Frozen 5K Lives Up to Its Name


Word to the wise: When looking for a January road race in New England see if you can find one called the Warm and Balmy Winter 5K in the hopes that a warm spell will grace you at the starting line and the race will live up to its name.

For those brave runners who made their way to Quincy, Massachusetts this morning for the Frozen 5K, we can all attest to the fact that the race certainly lived up to its name. With race time temperatures just shy of zero and wind chills much colder than that it was a challenge, to say the least, to toe the starting line and head out on the course. Thankfully, the race was a 5K and would be over in a short period of time which was just about the only solace you could find when racing in such extreme cold.

Before making it a few hundred yards past the starting line, my fingers were frozen despite two pairs of gloves and the face covering proved to be a unique obstacle to normal breathing. When I took the face mask down half-way into the race, it then froze and breathing without it was even more of a challenge so the icicle covered mask went back on. Today was a day for layers, more layers and a few more layers but no matter how many shirts or pants you had on, it was freezing!

The course was an out and back run complete with some pretty nice climbing mixed into the course throughout. The course was free from snow and ice on the pavement and a coned off lane provided runners a path free from traffic. A huge amount of gratitude goes out to the Quincy Police Department who had the race course covered perfectly and the officers deserve a lot of praise for also braving the elements so us runners could race in such extreme cold.

Proceeds from the Frozen 5K Road Race benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, helping to fund financial assistance to ensure Y membership, programs and services remain accessible to all.

I finished the Frozen 5K with a time of 25:16, good for 8:08/miles. Not a bad result for the tough running conditions! Once I thaw out completely I might start looking for some warm weather races just to begin to erase the chill of this morning’s run from my memory!


The McKeon Post Road Race

ImageOn Father’s Day morning it was off for a nice morning run through Dorchester and Quincy, Massachusetts as I took part in the McKeon Post Road Race. The race is billed as a 5k race but even the race organizers note on the course map at the starting line that the race is really a 5k+ (though the official mileage is a bit of a secret). The race was part of the Grand Prix Series for the Thirsty Irish Runners therefore the sea of green was in full effect at the race.

The race starts in front of the Florian Hall, just next to the McKeon Post and finishes after runners complete an out-and-back loop right in front of the McKeon Post. The course has a rather smashing uphill start and finish as the course takes you onto the appropriately named Hilltop Street. Runners make their way under the I-93 highway and into Quincy and run through a residential neighborhood for a brief stretch before hitting a main road heading back toward the Post. The course is hilly, no doubt about it and runners need to conserve some energy to plan appropriately for the hill leading into the finish line. At race time, the sun was beaming down and summer was fully in the air therefore the water stops on the course came in handy even to just take the water and dump it on your head.

Needless to say, the timing of this race is a little hard to determine. I finished the race with a time of 25:27 which for a pure 5k would equate to 8:13/miles. However, the consensus amongst running friends at the race was that the course was 3.43 miles which would then mean I ran a much more realistic pace of 7:25/miles. Knowing those around me who finished around the same time that I did, this is far more likely or we all had off days.

The McKeon Post Road Race was a fun race with a challenging course but for next year, hopefully the timing falls in line with what the actual distance of the race is.

Bill Dunn, Jr. Memorial Road Race

ImageBesides celebrating my 33rd birthday on June 28th this year, sign up to run the Bill Dunn, Jr. Memorial Road Race which will be held in Quincy, Massachusetts on June 28th.

The Bill Dunn, Jr. Memorial Road Race is a challenging, picturesque 5 mile race and 2 mile walk. It takes place every June in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy, MA and is held in memory of Bill Dunn Jr.

This race raises funds to the Bill Dunn, Jr. Memorial Scholarship which has just recently made a donation in support of my efforts to raise funds for Tufts Medical Center and The Floating Hospital for Children as I run the 2014 Boston Marathon. Bill’s mother Margaret will also be running the 2014 Boston Marathon and explained that Bill always supported causes that benefited the lives of children.

I am proud to have their support and ask you show them some love back by registering for the race today. Please register online by clicking here.

Cause for Paws 5K


Pictured here are local politicians Margaret Laforest, Rep. Bruce J. Ayers, Rep. Tackey Chan, Fox 25 morning
anchor Sorboni Banerjee & Bourne Officer Lee Desrosiers with Quincy Animal Shelter Alum, Bourne K9 Officer, Dutch!

Hey there readers! It is Mrs. Running Griffin checking in with a race recap of the Cause for Paws 5K. As many of you know, The Running Griffin ended up in a walking boot after the Hartford Marathon therefore it was up to me to run the previously scheduled Cause for Paws 5K.

The race started in beautiful Marina Bay in Quincy.  Before the race started most of the parking lot was filled with dogs and cats with everyone’s pets dressed up in their Halloween costumes.  The race started in Marina Bay and went out of the residential complex and into the Squantum Point section of Quincy.  For the most part the race was relatively flat with a couple of rolling hills mixed into the course. The weather was probably the most difficult part of the race as there was substantial winds rolling off the Atlantic harbor that morning which certainly added an autumn feel to the race and made the post-race latte all the better!

The race benefited the Quincy Animal Shelter.  The race raised $27,000 for the Quincy Animal Shelter.  For more information about the work the Quincy Animal Shelter does, please visit their website by clicking here.

I finished the race with a time of 31:04, which is good for 10:01 per mile.

Quincy Animal Hospital Cause for Paws 5k Run

ImageDo dogs chase griffins? If so, this might be a fast race for The Running Griffin!

Join The Running Griffin at the Quincy Animal Hospital Cause for Paws 5K Run and 1 Mile Dog Walk to be held at Squantum Point Park in Quincy, Massachusetts on October 20, 2013. The 5K race starts at 10AM and the 1 mile dog walk begins shortly thereafter at 10:15.

This 5K and 1 mile dog walk will help to raise funds for the Quincy Animal Shelter. This is a professionally timed race and runners can register online by clicking here. Vendors, refreshments, a dog agility course and Police K9 demo are all part of the festivities so this race is one you do not want to miss!

There will be a prize for the best costumed dog in Halloween gear so runners, be creative! Maybe a dog dressed like Usain Bolt or Prefontaine?

Register today for this great race that will support the Quincy Animal Hospital. Runners, get ready to sprint like a greyhound and register today!

(For more information about walker registration, please click here.)