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July 2020 Run Down

July is a hot month. The pandemic has forced all of my races to go virtual which isn’t quite as much fun but I am committed to supporting the causes these races support.

My July 2020 Run Down

Jennifer Tinney 4th of July Virtual 5 Miller

Most years I run the Jennifer Tinney 5 Miler in Boxford, MA. The race is in memory of a young teacher who was viciously attached and killed by one of her students in their school. I can still remember the news stories.

My wife and sister are teachers. In addition to being a senseless killing, it hit very close to home.

Like all of my races, I ran this one from my front door. The temperature was no more than 75° F but the humidity was high.

Jennifer Tinney 5 Miler 2020 VirtualI did the big loop from my house, across The Mystic to Somerville and back again.

It’s a convenient run and it seems fairly popular for runners and walkers. The Mystic River State Reservation always seems to have a lot of people enjoying the outdoors.

The worse part is crossing Rt. 16/Mystic Valley Parkway. It’s three lanes in each direction and most people are on their way somewhere.

I finished in 43:16 at an 8:38 pace.

For the rest of the week I didn’t run at all.

Margarita Virtual Half Marathon

On July 10th I ran the Margarita Virtual Half Marathon.

For this race I ran from my house into Kendall Square where I work.

Running to work has been of interest to me for a few years. Often I see one or two people running to or from work and I have often wondered how the logistics work. You have to shower at work and somehow get your clothes to work without them looking like you just picked them up off of the floor.

The roads for this run are usually very busy. The route I take is one of the Margarita Half Marathon, virtual halfmajor commuter routes into Boston and Cambridge.

I’ve been hit three times in my car over ten years on this route.

I got started just before 9AM which is never a good idea for a runner in July.

The temperature was 73° F when I left my home and it was 83° F by the time I got to Kendall Square.

It was so hot that I had to stop at Starbucks for an iced coffee. By the time I was finishing my drink, all of the ice had melted in less than 12 minutes!

While the goal was to complete a half marathon, my plan was to investigate the route into Kendall Square. My plan was to get to mile six and turn around.

My time was 2:32:37 at an 11:39 pace.

I typically run a two-hour or better half. It was a hot day and I ran during peak heat hours. And as opposed to running on a closed course with water stops, I had dozens of intersections and had to do some walking.

Tuesday Night Neighborhood Run

My next run a was a neighborhood run of 3.2 miles. After flaming out during my urban half, I knew I needed to try and run more consistently.

I ran hard and managed an 8:15 pace up and down the streets in my neighborhood.

July 2020 Run Down, COVID Hair

Gotta love COVID hair! I think it’s been seven months since my last hair cut.

And this hair is matted down from wearing a hat and sweating!

I was happy to have gotten out during the week for a quick run.

 

 

Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler

On July 17th I ran The Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler. This is a mid week race in Newburyport, so I’ve never been able to run it.

It seems silly now to think I could not have taken a half day from work and run this race in the past. Is work so important that nothing else matters between 8AM and 5PM?

I ran this one on one of my Friday vacation days. The weather was mild so I didn’t leave the house until 12:13 PM. The temperature was only 63° F and the humidity was mild.

For this run I took The Fellsway into Melrose. I didn’t have any cut in stone plan, but I knew where I was going and when I needed to turn around.

I ran the hills on the Fellsway in both directions. Definitely not required, but I kind of enjoyed it. Nothing like a good workout!

In Melrose I ran down Main Street and made a stop at Starbucks for an Iced Coffee. The place was deserted! No problem social distancing in there.

My time was 1:32:26 at a pace of 9:13. Not bad for a longer run and 414 feet of elevation gain.

Tuesday night Club Run!

Several members of the MRC Board have been doing a lot of work to get our Tuesday night Club Runs back.

With the state-wide social distancing rules and slight variations in each town, it has been a challenge. There are 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts and each has their own Board of Health who can make their own rules and their own interpretations of State rules.

In these situations, you realize the value of a more centralized government structure.

We met in front of Melrose High, 02176! There were about a dozen of us. We sent out small groups by pace and I was in the first group. I planned on under 9 minute rules, which didn’t seem overly ambitious.

We were kind of the catch-all group like the 80+ age group at a race.

I had a comfortable 3.22 mile run with Marty Hergert at a 10:22 pace.

It was nice to talk to someone during a run.

