First Annual Scituate S.H.O.R.E. Road Race 5k AND 2-Mile Walk
If you’re looking for a beautiful way to combine your love of running with the smell of the salt air and views that go on forever, this is the race for you.
Posted Sunday, 15 March, 2009
The First Annual S.H.O.R.E. Run presented by Dunkin’ Donuts has something that appeals to everyone. This May 30th race includes a 5K road race along the beautiful Atlantic coastline in historic Scituate, Massachusetts, and a two-mile walk. Both options offer adults and children of all abilities the opportunity to experience spring in New England at its absolute finest.
“This is a family event. We hope to see all generations out there running and walking together,” says S.H.O.R.E. Race Director, Michele Hagen. “We want them to have fun before, during and after the race.”
This USATF sanctioned race course is the perfect distance of 5K (that's ONLY 3.1 miles for you newbies); it's short and sweet and starts at 10:00 a.m. Even if you don't train you will still be a winner--the slow pace will give you more time to enjoy the views! However, keep in mind the faster you run, the more time you'll have to celebrate your victory at the post festivities. And since everything will wrap up before noon, that will leave the remainder of the day to enjoy Scituate Harbor and all its restaurants and shopping opportunities along the scenic shore.
The race "headquarters" will be Peggotty Beach in Scituate, a gorgeous beach along the rocky coastline that is nestled in a quiet seaside neighborhood. The race starts and finishes from Peggotty Beach and consists mainly of harbor views and ocean views--what more could you want? The walk will have much of the same scenery and will take place along Scituate’s First and Second Cliffs. The New England coastline, the beautiful homes and the neighbors cheering on the runners should provide plenty of emotional fuel to ensure that all participants have a great race.
Scituate is the type of town and harbor that are sought by landscape artists; however, the true beauty of this race is that it’s also a valuable fundraiser for the local community. The race is being organized by S.H.O.R.E.--Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education, Inc. Since its inception in 1990 by concerned parents, this local organization has granted more than $750,000 to provide Scituate students with the best opportunities available to become young adults. They fund everything from cultural activities to academic and sports programs at the High School. Proceeds from the race will go directly to S.H.O.R.E.
In only their first year organizers have procured some amazing sponsors, including presenting sponsor Dunkin’ Donuts. In addition to the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts, many other terrific sponsors will have tents at the finish area party. And some, including Lululemon, will be volunteering at one of the two water stops. Sponsors include: Greater Boston Running Company, Reebok, REI, Whole Foods, and Del’s Lemonade. Whole Foods and Dunkin’ Donuts will make sure that no one goes hungry at this race. Additional sponsors include: T.K. O’Malleys, Tosca Restaurant, Jack Conway Real Estate, Webster Printing, Dr. Gordon Price, De Scenza Diamonds, Barker Tavern, Staples, and Home Depot. These local stores and companies are helping to support this first-time event in order to create the greatest possible experience for the runners while going the extra mile to support S.H.O.R.E.
There will be awards for the first female and male overall, and the top two male, female finishers in each 10-year age group. Also appreciated is the fact that there will be storage for runner’s bags while they’re out on the course; amenities like that are rarely seen at a local race.
Wait, there's even more from this first-year race--the race that keeps on giving--there will be free post race massages courtesy of a local company, Mariposa Massage. After your massage and terrific post race food you can bask in the glory of a great run by enjoying the after-race music and party. There will be a large raffle with an opportunity to win fantastic gifts. All of this is sure to bring a smile to everyone's face, so be sure to flash those pearly whites to the camera as Capstone Photography will photograph each runner as they cross the finish line. Photos will be available for purchase on-line at a discount.
In its first year race organizers estimate the field size will be approximately 500. However, once word gets out about the gorgeous course and great amenities, this first Annual S.H.O.R.E. Run will most likely exceed that number by several hundred. It's going to be a fun, family atmosphere; and fun is the operative word. There will even be a "t-shirt" toss at the post race party. If you're wondering what this is, think "sporting events"...the kind where they throw t-shirts into the crowd (i.e. Bruins, Celtics). The kids will be thrilled if they are the lucky recipients--big kids and little kids alike. So join Senator Bob Hedlund, the official starter of this race, for a day of family fun and fabulous views. Register NOW for this great race with a great cause and be sure to get a T-shirt (all those registered by May 1st). Check out the directions and details and sign up at http://www.coolrunning.com/major/09/scituateshorerun and get in on the fun. The first annual S.H.O.R.E. race is sure to please!