age group awards will be given to the top three in each . Tech shirts to those who register before May 15th 2016 are guaranteed. All finishers will receive a medal as well

Register online by clicking here.

Narragansett Summer Running Festival Half-Marathon

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Is there anything better than cracking open a nice cold beer on a hot summer day? I submit not. But how does a beer taste on a hot summer day after having just run a half-marathon? Well, let me tell you.

On Sunday it as just a skip away to Easton, Massachusetts for the Narragansett Summer Running Festival Half-Marathon. The festival took place on the grounds of Stonehill College and featured a 5K and 10K race offering on Saturday with the half-marathon reserved for Sunday. In the past, all three races took place on the same day therefore splitting up the events was a great way to bring more people to the run and have better logistics around the weekend.

Though the half-marathon kicked off nice and early, last weekend was the hottest weekend of the summer and the heat did not disappoint. The course took runners through residential roads of Easton for the most part and part of the course was through trails of the Natural Resource Trust’s Sheep Pasture. The heat was certainly noticeable on the course but the race directors did a nice job ensuring that there was plenty of water and Gatorade on the course for runners. Right around Mile 9 I passed a snake in the middle of the road who met his maker likely due to some heat related issue and for a brief moment I thought, “Why couldn’t I be that snake, at least the race would be over for me.” But I continued on knowing that the finish line was in the near future.

At the end of the race, runners make their way back onto the absolutely beautiful Stonehill College campus through the roads of the college and a brief half-lap on the track around the football field.

The final stretch of the half-marathon takes runners up a hill that is quite steep and particularly painful given its placement around 12.9 miles into the half. But the booming voice of the announcer coupled with fans cheering, a band playing and the wafts of Narragansett beer floating through the air make pushing it into the finish line all the better.

Certainly not my best half-marathon time but due to the weather this was more of a survival sort of run with getting to the finish line being the main goal. I finished with a time of 2:10:58 or 9:56/miles. The past few years this race has featured some hot conditions but that’s part of the challenge. Let’s see what next year brings.