Juneau Half Marathon

I left my house at 7:15 AM for this run and it was already 76° F.

Juneau Virtual Half Marathon 2020, Dunkin, July Run DownI brought my full running belt with two water bottles and a gel. It turned out to be not enough.

On the way home and I stopped at Dunkin Donuts on The Jerry Jingle Highway in Melrose for an iced coffee and blue berry glazed donut.

I ran pretty much the same route that I ran for the Yankee Homecoming but managed to go from 414 feet in elevation gain to 2,339 feet. Almost six times the hills just by adding four fairly flat miles?

This was just before Garmin went dark. I’ll have to compare this run to another on a similar run, but it seems way off to me.

This was another hot run. It was 76° F when I left my house. I tried to run in the shade as much as possible, but it was still warm. Thus the stop at Dunkins.

Juneau Half Marathon 2020 VirtualFor this run I ran the Fellsway Hills in both direction and run out Main Street in Melrose. At Crystal Pond I hit 7 miles and turned around.

I hoped that I could find enough short cuts on the way back to get close to 13.1 miles. It was too hot to run long.

Except for a slight variation in the last mile, I ran the same route out and back.

When I got to 13.1 miles I noted the time and used that to report my results for the race.

Not that it matters but I told Juneau I ran 2:21 and change. Unfortunately, that time included my pit stop at Dunkin Donuts and into the woods.

Juneau Half Marathon 2020 Virtual, AlaskaMy total time for the run was 2:22:08 at a 10:09 pace. But that was for 14 miles! My actual 13.1 mile time was closer to 2:13.

The Juneau Marathon and Half Marathon folks were kind enough to send me a shirt and medal.

It is a great medal and I love the shirt. Hopefully next year we can get a crew from Melrose to go out to Alaska and run the marathon!

Tuesday night Club Run Take 2!

This week we had about 20 people show up! Again I was in the fastest group. But all of us run vastly different paces and distances.

I ran 5.77 miles on most of the longer of our summer routes. It was nice to be out on the summer course again and see what has changed.

One thing that I noticed is that it is starting to get dark around 8pm now! Noooo!

It was a good solo run and I felt better seeing people and hanging out for a bit.

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K Virt 2020

I ran this race on Friday July 31st. It seemed like a great way to end the month.

Thursday evening I went into Cambridge to pick up my shirt, super heavy duty Solo cup, coozie and sun glasses.

I had dropped my daughter at work and was early for the pick up. Paul Clark and his son were still setting up.  They actually pulled in behind me.

On any other afternoon I would have worried about getting a parking ticket. But it looked like 6AM on a Sunday morning.

We talked for a few minutes and I offered to help set up but they said they were all set.

I got out the door at 6:40 PM on Friday after supper.  While I just ran the streets in my neighborhood, I decided to run it like a race.

I wore my light weight Saucony racers and took off.  My first mile was 7:54 and my average pace was 8:09.

Not a bad way to end the month.

For July my total miles were 57.46. I just missed topping April by a half mile. July was my second shortest month after May’s 41.14.

August 2019 I ran almost 85 miles. So far I’m up to 2.86 towards beating that!

How is your COVID summer running going?

Are you still motivated to train even though all races are going virtual?

Run well and Stay Health my Friends!

Andy

 

5K Medals for First Time runners

For a first time runner a medal is a big deal

#first5k medal, running medal, finisher's medalFirsts in life are a big deal. Like a child’s first step, a First 5K Race is a big step in life.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you deserve a finisher’s medal when you finish your first 5K road race.

As a runner, you know how much work and determination it takes to run your first 5k race. As a parent, spouse or friend, you know how hard your runner has worked to prepare. 

Order a 2020 medal with white print 

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Most races award medals to the top three male and female finishers. Some also award medals to the top finishers by age group.

Make sure your runner brings home a medal regardless of how they finish the race.

5K Medals for First Time Runners

Why don’t all races award medals for all finishers?

Most 5K races are fundraisers and race directors have to watch their budget.

Producing a race is expensive and race directors have to find ways to control costs. Medals for each runner reduces the money that goes towards fundraising.

Other expenses such as timing services, police details and insurance are required to put on a race.

Fundraisers need to raise funds 

When a non-profit commits staff and resources to produce a 5K road race, they need to have something to show for their expenditure of time and funds.

