The Fifth Annual Chilly Half Marathon in Beautiful Newton, Massachusetts
Coming to you on Sunday, November 10, 2013, the fifth annual Fattman Cup Chilly Half Marathon is a challenging and fun event that runs along part of the Boston Marathon course! Expertly organized by Fattman Productions, it supports a terrific cause: The American Liver Foundation. This is the perfect autumn half marathon for all levels of runners. Join in this racing adventure through Newton!
Posted Monday, 28 October, 2013
This race has received rave reviews since its inception in 2009. Year after year, Newtonites, Bostonians, and folks from around the Commonwealth, run this race. It is a fun and exciting, somewhat challenging course, and is exceptionally well organized. Every year runner feedback is taken into consideration and the race is improved based on runners’ opinions and input. That one thing that truly makes this race special: the sense of community. And there is no better running community than Newton, Massachusetts!
This race is sure to sell out early; it always does. No hype here--it is a limited field so don’t delay in signing up. There is no wait list and no race day registration.
Fattman Productions has this race down to a science: from registration and bib pick-up to course support, refreshments, volunteers, porta-potties, custom designed T-shirts and the surprise finishers’ gifts. They prepare well for you, covering all the details! There are very good reasons runners toe the line at Chilly year after year. The Chilly Half Marathon is a challenging race, but well organized and enjoyable for every experience level.
Packet pick up is available prior to race day at the Newton Whole Foods located at 647 Washington Street on Thursday, November 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 9th at City Sports, 55 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This beautiful out and back loop course will take you through tree-lined residential streets, which is perfect during fall, with the leaves many shades of red, gold and orange. It will take you through some of Newton's most scenic neighborhoods and roads - from Chestnut Hill Village up past Crystal Lake, and across both Boylston and Beacon Streets. Runners will also pass a number of city parks along the way and run past the campus of Boston College along part of the Boston Marathon course, a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (miles 19 – 21 of Boston). The race start and finish are located at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton, MA. The school offers inside or outside shelter based on what the weather requires.
Check it out on the Event Website, including course map and descriptions, registration, pick up, awards, amenities, directions and parking and more: http://www.fattmanproductions.com/corkchillyhalfmInfo.html
The Course Through Newton’s Villages
This race course has been reviewed as “challenging” by a more than a few runners—definitely part of the charm for many. There are some rolling hills. The total climb is about 575 feet and the total elevation change is 1,159 feet. Really, it would be difficult to run a fully flat race within the city limits of Newton, but the race was designed to include a relatively flat start and finish.
Runners start at Newton South High School and briefly head south and west briefly before turning north under Route 9, then across Beacon Street in the Waban neighborhood. This is the out-and-back section, where all the uphills also become downhills! The first four miles are flat to down with significant downhill from four to five. And at mile four the course goes into the clockwise loop section along Lowell and Cabot Streets and turns east toward the grand Chestnut Hill neighborhood. There are hills from five miles though eight when the course hits Commonwealth Avenue at Boston College. This course is a terrific tour through Newton and all it has to offer. And it is an awesome feeling to run part of the Boston Marathon course where so many famous feet have made their mark. At this point on the course runners will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Boston skyline.
After Commonwealth the home stretch of the course brings runners back southward along Lake Avenue, Clark Street and Parker Street, along the route they ran in the opposite direction early on, and back toward the high school for the triumphant finish.
You can expect awesome running weather, on average a high of 50 degrees and a low of 34. They will be using the B-tag timing system and there will be six water stops/aid stations with water and Gatorade along the way.
The Post race festivities will be an indoor party with good food and refreshments, tons of sampling, massage, music and awards! All 2013 finishers will receive custom designed finisher medals. (Next year, the specially designed finisher gloves or another cool item will be back! They are rotating the medals with the gloves to make everyone happy!)
Run For a Cause
What a great way to combine your personal fitness goals while running to benefit The New England Division of the American Liver Foundation (ALF). The American Liver Foundation of New England is dedicated to carrying out the important mission of research education and advocacy throughout the local area. The New England division, established in 1985, serves patients and families with liver disease and works with some of the most reknowned hepatolgists and liver specialists in the world. Help the cause of the ALF by running the Chilly Half and help provide much-needed research funds to this invaluable foundation.
The race offers runners a chance to give back by raising much needed funds for research and advocates for patients dealing with all kinds of liver diseases, in an effort to improve their lives and educate the public about ways to prevent, treat and cure liver disease.
Kelly Fattman directs the now very popular Fattman Cup Chilly Half Marathon, and she heads up Fattman Productions, a project management company based in Newton. This event is enjoyable for all, participants and spectators alike. But Fattman Productions oversees many programs and initiatives for a wide variety of clients.
“We are a team of fun, passionate professionals boasting extraordinary credentials and flawless project management skills with over 20 years of experience. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ needs and delivering their programs in innovative ways.”
Fattman Productions also stages the Bill's Pizzeria 5K held on October 27th, which benefits the Travis Roy Foundation, and the Newton 10K Run for Dreamfar, which is held in June. They direct or consult with several other races throughout Massachusetts.
Fattman Productions has continuously supported the American Liver Foundation and the ALF Run for Research Team since the inaugural race in 2009. They create and administer events that focus on health and wellness while driving education for participants and funds to important life-changing charities. They are all about creating events that benefit the community, advancing the quality of life for both participants and beneficiaries.
The City of Newton
This lovely town is easy to get to with the MBTA Commuter Rail and T Green Line; additionally, both Interstates 90 and 95 pass through Newton. It is easily accessible making this an awesome destination race. Grab your friends and family and take an easy commuter rail ride to this race, or carpool and get your race on!
Newton is, of course, a suburb of Boston located just seven miles west of Bean Town and is known as the “Garden City.” It prides itself on beautiful open spaces and lovely neighborhoods. There are about 80,000 residents on territory covering 18.3 square miles. Newton is a patchwork of 14 distinct villages, although there is no clear division or border between them. They have familiar names such as Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Four Corners, Newtonville, Nonantum (the Lake), Oak Hill, Oak Hill Park, Thompsonville, and Waban add to Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, and West Newton.
Newton is known for its history; it was founded in 1630. And of course it is known for being part of the famous Boston Marathon (which has several miles of the course and those famous hills going right by City Hall). The two familiar parts of the marathon that are on the Chilly Half Marathon course are the famed and feared Heartbreak Hill, and the sedate Boston College row, which in recent years has given Wellesley College a run for their money in terms of which school has the loudest “scream tunnel.”
Awards for the top finishers will include the coveted Crock Pot with Wholefoods fixings and other great prizes. Awards will go to the top three women and men overall, and to 16-19 and ten-year age groups through 70+. Everyone gets a cool, long sleeve tech T-shirt and a special finisher's medal. You will not want to miss out on either.
If you are looking for a delightful fall running challenge, one that will define your personal best along with the chance to make the world a better place, then don’t miss the Chilly Half Marathon. Enjoy a beautiful tree-lined course in late foliage season, run past historic structures and beautifully landscaped open spaces and parks, and view distinctive architecture. You will pass beautiful Crystal Lake, a 33-acre natural lake in Newton Centre that once provided needed ice for the town and some for Boston as well. You will be running along marathon history in the footsteps of the world’s most famous runners! And you will be helping patients and families recover from liver disease.
Everyone wins! You won’t want to miss out on this fun autumn race. So sign up today and make a difference in your health and the community! Your healthy body will thank you for running, and those afflicted with this terrible disease will thank you too.
For further information contact 617-916-2002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Website: http://www.fattmanproductions.com/corkchillyhalfmInfo.html
Newton, MA Official Website: http://www.newtonma.gov/