Melrose Running Club Virtual Relay

We finally got to run with our friends and stay safe. All this on a beautiful November day.

Like all runners, members of the Melrose Running Club have really missed in real life (IRL) races.

Due to State and Local Public Health Department rules, we suspended all club runs in March. Mid summer we started Tuesday night runs for members only with strict rules and pre-registration.

Everyone missed getting together on Tuesday nights and we all really missed racing. Virtual races are just not the same thing.

Melrose Running Club Virtual Relay

While the weather is still good and with all precautions observed, Jim Carson organized the Melrose Running Club Virtual Relay.

Jim manages our Sunday Long Run program and was elected Club President in October.

With an eye towards safe club activities where we can get together and do what we love, Jim organized this relay as one of his first acts as President.

Here are some photos taken by several club members including Bobby Taylor, Jim Carson, Mary O’Connell, Jose Viveiros. Some photos I wasn’t sure who took them so thank you to everyone.

These were all poached off of Facebook and are in no particular order.

I did minimal editing and please feel free to save any that you like. My apologies if I missed anyone.

Andy Nagelin at Straw Point on 2nd lap Valerie Smith, MRC Relay Thuy Dang Thuy Dang, Joe Terranova MRC Relay at Flynn Rink MRC Relay, Dawn at Spot Pond MRC Relay, Straw Point Park Nicole Jacob Nick Kollett at the hand off area Mike Sikkema at the Hand off point MRC Relay directions MRC Relay, Andy's 3 loop map Mike Sikkema passing Stone Zoo Mary O'Connell and Thuy Dang at Straw Point hand off Marian Sales passing Stone Zoo Maria Cavera at Flynn Rink hand off area MRC Relay, let the sun shine Kristi Taylor leaving Stone Zoo start Kristi Taylor at Straw Point Julie Smith Galvin at Straw Point Captain Jose at Straw Point Joe Terranova passing Stone Zoo on 2nd lap Captain Jim Carson passing Stone Zoo on final lap Jessica Crispin leaving start area at Stone Zoo Jessica Crispin at Flynn Rink Jose finishing at Flynn Rink Captain Jose managing the team Jeff Rushton passing Stone Zoo on 1st lap Haecha Donnelly at Flynn Rink Start Derm Cahill passing Stone Zoo MRC Relay Andy Nagelin at Straw Point on 3rd lap, melrose-running-club-virtual-relay

COVID Close Out Sale

Get a My First 5K medal for your runner for only $4.95 with our COVID Close Out Sale.

COVID Close Out Sale

Like most race directors, I planned for 2020 just like any other year.

Things were going as projected until late March.

Many spring races were postponed or cancelled. Eventually races started going virtual.

Virtual races are catching on but registrations have not returned to normal levels yet.

Since I still have most of my 2020 inventory and the end of 2020 is approaching, I thought I would have a COVID close out sale.

Medals for Virtual Races

Now through the end of the year all My First 5K medals will be on sale for $4.95.

No coupon code is required. Order as many as you need.

My First 5K Medal, COVID close out saleFor 2020 I added the option of having “2020 Finisher” in pink print on the ribbon.

Pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness and I thought people running a 5K fundraiser would prefer that color.

A few did sell but I still have plenty left.

5k running medals for first time runnersThe standard white ribbon print is also still available.

These medals and ribbons are identical except for the color of the print.

All medals ship with the red “My First 5K” bib sticker also.

If you already ran your first 5K in 2020 or 2019, 2018 or 2017 you can order just the ribbon for $2.00 including shipping.

The ribbons have a Velcro clasp so they can be added to any medal to designate that medal as a first 5K race medal.

To order a ribbon

My First 5K Medal in frame, zig zag ribbonAn additional benefit of a removable ribbon is that it gives you display options you would not have available with a standard ribbon.

If you are looking to frame a first 5K medal for your runner, I can help with that also.

