Low Cost Racing

Low Cost Racing

I recently signed up for four more races in the Will Run for Beer Series, for a total of 5 in the series. Thursday night I signed up for the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 16th. I ran this one last year and it was a good experience. After that I have the Eastern States 20 Miler on March 30th. That will be my last long race until Boston.

Low Cost Racing

Eastern States, running
Eastern States 20-Miler

Lightbox Registration handles registration for New Bedford. After completing my registration I went to the Lightbox home page and discovered something I thought you local runners might be interested in.

They list races that cost $25 or less, $20 or less and $15 or less. While most of these races are 5K or less, I thought it was a good resource to find some inexpensive local races.

The $15 registrations are also for kids. So if you are looking for a 5K that you and your son or daughter can run together, check out one of these races.

I didn’t see any races listed for Maine or Vermont, but there are a lot in the other New England states. You should check them out.

Lightbox manages longer distance races, such as New Bedford Half, but these do cost more than $25.00. Hopefully you can find some inexpensive local races on their list and keep your running budget under control this year.

How much do you spend on races each year?

  • Does price keep you from running some races?
  • What is a reasonable price for a 5K?
  • How much is too much for a 5K
  • Does good swag make up for a high price?
  • For a registration discount would you give up a shirt?

Run well my Friends!

Andy

© 2014 anagelin

Race Series

Race Series can be a lot of fun

Race series can take you to new places and running new races, all of which helps keep things fresh and exciting.

Many race series allow you to sign up once for all of the races. Some races in a series may sell out fast, so registering for the complete race series can give you peace of mind.

Here in New England we have several storied series, including the Will Run for Beer Series. This series is sponsored by Smuttynose Brewing and LOCO Sports.

It consists of nine 5k,will run for beer race series jacket10k and half marathon races that begin on January 1st and concludes in late June.

If you register for the series and complete at least 5 races, you get a “Will run for Beer” series running jacket. I have two of them.

Many race series offer a full series registration bonus such as a jacket, fleece or series medal.

We also have “The New England Half Marathon Tour”. This is a series of eight half marathons in six states. If you finish at least one race in each New England state you will receive a special New England Half Marathon Tour Jacket. It might not be the same as a Stones Tour jacket, but this tour is probably better for your health! My friend Bill ran this series in 2013 and said the races were tough. Ready to man up?

The Boston Athletic Association has the “Distance Medley” which consists of the BAA 5K on Marathon Weekend, the BAA 10K and the BAA Half Marathon. You can sign up for this race series on one application. These races have all sold out early one year or another, so full series registration is a good idea if you really want to run them all.

A few other great things about these BAA races; no qualifying times! and great bling! They also put your name on each bib and you get the same bib number for the series. After you finish the last race, the BAA Half, you get a medal for the half marathon and a huge golden Race Medley medal. Walking around with those two medals clinking together is pretty cool.

Here is a display frame with my 2012 Distance Medley medals and my BAA Boston Marathon medal.

medal display frame; medals display; BAA distance medley race series

The King of Bling is Walt Disney

Each year Disney has the “Coast to Coast Race Challenge“. Disney has seven races at the Walt Disney World® Resort and three at the Disneyland® Resort.

If you complete a half marathon at both resorts in 2014 you will receive their special Coast to Coast Race Challenge medal.

Between the two resorts, Disney produces seven race weekends where you can run more than one race. If you love to run and are looking for a good excuse to visit both Disney resorts in 2014, click on the link above and check out the details.

A friend of mine ran The Challenge in 2013. As part of her running fun she ran the Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland® Resort. This consisted of the Disneyland® 10K and Disneyland® Half Marathon during the Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend. She also ran the Goofy’s Race and A Half Challenge at  the Walt Disney World® Resort, which consisted of the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon and the Walt Disney World® Marathon. All together, she received seven medals! Check out the frame below that I made to display her medals.

rundisney, disney, coast to coast challenge, medal display, race series medals

As I created this display frame I was able to look at these medals up close. Anyone who has been to a Disney resort knows that Disney does it right. For these medals, all of the ribbons are showers and have that Disney Magic. But the 20th Anniversary Marathon medal and the Coast to Coast medal are works of art. HERE is a link to more information on the Disney races.

50 States Challenge

Feeling ambitious? Taking a long-term view of your running career and aspirations? How about running a half or a whole marathon in all 50 states (DC optional)!

Check out the Fifty States Half Marathon Club. You can take up the challenge and run the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, if you’re really ambitions, take on the 50 States Endurance Challenge™ and finish a half marathon, full marathon, 70.3 HALF Iron distance triathlon, or full Ironman triathlon, or combination of any of these mentioned distances, in all 50 states (plus DC optional) in the USA!

You can join the club for $79.00, and run all halfs, all Ironmans or any combo. As far as I can tell there is no time limit to complete 50 races. There is a $21.00 annual fee but they provide discounts to over 200 races across the country. I can feel my pulse increasing!

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If you have medals from a race series and would like to have them framed check out Omni Running’s Frame Shop.

