New England Road Trip challenge

Get your mojo on the go! Try the New England Road Trip challenge series and compete with runners from all over New England and the world!

Is your running motivation in a funk? Lost your mojo?

Why not try the New England Road Trip challenge to get your rear in gear?

New England Road Trip Challenge

Bay State Race Services recently announced this new challenge which begins on August 10th. Registration is open now and will be until October 31st.

The sooner you sign up the sooner you can start logging your miles towards the challenge.

Take your pick of New England Road Trip Challenges from the 52 mile run from Boston to Providence or run the entire virtual road race circuit of 716 miles!

You can run virtual races and “double dip” or log your training miles. Submit your miles and watch your self move along your designated route.

This is a great way to challenge your self even if you don’t like running virtual races.

Virtual Races, New England Road Trip challenge

Pick one or several challenges or run them all!

Boston to Providence – 52 miles (~ 1.00 miles/day)  Finish by Sept. 30th

Concord to Boston – 68 miles (~ 1.30 miles/day)     Finish by Sept. 30th

Providence to Hartford – 76 miles (~ 1.46 miles/day) Finish by Sept. 30th

Augusta to Concord – 140 miles (~ 1.68 miles/day)  Finish by Oct. 31st

Montpelier to Augusta – 180 miles (~ 2.16 miles/day) Finish by Oct. 31st

Hartford to Montpelier – 200 miles (~ 2.4 miles/day) Finish by Oct. 31st

Tour of the Capitols – 716 miles (~ 4.97 miles/day)  Finish by December 31st.

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You are going to run a bunch of miles between now and the end of September, October or the end of the year.

Why not join the challenge and see who get’s there first!

Check out the challenge web site for complete details.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

 

Well done New Bedford

New Bedford put on another great half marathon on March 16th

It’s a bit of a long drive, but I went with Mike Hartin and Gail Severt and we had a good time.

There is a reason that this race is rated a top twenty-five Half-Marathon in the United States by Runner’s World magazine. And rated the top Half-Marathon in New England by New England Runner magazine.

The organizers; The Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick and Yankee Timing do a superb job with this race. As we walked into the YMCA there was someone there to direct us to toilets or registration.

As we walked into the gym there were five people standing there with the list of runners. One of them looked up my name in no time and directed me to pick up my bib and race shirt. The three of us walked over to the tables and within 5 minutes we were headed out the door.

They had the entrance door at one end of the gym and the exit door at the other end. This prevented any congestion. Brilliant.

We headed back to my car and did our final race prep. It was about 34F/2C with a 10-20 mph wind. It was brisk. As experienced runners we knew that it is okay to be cold at the beginning of the race because we will be working up a sweat within the first mile. It was still difficult to decide to be so cold for the 20 minutes before the start.

On the way to the start we hit the porta potties one last time. I have to say that the men who used the porta potties before me had poor aim. I’ll leave it at that.

New Bedford HalfGail and I lined up with the 10 minute group and froze while we waited and set up our watches. Mike went up further to be in one of the faster groups. The race director spoke for a few minutes, the mayor spoke and thanked us for coming to their city and hoped we would stay after the race and come again someday.

We had a moment of silence for a fallen local Marine and a young lady with a good voice sang God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner. Live – no recording. Class.

And they’re off

The starting horn went off and it took about a minute and a half to get to the starting mats. Gail and I split up within the first quarter-mile. The first mile or two took some effort. I was warming up and it was crowded. Lots of weaving and trying to get through people running 3 or 4 abreast.

Around mile two I began to feel comfortable and ran strong. My splits were very consistent with an average of 8:00/mile according to Garmin. My slowest was mile 11 at 8:23 and my fastest was mile 7 at 7:43. Not too bad of a deviation, most of which was due to the terrain.

At mile 12 we hit the last hill. It doesn’t even show up on my Garmin, but it is there. I managed an 8:15 mile by tossing my feet in front of me like they were cinder blocks. They just pulled me along. Nothing really hurt, I had plenty of breath and it was just a matter of will power to finish. As I came to the finish I had some kick and ran the last 0.22 miles at a 6:53 pace!

RESULTS

Coolrunning and Garmin had me finishing at 1:46.09. Garmin has me running 13.22 miles so my pace was 8:00. I’ve never run the exact race distance and usually I am over.

Gail came in around 1:50 and Mike came in around 1:37. Gail was very happy to be under two hours and Mike was a hurting pup. He didn’t eat much and he was sweating and freezing on the way home.

Ruben Sanca topped the field in 1 hour, 5 minutes and 52 seconds. Kim Smith finished first in the women’s division in 1 hour, 11 minutes and 9 seconds. I met Ruben once and he is a nice guy and a great runner. I watched Kim Smith receive a massive check from the BAA for winning the BAA Distance Medley a few years ago. Both are very impressive runners.

SouthCoastTODAY, has a great article for more details and some interviews.

After Race

Since this was a Y, they had showers. Since this was New Bedford they had hot clam chowder and fish sandwiches. The chowda was awesome and the fish sandwiches were real fillets, none of that surimi stuff we get from the grocery store.

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The Crew at work feeding 2,500 runners

This year they had a lot of tables set up for us, which was great. I ate off of my lap last year. They had lots of iced Polar seltzer and soda. I actually had a ginger ale and enjoyed it. They had mountains of PowerBars and we loaded up. There were still tons on the table when we left.

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Lunch for 2,500

The food was great. The logistics were flawless and the race was well-managed. Hat’s off to New Bedford. Well done!

Run well my friends.

© 2014 anagelin