Thanksgiving Races 2019

Thanksgiving races are fun for the whole family. Thanksgiving is when many people come home from college or from out-of-state to be with their family for the holiday.

Christmas is about creating a special time at home for the kids. Thanksgiving is about coming home to spend time with family and eat Mom’s great cooking!

Thanksgiving is also a great time to spend with friends and go for a run!

Here are some race on or around Thanksgiving that you should check out.

Pre Thanksgiving Races

Here are a few races in the Thanksgiving theme, but a few weeks away from Thanksgiving.

AGN Turkey Trot Tune-Up 5K

2 November  – 9:30 walkers and 10:00 AM for runners – Saturday

Pavilion Park, Ipswich, MA

The Association of Great Neck (AGN) hosts the annual Turkey Tune-Up 5K Run/Walk at Pavilion Park to benefit the AGN Scholarship Fund.

The 5K Run/Walk circles scenic Great Neck with ocean views and is stroller and leashed dog friendly.

The race is a USATF sanctioned event and timed by Bay State Race Services. T-shirts with advanced registration (by October 31) .Prizes for winners in all age groups, refreshments, and a raffle.

This is a small race with plenty of parking and kid friendly.

Registration is $30 and is open.

2nd Annual ViaFit Turkey Chase

17 November 8:00 AM – Sunday

Danvers, MA

ViaFit Turkey Chase, Danvers, Thanksgiving racesThis is a 5K and 4.5 Miler in downtown Danvers.

A portion of proceeds will be allocated to the People to People Food Pantry.

We are requesting all participants bring a non-perishable item with them to pre-race packet pickup or on race day. For every non-perishable item you bring, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of donated prizes, gift baskets, gift certificates and more.

My advise is to place your food donations in the bag you plan to take to the race the night before. Early in the morning, it’s easy to forget things.

Registration is open and is $35 through November 16th and $40 on race day.

Billerica’s 8th Annual Turkey Trot

17 November 11:00 AM – Sunday

Billerica, MA.

Billerica Turkey TrotAt 10AM there is a free Tot Trot (kids 11 and under) around the Marshall Middle School Track.

At 11AM the 5K starts from the Marshall Middle School.

All proceeds support the Billerica Partners for Education (bped.org), the Billerica Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, and the Billerica Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee.

Registration open and is $25 and $30 on race day. Senior registration is $15 and $10 for students 13 and under.

Teams are encouraged, so get your whole family together for a great 5K run or walk.

RE/MAX Executive Charitable Foundation 5K

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Hopkinton, MA

Start and finish right outside the doors of Hopkinton Country Club!

After the race enjoy an amazing Breakfast Buffet which will include fresh fruit, assorted danish, muffins, breakfast breads, assorted yogurts, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, assorted juices, coffee and tea!

So burn some calories conquering those 3.1 miles and then come feast!

Registration is open and is $45. This includes a tech shirt and an amazing buffet breakfast.

2nd Annual Kingston Turkey Trot 5K

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Kingston, MA

This USATF certified course begins and loops back to the Hilltop Athletic Club on Pottle Street, Kingston, MA.

Registration is open and is:

Adult (19-69): $25.00 online (plus fee)/ $30.00 on-site
​Senior (70+): $15.00 online (plus fee) / $20.00 on-site
Student (11-18): $20.00 online (plus fee)/ $25.00 on-site
Child (10 & under): $15.00 online (plus fee) / $20.00 on-site​
Online registration is open through the end of the day on Thursday, November 21st

6th annual Newton Turkey Trot

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Waban, MA

Newton Turkey TrotThe USATF Certified 5K run is a beautiful out and back course that leads you through Newton neighborhoods, onto the Commonwealth Avenue carriage lane to Newton City Hall and loops back to end at Zervas Elementary School. The roads will be monitored by Newton Police. ​​

​​​This year the Newton Turkey Trot will be raising money for both the Newton Food Pantry and Travis Roy Foundation’s Ethan Wang Fund.

Registration is open through November 19th, and is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the kid’s 1 mile fun run. Prices increase $10 on October 29th.

6th Annual Westborough Turkey Trot

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Westborough High School, Westborough, MA

Westborough Turkey TrotAll proceeds benefit Westborough Public Schools complementing programs and innovative initiatives.

