March is a month filled with anticipation. Winter’s almost over, spring training has begun, Patriots’ Day & the Boston Marathon are on the next page of the calendar…hold on, slow down! There’s plenty of great events in March – whether you are looking for a 5k or a half marathon, something competitive, family friendly, or just something fun – here’s a peek at a few:
Shamrock Shuffle 5K – Medway, MA 3/17
How was there not a St. Patrick’s Day race in Medway? The Medway Elementary PTO partnered with Anytime Fitness to solve this problem, presenting the Shamrock Shuffle 5K. Lots of local businesses are on board to sponsor this race to benefit the PTO. Nice feature – there’s a discounted registration for kids; make it a race for the whole family! Also – if you win your age group, you are the age group record holder. You don’t need to tell anyone it is a first year race… REGISTER HERE.
This the third year for the Half of Quincy, and it is set to be the biggest and best yet. With about a month to go, registration is closing in on 1000 runners! Race director JJ Larner recently added a 5K option – so now your training partner who said they weren’t up for 13.1 miles no longer has an excuse. The race uses Quincy High School, which means lots of room to stretch out in the gym and cafeteria before & after the race. Last year, there was a great spread of food post-race in the cafeteria – soup, sandwiches, and some huge cookies. REGISTER HERE.
Not only is An Ras Mor (Gaelic for “The Great Race”) one of the best annual road races put on by the Somerville Road Runners, but this year it is part of the New England Runner Pub Series! Completing the Pub Series should be on the bucket list of any runner in New England. Do all six races in the series, get a jacket & an invite to the end of year banquet at Doyle’s Pub in JP. Complete at least five, and you’ve got a pair of New Balance running shoes coming your way. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – SRR’s An Ras Mor is the first step to Pub Series domination! REGISTER HERE.
Shifter’s 5K for Dana Farber takes place at The Wave Sports Pub in Waltham, and helped raise over $5,500 for innovative cancer research in 2011. This is typically a race where a lot of runners that are training for the marathon as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge come to see where their training is at a few weeks before Boston! This race has a 1PM start time, which makes it great for a post race party. There will be plenty of beer, and road race rockers the IT Band will be rocking the post-race event at the Wave. Note: T-Shirts are only guaranteed to the first 250 runners. Another unique feature about the race – a number of runners typically take the 11:30AM commuter rail from Porter Square on a 7 minute ride out to Waverley Station, where it is then just a 15 minute walk to the Wave. REGISTER HERE.