Fall Running: Are you ready for Boston’s race season?

Despite this week’s heat wave, fall is almost here. The evenings are getting cool, the leaves are beginning to change and football season is upon us. What does all this mean for us here at RaceMenu? It’s RACE SEASON! We are working at a lot of races over the next two months. So whether you’re looking to tune up after a summer of beach bumming or want some speedwork to enhance your fall marathon training, please consider joining us at one of these terrific local events.

 

Neil Shapiro

Saturday, September 14th – The 3rd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K

This annual event at Deer Island in Winthrop honors the life and legacy of Neil Shapiro, a Dramatic Arts teacher and Assistant Basketball Coach for the Winthrop High and Middle Schools. All proceeds benefit the Viking Pride Foundation for the Winthrop High School Drama Club. Sign up.

 

Sunday, September 15th – Boston Prostate Cancer Walk & 5k Run

BPCW-stacked-2013

Join us in the longest running cancer event in Massachusetts! Since 2001, the Boston Prostate Cancer Walk has raised money to support education, advocacy and research for prostate cancer in our state. For the first time this year, a 5K run has been added thanks to a partnership with RACE (Run Against Cancer Events).

Join the fight against prostate cancer! Register for the 5K run or 1-mile walk. Kids under 6 race for free (no need to register)! Sign up.

 

jaredsrun Sunday, September 15th - Jared’s Run 2013

This is the 4th annual 5K held at the Everett Recreation Center  to benefit Jared Connor in his fight against Sanfilippo Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects children. The money raised from the event will be generously donated to the Connor family so they can provide Jared with the best vitamin and dietary supplements and allow Jared to participate in experimental treatments that are not covered by insurance. Walkers are welcome!  Sign up.

 

startups_stay_fit_(1)Monday, September 16th – Startups Stay Fit – FREE 5K Fun Run

Once again, RaceMenu is hosting free 5K fun runs in the Seaport to connect Boston’s running community with Boston’s startup community. After each run, we rehydrate with beer and BODYARMOR SuperDrinks while entrepreneurs pitch their startups. Sign up.

 

Saturday, September 21st - VERT Big Bad Wolfvert-bigbadwolf

Jump on the T to Ipswich, Mass for an epic 5 mile trail race to benefit Wolf Hollow! Registration includes a race shirt + admission to the Big Bad Wolf after-party (sponsored by Notch, Slumbrew, Clown Shoes & Ipswich Ale). Sign up.

 

Sunday, September 22nd – Run Wild 5K runwild

This race will be truly wild and wonderful! Come join us for an inaugural 5K starting & ending in the grounds of the Franklin Park Zoo and on the wide trails of beautiful Franklin Park! Cool down afterwards with a party inside the zoo. Zoo admission is included with your entry, too! Sign up.

 

back2school

Sunday, September 22nd – 2nd Annual CFB Run Back to School

Come join the fun in Millis, MA! This event includes a 5K and Kids Fun Run! Complimentary childcare for children 3 and up is available. Sign up.

 

Thursday, September 26th – Boston 5K Summer Series #6 (FINAL) summerseries

Join RACE for their sixth and final Summer Series 5K run! These fast &  fun races along the Charles River benefit the Melanoma Foundation of New England. They’ve added a women’s-only 5K so ladies can register once to run either or both races.  After the race,  Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square hosts a rockin’ post-race party sponsored by Rapscallion. Sign up.

 

dirndl_party_2012Sunday, October 6th – 3rd Annual Cambridge 5K – Oktoberfest

Fall would not be complete without Oktoberfest, the annual German event commemorating the season. Lucky for us, the Cambridge 5K allows us to celebrate locally in the heart of Cambridge– Kendall Square. Run in Lederhosen or Dirndl and you could win a prize in the German costume contest! This ”wunderbar” German-themed road race is followed by an amazing Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by Cambridge Brewing Company! Sign up.