Registration is open and is: $25 for the 5K, $30 on race day and $5 for the kid’s fun run.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving please bring non perishable items, canned food or dry goods to the High School on race day. We will be collecting those items and donating them to the Westborough Food Bank. Thank you!

There will not be a bag drop at this race.

St. Mary’s Jingle Bell 5K and Fun Run

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Longmeadow, MA

Please support St. Mary’s Academy as we raise funds for the school in our Jingle Bell 5K run and 1 mile fun walk. Our mission at St. Mary’s Academy is to promote academic excellence within a Christ-centered Catholic community.

Students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn acceptance and appreciation of others and develop to their full potential within a nurturing, family environment.

Please join us after the race in the gym for Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Bagels, Christmas Music, Arts & Crafts, Awards, Raffles and a visit with Santa.

Registration is $25 per person and $60 per family.

Rachel’s Run

23 November 9:15 AM – Saturday

Tyngsboro, MA

The USATF has chosen this course as part of its Cross Country Series. The USATF race will start at 11:15AM for the women and 12:15PM for the men.

This run/walk event raises funds for the Academy of Notre Dame Rachel Morrison Memorial Fund.

There is an event for everyone in the family on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

There will be a community walk at 9:15 AM followed by a trail dedication ceremony at 10AM.

The community 5K run will start at 10:15 AM.

Registration is open!

7th Annual Medford Jingle Bell Run

24 November 11:00 AM – Sunday

Medford, MA

Medford jingle bell run 5K, kids racesThe Medford Jingle Bell Walk/Run benefits all public and private schools in the City of Medford.

When you register for the Medford Jingle Bell Run, you can choose which Medford school, team or club to support with your registration fee.

This unique fundraising concept allows you to support the school, team or club dearest to your heart.

Each school, team and club also compete to get a percent of all money raised from race related fundraising. Each group gets a percent of total fundraising based on how much money each group raises through their own efforts.

So when you buy a raffle ticket  or other fundraising item you help the child from that organization increase how much money their organization receives from the race.

The route is flat and fast. It begins at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden and heads down Riverside Avenue into Medford Square – left at Citizens Bank – left onto Clippership Drive – right onto Riverside Avenue – right onto Freedom Way – follows the bike path and around Hormel Stadium – back down Freedom Way – left onto Riverside Avenue ends at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden.

Registration fee is: $10 for kids under age 11; $15 for kids 11-18; and $25 for adults in advance or $30 day of race.

Race day bib pickup and registration is at the Medford Senior Center which is next to The Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden on Riverside Ave.

Thanksgiving Races 2019

10th Annual Milford Scarlet Hawks Turkey Day 5K

28 November 7:30 AM – Thanksgiving

Milford High School

Registration is open at $20 for adults and $15 for 18 and under.

21st Annual Marathon Sports Hingham High School Turkey Trot 5K

28 November 7:30 AM – Thanksgiving

Kick off your holiday weekend the right way with the biggest Thanksgiving Day race on the South Shore. Race proceeds go to the Hingham High School XC/Track Boosters, and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is open and is $30 and $20 for 18 and under.

BEDFORD TURKEY TROT

28 November 8:00 AM

John Glenn Middle School Bedford, MA

This is a friendly fun-run / walk as a fund-raiser for Bedford Food Pantry. The event provides a significant portion of the food pantry annual budget, and is a great way to build up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner.

The race does not use timing chips and is limited to 250 runners and walkers.

The registration fee until November 20 is $30. November 21-28 is $35. Children 12 and under receive a discount (applied at checkout) so bring the whole family!

This is a USATF sanctioned race, with sanction # 19-02-286.

Ayer Fire Department Thanksgiving 5K

28 November 8:00 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Sun, rain, or snow we run!

The course is mostly flat, with several short hills. Course runs down Main Street and through residential neighborhoods. Marshals will be posted throughout the course, and a water station will be provided on the race course.

Registration is open

Free Thankful 5K

28 November 8:00 AM

McKay Street, Pittsfield, MA

Start your Thanksgiving morning with this 8:00 AM family friendly run.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry will be the beneficiary of race proceeds this year!

To support this years cause please consider purchasing a Thankful Beanie (winter hat) for $20

Non perishable food items will be collected at Berkshire Running Company up until race day.

Bib number and Beanie pick up will be at BRC on Wednesday November 27th from 10 AM-6 PM and race morning from 7 AM-7:45 AM

Race start is on McKay Street. This is a 6 lap family friendly course on a roughly 1/2 mile loop with sidewalks.

