Race Recaps

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Were you able to get a Turkey Trot in?

Last Sunday I made my way to Mansfield, Massachusetts for the Red, White & Blue 5K. The weather was pretty gross with a rain gracing the course the entire time but at least the temperatures were somewhat moderate. The race took place in an industrial/office park which featured gradual inclines throughout the race.

While running, I could see the first and second place males ahead of me and felt rather comfortable while running. I knew I was running pretty well and because of a somewhat smaller entry field knew that I had some space between me and the fourth place male. I began to coast a little bit into the race and focused on finishing the race strong. Unfortunately, there was no water stop available on the course which even for 5K races I think is a must. I finished the race with a time of 24:33, good for 7:54/miles and good to take home third place male finisher. Heading home with the third place prize, I also took home a $25 gift card for Marathon Sports.


The Red , White & Blue 5K supported Fisher House Foundation, an amazing organization that supports veterans in need of medical care. I first became exposed to Fisher House Foundation when I ran the Marine Corps Marathon for them several years ago and appreciate all the work they do on behalf of our veterans.

For Thanksgiving, Mrs. Running Griffin and I picked up the babysitter at 7AM and took the Lil’ Griffins with us to our race in Braintree, Massachusetts which kicked off nice and early at 8AM.

The 18th Annual Braintree High School Athletic Association Turkey Day 5K features a great race that brought a nice crowd of runners out to burn some pre-Thanksgiving meal calories. The course started and finished at Braintree High School and took runners on a loop through the neighborhood abutting the high school. There were some nice hills mixed into the course, particularly in the final mile, which required a little extra kick heading up them. Though the course was open to traffic, a nice early start on Thanksgiving morning kept the roads quite clear of traffic and Braintree Police patrolled the course to ensure runner safety.

I finished the Braintree High School Athletic Association Turkey Day 5K with a time of 24:08, good for 7:48/miles, an improvement over the time I finished the Red, White & Blue 5K with. A great morning of running followed by a nice, warm coffee to warm up and a great Thanksgiving dinner complete with food, football on the TV and feet up on the couch!

Wild Turkey 5 Mile Road Race


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.

Franklin Turkey Trot 5K


Before the onset of pumpkin pie and a recliner in front of the television, it always seems like a pretty good idea to get a run in on Thanksgiving morning. Just like a base can neutralize an acid, a healthy helping of stuffing and mashed potatoes can also be neutralized by tackling a road race prior to the gorge-fest.

Yesterday morning we loaded up the SUV with the kids and babysitter in tow for an early 8AM kickoff at the Franklin Turkey Trot 5K in Franklin, Massachusetts. All proceeds from this race benefits the Franklin Food Pantry and in addition to the hundreds of cans of food that were donated at the race the race raised over $16k in donations for the Franklin Food Pantry.

The race kicked off at the Church of Latter Day Saints parking lot and headed down one of the most glorious downhill starts you can find in a 5K road race. As the legs were kicking quickly down the hill all of a sudden the thought about how terrible of an uphill that hill must be which then led to the realization that running back up the hill was a very real possibility.

The course took runners through a residential neighborhood that included a nice hill mixed into the course and a water stop around the two mile marker.

As I made my way back toward the main road the realization of having to tackle the same glorious downhill start as an aggressive uphill finish came true. As awesome as the downhill start was the uphill finish was equally intense and really burned up the legs on the uphill stretch. At the crest of the hill a quick turn into the finish line brought the end of the race to a close.

The Franklin Turkey Trot 5K was an absolutely great race and is one that runners should definitely consider for future Thanksgiving mornings. I finished the Franklin Turkey Trot with  time of 25:54, good for 8:21/miles. And yes, after tackling that beast of an uphill finish that piece of pumpkin pie tasted even better!



Myles Standard Marathon Relay

ImageThis morning it was an early ride down to Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Myles Standish Marathon Relay. As part of Team A from the Thirsty Irish Runners three teams Rosie, Fitzy, Jimmy, Jamie and I packed into a car and made our way to Myles Standish State Forest for the starting line. We had already planned our legs and I was up fourth for a 6.0 mile leg that some noted was “probably the most hilly, difficult leg of the course.” Awesome.

My leg started in the Myles Standish State Forest and the first two miles had me climbing up and then running back down rolling hills that just did not quit. As I made my way out of the forest it was then onto another hilly road that led me back toward Route 3 before making a right hand turn into a residential neighborhood that was full of, yes you guessed it, some more hills. After crossing over a main road, I ran toward the mile 19 marker which was outside of the Pine Hills section of Plymouth. A left hand turn then had the last mile of running take me through a dirt road through the woods into the transition point on the back side of Rye Tavern, which is located within Pine Hills.

The last stretch of running within the woods was hands down the best part of my run, and not just because it was the only flat part. Something about running on dirt through the woods really gave an autumn feel to this section of the run.

The course was certainly not for the faint of heart and every single runner had a good chunk of hill work mixed into their leg of the run.

Proud to say that Team A from the Thirsty Irish Runners lived up to the hype and took first place amongst the three TIR teams. I felt really strong on the course today even while climbing all the hills I was tasked with and was proud to pick off some other teams along the way!

Image(Photo Credit: Random person using Anne’s phone)

Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run


Registration is open for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run which will be held in Salem, Massachusetts on November 28, 2013. This race is the largest race on the North Shore and is one that you certainly want to take part in!

Proceeds from the 10th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. This race will feature 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 1300 participants get long-sleeved Brooks tech shirts.

To register for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run, please click here. You can also “Like” the race on Facebook by clicking here.