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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.

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2013 MAD Scramble Road Race

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Thursday evening after work it was race time! Heading from the office onto the train and to the car it was then off to Milton, Massachusetts for the 2013 MAD Scramble Road Race. This race is annually held on a weeknight at 6:30 PM and brings runners through a rather challenging 5.1 mile course throughout the town of Milton, Massachusetts. Milton is just outside the city limits of Boston and the race brings runners across Milton’s streets as well as some trails and paths mixed in for good measure.

Evening running can always be trick y as you need to watch your consumption during the day (aka, don’t drink my usual 5 cups of coffee) and the weather, particularly in the summer, could be subject to change. Race time temperatures were just shy of 70 degrees but the humidity was certainly noticeable.

The MAD Scramble supports the Detective Michael A Devin Memorial Fund. Proceeds from the race fund scholarships, support juvenile athletic programs, and provide assistance to families in need.

The race starts out quite flat as for the first mile runners quickly make their way off the pavement and head into a park completing a loop along packed dirt along a pond reminiscent of some cross-country trails from back in my high school running days. After completing the loop through this park it is back out onto the pavement for a while. The course is a deceivingly hilly terrain with just enough gradual risers to make your legs really take notice quite quickly. One of the larger hills is just outside of the Milton Libary where runners start heading toward the three mile marker.

Just about the entire fourth mile is within another trail section of Milton and although the summer rains have been hitting us pretty hard lately the terrain for the most part was not too badly impacted. As runners make their way out of this trail system, the final three-tenths of a mile or so is back out onto the pavement racing through a couple quick residential turns and heading into the finish line. As I crossed the finish line, the moisture from the humidity and sweat was pouring off of me and the water at the finish tasted just a bit better than normal. I finished the 2013 MAD Scramble with a time of 41:11, good for 8:05/miles.

Post-race the organizers put on a great cookout complete with burgers, hot dogs, fruit, cookies and more. A local radio station was handing out ice cream and a couple of vendors sampled their products. I also learned I won a raffle prize from Charles River Running which was one of the vendors at the race!

Register Today for the 5th Annual MAD Scramble

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After a long day at the office there is usually nothing better than clearing your head with a nice run. On June 27, 2013 join The Running Griffin in Milton, Massachusetts for the 5th Annual Mad Scramble, a Thursday night 5 miler race that brings runners on a challenging race course of some hills, some roads, some paths and toward a finish line with a great post-race barbecue.

The MAD Scramble supports the Detective Michael A Devin Memorial Fund. Proceeds from the race fund scholarships, support juvenile athletic programs, and provide assistance to families in need.

The race is flat and fast for the first half and then hilly along the backstretch. A little over a mile will be run along well trodden trails through the very scenic Turner’s Pond and Trout Brook areas.

Registration for the 5th Annual MAD Scramble is now open online through Race Menu by clicking here. For more information about the race, you can visit the race’s website here.

Register today and I look forward to seeing you in Milton on June 27th!

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