Registration for this free race is open.

Braintree Athletic Association Thanksgiving 5K

28 November 8:00 AM 

Join the 20th running or this Thanksgiving 5K!

Registration is $25 until November 25th and then goes up to $35.

11th Annual North Reading 5K Turkey Trot

28 November 8AM

Ipswich River Park – North Reading, MA.

All proceeds to benefit North Reading High School sports programs. Race registration is capped at 1,500 runners.

Registration open – Students $25, Adults $35, Family up to 4, $65 until Nov. 11th. 

Attleboro YMCA Gobble Wobble 5K

28 November 8AM

Attleboro YMCA, Attleboro, MA

Pre-race registration $25, race day $30. T-shirts for first 250, awards three deep in each age category! Child Watch available at the YMCA.

They are looking for a few volunteers for this race.

Great Gobbler Thanksgiving Day 5K

28 November 8:00 AM

Little Gobbler Fun Run – 7:30 AM

Nashua HS, Nashua, NH.

Proceeds benefit Nashua HS Cross-country Teams. 

Canned good donations will also be accepted for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

Registration is open:18+ $20, 17 and younger $15, FREE Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2-10).

After November 17 fees are $25/20 and FREE respectively.

40th Annual Greater Gardner Turkey Trot 5 Miler

28 November 8:00 AM 

Gardner City Hall – Gardner, MA.

Registration for the 5 mile walk or run is $15.00. The walk begins at 8:10 and the run at 8:30.

Newburyport Maudslay Turkey Trot 5K

28 November 8:20 AM

Maudslay State Park

This 30th annual cross-country 5K raises funds for Pettengill House, Our Neighbor’s Table & Opportunity Workshop.

Please bring a few cans of food for Our Neighbor’s Table Food Pantry.

Registration is open and is $32 or $16 for 18 and under.

Southborough Gobble Wobble 5K

28 November 8:30 AM

Kids run starts at 9:30 AM

Trottier School

Brought to you by the Southborough Recreation Department for 13 years and supporting local non-profits helping your friends and neighbors.

Registration is open and is $35/per person (run/walk), $25/Ages18 and under.

Concord Turkey Trot

28 November 8:30 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Keyes Rd in Concord Center 

This family friendly event is a great way to start Thanksgiving Day! Race-day Registration opens at 7:30 AM and is $35 cash or check.

Registration is open through November 16th for $30, $15 for kids 12 and under.

Registrations are capped at 1,500 – so don’t wait!

Please bring a food item to donate to the Open Table Food Pantry. They are in need of hearty soups and boxes of cereal in particular.

The Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day 5K

28 November 9:00 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Allston, MA

Come be a part of this awesome event and help change the world for people with MS.

The event includes a tee shirt for the first 700 runners to register, prizes for the top run finishes, fundraising prizes, and is a chip-timed, USATF-certified course.

I ran this race a few years ago and it is well organized. You will enjoy running through the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton smelling pies and turkeys cooking as you go by homes full of families preparing their Thanksgiving Feasts!

Registration is open and is:
$25 until 9/30/2019
$35 10/1/2019 – 11/27/2019
Event Day Registration
$40 11/28/2019

Province Town Pilgrim Trot

28 November 9:00 AM

Sandcastle Resort and Club

What better place to run a Pilgrim Trot then where the pilgrims landed, Provincetown!
All proceeds will be donated to HOW (Helping our Women)
T-Shirts to the first 50 entrants​​
$100.00 cash prize for the first male and female finishers

Registration is $25 and $30 day of.

Acton Turkey Trot

29 November 10:00 AM – Friday

RJ Gray Middle School

Registration is $30 and $35 on race day. Kids 12 and under are $15. Race day registration is cash or check only. T-shirts to the first 300 to register by November 13th.

Andrea Holden Thanksgiving 5K Road Race

30 November 10:00 AM – Saturday

Dennis Inn, Dennis, MA

All funds raised go to benefit the health and well-being of children in the Mid-Cape Area, and Four Annual College Scholarships at D/Y High School in Andrea’s name.

Registration is open and is $18 and $10 for 12 and under.

Wolf Swamp Turkey Trot 5K and 2 mile Walk

30 November 11:00 AM

Wolf Swamp Elementary School, Longmeadow, MA

Registration is $20 and $25 after November 15th.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler 2017

The Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler and 5K celebrated their 30th running this Thanksgiving!

