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The Fifth Annual End of Summer Classic- New England Tradition in Beautiful Hingham, Massachusetts
Join the excitement on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Beautiful Bare Cove Park as Old Colony Running Events and Marathon Sports proudly present the highly anticipated Fifth Annual End of Summer Classic Five Miler--a Friday evening run in the park with Post Race Party at nearby South Shore Country Club.

The Fifth Annual End of Summer Classic- New England Tradition in Beautiful Hingham, Massachusetts

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By Noreen Cohen
Posted Monday, 13 August, 2012

Don’t miss this amazing race! Imagine yourself savoring the picture perfect New England landscape as you race along the roads and paths of this riverside course that is brimming with natural beauty and charm--484 acres of wildlife sanctuary with shoreline wetlands, fields and forest in historic Hingham. Yes, hang out in Hingham on a Friday evening. An outstanding race on many levels, The End of Summer Classic is the ultimate memorable experience for runners of all abilities, and a great way to close the summer racing season. In addition to the terrific course, this event also features a great post race celebration with good food, excellent organization, and lots of awards and prizes.

As a previous participant, I have no trouble singing the praises or the End of Summer Classic. It is genuine runner’s bliss. Think of it as a tasting menu of sublime visual treats, including picturesque horizons, waterfront landmarks, tranquil roads, and a sunset. There is no doubt that this course is one of the most pleasant and beautiful parks of coast in New England. There will be no cars, and even the lead vehicle will be a bike on these serene paved paths and loops. This race is becoming one of the premier events in Massachusetts and perhaps all New England.

It comes as no surprise that a race of this caliber has impeccable organization behind it. Old Colony Running Events produces several other high quality events as outlined below. This is evident by the scores of volunteers who are on the scene and behind the scenes working to ensure that all of the important details are covered. Since its inception the race has also made the commitment to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and they have renewed that commitment even more for this year--a registered sustainable green event. They are making every effort to be green, spurred by one of the planet's most beautiful locations.

By the way, this race will be capped at 750 runners because of the nature of the park and the narrow roads, so don't delay. Also, only the first 400 to register receive the coveted custom T-shirts of the End of Summer Classic.

Course Highlights
It is impossible to fully describe the serenity and natural beauty the course offers. It is a basically two loops, much of which is along the Weymouth Back River. The majority runs through wooded landscapes with a wide variety of trees and wildlife, including foxes, rabbits, deer and many other creatures, not to mention a great variety of birds. The course is mostly flat with a few small rolls, and it is paved, despite the wooded-trail atmosphere, except for a small 3/10-mile portion on "Bunker Alley". The race negotiates scenic roads including Bare Cove Path, Back River Path, and Conservatory Path. It is essentially a double loop with each loop ending near the start line. With pre-race activity near the entrance to Bare Cove Park and post race activities at neighboring South Shore Country Club, which is literally just across the street--a 1/4 mile walk from the Bare Cove Parking area (see race website for directions, parking, and other details), they have designed an outstanding course and event. And it is easy to get to: 19 Fort Hill Road and Bare Cove Park Drive.

Plan to register in advance and also save the hassle on race evening by picking up your packet in advance on Tuesday, August 21, Wednesday the 22nd, or Thursday the 23rd at Marathon Sports, Norwell, MA.

Bare Cove Park
This park is indeed a wildlife sanctuary, and once you are past the registration area you will see no motor vehicles and very few buildings. Note that one of the old remaining buildings from the Navy days is now a very interesting Fire Museum near the entrance, with antique equipment well worth the time to take it in. The Park was once a beehive of manufacturing and logistics with the old Ammunition Depot once used by the armed forces. At the peak of its use this depot produced much of the munitions used in World War II in Europe. Where you see mostly wetlands and woods there used to be at least 90 buildings and 15 cranes for loading and offloading ships, barges, and rail cars. This enterprise employed more than 2,400 people, although there is little evidence of those bustling days. The river does have some pilings remaining from the large wharf area, but little else remains. The site was decommissioned in 1971 and turned over to Hingham. The park is now a gem, and a great place to hold an August race.

Sunset that night will be at 7:30 p.m. The average high is 79 degrees, average low 60, and mean temperature is 70 degrees. The 5-mile course will be open for ONE hour. Please plan accordingly.

A stroll along the parks many paths and trails makes for the perfect warm-up or cool down after the race as you head for a terrific post race party that is filled with music, fun, food and beer at the pavilion tent of the South Shore Country Club. Relax and enjoy the glorious beauty of an August evening with your friends and family while you take pleasure in your running accomplishment. Or plan a picnic in the park leading up to the race--or scout it for a return visit.

Awards Include RRCA Plaques
There will be prizes for both overall individuals and age group winners. This race is the RRCA Eastern Region Championship so overall winners and age group winners will receive RRCA plaques.
Otherwise awards go three deep and include cash awards for winners and Marathon Sports gift certificates for age groups.

New this year will be the REI Team Challenge. Teams of 5 or 6 (at least two of whom must be women) will compete for a $100 REI gift bag. The top 5 score in a cross-country style scoring format. For more information visit the Race Website:

Old Colony Running Events
Old Colony Running Events is a South Shore race management company dedicated to providing quality events for the running community and charitable giving/fundraising for the community at large. Other events brought to you be Old Colony include the Race Around the Reservoir Five Miler in Waltham, Massachusetts. This is a tour around Waltham's reservoir you have likely seen hundreds of times as you pass on Route 128, but this off road exploration is a race along the shore on October 20, the ideal time for brilliant fall foliage made all the more vibrant and beautiful by the reflections in the water. Running from and to Reservoir Woods where race festivities will be held (plenty of parking), it will be an October race to remember in Waltham, the "Watch City." They will have a team challenge for corporate and other teams, and it will be part of the RAW or Race Around Waltham Series.

On November 4th they bring you the challenging Over the Esker to Weymouth Heights 5K, which will determine the Queen and King of the Heights. It's only 5K but because of the trails and hills it is a formidable challenge. It is the sister race to the August End of Summer Challenge and will be held in Weymouth just across the Back River from Bare Cove Park in Hingham. It is point to point, and ends at the impressive Emery Estate (think Mount Vernon) with views of the Boston skyline in the distance.

America’s History in Hingham
Hingham receives high marks when it comes to the natural beauty of its rocky shores and extraordinary coastline. Settled in 1633, this old seaport boasts a rich New England history--shipbuilding and many other enterprises as it sits on the edge of the Boston Harbor. Conveniently located just 20 miles south of Boston, Hingham is a working city, home to some of the original and last commercial sea captains in New England, as evidenced by many historic homes in the area. The first immigrant ancestor of Abraham Lincoln settled there, and there is a strong historic legacy.

More recent Hingham natives included Patriot's Coach Bill Belichick and former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.

This town, with its distinctive personality and a vibrancy all its own has plenty of historic and recreational attractions. Whether looking for recreation or relaxation, running, walking or fishing, there is something here to spark the interest of every member of the family. It is the ideal base to explore all the delights that the Massachusetts South Shore has to offer. Cohasset was once part of Hingham until breaking away just prior to the Revolution.

For additional information please contact Race Director John Childs by e-mail at

Hope to See You There
This parkland/seashore tour is your chance to be part of an event unlike any other--a Friday evening celebration. Now in its fifth year, the End of Summer Classic Five Miler just keeps getting better. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in this unique race with its spectacular parkland and wildlife refuge pathways. Register early to secure your distinctive custom T-shirt. Registration and more detailed information are available at



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