Thanksgiving races began a week before the holiday
My first holiday themed race was the 25th ANNUAL BREAKHEART TURKEY TROT at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, Mass. This was a free race put on by the Mass DCR and staff at the Saugus park on November 23rd.
I’m not sure if this would qualify as a “Park Run” for my English friends. But the race was entirely within the 600+ acres of the park.
Anyone who has run a 5K in Breakheart is familiar with the usual loop and the five hills in the last mile of the race. The people running this race know the park unlike any other race organizers. They run the place after all!
After we did the first three hills and just before mile 2, they had us turn left onto a trail through the woods! I have never run a race through Breakheart on the trails. I almost didn’t believe it, but they had orange cones across the paved path.
It’s that time of year again. The holiday themed races are here!
For most people these races are for fun and an excuse to get a little exercise in before the Thanksgiving feast, or to work off the cookies and eggnog. Quite often people dress up and finish times are of no concern.
You can be sure that the people who win these 5K races will come in under 21 minutes. Almost every race has a handful of serious runners, but the rest of us can have our own fun!
There is a free Tot Trot for kids 11 and under at 9:45AM. Adults – $25 pre-reg, $30 day of, Seniors $15.00.
All profits from this event go to support the Billerica Partners for Education, the Billerica Substance Abuse and Prevention Committee, the Billerica Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee and the Billerica Positive Culture and Climate Committee.
Proceeds will benefit the Burbank YMCA Annual Fund Campaign LIVEStrong and Pink cancer survivor exercise programs. Both programs provide a safe environment for exercise and emotional support to improve overall health. The Annual Fund support allows this program to be free for all cancer survivors. For more information or to donate to the programs visit ymcaboston.org/burbank.
Registration still available for $20 w/ out shirt. If any shirts are available you can buy one race day for $5.00. Not a Turkey Trot, but in the holiday season.
All proceeds to benefit North Reading High School sports programs. Race Day registration starts at 6:45AM – Students $15, Adults $25, Family up to 4, $55 until Nov. 17th. Then fees are $20/30/65, respectively.
The Medford Jingle Bell Walk/Run is a 5K race to benefit Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School. This is a fun, family race–for runners and walkers alike. Free t-shirts will be given to all who register in advance. Festive clothing and costumes are strongly encouraged!
Registration is $25 for 18+ and $15 for children 10 to 18.