A few remarkable observations provided by The Feaster Five:

• We had a remarkable number of entrants…9,966! That is an increase of more than 10% from last year, and that happened when the number of entrants in most races is falling by 10%.
• More amazing was the 97% of folks who registered picked up their race bibs and hoodies. Typical pick-up rate is 87%.
• Our 5 mile champion, Ruben Senca, won for the 5th time….and that is a record.
• Who else ran? Folks from 41 states, 7 countries, ages that went from 1 to 93. Women, you ruled again this year with 53% of the field.
• Despite the “pinch point” 3/4 mile into the race, we managed to get you all safely back to the finish line with minimal congestion. The “Walkers Lane” once again kept the flow moving, and everyone safe.
• We can be very proud of our kids and their parents who are encouraging a healthy, fitness oriented lifestyle. We had 570 kids run the Fun Run, and a whopping 776 kids 12 and under run the 5K!

Some of this success may be attributed to this being the 30th anniversary, but I think a great deal of credit goes to the organizers who have continued to provide a safe and well organized event for 30 years.

Runners do not return to poorly managed events.

Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler Travels

I decided to run this race in 2016 because of it’s rich history. On Thanksgiving there are so many races to choose from. I absolutely enjoyed the race I ran in 2015, but wanted to try this classic 5 miler in 2016.

Last year I went by my self and didn’t expect to run into anyone I knew. But I ran into club-mate Mike Sikkema as we both wandered around before the race.

This year I drove up with my running buddy Derm Cahill. He parked at my house around 6 AM, and we drove up to Andover together. Andover isn’t too far, but I hate driving long distance to a race by myself.

Derm picked up our bibs and hoodies on Wednesday, so all we had to do was find a place to park.

Within 45 minutes we were parked on a Riverina Road where we could almost see the start. We walked up to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and donut and enjoyed the warm sitting area.

They had signs on the tables limiting us to 15 minutes. They also had signs reserving the rest room to paying customers. The crew had little to do as most people had not arrived yet. They were having a great time behind the counter and left us alone.

After about 20 minutes, one of the employees politely told us we had used up our time. We had, but there was no one else there. We didn’t want to give the guy a hard time, so we went back to the car.

It was just above freezing, so the walk back to the car was brisk.

We sat and talked and figured out how many layers would get us through this thing in relative comfort. We both opted out of jackets or the famed hoodie provided by the race. Two layers it would be.

Feaster Five Thanksgiving 2017With that figured out we made a quick trip to the porta potties. It was definitely chill in just our running clothes. The line was short and we were back to the car in no time.

Since the race began at 8:30 and we could almost see the start, we stayed in the car until 8:20.

 

Running Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler

Our walk to the crowd was short. Derm was dealing with several cracked ribs and didn’t really want to push the pace. I was kind of tapering for Honolulu, so I was okay with just getting in a good run.

Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler 2017As we moved through the crowd, we kept finding dogs and strollers. I kept moving away from the walking lane off to the left, but still we had dogs and strollers popping up. One poor dog looked scared to death!

We were able to hear the National Anthem and most of us took off our hats and looked for a flag to admire.

They said the race started but we were all standing around. As I looked towards the start line I could see people moving, but they seemed so far away! After 5 minutes we were still standing there freezing our asses off, but everyone was also laughing and joking.

We’re runners, it takes a bit more than 9,000 runners and freezing cold temps to push our buttons. Cut a porta-pottie line and that’s a different story!

Feaster Five Thanksgiving RaceWe did not cross the starting mats until 12 minutes after the race began! Thank god for chip timing.

The race goes up hill soon after the start. In the first mile we went up 106 feet and crossed a bridge under construction. They warned us of this choke point, but there was little we could do.

The first mile was nothing but congestion and weaving between walkers and runners who placed themselves way ahead of where they should have been. So weave we did.

We took turns blitzkreiging our way through the crowd, even on the bridge. Even with all of these challenges, mile one chimed in at 9:14. Not too far off of our goal 9 minute pace.

Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler CourseAt about 1.5 mile we took a left onto Morton Street. I told Derm that the winding roads were just beginning.  After a 100 feet or so we took another left onto Bartlett Street. After about a quarter mile we took a right onto Chestnut Street by “The Park.”