In a 2005 Cool Running article Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray, gave an example of the costs to produce the average 500 person race. He included everything from t-shirts to toilets and came up with a cost per runner of $20.30.

In 2005 the average 5K entry fee was $20.00. Twelve years later, the average 5K fee is $30.00.

Dave’s estimate did not include awards or finishers medals, and his race still lost 30¢ per runner.

The $30 collected per runner today doesn’t go much further than the $20 collected in 2005. In addition to inflation, races have become bigger productions and most provide tech shirts instead of cotton. 

Dave’s 2005 article indicates that not providing a finishers medal is a long-standing practice. So even in 2005 race directors felt the need to eliminate this expense. 

Races need runners to be successful

Any race needs runners to show up in order to be successful. To attract the bulk of veteran road racers, races have to keep fees in line with other races.

Veteran runners also expect a well organized race with water, some food and a nice shirt. If a race cuts corners, runners will notice and may not return the next year.

Recent surveys indicate that experienced runners would rather keep entry fees low and not receive a medal. Many would go without a shirt to keep fees low.

Race directors know this. Some races do not include a shirt with registration and most have eliminated a medal for all runners.

Millions of new 5K runners each year

Each year, millions of people lace up for their first 5K road race. For them every step along the way has been an adventure in the journey to their first race. 

We all grew up watching medal ceremonies at The Olympics and The Boston Marathon. Every first time runner wants their personal moment of victory.

Not receiving a medal at the 5K finish line is like leaving the exclamation mark off of “I finally did it!”.  It’s a no cake birthday.

First time 5K runners like medals

First time runners have seen the medal ceremonies and felt the excitement. They want to feel that excitement for themselves. 

For race directors, providing a medal, keeping fees low and raising funds is a challenge.

Omni Running offers the MyFirst5K medal for your runner

My First 5K medal, runners medalThis is a limited edition finisher’s medal designed exclusively for first time 5K runners.

You can order one for your runner or for a group of runners. Just click any image on this page to place your order.

Race directors can add the medal as a registration option for runners. The medal is a great fundraiser with little effort on your part. Race Director Details.

Each medal comes with a bib sticker

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Let me know if you have questions.

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Time for a Margarita Half Marathon

I definitely did not feel like having a margarita after this run. The heat really knocked the snot out of me and booze was the last thing I wanted.

The Margarita Half Marathon was originally scheduled for May 3rd in New Hampshire.

Due to COVID-19 the Margarita Half Marathon and 5K were turned into virtual races. I ran my half marathon on July 10th.

May is a great time to run a half marathon in New Hampshire, July is not such a great time to run a half marathon in the Greater Boston Area (GBA).

Running the Margarita Half Marathon 2020

This was my second half marathon in 14 days. On June 27th I ran The Great Bay Half which was postponed from April 5th to a virtual half.

I had Friday off and decided it would be a good day for a half. No matter how  unfit I was or how hot it was, I was going to do it.

At 8:56 AM I set off from Medford headed to somewhere in Cambridge. I had a general idea of where I was going. My sole criteria for a turn around point was the mile 6 mark.

It’s easier to add on distance on the way back. In May I ran a half and ended up walking almost a mile so I could stop my watch at 13.1 miles for my official distance.

Sometimes I learn from my mistakes.

Garmin lists the temperature at 73° F, but that must have been at 8:56 when I started my watch.

As I ran down my street I actually felt pretty good. And that’s unusual. Usually a knee or an ankle makes a few grumbles.

I should have recalled that when things start out well, they often do not end well.

The First Six Miles

I knew it was going to be warm, hot even. Over the past few months my training has been poor.

My only goal was to finish the race through an honest effort. There’s no cheating in virtual racing. At least not for me.

The first two miles got me to the Somerville side of the Mystic River bridge.

This segment, along the Fellsway, was mostly in full sun.

Margarita Half Marathon, virtual halfAfter the bridge I took a right onto Shore Drive towards Blessing of The Bay Boat House. They had the crew of summer work kids out front for their morning brief.

I was glad to see that at least some kids were getting the opportunity to earn a few dollars and learn how to work this summer.

I went under the Rt. 93 bridge and headed south on Mystic Ave/Rt. 38. The on-coming traffic kept me very focused as the sidewalk is narrow here and folks like to fly down this road.

I found a break in traffic and crossed Mystic Ave to run the back side of Foss Park. The pool was full, but the facility was closed.