 

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Sunday, October 6th – Glen Doherty Memorial 5K/10K – Winchester

Last year, four Americans lost their lives in the tragic assault on the United States’ Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Glen Doherty is one of those heroes and this inaugural race honors his memory. Proceeds from this race benefit the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation. The course is a loop in Winchester– one loop for the 5K and two loops for the 10K. Sign up.

 

MilitaryHeroesSunday, October 13th – Military Heroes 5K – Boston

This inaugural race on the Charles River Esplanade benefits the Military Heroes Campaign. Founded in 2007, this campaign has raised over $500,00 for non-profit organizations that advocate on behalf of the service men and women who have been wounded in combat. Sign up.

 

OAKFEST

Sunday, October 20th – Oaktoberfest Dash & Bash 5K – Boston

The Oak Square YMCA OAKTOBERFEST 5K and After-Party Celebration will include a 5K race through the streets of Brighton, a health & wellness vendor fair, food from local restaurants, and live music from Boston area bands. Sign up.

 

Sunday, October 20th – Franklin Park Mile – Jamaica Plain franklinparkmile

Community running doesn’t get any better than this! Hosted by the Forest Hills Runners, this one-mile race in Franklin Park will unite, encourage and inspire running in all of Boston’s communities. Join us as we take a step towards a happier and healthier community. Sign up.

 

stonezooSaturday, October 26th – Run Wild Stone Zoo  - Stoneham

It’s Zootoberfest at the Stoneham Zoo! Join us in the second wild 5K of the season. Run on a mix of wide trails and road, then party with us afterwards at a post-race party hosted by five breweries! Just like the Run Wild 5K in September, zoo admission is included in your registration fee. Sign up.

 

Sunday, October 27th – Ashland Half Marathon and 5K – Ashland ashland

Close out the month with a fantastic race featuring none other than the marathon legend himself– Bill Rodgers! This race starts and finishes in the historic Marathon Park in Ashland, MA– the original start of the Boston Marathon for its first 27 runs. Sign up.

 

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Spotlight: Team Underpass!

More and more events are utilizing RaceMenu’s team functionality to help grow their registrations, so we’re going to start highlighting teams from different events on the blog. Think your team or a team in your event should be featured? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter, or by sending us an email!


This past October, the Charles River Conservancy wanted to spread the word: underpasses NEEDED to be added to the construction projects for the bridges along the Charles River. Runners were an obvious ally in this effort – so many athletes flock to the pathways along the river for training & commuting. We featured a blog post about the CRC’s efforts which resulted in 400 emails in less than 4 days to the governor; the letter writing campaign ended with over 1500 petition signatures (wow!). CRC’s advocacy efforts have resulted in design changes by MassDOT to reserve space for future underpasses.

To keep the conversation going, the Charles River Conservancy has formed teams at the Run Against Cancer Events’ 5K Summer Series races. They reached out to the supporters of the petition who had identified themselves as runners & let them know about the race. (Good use of their network!) Having the team all decked out in their matching “Team UP” t-shirts generated a lot of interest for the Charles River Conservancy’s underpass advocacy campaign.


If you want to join Team Underpass for the August 8th race, Register here and select “Team Underpass” from the team option. If you’re already registered for the 5K as an individual, but would like to change your team affiliation to Team Underpass, you can make that request via email to support@racemenu.com.  All members of Team Underpass will get a t-shirt to wear during the race (if you like).

Whether you plan on registering to run with Team Underpass, or attending the event to cheer on the runners, please email phoebe@thecharles.org with your t-shirt size so they can make sure enough are on hand.

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Startups Stay Fit – Free 5K Fun Runs!

Once again, the team here at RaceMenu is hosting free 5K fun runs from MassChallenge in the Seaport to connect the running community to the startup community. After each run along the Boston Waterfront, we rehydrate with beer while entrepreneurs elevator-pitch their startups. If you’re an entrepreneur wishing to pitch, please indicate so on the registration form.