Before we passed the park we hit mile two at 8:24. Our average pace was now 8:28 and I felt much better. Derm was holding up well and I was the one holding us back. Since Derm was fine, I decided to run as hard as I wanted to.

At about mile 2.25 we took a left and then a right and then a left onto Washington Ave. After a quarter mile we took a left onto Elm Street.

From Elm we took a right onto Maple Avenue and shortly thereafter hit mile three at 8:12 and our average pace was down to 8:14. We were way beyond our 9 minute goal, but we both felt good.

We took a quick left onto Walnut Ave and then joined the 5K runners on High Street.

The 5 milers had one side of the street and the 5K runners and walkers had the left side. Occasionally a volunteer was stationed to  tell us to stay in our lanes. This was welcomed as a few times a 5K walker would straggle into our lane.

By this point the 5 milers were sorted and many of us were in full race mode.

Mile four was mostly down hill with a 99 foot elevation loss but we only managed an 8:23 mile. Still ahead of schedule, but we were dealing with congestion again.

We had been running with an MVS runner and he over heard us bitching about the 5K walkers wondering into our lane. No duecheyness, but we owned the 5 mile lane. WTF were these people doing?

As seasoned runners we dealt with it, but we exchanged several WTF looks as clueless folks got in our way. It was nice to find a fellow traveler.

At about 4.25 miles we took a left onto Rt. 133. This is a major commuter route to cut from Rt 93 to 495. I never found it to be much help, but many commuters do.

We were now on the home stretch with under a mile to go.

Derm and I decided to kick it in and see what we could do. There was a slight decline most of the way and we started passing people. Nothing crazy, but there were 5 milers who were walking and many who had either gone out too fast or were just not prepared.

Finishing Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler

Five miles is an odd distance for most of us. 5K or 3.1 mile runs take place almost every weekend. In the old days many races in The US were denominated in miles. I recall running the 50 yard dash or the 440 yard race in gym class.

While most of Merica still measure everything in miles, us runners use kilometers.

When you are used to running 3.1 of 6.2 miles (5K or 10K) a 5 mile run can really throw you for a loop. A 5K is a comfortable race for many of us. We know how to pace and when to kick. A 10K is more challenging, but it is a familiar distance with it’s own strategy.

A 5 mile race is 8K. Somewhere between a 5K and 10K. It’s hard to plan for, but the unfamiliarity is fun.

When we got to 3.7 miles we couldn’t believe we were at the beginning of the end. But it was still a little early to kick. So we tried to hold our pace for another half mile or so.

When we got onto Rt 133 we decided to give it a go. Derm and I traded places on point almost instinctively, we knew when to follow and when to lead.

We ran down the edge of the pavement and we squeezed between runners to make our way. When ever I looked over my shoulder I could see Derm’s purple singlet. I’m sure he did the same and saw my bright yellow BAA 10K shirt.

As we ran along we decided to finish together. I knew that both of us could have some explosive speed in the final few hundred yards. I told Derm I was fine with that but he hadn’t better run ahead in the final 100 yards. He agreed not to and we pushed ahead.

We crushed the last mile at a 7:34 pace. This despite the increased congestion as we headed up Oak Street to the finish and the uphill at the end. We passed many runners on the final uphill.

We actually managed an identical finish time of 42:03 for a pace of 8:28.

This was almost my exact time from 2016!

Apre Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler

Table Talk Pies, Feater Five Thanksgiving 5 MilerAfter the finish line we emptied into a large parking lot. Having been here before I knew where to go. I saw the large trailer full of pies at the other end of the parking lot and headed in that direction.

Along the way we found the water table and the food tables. Just the basics: bananas, bagels and chips. We grabbed some water and chips and continued our pie quest!

We got to the pie line in no time, got our pie and moved along.

Table Talk Pies, Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 MilerIt was getting cold so we wanted to get to the car quickly. We found the exit and headed towards the car.

It was an easy exit from Andover and in no time we were on 495 South headed for home.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and got to spend some time with family and friends. The Holiday Season is here!

Official Race Results

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Running Feaster Five Thanksgiving 5 Miler

On Thanksgiving morning, I drove to Andover, MA to run The 29th annual Feaster Five Road Race.

This is a huge running event that draws over 9,000 runners for the 5K and 5 Miler. As the web site says:

The Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race in Andover, MA has been a Merrimack Valley tradition since 1987. At 10,000 participants, it is one of the largest races in Massachusetts and one of the largest Thanksgiving day races in New England.

