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First Annual Edgewood 5K

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Sunday morning it was just a quick jump away over to Raynham, Massachusetts for the First Annual Edgewood 5K. Hosted at Edgewood Pool & Tennis Club, the Edgewood 5K was organized by members of the club and featured a great 5K course through the streets abutting the club.

The race featured a nice layout with four left turns making it impossible to get lost on the course and to keep runners honest there were a few, rolling hills mixed into the route.

For the first mile and a half making my way to North Main Street in Raynham I was in first place but noticed a young runner closing in on me. I continued to maintain a rather solid pace but could not maintain the increasing pace my challenger not presented and slipped to second place which is where I finished overall in the race. Even though the field of runners was small, I was quite pleased with how well I ran and felt no sense of disappointment coming in second place overall.

I finished the Edgewood 5K with a time of 23:28, good for 7:33/miles. A great morning of running at a very well organized race that will be sure to continue to grow each year! I look forward to next year’s race already!

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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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Register Today for Duxbury Half-Marathon!

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Registration is now open for the Duxbury Half-Marathon which will be held in Duxbury, Massachusetts on April 1st! (This isn’t an April Fools joke, we really think you should go register for this race today!)

Runners will run through the historic South Shore village of Duxbury. The course starts at the Duxbury Senior Center on the edge of the town forest along Mayflower Street, originally a Native American trail. The gentle hills prepare you for Bay Road, 2 miles of “heartbreak” hills, and water vistas. You’ll enter “downtown” Duxbury and circle around Standish Shore running along paths the Pilgrims walked on Captains Hill. Captain Myles Standish (the monument) will point the way to the Shipbuilders District and scenic Washington Street. Catch your breath, you have only 4 miles to finish! This route gives you a bit of everything from scenic vistas, beautiful flats and challenging hills. This community fully supports the runners offering you orange slices, jelly beans, water stations and good cheers.

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As someone who has been impacted by the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, I love that this race’s registration fee benefits the Duxbury Senior Center Alzheimer’s Programs. The Duxbury Half-Marathon is sponsored by the Duxbury Friends of the Council on Aging. It would be great to see some faithful readers at the starting line to help raise funds for an amazing program.

Runners will receive a race shirt along with their registration fee and as an added bonus Duxbury bay oysters will be available at the finish line, as well!

To register for the Duxbury Half-Marathon, please click here to register online. For more information about the Duxbury Half-Marathon, please “Like” their page on Facebook here and follow the race on Twitter!

 

36th Annual Paddy Kelly 5 Miler

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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!

Great Running at the Tory Row 5K

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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.

 

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Race Recap: West Island 5K

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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.

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Join Me at the Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party

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You can celebrate the Kentucky Derby this May at an Andover horse farm, and all the fun will support a great charity. Join The Running Griffin at the Ironstone Derby 5K!

Ironstone Farm in Andover will host the “Ironstone Derby,” an afternoon 5-kilometer charity race-and-walk and barbecue followed by a Kentucky Derby party– all on the day of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 7. The party includes a barbecue with ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork, hotdogs for kids and more. It benefits the nonprofit work at Ironstone Farm that helps children with special needs, veterans and others.

Register at www.lightboxreg.com/ironstone_2016.

The day starts with a stick-horse race for kids at 4 p.m., followed by the 5K race and walk at 4:30 p.m. and then a barbecue and after-party, all at Ironstone Farm horse farm on Route 133 in Andover, Mass. Some people come just for the party! Eat, play games, win prizes, see our horse-and-rider drill team perform, pick a favorite horse and watch the Kentucky Derby live on a big screen after the race! Lenzi’s of Dracut is expected to serve beer and a Kentucky bourbon drink. A live band and deejay will keep the party going, along with a magician and face painter for kids.

Race day is Saturday, May 7, and the race motto is “Run for the Roses – Stay for the Party!”

The Ironstone Derby 5K is a USATF-certified race. Runners and walkers who sign up by April 15 are guaranteed to receive a free short-sleeve tech shirt. Children 10 and under who run the stick-horse races will receive a free T-shirt. There are fun games and prizes for everyone after the road race.

Entry fees for the 5K are $25 for adults and $20 for youth 12 and younger. The cost is $10 for the kids stick-horse run. The adult 5K price will increase by $5 on April 19. Register at http://www.lightboxreg.com/ironstone_2016. Online registration will end Friday, May 6 at 11 a.m. There will be race-day registration on Saturday. Team registration is encouraged.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest team and the team that is most creatively dressed for the Ironstone Derby — think derby hats! Individual prizes, including Burtons Grill gift certificates and roses will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. The top 12-and-younger 5K runners also will receive a prize.

The race benefits the nonprofit work of Challenge Unlimited Ironstone Farm, which serves children with special needs, veterans who’ve experienced trauma, people diagnosed with cancer, adults with special needs, teens at risk, elders with memory issues and others. Learn more at www.ironstonefarm.org.