 

The dates:

Monday, July 29th – 5k Fun Run starting at 7:00PM
Monday, Aug 19th – 5k Fun Run starting at 7:00PM
Monday, Sept 16th – 5k Fun Run starting at 6:30PM

Where are we running? Here’s the tentative route.We made it an out and back course so you can turn back whenever you’d like, starting and finishing along the water at Fan Pier. Remember, this is not a race, so come out for a run and make some new friends. Make sure to order a ticket to reserve your spot on the guest list. See you there!

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Summer Series Scoring Update #2

This is our second scoring update for the 2013 RACE Thursday 5K Summer Series! Listed below are the individual point totals after the second race in the series. (There is a Google doc for female & male point results embedded below; refresh if it didn’t display when you first loaded the page).


2013 Season (6 events) Points Competition:

Top 3 male & female overall (total points from coed/open races)
Top 3 in each age group (total points from all races)
Top 3 fastest teams
Largest team

Scoring points, explained:
Overall winners (female & male) each get 1,000 points. Then we’ll divide the winner’s time by your time and multiply it by 1,000 points to determine your score. Yeah guys, that female behind you may score more points than you.

RESULTS FROM MAY 2nd
RESULTS FROM JUNE 6th

Send any result or spelling corrections to support@racemenu.com, and don’t forget – the next 2013 RACE Thursday 5K Summer Series event is on July 11th; sign up today!

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Summer Series Scoring Update #1

This is our first scoring update for the 2013 RACE Thursday 5K Summer Series! Listed below are the individual point totals after the first race in the series. (There is a Google doc for female & male point results embedded below; refresh if it didn’t display when you first loaded the page).


2013 Season (6 events) Points Competition:

Top 3 male & female overall (total points from coed/open races)
Top 3 in each age group (total points from all races)
Top 3 fastest teams
Largest team

Scoring points, explained:
Overall winners (female & male) each get 1,000 points. Then we’ll divide the winner’s time by your time and multiply it by 1,000 points to determine your score. Yeah guys, that female behind you may score more points than you.

Send any result or spelling corrections to support@racemenu.com, and don’t forget – the next 2013 RACE Thursday 5K Summer Series event is on June 6th; sign up today!

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Recommended Events for May

We compiled a list of events for May to help you decide where to head this month. Hope to see you at a few of these in the coming weeks!

 

May 11th - The Chelsea Chase 5K benefits the Jordan Boys & Girls Club and the Chelsea Police Relief Association. A great additional benefit to walkers & runners with a race that supports a police relief organization – there is PHENOMENAL course traffic control. While the course is slightly modified, the race returns for a second year out of host bar the Dockside. SIGN UP

 

 

 May 11th – In our opinion, it is never too early to hit the beach. Join the Westport Fisherman’s Association for their 9th Annual Run For The Water at Horseneck Beach! Choose from 8K race or 5K family fun run/walk. Cash to top 3 M/F finishers in the 8K, plus pulled pork and cole slaw provided by Back Eddy Restaurant. SIGN UP

 May 12th – Here Comes Your Mother – You Better Run! What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a race with Mom? This 5k/10k race is presented by GIRLS ON THE GO – and they will be supporting one of their “GIRLs” that is battling Multiple Myeloma.  All of the money will be going to Beth Israel Hosptial in reference to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – MMRF is an incurable form of Blood Cancer. We’ll see you in Pembroke! SIGN UP

 

 

 

 

 May 18thCompete for the Cause - Cornhole tourney on the roofdeck at the Cambridgeside Galleria. What?? There’s a roofdeck?! Yea, that was our reaction, too. Enjoy friendly competition, good music, food & beverages. This fundraiser helps the CYSTEM, a 100% volunteer operated organization, present youth athletic & academic enrichment program at no charge for their members or families.  SIGN UP

 May 18th – Medway Community Farm 5K – Celebrate spring & take pride in Medway by supporting the Medway Community Farm’s 4th Annual race! Did you take part in the Shamrock Shuffle in March in Medway? The same course is used – see how much faster you are with the warmer weather (and extra weeks of training)! SIGN UP

 

 