I chose this route for a little shade.

To avoid the bridge over the rail tracks I went down Broadway to Cross Street and ran through East Somerville up to Washington Street.

I hit Mile 4 just before I crossed The McGrath Highway and headed for East Cambridge.

Eventually I ended up in Kendall Square and headed down Broadway to find my turn around spot.

Margarita Half 2020, Kendall Square
Broadway in Kendall Square

On my way down Broadway I passed a Starbucks. I wasn’t at mile 6 yet but one water bottle was almost empty and I wasn’t even half way yet.

I ordered a Trenta iced coffee on my phone and turned back to Starbucks.

As I approached the door I stopped my Garmin and then stepped into the dark coolness. My drink was being made as I approached the counter, so I only had a minute or so to cool off.

I grabbed a straw and stepped back into the heat.

The Long Road Home

I was now on my way home and short on distance. My watch hit mile six as I walked down Broadway drinking my coffee. Man it was good!

I took a leisurely jog back through Kendall and The Canal District down to Lechemere Station.

My shorts were so wet from sweat and water dripping off of my coffee that for a moment I thought I had a problem!

When it’s  hot and you are sweating, that is a good thing.

I found a trash can on Cambridge Street and tossed in my empty cup. It only took about a mile and 12 minutes to drink the entire cup. And all of the ice had melted.

I pretty much took the same route back to Washington Street and then took a left into the neighborhood.

At this point my quads were exhausted and I was beginning to feel altered.

I checked my running belt for a salt pill, but I didn’t have one. That was a crucial error on a day like this.

My sports drink had some sodium, but I was dripping sweat.

I got back onto Broadway and ran the same route back to Blessing of the Bay Boat House.

Fortunately they had a porta-potty on the grass next to their parking lot.

It was like an oven in there,  but I meant business!

I continued on the bike path next to Rt. 93 and headed for Medford.

I didn’t hit mile 11 until I had crossed The Mystic Valley Parkway and was less than a mile from home.

At this point I was doing a fair amount of walking and experiencing the worse part of what I had anticipated.

Virtual Margarita Half Finish, Virtual HalfWhen I got back into my neighborhood I started going up and down the side streets to get in my distance.

So close to home and I felt like I was running laps!

I managed to jog down my street and stopped my watch before I got to my house.

I was DONE!

I don’t think everyone has run and reported their results yet. But as of my run I was 131 out of 138!

Have you run any virtual races this year? How do you feel about them?

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Rhode Master Series 2020

Looking to run Rhode Island in 2020? The Rhode Master Series of Marathons and Half Marathons is still taking registrations for feet on the street races!

2020 Rhode Island Rhode Master Series

Originally posted on March 6, 2020. Updated July 8, 2020

My how things have changed.

The Rhode Master Series consists of five Rhode races in five cities and towns across Rhode Island.

The first race, The Newport Marathon and Half Marathon was a live event in April. They 419 finishers for the full marathon and 1139 for the half.

Pretty amazing considering that Massachusetts was under shelter in place orders and The Boston Marathon was postponed at that time.

Newport Full Results

The Bristol Independence Half on June 27th went virtual and had 792 runners – Bristol Full Results.

Jamestown Half is still scheduled for September 19th.

The Narragansett Marathon and Half is still scheduled for October 25th.

The Providence Marathon was scheduled for May 3rd but was cancelled due to the Governors stay at home order which was in place through May 8th.

You can still take your pick of 4 half marathons and two marathons, with three events consisting of both distances.

Sign up for the series and run 3 or 4 of the races. As a Rhode Master Series runner you will receive discounts on registration fees, an exclusive medal that will “complete” the series, swag just for series runners and special sponsor discounts for series runners.

Information on the series is here.

Featured in my post, New England Marathons Fall, you can receive 15% off the Narragansett Marathon or Half.

This discount is normally reserved for Rhode Master Series runners who run at least three races.

Ocean State Rhode Races – Narragansett

Narragansett, RI |  25 October 2020 – Sunday – 7:30 AM

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The Marathon starts at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM and the 5K at 8:15AM.

Narragansett is the final stop in the Rhode Master Series and you are sure to see many Rhode Masters receive their series medal.

This race harkens back to the original Ocean State Marathon with the start in Narragansett Beach.