Medal inlay, display frameThrough the end of 2020, Medal Frames are available for $24.95. I can frame your 5K medal or frame just about any running medal in a great looking frame.

These frames make a great Christmas gift for your runner whether they are a first time 5K runner or have another race they are particularly proud of.

The frames look great in your office or your home office. Start a conversation.

Let me know if you have any questions at info @ omnirunning.com

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon 2020

The nice thing about a virtual race is that you can roll out your front door when ever you feel like it. You won’t be late and you never have to worry about parking.

With the 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon, I even avoided the twelve-hour flight to Hawaii!

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you know it’s worth the flight to get to such a beautiful place.

Running 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon

I love coffee and on more than one occasion I’ve actually run with a coffee in my hand.

Great Bay Half Marathon 2020, Dunkin Donuts, Iced CoffeeYou just can’t beat an iced-coffee as a refresher on the run.

I’ve had 100% pure Kona coffee when I’ve visited Oahu. When it is fresh it is a delicious and well balanced cup.

And strait up is the best way to appreciate the flavor profile.

Well, enough about coffee!

With the uptick in  COVID-19  cases and the Governor’s new mandatory mask policy, I wanted to get an early start.

I’ve been running evenings in my neighborhood and trying to stay on well lit roads that are in good condition.

Unfortunately, everyone else seems to like those streets for their evening stroll or dog walk.

I left my house at 8:04 AM which is pretty good for me. Hopefully most people would still be at home!

The previous day I had cleaned up my garden and got things set up for Spring. This involved some digging and lifting.

I also raked leaves which involves lots of twisting of the back.

As I ran down my street I could feel the results of all that yard work.

I wasn’t out to set any records and told my self to settle down and figure out where you are going to go.

100% Pure Kona Coffee Course Medford Style

The night before I looked at a few of my recent virtual half marathon runs.

I wasn’t too excited about running these exact routes again. But I didn’t have a full course mapped out for today.

In Malden there is the Northern Strand Community Trail which is an old rail bed.

I’ve run plenty of hilly courses of my choosing, this time I chose to avoid hills.

I knew that the Community Trail would be virtually flat, I just didn’t know where it went or how long it was. I’d run a short part of it before, but there was the other direction to explore.

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon, virtual half

I added a jog down Commercial Street in Malden and hit two miles just after crossing The Malden River.

I knew I was near where I ran the trail before, but from the street I didn’t see any signs. So I took a left onto Canal Street.

In about 100 yards I could see the trail and people on it. I crossed the street and got onto the trail.

It was still early so I only saw about ten people on my run into Malden Square.

When I got to Malden Square I didn’t see any signs for the trail so I ran down Eastern Ave. Again, very few people.

Since I didn’t have a course planned out, I wanted to run down Eastern Ave until I found a good place to turn.

After I passed the Malden Police Department I took a left onto Maplewood Street.

I’ve run 5Ks in this area before, and knew I’d hit a main street heading back into the square if I just stayed on this road.

The idea was to then take Main Street from Malden into Melrose.

But shortly after making my turn I saw signs for the trail!

I should have turned right, but I didn’t know where the path went to and didn’t want to run to the coast. A bit more planning would have helped here!

I took a left onto the trail and headed back to Malden Square.

Foot traffic was still light but picking up.

At Malden Square I hit five miles. Only 8.1 more to go!

I was a little worried about what I would have to do to get those miles since I was so close to home.

When I got to Malden Center I kind of knew where I was. I drive through here often and have run in the area a few times.

I got to an intersection I thought I knew and took a right.

Wandering the Hills of Malden

Besides running the distance my main goal was to avoid hills.

Malden has hills everywhere and if you don’t know where you are going you are bound to find them.

As I ran up Dexter Street I admired the old homes. In San Francisco some of them might qualify as “Painted Ladies”.

I could see hills around me and the street was starting to rise a bit.

At the next intersection I took a right, then another right and then a left onto Clifton Street.