 May 19th – At the Herring Run & Paddle in Somerville, you’ve got a chance to test your speed either by land with a flat & fast 5K along the Mystic River or by water in the paddling race (3, 9 & 12 mile distances to choose from)! Think you’ve got what it takes to be named the “Iron Herring”? Post the fastest combined 5K run & 12 mile paddle time. The Mystic River Watershed Association pulls together a TON of raffle prizes; make sure to stick around – age group winners & randomly selected bib numbers alike get a chance to get a prize from sponsors! SIGN UP

 May 19th – The 34th Annual Hazelwood Women’s 5K presented by the Greater New Bedford Track Club is one of the longest-running women only road races in the country. This fast & flat course covers the scenic New Bedford waterfront, beginning and ending in Hazelwood Park. The course record is a blazing 17:27! SIGN UP

 

 

 

May 25th - The #OneRun, a FREE event, is being organized collaboratively by representatives from several running clubs, teams, events, businesses and organizations in the Greater Boston area. Our goal with the #onerun is to give runners and spectators an opportunity to experience the final mile of the marathon while also bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars in consumer spending to Back Bay. The City of Boston informed us that the free #OneRun event, or something very similar, will hopefully take place on the morning of Saturday May 25th but details are still being finalized. RSVP on FACEBOOK


May 26th –
On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, head to Cambridge for the 1st Annual ECBA – Freedom Run to kick off the summer at East Cambridge Business Association’s super-patriotic 5K that honors the soldiers who fight to protect us! Registration includes a shirt + post-race party sponsored by Notch, Slumbrew, Baxter & Night Shift. SIGN UP

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Marathon Sports Run Club Returns!


The weather was perfect last night for the return of the Marathon Sports Wednesday Night Run Club to the Boston location at 671 Boylston.

Shane gives directions for the run.

The previous attendance high was 46; CBS Boston estimated last night’s group around 300 (Marathon Sports’ sign-in sheets estimate 150+, more than triple the previous high)!

sign in sheets - proof of record attendance!

Brendan & Alain with store manager Shane after the run.

Groups meet at the Boston, Brookline, and Wellesley Marathon Sports stores every Wednesday night at 6:30pm. More details here.

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We Endure.

I ran the 2013 Boston Marathon.

I did not set a PR. I did not win. I took a breather on the Newton hills. My MarathonFoto pictures show more than one image of me walking, not running. Those points aside, Monday, April 15, 2013 was one of the best runs of my life. I spent four hours, three minutes, nineteen seconds surrounded by people who love running, being cheered on by people who love runners, in a city wholly focused on what it means to run 26.2 miles.

Four hours, three minutes, nineteen seconds.

I’m a charity runner. I run for a charity, the American Liver Foundation, and the marathon lets me show up in Hopkinton because they’re charitable people. I will never win. I will possibly never qualify. But I will never give up the hope that I might, at the very least, achieve the latter. When I toe the line in Hopkinton, I’m thinking not of laurel wreaths, but of the stories of the people who surround me. I think about why I run and I think about the people who get me to the line. Mostly, I think about the people who can’t run, and how I can run for them. To say the starting line is an emotional place for me would be an understatement.

In truth, there are 26.2 miles of emotions in every marathon, but this is especially true at the Boston Marathon. On Monday, I felt a million emotions for my entire four hours, three minutes, nineteen seconds.

There was sadness at the start, thinking of a Liver teammate who lost her father just days before, combined with a hope that she would find solace in the hills of the course. There was sheer joy at the clear skies and cool breeze, compared to last year’s inferno. There was the nervous energy, the questions, the “am I ready for this” that I imagine every charity runner faces at 10:40am. There’s the anxious scanning of the crowd, looking for my fans, my spectators, and the thrill and relief of seeing my cousin in the Newton hills. The elation, seeing so many friends along the course, knowing that for every familiar face I saw, I probably missed two or three. I ran smiling. I was exhausted by how hard I was smiling. I thanked law enforcement and volunteers whenever I could, shouted support to other charity runners as they passed me, and fell in love with over 26 miles of spectators: their enthusiasm, their support, their joy. If I walked, they made me run. I felt weak, they told me I look strong. I struggled, they made me persevere.

