Join me at the Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K


The Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K was conceived by a group of friends who share a love of running, beer and football, while sitting around the taproom at Barrel House Z sampling the Bamboozled IPA in November, 2017. The idea was to create a race on the morning of The Superbowl to fill the void during the long wait for the game to begin. Thus the Pre-Game 5K, the only race held on the South Shore on Superbowl Sunday, was born. There was no turning back once they toasted to it and were committed to getting it done. The lesson learned is never to make serious commitments while drinking good beer.

The fast and friendly 5K course was designed by Fitz and Michelle of New England Runner Magazine. Because it’s a new course, the group decided to limit registration to 300 entrants in the first year. It begins and finishes directly in front of Barrel House Z, which was a serious consideration in order to provide warmth to the runners before and after the race. They are also planning to install outdoor heaters and a firepit near the start line. The registration fee was minimized so that it’s one of the lowest priced races in the area. On-line registration will close on Friday, Feb 2nd at midnight and there will be no late registration. Packet pickup will be available on Feb 3rd at Marathon Sports in Norwell from 11-2 and at Barrel House Z from 3-6.

Following the race, participants and volunteers will retire to the taproom for an awards ceremony featuring custom BHZ tap handles to the winners, Marathon Sports gift certificates to overall and age group winners and a Craft Beer Cellar gift card to the runner wearing the best football themed costume. The post race celebration will feature a free Bamboozled IPA from BHZ and a soft shell pulled pork taco from The Sarcastic Swine for all participants. They’ll also be offering a full beer selection of beer and BBQ to enjoy at the celebration or to carry out for the game.

So, get out and run and have some fun at the Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K. For information go to:

See you at the starting line!

Great Time Running the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon


Yesterday morning was an absolutely great day to tackle the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon in the Woodstock/Quechee area of Vermont and the ideal race conditions made for some really good running. I have run the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon twice previously and shaved 12 minutes off my PR there finishing with a time of 1:47:42 good for 8:13/miles.

The Covered Bridges Half-Marathon is consistently ranked one of the top most-scenic runs and the fact that the race sells out in record time is a true testament to the desire of many runners to get into this race. The course takes runners through some idyllic New England streets, along a brook, through the woods and even over a covered bridge indeed. The race kicks off bright and early at 8:15 from Suicide Six Ski Area and takes runners along 13.1 miles of truly some of the best scenery you can find. Though I was hoping to see a moose or a bear with a trout in its mouth along the course, nothing could disappoint when running this course and the fan support is of the highest caliber with people cheering, ringing cow bells or busting out some beats on pots and pans or old paint buckets.

The night before the race we opted to carbo-load at Harpoon Brewery just down the road in Windsor and enjoyed food, a pint and live music with the fresh Vermont air really making you consider to grab the real estate listings before heading back home. A microbrew around a fire pit with some live music playing is about all this runner needs to get into a good pre-race mindset, that’s for sure.

IMG_0918The race directors for the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon do a really nice job getting the logistics right from busing runners to the starting line where number pickup takes place to funneling runners into the chute post-run to gather the race medal and tech-shirt. Live music is present on the course ranging from polka bands to drum corps and a band rocked the finish line after-party where runners could refuel with plenty of snacks and fresh offerings for those over 21 from our friends at Harpoon Brewery. The only down side to the post-race party was the line for the massage tables was moving at a snail’s pace and there weren’t enough hands to keep up with the demand.

Photo Credit: Anne Francis
Photo Credit: Anne Francis

The Covered Bridges Half-Marathon is sort of a bucket list race that those who love running and those that love the half-marathon distance need to tackle. Registration sells out fast so you need to be sure to follow the race on Twitter and Facebook to ensure you don’t miss registration announcements.

Grab Some Friends and Register for the 26.2 Challenge!

11111968_813054148741875_5522776081209872578_oGrab five your your running buddies and don’t hesitate to register for the 26.2 Challenge to be held in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 25th.

The 26.2 Challenge is a team marathon relay featuring an out and back style course where each leg of the race is the same distance. A team of six, you and five of your friends, will conquer 26.2 miles. While your team member is out running, you’re at the transition area with 1000+ like minded people listening to a DJ play the latest tunes and cheering on your friends as they come and go. After the race, you get your beer stein filled with craft beer from Mayflower Brewing and get to chow down on food from Zagat rated RooBar right at the finish line!

The beauty of this marathon relay is that it is a great race for runners of all calibers and more importantly is the ideal way to mix running with fun; isn’t that what it is all about? The 26.2 Challenge brings together all different types of teams. The distance for each leg is manageable at just over 4mi so you don’t have to be an ultra runner to take part. The divisions include; All Male, All Female, Mixed Gender, Running/Tri Club, Corporation & Crossfit. It’s great to see that this race also supports local charities doing great work right in the Plymouth area!

For more information about the 26.2 Challenge, be sure to check out their website by clicking here and “Like” the Facebook page by clicking here. The race has a RaceMenu page for registration that can be accessed here.