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The New Claddagh Fall Classic Race Series – Three Great Races On the Same Course
Test your performance over one course with three different races this fall in the heart of historic Lawrence, Massachusetts! This unique race series will be held at the runner-friendly Claddagh Irish Pub, and provide a new concept that brings together three races into a unique series.

The New Claddagh Fall Classic Race Series – Three Great Races On the Same Course


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By Christopher Russell
Posted Monday, 3 August, 2009

This series has been created to bring something new to area runners in the fall and is guaranteed to become a local classic. Three existing races are being combined into one exciting series and will be run on the same four-mile course.

• 2nd Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 4 Mile Run or Walk, September 13, 2009 (Sunday)
• 13th Annual Lawrence Vietnam Memorial 4 Mile Run or Walk, October 18, 2009 (Sunday)
• 3rd Annual TIP Family 4 Mile Run or Walk, November 1, 2009 (Sunday)

Runners and walkers are welcome to compete in individual races, but the real challenge is to complete all three. Completing all three qualifies runners and walkers to receive a terrific luminescent tech shirt with the series logo. This is a shirt that is perfect for running in the darkness of a New England winter. The luminescent shirt will make runners visible to motorists and make that early morning or night run safe.

All three events will start and finish at the welcoming and runner-friendly Claddagh Pub in the heart of Lawrence. The Claddagh is known for hosting many running events such as the Mill Cities Relay. Combine their friendly attitude with the post race offer of food and drink and you’ve got the perfect “club house” for these events.

The same race-friendly four-mile course will be used for each event. Lawrence has some hills but this course has been tweaked to avoid the worst of those hills. Runners will be able to track their competitiveness and improvement as the series progresses. This makes for a fantastic end-of-season series for runners to keep their training edge fresh!
All of the races will have the advantage of pooled resources for police presence, volunteer efforts, and medical support. There will even be extra cash prizes for winners of the combined series.

The goal of the series is to create a venue for local runners and a comradeship unique to the local running scene. Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley have always been known for a strong running culture. And surrounding towns have produced some fine athletes as well. This new series creates a venue for this culture to thrive.

The series has been designed to be family friendly. Walkers are welcome. The walkers start ½ hour earlier so that they finish at or around the same time as the runners to support a family finish. Perhaps even more important to maintaining peace in the family – the races have been scheduled so as to not overlap with scheduled New England Patriots games!

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 4 Mile Run or Walk, September 13, 2009 (Sunday)
The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day race was quite successful in its debut last year and has joined forces to become part of the Fall Classic Series. Like each of the races, the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day is an event for charity. This race supports local kids’ organizations. They fund all kinds of community events, from little league to parades and summer camp – the things that support the fabric of the community. In this way they give a helping hand and support inner city kids from Lawrence who might otherwise miss out.

The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event is known for a good party afterwards in the warmth of the famous Claddagh Pub. There will be an Irish band, food, and a free beer for participants who choose to hang around and soak up the ambience.

Lawrence Vietnam Memorial 4 Mile Run or Walk, October 18, 2009 (Sunday)
The Lawrence Vietnam Memorial Road Race is a proven event established in 1996. The race honors and remembers the 18 brave young men from Lawrence who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Race proceeds provide youth scholarships, and help local charities.
This will be the 13th annual race. Over the years this successful event has presented $50,000 dollars to the charity programs that they support including:
• CPL David Vicente scholarship
• PFC Evan O’Neill House
• American Legion Boy’s State Program
• Lawrence High School Jr. ROTC
• Wethebee School Student Activity Fund
• Robert P. Fitzgerald, and Robert “Dingo” Marchand Scholarships

Come to the Claddagh on October 13th to run or walk and support these memorials and charities.

TIP Family 4 Mile Run or Walk, November 1, 2009 (Sunday)
This local charity centered race is in its third year and joins the series for the wrap up on the 1st of November. Just as you are getting ready to put away your racing shoes for the season this great four-mile tune up will help you finish out the fall in style.
TIP is short for Trauma Intervention Program, and is very effective as “citizens helping citizens” in a crisis. In the Trauma Intervention Program citizen volunteers respond to traumatic incidents at the request of police, fire and hospital personnel to support those who are emotionally traumatized.

In many cases the family of a victim needs support and TIPS volunteers step in to fill that gap and help families through tough times. The local TIP affiliate, TIP of Merrimack Valley, Inc. has been providing emergency emotional first aid to traumatized children and adults since its inception on October 19, 1993.

Historic Lawrence Massachusetts – The Culturally Diverse City on the Merrimack River
If you’ve never seen the classic old brick mills of Lawrence you have missed a terrific opportunity. Lawrence was founded as a manufacturing center in the late 1800’s. Explosive growth was fueled by the water-power of the Merrimack and the influx of immigrants to this industrial center of a young America.

Part of the goal of the Claddagh Fall Classic Race Series is to attract people into see and experience the city of Lawrence and give some exposure to the ‘real’ Lawrence of today. Lawrence is a vibrant city which includes many immigrants, but many of the old mills have been replaced by fast-growing companies from biotech to high tech manufacturing.
Sign up for the new Claddagh Fall Classic Race Series!

This new race series is destined to be a classic. It has all the pieces in place to become a huge success. It has a unique running of three great races on the same course within a seven week period to challenge runners. It has a unique venue in the heart of Lawrence at the fantastic Claddagh Pub. And it has the lively Merrimack Valley running culture and the strong community of Lawrence to support it.

This series is new this year but will surely be successful in drawing runners for many years to come. Come be a part of the first one. It will create a gravity that will attract the local running community and continue to drive and support local culture, community and charities. Plus it will be great fun in a lively place.



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