After last week’s hint of the warm weather to come, we are looking forward to running in April! There a tons of great events for you to sign up for, even if you don’t plan on running a marathon:
April Fools 5K – North Reading, MA 4/1
This is not a prank! The 1st Annual April Fools 5K Race in North Reading, MA will benefit The Hoyt Foundation. Prizes will be given to the top three male and female runners. The race starts at 10am, which should allow you plenty of time to put saran wrap over the toilets before you leave your “loved ones” at home while you get your run on. Note: T-shirts and race bags for the first 100 pre-registered runners. Check your running shoes before you put them on, you never know what those loved ones might have put in them.
Also – if you win your age group, you are the age group record holder. You do not need to tell anyone it is a first year race…REGISTER HERE!
The 26th Annual Marathon Sports Cambridge City Run, also held on April 1st, features a flat, tree-lined course, offering runners and walkers a brisk and scenic tour of Fresh Pond and its surrounding environs. Proceeds from the race go to the Friends of Cambridge Athletics and the Andrea Harvey Memorial Fund. To add to the fun, free short-sleeved race tees go to the first 1,000 registered, compliments of Saucony. The race starts at 10:30am, don’t be late!
Online registration has closed, but you can still register in person at the Marathon Sports Cambridge store during number pickup hours or on the day of the race. Check the race website for details.
Sweat Soul Inspiration Saturday – Franklin Park, Boston, MA 4/7
The Franklin Park Marathon Charity Team has organized a “Sweat, Soul and Inspiration Saturday,” just one week before the Boston Marathon. Start off the day with a guided run of 1-5 miles (it is up to you!) through historic Franklin Park – the gem of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, and the site of the 1992 World Cross Country Championships.
After the run, teachers from Sacred Seeds will be leading two separate yoga classes – one especially for runners, to give you extra tools and strength to power you from Hopkinton through Heartbreak Hill and to the finish – and one just for children and teens.
Finally, the family of Elizabeth Robinson will be on hand; Elizabeth was a true pioneer in women’s running, who won the first Olympic gold Medal for the US Track and Field Team in 1928! REGISTER HERE.
Miles for Michelle – Colt State Park, RI 4/21
This event, Miles for Michelle, sounds like a lot of fun. You’ve got your pick of distances to run (10K, 5K, even drop down to the 1K!) in a beautiful state park, with food & drink afterwards. Does it get any better? Actually, it does – the race is a charity fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Rhode Island. Gavin and Autumn are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Boy and Girl of the Year – I sure hope they’re running the 1K! The 1K starts at 10AM, while the 5K & 10K are at 11AM…wonder if anyone is crazy enough to try two? REGISTER HERE.
Chelsea Chase – Chelsea, MA 4/28
The first annual Chelsea Chase 5K in support of the Jordan Boys & Girls Club will be run out of the new Dockside Restaurant in Chelsea. The Chelsea Police Relief Association is a beneficiary, so there will certainly be excellent traffic control!
I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but if you win your age group, you are the age group record holder. You do not need to tell anyone it is a first year race… REGISTER HERE!