In Light of Boston…Top Summer Road Races

As part of a recent project I did for one of my classes on the Baltimore Marathon, I stumbled upon a letter on their site directed to the Boston Marathon and the recent tragedy on April 15th. A quote I pulled from the letter follows…

“While the tragedy that occurred will impact every major running event in the future, what
the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime will never understand is a runner’s spirit and
sense of community can never be broken.” The letter than ends by stating that “…we will all move forward
with the fortitude to get up and finish.”

I pulled those quotes because I felt they truly portray not only how supportive the running community is, but how no matter where you are in the world, there’s comfort, dedication, and positive energy beaming from one person to another. On that day, we remember the heros, the runners who finished the race and continued to run towards the hospital to give blood, the runners who trained and worked their butt off for months, and those running for charities to raise money for those less fortunate. Being a Boston native, knowing friends and family running the marathon, and lastly being a passionate runner myself, I feel so proud of the thoughts, prayers, and support from the running community to countries around the world to neighboring cities and so on. It’s amazing to see how the country and the rest of the world suddenly comes together as one community and proves just how STRONG we are as a nation.

In regards to the terrible event on the day of the Boston Marathon, the quote just comes to show that this will not stop anyone. We will prevail and continue to run. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a just someone interested in staying fit, running can be seen as an outlet and a safe haven. In light of this, I have put together a list of road races in the New England/East Coast area for you to participate in during the summer and prove that no one is giving up.

1.) As previously mentioned in a blog post, the Falmouth Road Race is an amazing summer event and one where thousands of New Englanders and participants across the US and even from other countries come together to cheer on, accomplish, and support one another through a grueling 7 mile course.

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Location: Falmouth, MA
Date: August 11, 2013

2.) Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race: Though I’ve never personally run this 6.2 mile course, Maine is a beautiful location, especially late into the Summer when the weather is just right. The founder and former olympian, Joan Benoit Samuelson, explained how she “always wanted to create a race that brings runners to some of my most favorite training grounds, so that they can enjoy the same beautiful environment, sense of community and rich history that has played such an important role in my life.” With 6,000 plus runners and over 10,000 spectators, this is one race you don’t want to miss!

Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Date: August 3, 2013

3.) If you’re in for a real challenge, than the Mount Washington Road Race is the one for you! This road race literally has you running up 7.2 miles of Mount Washington, which rises roughly 4,650 vertical feet. The told claim to faim is the “unique attraction” of the trail and the challenging course is what draws attention.

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Location: Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire
Date: June 16, 2013

4.) Run Gloucester — So for those of you have been to Cape Cod, this here is the Cape Ann version of the Falmouth Road Race. There are even rumors that “Down the road, the idea is to create a triple crown series in New England with Beach to Beacon, Falmouth, and Gloucester.’’ Anyway, the draw of this road race is the destination and beautiful beaches.

Location: Gloucester, MA
Date: August 19, 2013

5.) If you’re a night owl instead of an early bird…run the Darcars Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest! This race winds 8K through the streets and neighborhoods of Montgomery College Rockville campus IN the dark with about 2,000 other participants!

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Location: Rockville, Maryland
Date: July 1, 2013

6.) B.A.A. 10K — otherwise known as Boston’s Back Bay 10K road race, is run throughout historic attractions and notable areas/neighborhoods of Boston. The course runs past the famous Bull and Finch Pub from the classic television series “Cheers”, through Boston University, and Kenmore Square. If you’re a Boston local or just visiting, this race is for you and 5,000 other dedicated participants!

Location: Boston, MA
Date: June 23, 2013

7.) Stratton Faxon Fairfield Road Race Half Marathon: This race has been in existence since 1981 and has continuously been picked and/or nominated as one of the Best Running Races in America according to a number of popular running magazines across the board. This race starts along the beach and runs through beautiful scenic areas during the entire race.

Location: Fairfield, CT
Date: June 24, 2013

8.) Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon: Interested in ending your race with a refreshing class of wine? Go run through the rolling hills of Virginia’s own vineyards and wineries, also know as the “D.C. Wine Country”! This race is picturesque as you run miles and miles through beautiful fields and vineyards.

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Location: Purcellville, VA
Date: June 1, 2013

9.) If you’re spending some time on the Vineyard at all throughout the summer, be sure to sign up for the Vineyard’s famous Murdicks Fudge Around the Chop (i.e. the vineyard bluffs) 5 Mile Road Race held in early July. Or if you’re around Oak Bluffs during Memorial Day Weekend, the official kick off for summer, be sure to sign up for the Memorial Day 5k Road Race! Lastly, for those of you who are around in August and are familiar with Scoop’s Ice Cream, they’ll be hosting a 5k event along South Beach! The vineyard is a great summer destination for everyone, the beaches, the atmosphere, and the downtown shopping area!

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Location: Martha’s Vineyard
Date: May 26th, July 4th, August 5th

10.) Plan a destination race for this summer as part of you’re run AND vacation! There are so many races in California, the Mid-West, across Europe, and other parts of the world!

So, get going and sign up for those races! Enjoy the summer road racing community and at the same time use these races as motivation to stay in shape throughout the summer! Have fun with it and enjoy πŸ™‚


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