It follows beautiful Rt 1a and showcases wonderful ocean views, old stone walls, working farms, estuaries and kayak stands. It really is a pretty one.

It is a smaller marathon so you won’t have to fight through crowds of people at the start to achieve your PR or BQ.  The marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

These races feature FREE PHOTOS and a secured bag check at the start.

Registration is open –   $95 for the Marathon, $65 for the Half and $30 for the 5K.

They also have a virtual half marathon option for $50.

Exclusively for Omni Running readers – get 15% off of registration when you use code OMNIFAN. Click here to go to the registration page.

Next price increase is August 31st, 2020.

Rhode Races & Events is committed to recycling at this year’s Ocean State Rhode Races. Road Races create a lot of waste, but we’ll reduce our footprint by diverting hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, water jugs, and plastic bottles from the landfill.

To learn more about our race day efforts and how you can help – please click this link.  Additionally – all clothing discarded at the start of the race will be donated to North American Family Institute.

Run Rhode Island well my Friends,

Andy

Great Bay Half Marathon 2020 Virtual Edition

I ran The Great Bay Half Marathon in my own back yard this year. Like so many other races, Great Bay went virtual for 2020.

I’ve run The Great Bay Half Marathon four times.

It’s usually held about a week before the Boston Marathon and when I have a bib for Boston I don’t run Great Bay.

Tapering is supposed to be about cutting back and recuperating, it’s not good a time to run a challenging half marathon.

This year I didn’t have a bib for Boston so I signed up for Great Bay. I love the course, seeing all of my friends and the great party afterwards.

Great Bay Half Marathon 2020

Like almost every race since February, The Great Bay Half Marathon went virtual for 2020.

I had to make up my own course and run the race by my self, totally un-supported.

I went through my Garmin Connect dashboard and found a loop that I could make a 13.1 mile course.

Great Bay Health Marathon 2020 Virtual, Virtual Half

This is a short run across Medford to The Mystic Valley Parkway.

The Parkway is a nice run along the Mystic Lakes with several parks and lots of activity.

It’s particularly popular with cyclist.

When I woke up around 6:30 AM it was already 66° and I knew we were headed for the 80s.

As such I didn’t waste much time getting ready to go. All of my gear was laid out and I was out the door just after 7:00 AM.

The sun was up and the temperature was now 68°.

As I ran down my street I could feel all kinds of aches and pains. I’ve been running less and my legs seem to be feeling worse. Go figure.

I knew that much of this would go away after the first mile and tried to relax and go slow.

The first two miles were 9:16 and 9:03. In West Medford I had to stop for the Commuter Rail train.  I forgot to stop my watch and mile three came in at 10:32.

Great Bay Half Marathon 2020 Virtual, Commuter Rail, West Medford

Mystic Valley Parkway

About a half mile after the rail road crossing I came to the rotary where the Mystic Valley Parkway begins.

Mystic Valley Parkway Sign, Great Bay HalfStrait through the rotary is Arlington and to the right was my designated course up the Parkway.

When I stopped to take this photo just before 8:00 the temperature was already 73° . I was glad to know that most of this parkway is well shaded.

In Massachusetts masks are still required if you cannot maintain social distancing.

It’s impossible to avoid people and I know that I’m going to be close to people at some point during my runs.

It’s amazing how many people won’t give any room to pass on the side walk even with traffic. Am I supposed to run into cars and trucks?

For me, the possibility of death is better than near certainty!

Around mile four I took my Honey Stinger gel. I brought two just in case since it has been a while since I’ve run this distance.

These two miles up The Parkway were fairly comfortable. My aches and pains were gone for the most part. My left knee still bothered me but not enough to cause concern.

Mile 4: 9:03, Mile 5: 9:20

Winchester and Stoneham

Miles six and seven through Winchester were also fairly comfortable. I had been sweating basically since I left my house.

This section of my course had very little shade and it must have been close to 80°. One water bottle was empty and I had taken a drink from my second one.

My mind drifted back to Death Valley. There I learned to drink less than half of your water on the outbound leg of your hike.

I was more than halfway through my run, but I knew there were hills and more fully exposed road coming up.

I took a salt pill and a small drink.

With the Corona Virus pandemic, Dunkin Donut’s has closed all of their bathrooms. So no pit stops to take on or get rid of water.

I don’t take salt very often and I hoped that it wouldn’t make me sick.