Running the Feaster Five Miler

I’ve never run this race before, but I’ve heard about it for years. Dave McGillivray’s DMSE manages the race and the Merrimack Valley Striders host the race. It is a well run operation.

One reason I’ve never run the race is that Andover seems like a long drive on Thanksgiving Day. Fortunately, the race area is right off of Rt. 495. I got to my parking spot in Andover in less than 30 minutes.

I picked up my bib and shirt in no time and was able to relax and go for a nice warm up jog. While finishing my jog I saw a familiar face across the street. It was Mike Sikkema from the Melrose Running Club. In a crowd like that, what are the chances we would run into each other?

We chatted briefly and headed our separate ways. Mike is a top finisher in this race and finished 20th over all this year!

At the start

The start was brutal. The 5K and 5 Mile race all began at the same time. 5 minutes after the races began they let the walkers start along the side of the road.

Feaster Five, 8K race, thanksgiving race
Courtesy: Feaster Five

It took me over 6 minutes to cross the starting line. For the first half mile it was all weaving and dodging other runners. In the first mile we gained 116 feet in elevation, most of it in the last quarter mile.

As I pushed up the hill it became easier to pass more runners. Mile 1 came in at 9:05. Between the crowd and the hill I was happy with that.

Around a mile and a quarter into the race, the 5K runners turned left. This opened up the road a lot as there were over 5,500 5K runners.

Miles 2 and 3 were more up and down on small hills. We ran about a mile and a half until our first turn onto Morton Street and began our winding tour through the neighborhoods of Andover.

I didn’t bring any supplies with me. I usually don’t on a 10K or shorter race. As such, I did get a drink at the two water stops.

Many people took the stops as an opportunity for a break and either stopped or walked. I chugged down a gulp or two and tried to keep moving.

At about 3 and a quarter miles we took a left onto High Street for a nice strait run down to Haverhill Street. We were now on our 4th mile and there was plenty of room for running.

With only 1 mile to go I stepped it up a bit. We continued to loose elevation and I was feeling pretty good.

When we took our right onto York Street, we were now running next to the 5K runners. Mike said he was running past 5K runners. By the time I got there I saw mostly 5K walkers.

This last third of a mile was up hill and many people were done. Even on the 5 mile side of the road, there were a lot of walkers.

I managed to keep my pace and found the turn onto Brickstone Square. The finish area seemed narrow but I gave it a kick to the finish and my last mile was the fastest at 7:56.

Apre Race

After the finish we were in a huge parking lot with thousands of people milling about. I had no idea where there was water or food, or our pies! I asked around and someone pointed me to the big tractor trailer at the other end of the parking lot.

They had tables stacked with Table Talk apple pies and volunteers handing them out. I had never seen a full sized Table Talk pie.

Someone else pointed me towards the food and water area. I collected a bottle of water, a few Lara Bars, and the most delicious Macintosh apple that I’ve had in years!

The temperature was about 34°F so I didn’t hang out for long. It was a short and slow walk back to my car. I had a great parking spot and was on my way home in no time.

Feaster Five Road Race Results

The 5 miler was won by Ruben Sanca of Chelmsford. He is well known in the area and was an Olympic qualifier in 2012! He ran a 24:44 5 miler at a blistering pace of 4:59! That is just amazing.

The top woman was Danielle Poto of Pelham, NH at 30:19 at a pace of 6:06. She was quoted as saying she doesn’t run a lot of races and usually runs alone!

For the 5K, the top man was Neal Darmody of Groton, MA at 15:37 and a pace of 5:02. The top woman was Allison McCabe of Cambridge at 18:32 for a pace of 5:58.

My buddy, Mike Sikkema, came in 20th place over all in the 5 miler with a finish time of 29:38 and a pace of 5:58. He beat a lot of younger guys who finished in the next 20 spots or so.

I finished at 667th place over all and 62nd in my age group. Out of 2,156 5 mile runners, I’ll take it! My pace was 8:28 and my time was 42:06.

Granite State Race Services gives an age graded finish also. My age graded finish was 36:14 which put me near the top of the “Local Class” of runners. That was cool to see, but I’m a long way from reaching the “Regional Class.” I guess it gives me something to shoot for.

Here is the link to both 5K and 5 Miler results.

Run well my Friends!

Andy