I really had no idea where I was except that I wasn’t on a hill!

If I had gone strait at my first right I would have been on my way to Oak Grove T station. From there I could have headed into Melrose, an area I know well.

Instead I was on a street I barely know. When I got to a familiar rail road bridge I took a right. Why not, eh?

After a series of turns I managed to get back to Malden Square, cross Eastern Ave and found the Northern Strand Community Trail again.

My plan was to run the trail to “The End” and see where I was for mileage then.

I was very happy to be at 7.5 miles.

My supplies were holding up and so was I. Kind of.

As I ran the trail I realized that I was dragging my feet and scuffing with each foot fall.

This is a highly inefficient way to run since your feet are catching so much drag from the scuffing.

I took a Honey Stinger and made a greater effort to correct my form.

Other than that nothing really hurt.

End of The Trail

The trail seemed to dead end at West Street. A guy on a bike looked like he was heading down West Street and perhaps the trail went that way?

Again, I kind of knew where I was and went in the opposite direction.

West Street dead ends behind the Best Buy parking lot and I hit nine miles as I started across the back end of their parking lot.

Sacramone Playground is next to the parking lot. A bunch of young kids had soccer practice or something. I saw a dad go into the men’s room of their field house and for a second I thought that looked like a good idea.

But I was close to home and decided to push through.

Fortunately I was on the right side of the street to get through a very busy intersection. I ran over the Malden River again but on a six-lane bridge this time.

Since I was so close to home, I decided to run the trail along The Malden River. I’ve run the trail three or four times before.

I knew where it went and that I’d still be short on distance.

A ways up the trail I stopped to have a Honey Stinger cookie. I hadn’t had any breakfast and my stomach was starting to grumble.

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon, Malden RiverWith the fall leaves, it was a nice place to run. And with fewer leaves on the tree I could see more of the river. It’s a good sized river in this area.

I hit mile ten just before “Little Creek” and decided to run down Commercial Street when the trail ended.

I ran Commercial Street all the way down to Wellington Station.

The problem with running along a river is that you can’t just cut across when you want to. They don’t make bridges like side streets.

So instead of getting back onto Revere Beach Parkway and making my way through Wellington Circle, I ran through the train station!

I did notice one person sitting outside checking me out. She must have wondered what the hell this was all about.

Talk about running for a train!

And this dude is in running gear. Where the hell is he going?

The door was open, I ran up about 10 painful steps and across the station.

The great thing is that they have a pedestrian bridge over the tracks to the parking garage!

I’ve never run though here before, but it was pretty cool!

The bridge goes to the 3rd level of the garage and I got to run down the ramps!

Unfortunately, I did loose stellate signal in this nine-story concrete structure.

Then I ran through Station Landing and got a cross walk light to get across The Fells Way.

I hit eleven miles while running across the pedestrian bridge, so I was on the home stretch now.

On My Way Home

I was only about a mile and a half from home, as the crow flies. So I tried to stretch things out as I ran through the Mystic River Reservation.

Before I got to the end of Commercial Street in Medford I hit twelve miles. Only 1.1 miles to go.

This is my front yard so I know all the side streets to add a bit here and there so I can finish almost in front of my house with the exact distance I need.

I was really dragging now and the thought of walking crossed my mind.

But I thought of all the people who get geared up like I was just to run a 5K. How ridiculous would I look in this get up walking down the street?

So I ran.

I was tired and ready for it to be over.

Running down a street I drive almost every day, sometimes several times, is just not as exciting as running in Hawaii.

There was a severe shortage of lush green vegetation. And while it was a nice day, it would be considered a cool day in Hawaii.

I only had to run two side streets to get my distance and finish where I wanted to.

Apre Kona Half Marathon 2020

100% Pure Kona Coffee Half Marathon, After the raceAfter I took off my shoes, hat, gloves and gear belt I made an iced coffee!

It was Starbucks Guatemala blend and not Kona, but it was still cold and refreshing.