Run well my friends!

Andy

Melrose Run For Women – 2013

On Sunday May 12th the Melrose Running Club held their Melrose Run for Women Mother’s Day race at Pine Banks Park in Melrose.

943 runners and walkers participated in the 15th running/walking of this women only race. Over 1003 women and girls had signed up for the race but some lingering showers kept 60 people from participating. That is a 94% participation rate. Very nice.

mothers day race, mother's day, melrose race

The race is organized and managed by the Melrose Running Club (MRC) with race director Liz Tassinari, assisted by a dedicated race committee and team of volunteers. I was amazed at the number of volunteers at this event and it became very obvious to me how important volunteers are for an event of this size. The goal of this event is to raise funding for Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV). If we had to pay each of our volunteers even a small stipend the support that the MRC is able to provide to MAAV would be greatly reduced.

I would like to personally thank Liz and her organizing committee, all of the volunteers and the Town of Melrose for their time and efforts in producing this event. I would also like to thank all of the local businesses, the Town of Melrose and individuals who contributed money, food and time to this effort.

MAAV is a domestic violence prevention and education organization serving the Greater Melrose community. Founded in 1995, MAAV provides a number of important services and programs to the greater Melrose community. As evidenced by the un-ending string of violent acts, both domestic and public, being committed across our country the need for an organization such as MAAV has never been more evident.

The MRC has been supporting MAAV since 1996 and has provided over $130,000 in funding since then. This would not be possible without the support of the community and all of the hundreds of walkers and runners who come out each year to enjoy a great race and make a contribution to their communities. Thank you!

Here is the link to Melrose Run for Women photos by Jim Rhoades.

Melrose Run For Women

The Melrose Run For Women

A unique way to celebrate Mothers Day, the Melrose Running Club invites you to participate in the sixteenth running of the Melrose Run For Women on Sunday, May 12th, 2013.

Mother's Day Race, melrose run for women

This family event honoring mothers and children has quickly become a Melrose Mothers Day tradition, drawing over 1000 women. The festivities kick off with a series of kids races followed by the main event: a 3.5 mile run/walk which winds through the scenic and peaceful Swains Pond section of the city. The race finishes up with children handing out flowers, a bounty of baked goods and coffee, music, and awards.

Awards are given to the top finishers, the first mother and grandmother to finish, and best mother/daughter team finishers. Awards are also given to top age group finishers.

A portion of your entry fee is donated to the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. MAAV is a domestic violence prevention and education organization in Melrose. Since the races inception in 1998 the Melrose Running Club has donated over $130,000 to MAAV.

This race is truly a celebration of women of all ages and abilities, you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to invite your mother, your sisters, your daughters, and your friends!

You can register on Sunday morning at the race.

Half at The Hamptons Storm Team Blizzard Watch!

Half at the Hamptons Weather Update

Just trying to keep up with the sensationalism of the local TV stations!

We are on track to have our third significant snow storm in three weekends. Unfortunately this weekend we have The Half at The Hamptons in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

loco running, Half at the Hamptons

This will be the third year in a row that I have run this race. It is usually cold and there was snow on the ground two years ago. If I recall correctly,  last year it was just cold. Even when there was snow two years ago the roads were clear and there wasn’t any precipitation on race day.

Now they are predicting snow starting on Saturday and going into Sunday. Since the race is on the coast, we may just get rain. And being February in New Hampshire it will be the coldest rain you can get without it turning into actual snow! Oh Freakin Joy!

I am praying for snow. It takes snow longer to melt through all of my layers and freeze the hell out of me. Rain eventually seeps though everything and then chills you to the bone. It is possible to keep snow from melting through, if you dress properly and it is cold enough.

The link to The Half at The Hamptons website provides their latest guess at conditions. We will get their final word after 5AM Sunday.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

© anagelin 2013

Will Run for Beer Series – 2013

Will Run for BEER 2013

I just signed up for the last two races I will be running in the #Will Run For Beer Series. This race series is managed by #LOCO Sports in New Hampshire. They have been running the series since 2007 and this will be my third year of participation.

The series of seven races takes place in Southern New Hampshire and North Eastern Massachusetts. The New Year’s Day Race and April Fool’s race are run by local running clubs but still count for the series. If you register for the series and then run five of the seven races you get a nylon wind jacket. It costs $5 to sign up for the series and then you need to register and pay for each race separately.

Not a bad deal, and a great motivator to get out there and run. There are two half marathons in the series, but you don’t need run either one to qualify for the jacket.

It’s a lot of fun and one of the race sponsors is #Smuttynose Brewing Co. Running and cold Smuttynose, what’s not to love? Last year I thought I’d run two or three of their races so I did not register for the series. I ended up running five of the races anyway. If I had registered I’d have another one of their jackets hanging in my closet.  This year I’m going for it.

Will run for BEER

If you and your friends are looking for a great series of races you should definitely check out “Will Run For Beer”. Smuttynose is a great sponsor and there is always plenty of beer after the race.