Monday, April 15, held the most joyful four hours, three minutes, nineteen seconds of my life. I will never forget the excitement of seeing a friend’s athlete tracker stats, nearing her PR. I can’t seem to shake the roar of the crowd or the smiling faces I passed. I still can smell the smoke from the grills that must have lined all of Beacon Street, cookout hosts feeding their hungry, happy guests. I keep thinking about the t-shirts my fellow charity runners wore, “I’m running for ___,” that made me remember for whom I run. Mostly, I spent four hours, three minutes, nineteen seconds thinking one thought, the same thought I had when I crossed the finish line at 2:47pm: “I am so lucky, I am so lucky, I am so lucky.”

I had no idea.

Today, I still feel so lucky, but for such different reasons. Today, I struggle to understand why or how this could happen. I run the numbers, seeing how many minutes’ difference could have changed my fate. I wonder how any of us can keep moving forward.

And I remember: we are endurance athletes. We endure.

 

Boston 2013. Bridget, Ally, Meg.

Meg Reilly is a 2013 Boston Marathon finisher. She expects to be a 2014 Boston Marathon finisher as well. She needs all the positive Boston Marathon thoughts you have.

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Fundraising Workshop Success!



A little while back RaceMenu hosted a fundraising workshop, so I sat down with one of the attendees, Matt Schulze, a runner and competitor who is putting on the Ironman Silent Auction at Tommy Doyle’s in Kendall Square this Friday, April 26th, and got the inside scoop on his takeaways and his event.

Schulze, a WPI grad and a Townsend, MA native, got involved with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute after his first supervisor was diagnosed with cancer. Matt then joined the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk team, Team Paul “Pops” Doucette. In 2010, his grandmother passed away due to complications with melanoma, and thats when his dedication to these charities really took flight.

For 2013, Matt decided to participate in the Run Any Race Program; he added an Ironman to the top of his list of goals. He shared that, “Team Eleonore Rocks was a triathlon team that supports families of terminally ill children and its mission aligned itself with a lot of DFCI’s work, so I applied.” He will also be donating some of the proceeds to Boston Children’s Hospital in light of the tragic Boston Marathon events.

Matt chose a silent auction since there’s a direct benefit for everyone involved. “It isn’t just going out to dinner and the proceeds at the end of the night going towards a cause. I think folks recognize the time and energy you put into an event and when they see that you worked hard to acquire products/services that they would otherwise normally purchase, but benefit a noble cause as well, they feel more connected to ‘WHY’ they are spending their money.”

When, Where, Who & How

These are Matt’s four keys to fundraising success: 1) when, 2) where, 3) who and 4) how. He leveraged a ton of his relationships to cover any fees or costs that he might have run into when identifying where his silent auction was going to take place. When it came to auction items, he found it important to display a common theme to each donor he was approaching, so companies related to fitness in the Boston area were his first stop.

Matt told us that the biggest piece of advice and most helpful tip he took away from our fundraising workshop was that being organized and persistent are the two most important aspects of planning an event. “Loose strings can unravel the event if you let it!”

Matt’s advice for beginner fundraisers: “Make sure you are passionate about your cause. If you plan an event and it’s fueled by something other than altruism, then when things don’t go right, you won’t have determination to adapt & overcome.” Relating the last piece, be flexible and always ask for help.

Come out and see fundraising in action!

What: Ironman Silent Auction
Where: Tommy Doyle’s, 1 Kendall Square #100, Cambridge, MA
When: Friday, April 26th – 6-8:30pm
Get your ticket here / RSVP on Facebook & See Updated list of Auction Items

 

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We Are Boston: FREE Weekly Workouts

Shut off the 24-hour news. Find time to unwind & go for a run. Here’s a list of FREE weekly fitness workouts put on by some amazing groups in the Boston area. Please comment below with anything that should be added!