I made my way upstairs for a long hot shower. Surprisingly I had almost no chaffing and felt almost human afterwards.

I didn’t feel like eating, so I topped off my iced-coffee and settled down to write.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

 

 

Stir Crazy After All These Weeks

Is anyone else getting the itch to go back to work? Feeling stir crazy after all these weeks?

I know, it seems crazy right?

Working from home is a great convenience. But it feels like a limbo between retirement and work.

I’m still working and still getting paid. I know, I’m one of the lucky ones.

So many people are writing about how they are cleaning their house top to bottom or taking up Fender on their offer of free guitar lessons.

I’m freaking working here!

My days are just as long just sans the commute. By the end of the day I’m tired just like before.

There seems to be an expectation that we all have time to renew, rejuvenate or reinvent ourselves. I guess that’s what you do when you retire?

I’ve got work to do and people who rely on me to get it done.

I don’t have time for guitar lessons!

The Office

twitter lists,social mediaI don’t miss the morning foot race to get out the door before traffic gets crazy. But I miss the routine and my colleagues.

I work with a great team and we manage to have some fun throughout the day. It’s not all work all day.

When I get into the office around 7:30 I have my routine. By the time everyone else shows up, I’ve cleared my email and had a coffee or two. I’m ready to roll.

Bring on the day!

Working From Home

July 2020 Run Down, COVID HairWorking from home has it’s advantages, no doubt. I can roll out of bed 30 minutes before my work day officially begins, there’s no commute to tress me out and piss me off. And I can shower whenever I want.

In the office I have two large hi-res screens and all of my stuff is there. I have a great work space where I can stretch out. Sometimes having a print out of an email or a report is better than having it on screen. I only have two screens after all.

At home I have taken over the dinning room. I have my work laptop and an old Compaq 20″ LCD display. I still have two screens but both are smaller than what I use in the office.

I’m also sitting in a strait back dining room chair. It’s solid cherry which gets a little tough on the ass after five or six hours. No cushion, no recline and it doesn’t rock. I’m a rocker, what can I say?

I’ve discovered that my office eating and hydration habits  seem to be triggered by what goes on in the office.

Make a call, have a drink. If it was beer I’d be hammered by 10AM.

Every day is to today

While working from home has many advantages there are also disadvantages.

The days begin shortly after I wake up weather that’s 5AM or 8AM.

Sometimes I forget to eat lunch and sometimes I make a second pot of coffee.

I can check email on my phone and do so seven days a week. So essentially, I’m working seven days a week.

But I also get to deal with contractors coming to the house and getting my daughter to work and off the trains.

So while the days are 10 to 12 hours, I do get to do other things during the day.

But since I work everyday and get other stuff done every day, the weekend blends right into the week.

I guess this is kind of what it’s like to be retired. Every day is today. What do you want to do?

One of the lucky ones

I realize that I am one of the lucky ones. I have a job and I’m able to work from home.

There are plenty of people who have to go to a workplace every day. They get our food to us, teach our kids, staff our healthcare facilities etc.

You can’t put a bio lab in the basement either. Just not a good idea.

I’m lucky enough to be pulling down a check and have the luxury of feeling cooped up.

I’ve been running more consistently over the past few months. That has helped my state of mind and even provided some limited socializing

I am one of the lucky ones who get to feel stir crazy after all these weeks.

How are you dealing with the new reality?

Run well my Friends,

Andy

What distance can my child run?

Here are some guidelines and resources for parents to help decide what distance your child can run safely.

Updated October 30th, 2020

With so many kids being home schooled due to COVID-19 many parents are wondering about Phys Ed and general fitness for their children.

Training for a 5K is a great way to get out of the house a few days a week and get some exercise.

People talk about “car time” as a good time to have conversations with your child.

If running with your child is anything like running with a friend, you are bound to have some interesting conversations that will bring you and your child closer together.

I put together these guidelines based on expert recommendations. 

