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Race Recap: Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K

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When you race after a full day of work you never really know what to expect. 7PM races can always be an interesting challenge to ensure you have properly hydrated throughout the day, ate the right amount of fuel but not too much and still have enough energy in the tank to tackle the race well even after putting in a full day of work.

On Thursday, it was out to South Boston for the 31st Annual Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K. This is an exceptionally good race put on by the L Street Running Club and takes runners along a relatively flat and typically hot 5K course alongside Carson Beach in Southie. The road is shut down to traffic for the quick time the race takes place and runners have the road to themselves as they make their way out onto the course.

The race is known to have featured some tough warm temperatures in prior years and given you are in the sun the entire way this 5K course can certainly take a toll when the weather is hot. Fortunately, this Thursday night was an absolutely gorgeous night with temperatures still warm but not scorching, absolutely no humidity in the air and a gentle breeze from time to time coming off the water. When compared to the brutally warm conditions from last year’s race, this year was a simply perfect night to run a 5K.

In this year’s Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K, I felt strong making my way out onto the course and it seemed as though it was going to be one of those running days where you just sort of know you have it. The out-and-back 5K course allows you to hit the water stop twice which certainly came in handy and through more than 3/4 of the race I kept up a nice pace. I could feel myself fading a little bit as I hit the 3 mile marker but knowing there was just a tenth of a mile left to go I dug deep and finished with a time of 23:07, good for 7:27/miles.

A great result and proving just how nice of a night it was for a run in last year’s scorcher I ran an 8:44/pace so shaving more than a minute per mile off I couldn’t be more pleased with that result!

Be sure to “Like” the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl’s Facebook page by clicking here and I will see you at next year’s race!

Falmouth in the Fall Race Recap

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A little behind with the posting so apologies for the delay! A week ago from Sunday it was down to Falmouth, Massachusetts for the Falmouth in the Fall Road Race. Falmouth Track Club sponsors this fall race that takes runners along the same course as the historic Falmouth Road Race but keeps the fall race firmly rooted in old school traditions of paper applications and check, a cap of a few hundred runners, a course open to traffic and a really amazing course that reels runners in!

The weather on race day this year was a bit odd with parts of the course seeming absolutely freezing while other sections seemed to be moderately warmer. There was a rather aggressive headwind when running along the beachfront section of the race while hugging the Atlantic Ocean that added a nice complexity into the running. Overall, the course is somewhat challenging in and of itself thanks to some more than rolling hills mixed throughout the 7.2 miles of the race capped off by a humdinger of an uphill heading into the finish line. Water stops were available twice along the course and were staffed by friendly members of the Falmouth Track Club.

The Falmouth Road Race features elite runners from across the world and the thousands of runners descend upon Falmouth during the summer for the historic race. Call me old-fashioned, but there is something nice and genuine about the Falmouth in the Fall Race and for someone looking to run a great course in the fall this is the race for you!

I finished Falmouth in the Fall with a time of 1:01:36, good for 8:48/miles.

For more information about the race, be sure to bookmark the race website for next year!

Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race

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Admit it. You are going to eat a lot of cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, pie and more on Thanksgiving Day. And you have been known to overindulge in the goodness of a gravy boat. But have no fear! Thanks to the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race you will now have a reason to put those feet up on the couch when the turkey day football games come on!

The Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race is held Thanksgiving morning in Salem, Massachusetts and is a great way to kick off your holiday merriment. Proceeds from the 14th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. This is the largest race on the North Shore with 2,000 anticipated participants toeing the starting line and making their way out onto the five mile course.

The first 1600 entries will receive a long sleeve Brooks tech shirt and the race starts bright and early at 8:00 AM so once done running you can head off to your Thanksgiving feast in plenty of time. The course runs along the Atlantic Ocean down Derby Street in historic Salem and then runs through Winter Island around historic Salem Willows and then back toward the Common.

To register for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

New Personal Course Record

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Gotta love when there is a 5K right in the town you call home! With the hectic season of school, soccer, yoga classes and more now consuming the weekdays and weekends thanks to the kids, it can sometimes be a challenge to find time to get to a race. However, when there is a race just down the road that fits into your calendar it is a beautiful thing!

This year was the 10th Anniversary of the Frances F. Morast 5K Walk and Run to Beat Ovarian Cancer. I have participated in this 5K twice previously and each time have been impressed with the passion put into organizing a race in memory of an educator who lived within the local community and passed away from ovarian cancer. The race is organized by Morast’s family and they do a nice job raising funds for Ovations, which is working to find a cure for ovarian cancer.

The course for the race is rather pancake flat which makes for some nice running. Saturday was a bit of an off, September morning with temperatures somewhat mild but the humidity off the charts. Thankfully there was a bit of a cloud cover at the start of the race which helped as if the sun was out with the humidity as bad as it was it would have been a real rough morning of running.

About half-way into the race in front of St. Thomas Aquinas Church there were bottles of water runners could help themselves to and police patrolled the one major road crossing of the run. The course takes place on an open course that loops runners around the general downtown area of Bridgewater and finishes back in front of the Williams School where the race kicks off from.

This year, I knew I ran the course pretty well and only had one fast runner ahead of me on the route. We stuck together for the first mile or so but then his speed was just too much to keep up with. I still maintained a strong pace and finished the race with a time of 22:10, good for 7:08/miles. This is the fastest I have run this race and is one of my better paces for the year! It certainly pays to know the course and to have no real pressure when you are running in second place for the duration of the race!

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.

World Congress on Thyroid Cancer 5K

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It’s time to register for the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer (WCTC) 5K presented by Sanofi Genzyme, which is being held on July 30th at 6:30am at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

The inaugural WCTC 5K is an official activity of the 3rd World Congress on Thyroid Cancer, welcoming event goers, their colleagues and Bostonians to run or walk. This race has a very reasonable registration fee of just $15!

Join the WCTC 5K to raise awareness for thyroid cancer. For an additional $15 participants can purchase a technical race shirt. All proceeds from this event will be donated.

Runners will tackle a great flat course and will run along the Charles River in this out-and-back course starting and ending at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

To register for the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer (WCTC) 5K, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” and ‘Follow” the race on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

The Bridge & Back 10K

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It’s time to register for the Bridge & Back 10K which is being held on August 6th in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Bridge & Back 10K is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

This race has a very reasonable registration fee of $25 and the first 400 registrants will receive a free technical, short-sleeve t-shirt!

Runners will tackle a great course and will run across the Salem/Beverly Bridge in this out-and-back course. The race kicks off in front of the Tavern in the Square and runners will be happy to rehydrate with a cold beer inside the tavern after the run. Awards will be given to top male and female overall finishers as well as age group top finishers.

To register for the Bridge & Back 10K, please click here. Be sure to also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

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