Register Today for the Roller Coaster Race at Six Flags New England

9a23b95e017049ad017b975fa37a1412Join The Running Griffin at the Roller Coaster Race to be held at Six Flags New England just outside of Springfield, Massachusetts on Sunday, September 6th. For less than the cost of a theme park ticket, you can run either the 10k or 5k race and spend the day at Six Flags New England after the race!

The Roller Coaster race registration includes a park ticket and parking along with the race entry and all runners will receive a tech shirt and a finisher medal at the end of the race. The races kick off nice and early at 7:30 AM so you can make a nice day out of running and enjoying an amazing theme park. Runners will tackle a USATF-sanctioned scenic course through Six Flags New England and around and under some of their world famous coasters. Post-race refreshments and award ceremony follow the races.

To register for the race, please click here and be sure to note during the registration process when asked how you heard about the race that you saw it on The Running Griffin!

Please be sure to also check out the Roller Coaster Race’s Facebook page by clicking here and follow them on Twitter by clicking here.

Register for the Leavitt Cross Country Father’s Day 5K


Registration is now open for the Leavitt Cross Country Father’s Day 5K. This trail run takes place in Turner, Maine and the race has sponsored Running for Cailin this year so you definitely should show them some love and register for their race if you are in the area on race day.

The race is taking place on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM. Kids’ fun run is at 8:15 a.m. The race fees are $15 if you pre-register and $10 for those 10 and under if you pre-register. It is $20 (and $15 for those 10 and under) on race day. The kids’ fun run for kids 10 and under is free (don’t register them on Active so you don’t pay any fee for them). Kids 10 and under can race the full 5k if they want too. Register on line only at:

The race is at Leavitt High School, 21 Matthews Way, Turner, Maine. The race is a central Maine woods trail and field 5k on Father’s Day morning to help raise funds for the Leavitt cross country team. Walkers are also welcome. Same timing system as for official high school races. Race begins behind high school by track and football field off Lower Street in Turner.

For more information about this race, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Age group prizes; special raffle for father/child combinations; shirt to first 100 registrants. Divisions are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.

2013 Fred Brown Lake Winnipesaukee Relay


It was an early morning yesterday leaving home at 4:30 AM to meet up with a fellow Thirsty Irish Runner to make the two hour drive up to the Lake Winnipeseaukee region of New Hampshire for the 2013 Fred Brown Lake Winnipesaukee Relay. The relay is an iconic relay race put on by the North Medford Running Club and features 65.1 miles of running around Lake Winnipesaukee with 8 legs and 5-8 runners on each team. The race starts and finishes at a large arcade called The Fun Spot.

After making the drive up we met up with our other teammates and received our running assignments. I was given the third leg which features 9.3 miles of running from Alton Bay to Kingswood High School in Wolfeboro. The race website notes that this leg is a “hilly course” which is a pretty good underestimation. Though much of the 65.1 miles have some good hills mixed in, I felt to be climbing and descending for many of my miles. I definitely could have fueled better and the sun baked down on the stretch of my leg that was along an unshaded highway. Thankfully there was some great support from both my teammates and other teams and spectators along the way that provided me with water and Gatorade.

This was my first relay and it was a unique experience. It was pretty awesome to be able to check out so many different areas and root your teammates and others along throughout the race. There was a nice camaraderie built not just between our team but other teams, as well. Of course, when your team is complete with two support vehicles and a camper you really have a way of making an impression when pulling into exchange points. There were a lot of teams that were from running clubs we traditionally don’t see so it was good seeing some new faces but still seeing some familiar friends from groups like Somerville Road Runners and the Colonial Road Runners.

After our final runners on both of our teams came into the finish line we celebrated with a great team barbecue before hitting the road for the two hour ride back home. With a cup of coffee in hand and a maple cider donut in the gut the ride, all in all it was a nice day and a good experience to take part in the 2013 Fred Brown Lake Winnipesaukee Relay.