You should consult with your pediatrician before beginning a training program or running a race with your child.

Many parents wonder what distance can my child run safely?

It’s an important question to ask before running a race or starting a training program with your child.

What distance can your child run safely?

The two main factors you should keep in mind are your child’s health and overall fitness level, and their age.

Your child’s health and fitness level

Pediatricians disagree on how much running is too much for children and little research has been done. Some question if rigorous training may  damage the growing areas of children’s bones. 

But with the increasing number of children leading sedentary lives, I think most pediatricians would recommend some exercise over no exercise.

When you are just starting out, over training is probably not an issue.

As a parent you know your child better than anyone else.

Before deciding to start a training program, consider your child’s health and level of physical activity.

Do they play sports or do they play video games? Are they being treated for any health conditions? How is their weight?

Almost any child can run, but you need to know where to start.

While some pediatricians may worry about damage from over training, you are just looking to get your kid outside and moving.

Even the most enthusiastic child will not start training like an Olympic athlete.

The first run may be fast and end quickly. But most children will walk and eventually settle into a pace that they can sustain.

At your child’s annual physical let the pediatrician know that your child is interested in running or starting a training program. 

This is a good way to start a conversation between your pediatrician and your child. Your pediatrician will be able to tell you and your child about their overall health and any concerns you should be aware of. 

Based on your child’s age and fitness level they may have some training or distance recommendations.  

Training suggestions and recommendations from the doctor are more likely to be listened to than if they came from you. 

If you do not have a pediatrician’s appointment coming up, you can do a basic assessment of your child’s fitness level.  

Does your child play sports or do they play video games? Are they generally active and full of energy? Any health conditions or obesity? 

Your Child’s Age

In addition to your child’s health, your child’s age is the other important factor to consider.

children running. kids races, what distance can my child runThe Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the largest running organization in the US and provides educational materials for running clubs interested in hosting youth running programs.

 

These guidelines address appropriate race distances for children starting at Pre-K and give you some guidance on training and encouraging your child.

The RRCA guidelines recommend that children under 5 participate in kid’s fun runs. These are usually under 400 yards.

These “Fun Run” races are often free and part of other race day activities. This is a great way for your child to try running in a fun and encouraging environment.

A Fun Run allows your child to participate in a running event with you, but have a race of their own. 

RRCA Youth Running Guidelines

As your child gets older it is generally agreed that it is safe for them to run longer distances. Here are the RRCA’s guidelines:

  • Children 5 and under should focus on “dash” events that range from a few yards to 400 meters.
  • Children 5 and over, kids fun runs that are a ½ to 1 mile long may be considered, but allow for a combination of running and walking.
  • Children ages 12 and over may want to participate in a 5K run.
  • Children ages 15 and older may want to participate in a 10K to half marathon event.
  • Children 18 and older may want to participate in a marathon or further distance.

I believe that the RRCA’s Guidelines address the issue of young children putting too much stress on their bodies. Younger children should stick to shorter distances while teens can move to longer distances that require training.

Running should be fun. Children should not be pressured into running longer distances than they want to. As any parent knows, it’s not unusual for a child to change their mind in the middle of something.

As adults we know about challenging our limitations and pushing through to the next level. Children often do not have these motivations and just know that “this isn’t fun anymore.”

If your child wants to stop or walk while training or racing you have the difficult task of knowing when to let them have their way. 

For pre-teens, the emphasis should be on fun, participation and enjoying the event. The emphasis should not be on competition and attaining goals.

If a young child has a genuine enthusiasm for running, let it grow naturally. They will move up to longer distances as they mature and grow stronger.

As the parent your role should be to guide and encourage your young runner and help them make wise choices about running.

As a rule, young children should not be training to run a “fun run.”

Additional Guidelines

child running distances, What distance can my child runHere are the distances that the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) uses for their youth events.

The HMF organizes dozens of races each year that include youth running events. They have a lot of experience in this area.

