Posts Tagged ‘Road Race’

Berna’s Great Legs for Women 5K

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Though my significant manliness prevents me from signing up for this race, The Running Griffin is calling upon all my female readers to sign up for Berna’s Great Legs 5K which will be held on Thursday, July 13th in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Bernas Great Legs for Women 5K is a race for women only and in its 37th year is the second oldest continuously running women’s only event. It is dedicated to women and women of all abilities (walkers and runners) are welcomed and encouraged to join in this unique event. Bring your daughter!  Bring your mother!  Bring them both.  This truly is an event for all women!

All of the proceeds from this race  go to the Lowell House of Hope. House of Hope is dedicated to homeless families in Massachusetts, helping them gain stable housing. House of Hope is represented by two distinct sister nonprofit organizations, House of Hope Shelter and House of Hope Housing that share a commitment to transitioning homeless families into a stable community life by providing tandem services that (1) respect and nurture families so they can begin to heal from the trauma of homelessness, and (2) support parents by guiding them through opportunities to build economic sufficiency and embrace a stable home life.

The race is being held on Thursday July 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Reilly School in Lowell, MA. Don’t delay and register online today to take advantage of the reasonably priced online registration fee of $20.00 before it increases to $25.00 on July 1st.

To register for Berna’s Great Legs for Women 5K, please click here.

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36th Annual Paddy Kelly 5 Miler


Last Sunday a wintry blast hit Massachusetts and with snow and freezing rain in the forecast all eyes were on email to see if race cancellations would be taking place. Fortunately, the weather gods sort of timed some of the messier conditions around the 36th Annual Paddy Kelly 5 Miler and the Colonial Road Runners were able to kick off their race perfectly on time. The course was shortened to a 4.5 mile loop through the scenic D.W. Field Park in Brockton, Massachusetts as the Avon stretch of the race could not be run due to icier conditions in that section of the park.

The race is a February treat each year with runners tackling the road within D.W. Field Park. The course is a nice stretch through a park and takes runners through the woods, along water and up a moderately challenging stretch known as Tower Hill.

This year, the course was snow covered in a some spots and had a couple of icy spots but other parts of the course were down to the pavement. The terrain was not perfect but sort of added to the allure of running a race in February. The race was a Grand Prix race for my running club and the decision was made all of the team would get the 15 points for the race and not have to worry about pace to ensure the safety of the runners.

Some flurries fell during the run and thankfully the freezing rain that was anticipated stayed away during the race making for an all-around nice winter run!

I finished the Paddy Kelly race with a time of 39:26, good for 8:46/mile. Be sure to keep an eye out for this race next year particularly if you have never run the race; it’s a perfect winter run that everyone should check out!

Join me at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler


On May 1st, join The Running Griffin at the Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler. This 4.912 mile road race is hosted by Lawrence-Lynch Corporation and produced by PCB Race Management.

The 2nd Annual Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler is part of the New England Runner Pub Series. The race will be held in Falmouth, MA on a scenic and relatively traffic-free course. Following the race, a celebration of the sport will be held at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub with bounteous quantities of Offshore Amber Ale, a lavish buffet, and entertainment.

The scenic single-loop course starts and ends in Town Hall Square and runs through residential neighborhoods and along the Vineyard Sound shore. It is mostly flat. While the course is open to traffic, traffic is light.

The total field is limited to 500 runners. Registration is now open and you may register on-line by clicking here.

For more information about the Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler, please visit the race website by clicking here. I look forward to seeing you in Falmouth, Massachusetts on May 1st!


Wampanoag Road Runners Flat 5K


What a difference a week can make! Last week it was -4F as I raced the Paddy Kelly Road Race in Brockton, Massachusetts and this morning it was in the 50’s as I made my way to Foxboro, Massachusetts for the Wampanoag Road Runners Flat 5K. The Wamps put on this race and the Old Fashioned Ten Miler on the same day and though in the past I have taken part in the Old Fashioned Ten Miler a busy personal calendar today had me sign up for the 5K race instead this year.

The race started about five minutes after the 10 miler did and featured far less runners than the 10 miler does. The 5K race loops through some residential neighborhoods of Foxboro and is a rather flat course as the name suggests. In the second mile some beautiful older homes lined both sides of the race course and made for some nice architecture to look at as we ran along.

The course was well marked with mile markers and volunteers at each turn and a the race schwag included some snacks and Darn Tough socks. This race is a real gem particularly since it is held in February when races can be tough to find. The race organizers lucked out this year with ideal weather and it was a great day for running.

I finished today’s race with a time of 24:35, good for 7:54/miles.

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Saint Bridget School PTO Freaky Family 5K


Fall was certainly in the air yesterday morning as we made our way over to the Saint Bridget School PTO Freaky Family 5K in Abington, Massachusetts. The race kicked off nice and early at 9AM and our oldest daughter took part in the kids’ run half-mile race before the main 5K event. The kids run participants were each awarded a great pumpkin medal which was a nice touch. The race is complete with several raffles, a bouncy house, a playground for the kids and a nice post-race spread of food.

The race course was largely similar to other Abington runs such as the Abington Police Department 5K and the Sgt. Daniel Vasselian Memorial 5K. The course is a nice loop that takes runners through the streets of Abington and for Halloween the appropriate course through a cemetery. The race announcement told runners to be on the lookout for ghouls and goblins while running through the cemetery so I was convinced people would be jumping out from behind trees or something and sprinted my way through that section but thankfully did not see anyone jumping out.

After the first 2 miles of the run you make your way up a rather nice, gradual incline that stretches for about a half-mile. After making that climb it is a slow, downhill grade before making the final right hand turn onto the final road of the race. The last stretch is flat and fast and allows runners to give it one final kick into the finishing chute.

I finished the Saint Bridget School PTO Freaky 5K with a time of 23:53, good for 7:41/miles.

Register for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run


Registration is open for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run which will be held in Salem, Massachusetts on November 26, 2015. This race is the largest race on the North Shore and is one that you certainly want to take part in! It was voted Best Holiday Race 2012, 2013 and 2014 by North Shore Road Race Guide.

Proceeds from the 12th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. This race will feature close to 2000 runners taking part in a Thanksgiving morning run ideal for burning a few calories before the turkey and trimmings hit the table at your Thanksgiving dinner. With an early start time of 8AM this is race will allow you to have a great run and earn that extra piece of pumpkin pie!

The first 1500 participants get long-sleeved Brooks tech shirts. You can register for the race by clicking here.

You can also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.

7th Annual Bernie’s Run


On Sunday, it was a late morning kick-off at 11:30 AM for the 7th Annual Bernie’s Run. The Dedham Education Foundation (DEF) and The Village Manor once again teamed up to host the 7th Annual Bernie’s Run. The race is a great opportunity to walk or run the 3-mile route, participate in a fun community event attended by hundreds each year, and to provide much-needed support to Dedham’s schools. The race was a Grand Prix race for the Thirsty Irish Runners this yea and amongst the sea of green runners there were hundreds of other runners, many of them quite fast!

The race course is a quick 3 mile route that takes runners first away from The Village Manor and into an industrial park for the first mile. After that, runners pass by The Village Manor and then head into the residential neighborhood surrounding the local pub. A quick hill is in the second mile and neighbors along the route come out of their homes and cheer runners along.

The race finishes up back at The Village Manor for a nice block party complete with food, beer, a massage tent and a DJ. The race is very well organized and results are posted minutes post-race alongside the outdoor wall of the pub.

I finished Bernie’s Run with a time of 22:00, good for 7:20/miles. After having run 8.5 mils earlier that morning, a result I am quite pleased with!

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