Run to End Addiction 5K Run/Walk


Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Run to End Addiction 5K which will be held in Bridgewater, Massachusetts on May 19th. This race is a great fundraiser for Teen Challenge Brockton and after last year’s remarkable inaugural run this year is sure to be even better!

Join hundreds of Teen Challenge supporters on the beautiful campus of Bridgewater State University for a day filled with entertainment, food, fellowship, prizes and so much more!

Individuals, teams, churches, schools, and corporations from around the state will join together in support of our efforts to end addiction. You can help make this campaign a success; people from all walks of life are welcome. Your time and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated!

The race festivities will have live music, a Kid Zone with face painting, games and bounce houses and free food!! The race directors look to create an environment where the community can join together in raising awareness and hope for those in our midst who suffer from substance use disorder.

Race Day Details: 5K Run/Walk (rain or shine)

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: Registration opens at 8:00am; Race begins at 9:00am; Walk begins at 9:05am

Location: Bridgewater State University- 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA

Donations: Money raised will go towards supporting sponsorships to Teen Challenge Brockton.

Teen Challenge Brockton provides adults, teens and families with an
effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution, clinical counseling, and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society. Find out more about this amazing program by visiting-Teen Challenge Brockton

To register for the 2nd Annual Run to End Addiction, please click here.


Great Running at the Tory Row 5K


After a great Saturday race at the Duck Dash 5K for Camp Wonder it was off to Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday morning for the Tory Row 5K. A nice running contrast between the two days where Saturday’s run took place in winding residential roads whereas the Tory Row 5K took place in the heart of downtown Cambridge and the early morning race was graced with some much warmer temperatures than were present at Saturday’s run, as well.

The Tory Row 5K starts right in Harvard Square and kicked off nice and early with a 9:30 AM start time. The race featured an out-and-back course that took runners along a gradually  inclined course that led runners into a looped side street section of Cambridge and outside of the Harvard Square hustle and bustle. The course is a USTAF certified 5K course and mile markers were present at each one of the miles along the course and a water stop was at the half-way point thankfully as the warmer temperatures made the water taste all that much better.

Funds from the Tory Row 5K benefits the Cambridge Camping Association. CCA offers affordable day camps and overnight partner-camps, which provide engaging and enriching experiences to children with limited access to these opportunities.

I finished the Tory Row 5K with a good finishing time of 24:02 or 7:44/miles.

Post-race runners were able to sample the offerings of Wachusett Brewing Company, Jack’s Abbey and Shacksbury Cider along with Spindrift seltzers.

The Tory Row 5K is a great race and is certainly one you will want to check out next year. Be sure to “Like” their Facebook page by clicking here to keep up to date with alerts on next year’s race.


Race Recap: West Island 5K


Thankfully today’s race kicked off at 11AM which allowed me to take in my 8 year old’s soccer match that started at 8AM. Perhaps seeing her take the pitch and have a strong game was the motivation I needed to go out and have a good run today!

I left soccer and made my way to Fairhaven, Massachusetts for the West Island 5K. West Island is a great beach community of Fairhaven that has charming homes along the water. The race starts right next to the community center and a general store that sells the essentials needed for beach living.

I ran the West Island 5K in 2013 and many of the memories I had from that race came true again today. The course starts on a very nice downhill trajectory prior to making a left hand turn into residential roads. As runners make their way out to the tower along the water pictured in the medal above, a water stop is present and allows runners to quickly take some water before heading toward the Mile 2 marker. The final mile is a rather gradual climb heading back toward the finish line on this out-and-back course. I remembered when I pulled up to the race that the final .2 miles of the run features that downhill that was so enjoyed on the way out but becomes far more noticeably uphill given there are not as many people around as there were at the start. I put my head down and made my way up the hill and blasted into the finish chute feeling pretty good overall.

I finished today’s West Island 5K with a time of 23:25, good for 7:32/miles. Knowing I felt pretty strong along the course, it was nice to see that hard work pay off as I improved my 2013 time by 22 seconds.

Be sure to “Like” West Island 5K on Facebook by clicking here as this race is a great race you will want to add to your 2017 race schedule.

Monday Night Fun Run and 50 Mile Bike Ride on Cape Cod

ImageThis past Monday night it was over to Raynham, Massachusetts for the Colonial Road Runners Summer Series 3.25 mile race. This $2 gem of a race is a nice weekly check in and the running conditions this past Monday were absolutely perfect.

The run kicked off pretty quick for me and I felt good heading through the first mile. Making my way toward the 2nd mile I continued to feel pretty strong heading up the climbing hill mixed into the course. I was able to push it quite nicely on Monday night and ended with a finishing time of 23:55, good for 7:22/miles.

On Friday it was great to take the day off from work and head down to Wellfleet, Massachusetts for a nice 50 mile bike ride with friends from the Thirsty Irish Running Club. We parked at The Beachcomber in Wellfleet and made our way toward the beginning of the Cape Cod Rail Trail entrance about 2.5 miles down the road. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a predominantly flat path (don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of hills mixed in) that is paved and brings bikers, runners and walkers through towns such as Orleans, Dennis and Eastham on Cape Cod. The weather was a bit overcast for most of the ride with some showers taking place throughout the morning but fortunately we were able to get all 50 miles in before the skies really opened up.

It was nice to be able to mix in some biking for a change and thanks to my parents for keeping the kiddos for the day to make it possible! A little bit of cross training on the bike certainly woke up some muscles not ordinarily used along the running paths so it was good to mix things up a bit.

After the 50 mile ride, refueling was certainly in order at The Beachcomber and the Cisco Brewery Whale’s Tail Pale Ale and a clam strip roll was the perfect combination to end a good day.