Most Fun Runs award a ribbon and sometimes provide a drink and a snack. They usually do not provide a medal or shirt as they are free events.

Some races allow you to register your child ahead of time for the Fun Run, but some only have “day of” registration. 

suggested distances for kids, youth runningThe Healthy Kids Running Series was created by Jeff Long, Founder and President of Pattison Sports Group, to provide kids with a positive, educational, and fun experience in the world of running.

They help parents set up youth running programs in their own towns and provide these youth running distance recommendations.

The program emphasizes fun and encourages weekly organized runs for children. You can find out if there is a program in your town at their website. You can also find out how to set up a program in your town.

Angela Bekkala wrote an article for Active.com: How to Get Kids Ready for Their First 5K It’s a quick read and offers additional advice.

Your child wants to run a 5K with you. What should you do? 

  • Do not put any pressure on them to achieve a certain goal
  • Forget about your own time. You need to run their pace
  • Be prepared to walk and always be positive and encouraging
  • You are mom or dad, not their coach, so always be supportive

If your child has a positive experience with you at their first 5K, you may have a new running buddy. What could be better than that?

Make sure to emphasize the fun race environment. Make them feel like one of the other runners by introducing them to your friends and including them in conversations. Everyone loves a new runner, and your child will thrive on the positive energy at a race.

Some 5K races are adult events with loud music and drinking. If you run one of these 5Ks with your child it may be a good idea to only stay for a while after the race.

Competitive Running for your Child

Around the age of 12, the RRCA says children may participate in 5K races. Moving from fun runs to a 5K race should be your child’s decision. The emphasis should still be on fun and participation.

When a child starts running 5K races on a regular basis, they may become competition. A child may compete with themselves, friends or you.

Competition is good and running competitively teaches many life lessons. As the parent it is up to you to guide expectations and be supportive.

It is important for children to understand that few of us ever come in first place. Most of us have friends who finish ahead of us. As adults we understand this and our self worth and image are not dependent on how we do at a race.

For a pre-teen or teenager, winning and loosing can become the focus of running. As a parent, it is your role to focus more on the fun and participation in the event and running community, and focus less on competition.

As your child runs more races and improves their running, competition can become more important.

Setting goals and training to achieve them are important life lessons. If a child sticks with running and maintains a healthy enthusiasm for the sport, your guidance can help them set healthy goals and expectations of themselves.

When your child moves from the 1-mile fun run to the 5K, let them guide you. You can see when they may be pushing too hard and you can see when they should push for the next goal. As the more experienced runner, you can guide them.

Moving to longer distances

As always, the age and the health of your child are your main considerations. Around age 15 it should be okay for your child to run a 10K or half-marathon.

Many marathons will not allow anyone under age 18 to run. Some will allow teens to run with a parent’s permission.

If your child has run a few 5Ks and enjoyed themselves, then it should be okay to try a 10K. While a child may not need to train for a fun run or a 5K, they should do training for a 10K and definitely for a half-marathon.

In your child’s mid-teens, running 5Ks and 10Ks should be sufficient. In the later teens an occasional half-marathon and perhaps a marathon should be okay.

As your child moves up to longer distances, you child should train with you or a coach at school. Fitness and conditioning become more important at longer distances in order to avoid injury and to run successfully.

If your child does not get an annual athletic physical as a requirement to participate in school sports, make sure you are making those appointments.

I hope this information is helpful. I want to emphasis again that this information should be used as a guide only.

If your child has a medical condition, please consult with your pediatrician first. If your child has no known conditions, at their next check up mention to their pediatrician that your child is interested in running.

races with medals, 5k medals, my first 5k medalIf your child is running their first 5K race and you would like to get them a medal to remember the race, check out the My First 5K medal. Most 5K races do not give finisher’s medals. Usually only the top male and female finisher and top age group finishers.

Run well my friends and happy running with your child!

Andy

New England Marathons Winter 2021

Updated 22 October, 2020

Winter isn’t the most popular season for marathon running and Winter New England Marathons are few and far between!