But I was sweating heavily and knew I needed the sodium and potassium in that pill.

I passed our usual water stop on Eugene Drive and crossed Rt. 93 into Stoneham.

It was nice knowing that I was well over half way and still felt okay.

When I got to Main Street, my instinct told me to cross and go strait. But for this run I needed to turn right and head south on Main Street/Rt 28.

If I went strait, I’d end up in Melrose and have way too many more miles to run.

After about a half mile I arrived at the intersection of Main Street and South St/North Board Road just up the road from The Stone Zoo.

I stopped my watch and waited for a break in the traffic. I hate pressing the crossing light button. I can get across the road in 5 seconds, but those lights last much longer. Often I get across before the light even changes.

I continued strait on Main Street/Rt. 28 along the back side of Spot Pond. This was another two miles of almost no shade at all.

At mile 10 I had to walk a bit. I was hot and running low on water. With no water stops ahead of me I had to be careful.

Miles seven through eleven were between 9:34 and 10:12.

On the Home Stretch

Just before Mile Eleven I passed my normal turn onto Elm Street. This would have taken me over to Highland Avenue and added a mile or so to my run.

I kept running strait down Rt. 28 towards Roosevelt Circle. This is a busy entrance to Rt. 93 and for local traffic. Fortunately there is a sidewalk and traffic wasn’t heavy yet.

My kids went to the St. Francis Parish School and I was now in an area I knew quite well.

As I passed St. Francis Street I thought about all of the mornings I went up that road to drop the girls off for school in the morning.  Good memories.

The sidewalk along this stretch of road has been heaved by frost and tree roots. I had to watch my step and considered running in the road.

But this section of road is like a speed way on the way to Rt. 93. So I kept my head down and my feet high.

At the intersection of the Fellsway West and Fulton Street the walk light was on! I ran the diagonal across six lanes of traffic for a beautifully executed crossing. That intersection must be 200′ across diagonally.

About half way down the Fells to Rt. 60 I hit mile 12 at 9:35. Not bad.

American Runs on Dunkin!

I was on my way to Haynes Square in Medford. There is a Dunkin Donut’s there and I decided to run to the Dunkin’s for a large iced coffee.

I was dehydrated and I knew that ice cold beverage would taste so good. And since there weren’t any water stops for the half marathon, I owed it to myself to have one good water stop!

I pulled up my mask and walked into Dunkin’s. There were only two people in front of me and I stopped my watch.

It only took about two minutes to place my order and be on my way.

I drank about a quarter of the coffee before I even crossed Rt. 60! I’ve run with an iced coffee several times and it’s much easier to do if it’s not full.

I slow jogged down Spring Street towards my home which was lass than a mile away.

Great Bay 2020, Dunkin DonutsI’m sure I was a sight to see, but hey, America Runs on Dunkin! Call me Captain America, I’ve got an iced coffee!

Just after I turned onto my street I hit mile thirteen at 11:21. Not bad for a guy drinking an iced coffee!

I jogged the next 0.12 miles at a pace of 10:09.

It felt good  to be home.

Running in the heat is really draining. While I prefer heat over cold the heat does seem to take more out of me now. Some of that is probably age and some is probably my fitness level.

Virtual Great Bay Half Results

This definitely was my slowest Great Bay Half Marathon by well over ten minutes.

The real course has a total elevation gain of 424 Ft. while the course I ran only had a gain of 323 Ft. But it’s also about 20° cooler in New Hampshire in April!

It was good to get a solid long run in and the virtual race got me out there.

Have you run many virtual races this year? Have you run a virtual half or a full marathon?

Here are two recaps from from New Hampshire.

Great Bay Half Marathon 2015

Great Bay Half 2013

Run well my Friends,

Andy

Fourth of July 5K Races

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time for a 5K. Since July 4th is on Saturday for 2020, it looked like everyone would have an extra day on July 3rd to run a 5K.

With COVID-19 many races have been cancelled or have gone virtual.

Check to see if your local race has gone virtual or has been cancelled and what their refund policy is.

Click on the race title to go to the race web site for registration and additional race details.

Virtual 4th of July

Many races have been cancelled for 2020 and some have gone virtual.

I think the 4th of July was too close to when states started ordering people to self quarantine.  Back in March and April when race directors needed to make the “go or no go” decision there was too much uncertainty.