Please remember - for all of these weekly events that head out on city sidewalks & roads, be respectful of all other runners, walkers, cyclists, and drivers. These are not runs that shut down traffic. We are all in this together, Boston. Let’s try to heal together while respecting one another. Say thank you to the car that stops at a crosswalk for you. Give a high five to a runner going the opposite direction. SMILE (or cry, and know that’s OK, too). We hope to see you soon!

Image from Marathon Sports' 4/15/2013 Newsletter.

MONDAYS

November Project’s Destination Deck – 6:30am. Each Friday they post the destination at which they all meet to begin their 6:30AM “Deck Of Cards” workout. You will be in charge of getting yourself to the workout by running or jogging. If you live over 6 miles you qualify to take the MBTA or drive. Each Monday location will be different and announced via blog post/social media, and you will be encouraged to use MapMyRun.com in order to find your way to the group meeting point. Don’t worry, the post will be exact – you wont get lost. MORE INFO

TMIRCE’s LULULEMON FUN, FOOD, FRIENDS - 6pm. Get your daily sweat started Monday evenings with the Prulu Run Club. Any and all are welcome. Run Club meets at lululemon Prudential Center at 6:00pm (*you can leave your stuff in a dressing room at lululemon). 4.5, 5, and 6 mile routes around scenic Downtown Boston along the Charles River Esplanade. Breathtaking views of downtown Boston and good company…guaranteed. Back Bay Social Club (867 Boylston) BBSC will be hosting some yummy appetizers I hear. MORE INFO

Somerville Road Runners’ Bur-run – 6:45pm. SRR hosts a free weekly 5K Fun Run on Monday nights at 6:45pm at the Burren Pub and Restaurant (247 Elm Street) in Davis Sq, Somerville. No need to sign up in advance – just show up by 6:45pm and sign in when you arrive. Bring reflective gear. MORE INFO

TUESDAYS

City Sports Run Club – Back Bay – 6pm. (they were unable to meet yesterday due to the area being on lockdown, but they look forward to starting back up next week). Membership is free, all you need to do is sign a waiver. You can download the waiver at the link!  MORE INFO

TMIRCE’s Track Workout at Harvard – 6:30pm. Have you always wanted to run a little stronger, a little faster, and have some motivated people around to help push you along? Well now you can have all of those things at the best Track workout ever. The workout is a simple speed workout designed to add strength and a bit of llama speed to your run. MORE INFO

Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners – 7:15pm. Head on down to Courtside located at 291 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA at 7:15pm for our weekly group run.  You can choose to do the 2 mile loop, 3, 4, or even 5.  They always have people running all distances at different paces.  When you arrive, let them know if you are new so they can welcome you properly and get you paired up with a running buddy.  MORE INFO

WEDNESDAYS

November Project’s Stadium – 6:30am. Located in lower Allston, Harvard Stadium is one of the favorite workout spots of the November Project tribe. To put it short and simple, they run up the big seats and come down the small steps. MORE INFO

Marathon Sports – Wellesley – 6:30pm. Post run they have been taking turns bringing snacks and refreshments. Every month the store will bring in a vendor to present to the group. There are all ages and paces welcome! The route typically consists of a 3-5 mile course of rolling terrain on the streets of Wellesley. Reflective gear must be worn, and is provided if you do not have any. MORE INFO

Marathon Sports – Brookline – 6:30pm. UPDATE: on 4/17, this run will be at 7:00PM in order to let runners from the Boston run club to get out there – please wear blue or yellow and bring a blinking light if you have one! All are welcome.

Marathon Sports – Boylston- PLEASE, DO NOT head to the Boylston Street location for Run Club this evening to respect the ongoing investigation; It’ll be back in the coming weeks – instead, consider joining the Brookline run (see above). It will start at 7pm instead of the normal 6:30pm in order to give people time to get there. GIVE MARATHON SPORTS SOME FACEBOOK LOVE.