With COVID-19 most races have been cancelled or have not opened registration yet.

It’s getting past time for these races to open registration, so I think we can count on them being cancelled.

The Roxbury and Millinocket marathons take place before the Winter Solstice and Millinocket is the only December marathon in New England. I’ve also included them in the fall directory where they belong.

Astronomical Winter 2019 officially begins on Saturday, December 21st at 5:02 AM EST. The “Winter Solstice” marks the beginning of winter. On the Winter Solstice the sun reaches the southern most point in the sky at Noon local time.

Click on race names for the latest details. Let me know if you know of other New England Winter Marathons. 

New England Marathons Winter

15th Annual Roxbury Marathon

TBD November | 8:30 AM  | Saturday

Hurlburt Recreation Area – 18 Apple Lane, Roxbury CT

This scenic, hilly, no-frills, early winter 26.2 mile foot race will cost you only $40 or $35 for the Half.

Race day registration is $50 for either race.

In 2017 there were only 57 finishers. This race is not for the casual runner.

Here is a report on the 2017 race.

Registration is not open yet

Millinocket Marathon and Half 2020

TBD December | 10 AM | Saturday

33 Penobscot Ave Millinocket, Maine

In 2018 184 runners crossed the Marathon line and 1120 finished the Half!

213 runners from across the country ran the Marathon in 2017. Maine runners took the top three finishes. 942 runners completed the Half.

In 2015, six runners ran the marathon and 42 finished the Half.

This race continues to grow in popularity and make contributions to the Millinocket region.

Our FREE marathon & half was started in 2015 to help a struggling northern Maine mill town that has been devastated by the closing of their major employer. Do not run Millinocket for what you get instead RUN MILLINOCKET for what you GIVE. Please do not take spots in our race unless you are serious about doing your very best to show up (of course we know life happens) but please don’t register just because our race is free. All participants are required to generously patronize Katahdin area businesses in lieu of an entry fee. Our 2016 edition was a tremendous success and we look forward to growing our event in 2017 and all the positive influence it brings!

Millinocket used to be a mill town with two paper mills. When I was growing up the economy and the town were vibrant. The high school had competitive sports teams and they were just another city in Maine.

Now the mills are gone and times have changed in Millinocket. The organizers of this race seek to draw runners from near and far to help inject a little economic life into this Northern Maine town.

As they say in the quote above, don’t sign up just because it is free. Sign up because you want to run the race and provide some stimulus to the local economy while you are there.

Registration is not open

Arena Attack Race Series Indoor New England Marathons

Imagine running in a proper distance race, in the middle of a typical New England winter, but you can dress like its September. Awesome, right? We thought so too… so we made it reality. Introducing the Arena Attack Indoor Road Race Series! Utilizing the wide concourses found in indoor arenas, we run distance races ranging from 5k to the marathon.

This was a series of the running events, each consisting of a marathon, half and 5K.

Registration information for 2021 has not been posted yet. Most likely these indoor events will be cancelled.

Here are some of the things that you can look forward to at your Arena Attack Race:

NEW FOR 2020! All marathon & half marathon finishers receive awesome Arena Attack shirts!
Finisher medals made from stainless steel, made by a CT-based explosion proofing company.
Race distances include marathon, half marathon, & 5k.
We control the climate, so we can make sure the conditions are optimal.
Perfectly flat course!
Absolutely spectator-friendly! You’ll see your runner on each lap.
Water stations and real bathrooms are never more than a half-lap away!
We digitally track your laps and project your lap count clearly in your line of sight.
On-course music keeps the runners and spectators entertained all day.

XL Center Hartford, CT 

TBD January  |9 AM | Saturday

Runners will complete 130 laps on the course with a 5 hour time limit. The marathon has a waiting list as of 2 December. Registration is $90.00 if a spot opens

Mullins Center Amherst, MA

TBD January | 8 AM 

Marathon runners will complete 133 laps on the course within 5 hours. Registration is $80.00. There is also a half-marathon and a 5K option. 