Virtual races are still new to many runners and race directors probably worried that few runners would sign up.  It was easier and less expensive to simply cancel an event.

Independence run 5K 

Akron, NY | 6PM | CANCELLED?

A USAT&F certified 5K course beginning and ending at Veterans Park

Independence Run 5K, AkronSpecial designed commemorative short sleeve shirts for the first 250 registered participants and Goodie bag  provided by Race sponsors.
Food, Beer, Refreshments, 50-50’s and Awards ceremony immediately following at Veterans Park, Corner of Buell Street & Skyline Drive. Akron NY. FREE access (with race bib).
All proceeds to projects sponsored by The Akron-Newstead Rotary and Akron Lions Club.

Registration $25.00

Pound Ridge 5K

Pound Ridge, NY | Pound Ridge Elementary School  | 9AM | CANCELLED?

Start is at the Pound Ridge Elementary School and it ends at the Pound Ridge Town Park.  There will be music playing and refreshments at the finish.

The Registration will open at 7:30am with the 5K race starting at 9:00am.  The kids races start after the 5K finishes.

Registration $15 Adult, $10 for the kids

LP Miracle Mile

Houlton, ME  | Drake’s Hill on Military Street | 6PM |VIRTUAL

The third running of the Miracle Mile will go to benefit CureSearch and Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.
In the last two years of racing we have had more than 400 people come to downtown Houlton, ME and help raise over $10,000!
Runners and walkers from all over the state toed the line to race one of the fastest miles New England has to offer.

Now the Miracle Mile can be in your neighborhood!

Montpelier Mile

Montpelier, VT  | 112 State Street  | 6PM – CANCELLED?

As of June 20th, their web site stills says check back for details.

Vermont’s fastest mile! Kick off to Montpelier’s Independence Day Parade! A classic 1 mile race through historic Montpelier in front of thousands of spectators.
After the race enjoy the parade & fireworks! 

Registration $15 adult, $5.00 kids 12 and under – races limited to 300 each.

Fourth of July 5K Races

Virtual Jennifer Tinney Memorial 4th of July Road Race

Boxford, MA  | 1 Elm Street  | 8:00AM | VIRTUAL

Run the 5 Miler or run or walk the 2.5 miler or 1 miler. Truly something for the entire family.  All in the comfort of your own neighborhood or favorite local route!

Registration is $25 for adults and  $20 for children fall all races.

Thomaston 4th of July Annual Firecracker 5K Road Race

Thomaston, ME – Beechwood Street   – 8:30 AM

Race Day Registration (cash only) $25, T-shirt NOT guaranteed.

This race is still an on-ground event!

25th Annual Firecracker 5K Run & Walk

Nantucket  | 10 Young’s Way  | 8:00AM | CANCELLED

Fire Cracker 5K race, Nantucket

A gently rolling course out to Monomy and Back. Race starts and finishes at Nantucket Health Club.

Registration is $25, Race Day Registration is not listed.

They expect 1,000 runners and walkers so I wouldn’t wait to register.

Pittsfield Independence 5K Road Race

Pittsfield, MA  | Wahconah Park  | 9:30AM | CANCELLED

There is no race day registration and it appears that the only option is to down load a form and mail it in. Better get a move on if you want to run this race. Check their web site for additional details.

Friends of the Fourth

Winthrop, ME | 117 Bowdoin St.  | 8AM | VIRTUAL RACE

Previously, after a loop through downtown Winthrop, most of the course followed the beautiful eastern shore of Maranacook Lake.

A family-friendly tradition that you can run at home this year, all proceeds go towards the conservation of the Cobbossee Watershed.

Glen Rock 9/11 Tribute Run 5K/2K Jr.

Glen Rock, NJ  | Veterans Park   | 9AM | CANCELLED

Race Day Registration $25 for each race

A 5k run and 2k Junior Run through the beautiful streets of Glen Rock.  Athletes will enjoy running the 4th of July Parade route prior to the start of the parade and then get to stick around to enjoy the parade itself.

Proceeds go to benefit G.R.A.C.E.  An organization set up after 911 to provide assistance to family members of those who died in the terrorist attacks.  Today, G.R.A.C.E. continues its hard work by maintaining the 911 Memorial in town, and providing scholarship funds to High School Seniors in memory of Glen Rock’s eleven victims.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend with friends and family. Check out one of the Third or Fourth of July 5K races!

Andy