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.

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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!

Franklin Turkey Trot 5K

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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!

 

 

Register for the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

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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.

Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

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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.