Boston Prep 16 Miler and 5 Miler

TBD January – 10:00 AM – Sunday

West Running Brook Middle School – Derry, NH

Derry 16 miler, winter running

I’ve run this race twice and it’s been very cold or freezing both times. The first time I ran the race the school parking lot was glazed in black ice. I kept sliding down the parking lot while waiting for the race to begin.

Bring your big boy shorts for this run!

The 25th Annual Northeast Delta Dental Boston Prep – this moderately challenging 16-miler is ideally scheduled for runners training for the Boston Marathon, any other spring marathon or a Runner looking for a mid-winter challenge! Are you a regular runner but not ready for a full 16? Try the “BP-Lite,” which offers a taste of the Boston Prep experience on a 5 mile course!

Registration was $65 through January 13th, then $70 and $75 on race day. a 5-Miler option is available for $30.00

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will open registration.

Everyone should put this race on their bucket list. It really is an experience not to be missed.

Here is my 2015 race recap.

2019 Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & Marathon Team Relay 

TBD February 10:00 AM – Sunday 

Hyannis, MA

New England Marathons Winter, Hyannis MarathonRegistration was: Marathon registration is $65 through January 15th, Half is $57 and the 10K is $50. The Marathon relay is $115 per team.

The marathon has a registration limit of 400 runners, so don’t wait!

These races are USATF Certified:

  • USATF Certification # MA11001RN – Marathon
  • USATF Certification # MA11002RN – Half Marathon
  • Boston Marathon Qualifier – 6 Hour Course Time Limit

2020 ALL Race Results

PEAK Snow Devil Winter Races

5-6 February – 8:00 AM – Saturday  REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Pittsfield, VT

This is a snow shoe event where you can run a 100 miler, a Marathon, Half Marathon or a 10K. The 100 miler begins at 6AM on February 22nd and the Marathon begins at 8AM, Half at 9AM and the 10K at 10AM all on February 23rd.

Snow shoes are required and this is another race not for the faint of heart. The course is a 6.5 mile loop with 1200 feet vertical. Only 13 runners finished the marathon in 2018!

Registration is open! $175 for the 100 Miler, $130 for the 100K, $100 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half, $70 for the 10K and $35 for the 5K race.


New England Mararthons Winter

The Ocean’s Run Marathon, Half Marathon, 4 Miler & Kids’ Fun Run

TBD March – 8:00 AM – Saturday – may have been cancelled

Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI

All courses are USATF Certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier! This race has always been a great tune-up for Boston and other late Spring Marathons.

This race winds through the quiet Westerly beach communities of Misquamicut and Weekapaug. There are water views at nearly every stretch of the race. With hardly any climbs to speak of, this race is fast and furious!!

The race starts and finish at the Misquamicut State Beach! A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Westerly Track and Athletic Club!

Registration for 2020 has not opened. In 2019 registration was: Marathon – $90.00,1/2 Marathon – $60.00 and 4 Miler – $30.

This race received some bad reviews for 2019 and I do not see any information listed for 2021. It looks like this race may not be held in 2021. If you hear differently, please contact me.

The Hampton Half 

7 March | 10:00 AM | Sunday

Hampton Beach, NH

I know it’s not a marathon, but who wants to sit around until spring?

I’ve run this half three times. It’s a great way to polish off winter.

It’s often cold and sometimes there is a cold breeze off of the Gulf of Maine. Sometimes it’s just a beautiful day.

Here is my 2019 race Recap.

This is a USATF measured and certified course.

Registration is open!

Winter officially ends on March 20th, 2019 so this is the end of my list.

If you are a race director and I have missed your race please contact me at: info@omnirunning.com. If you are not a race director and know of a marathon that I missed, please contact me at the same email.

Run well my Friends and try to keep warm!

Andy