THURSDAYS

TMIRCE FIT – 6:45am. Magazine Beach Workout Park. Are you looking to ratchet up your workout routine? Want to get in shape in a fun, supportive environment? Head out Thursday morning – 6:45am sharp – for TMIRCE:BOS #FiT. They meet at the Magazine Beach workout area near the BU Bridge (limited parking available in lot.) MORE INFO

lululemon athletica Newbury Street, Boston – 6pm. 2-4mi social and fun run followed by apps at Mass Ave Tavern. Lead by local runners and lululemon athletica ambassadors. You can leave your belongings there! MORE INFO

lululemon athletica Burlington (run meets in LEXINGTON) – 6:30pm. Meet at Ride Studio Cafe! 1720 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington MA, 02420. Join us for a 3-5 mile run through Lexington center and the surrounding area. Runners of all levels are encouraged (especially if you are new to running!). Runs can be lengthened or decreased depending on who comes. :) MORE INFO

South End Athletic Company – 6:30pm. 652 Tremont, Boston – Speed and Plyometric Drills (Total 4-5 miles). MORE INFO

Somerville Road Runners’ Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15pm. Casey’s Bar. It may be snowing. It may be raining. The blood of a Communist revolution may be flowing through the streets. The SRR Thursday Night Run will happen every week at 7:15 PM, no matter what! Wanna run it? Great! It’s FREE! PLEASE NOTE: All runners must sign the waiver sheet at the beginning of the run. For the safety of runners and volunteers, all runners must be able to finish the run within 60 minutes and wear reflective clothing or lights when it is dark outside. SRR can provide a number of runners with reflective vests. MORE INFO
SRR Update for 4/18:

SRR THURSDAY NIGHT CASEY’S RUN & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
The City of Somerville has invited SRR and Tufts University to take part in a vigil Thursday evening (more details here). As such, the event will be marked by a special Casey’s Run that is untimed. We will meet at Casey’s and head out at the usual time. Please feel free to wear Boston Marathon memorobilia (or any race memorabilia).

We will begin with a moment of silence, then run the shortened ‘fireworks loop’ to Magoun’s Square, and then take Medford Street to School Street to join our neighbors at the city-hall commemoriation. Anyone is welcome to speak at the vigil. Following that, we’ll head back to Casey’s to be with our SRR family.

FRIDAYS

November Project’s Summit Ave – 6:30am. Summit Avenue is a street that goes up the Corey Hill located on the Brighton – Brookline line. For this workout, you’ll run the .4-mile long portion on the Brookline side. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON SUMMIT AVE. KEEPING SUMMIT AVE CLEAR IS WHAT MAKES THIS WORKOUT POSSIBLE. AGAIN, PARK ON BEACON AND WALK, RIDE, JOKE, OR CRAWL YOUR WAY TO THE PARK AT THE SUMMIT OF SUMMIT. MORE INFO

SATURDAYS

City Sports Porter Square – 10am.
CITYSPORTS UPDATE 4/18 Originally this run was developed as a grassroots event to celebrate our 30th Anniversary; in response to Monday’s tragedy we have shifted our mission and will now use this opportunity to honor the Boston running community and support One Fund. For every runner that attends the 5k run this weekend, City Sports will donate $5 to One Fund. Additionally, on Saturday we will be releasing a commemorative tee at Porter Square, which ALL proceeds will be donated to One Fund. MORE INFO

South End Athletic Company – 10am. 652 Tremont, Boston – Longer run (5-9 miles). MORE INFO

TMIRCE / CitySports Comm Ave – 10:30am. Meet up with The Most Informal Running Club Ever on the Boston side of the Charles River for the weekly Saturday Fun Run. They’ll split up into groups depending on the turnout for distance and time goals for 4,6 or 7 mile loops. It’s your choice! What to expect: a seriously fun group of runners who definitely do not take running too seriously . They meet, chat, RUN, stretch, chat, EAT BREAKFAST and then leave. It’s that easy. MORE INFO

SUNDAYS

CitySports Run Club – Wellesley – 9am. MORE INFO

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