You Can Still Get Your Entry in the Chilly Half-Marathon for the Fattman Cup: Get hot in the Cold and Join the ALF Run for Research Team
Yes, the Chilly Half Marathon in Newton, Massachusetts is sold out again this year, but you can still get in through the American Liver Foundation Run for Research Program. This is a terrific race in a great place, running on November 13, 2011. Don't miss this opportunity to step up to a terrific half-marathon challenge for a wonderful cause—the Liver Life Challenge Program.
Posted Tuesday, 25 October, 2011
The third annual Chilly Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011 in Newton, Massachusetts. 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 Run for Research Team, part of the Liver Life Challenge program, is coordinated by the ALF, New England Division, a group that has made its mark by participating in the famous B.A.A. Boston Marathon over the Newton Hills since 1988. Millions of dollars have been raised to support the work of the ALF, but the work and the need goes on.
The American Liver Foundation New England Division is one of 16 support centers in the United States dedicated to helping over 30 million people living with liver disease in this country. With the Liver Life Challenge and Run for Research Team your entry into the closed out Chilly Half is guaranteed, and not only that your entry fee will be waived. And the members of the Run for Research Team all get special perks: uniforms and special shirts, VIP parking, VIP porto-johns, special post race goodies, professional fund-raising support, nutrition and training advice, and the opportunity to meet your Liver Champion and share their courage. Most of all you get the tremendous feeling of completing a running challenge and doing great good at the same time.
It all takes place at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton, MA, 02459. The start is 7:30 a.m.
The Chilly Half Marathon, the brainchild and creation Fattman Productions, has supported the American Liver Foundation and the ALF Run for Research Team from the inaugural in 2009. Fattman Productions creates and administers events that focus on health and wellness while driving education to participants and funds to important life-saving charities. Among other events, they administer the Bill's Pizzeria 5K in Newton coming on October 30, as well as the Newton 10K, June 3, 2012. For Fattman Productions it is all about creating events that benefit wonderful charities and community resources--advancing the quality of life for both participants and beneficiaries.
Join the excitement of this special half-marathon, a scenic 13.1-mile tour along beautiful tree-lined streets, historic homes, the quaint Newton villages, and a pretty hidden lake. The USATF-certified course is moderately hilly and challenging. Starting and ending at Newton South High School, the race travels through scenic neighborhoods as runners make their way through the beautiful streets of Newton at fall foliage time. You don’t have to run the Boston Marathon to experience endurance running and the historic Commonwealth Avenue in Newton.
There will be NO race day registration, and other than the ALF Run for Research Team, there will be no other wait list.
There will be pre race options for shirt and bib pick up: Wednesday, November 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, Washington Street, Newton; and Saturday, November 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at City Sports in Chestnut Hill; race day pickup is from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. in preparation for the 7:30 a.m. start; check http://www.fattmanproductions.com/roadraces.html for updates and information.
Race day there will be fun for the entire family with booths and games for kids, and pre and post-race massage. Traditional post race food will be augmented by a specially created chili, of course.
Awards go to the top three women and men overall, and to 16-19 and ten year age groups through 70+. Everyone gets excellent long sleeve T's and finisher's medals.
Please see the race website for information on parking, direction, amenities, fundraising, course map and description, number pickup and more.
If you are looking for an amazing running challenge, one that will define your personal best--along with the chance to make the world a better place--The Chilly Half Marathon is one race not to be missed. Run on a beautiful tree-lined course in foliage season, past historic structures, beautiful landscaping, and distinctive architecture. It 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. Cool! Chilly!
The American Liver Foundation
The American Liver Foundation was established in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
Because research is integral to the work of ALF and is essential to improving treatment and finding cures, fundraising initiatives such as the Liver Life Challenge are critical to success and provide invaluable funds. For information please visit http://www.liverfoundation.org/
Liver Life Challenge (LLC): Coordinated by the American Liver Foundation, the Liver Life Challenge (LLC) is an endurance event training program that promotes awareness of liver disease and raises money to fund critical liver research. By collecting contributions from friends, family, colleagues and others, athletes earn the privilege to compete in some of the country’s most prestigious marathons, road races, climbs and other exciting events. LLC athletes receive training assistance, professional fundraising advice, and team gear as well as the rewarding experience of helping those affected by liver related illnesses while accomplishing their own personal goals. For information go to:
Looking for extra motivation as you train for this half marathon? Get involved with a great cause while keeping up your motivation and energy.
Fattman Productions offers three races and several other events annually in Newton and New England generally. Each race provides a unique experience, and there is a race distance for all. They include the Bill’s Pizzeria 5K in October (October 30 this year) benefiting the Travis Roy Foundation; the Newton 10K in June supporting the Judith Rose Shea Ovarian Cancer Foundation; and the Chilly Half Marathon in November. All races are professionally planned, timed, and certified. Please visit http://www.fattmanproductions.com/roadraces.html , call 617-935-9856, or e-mail Kelly@fattmanproductions.com for further information.
Historic Newton, Massachusetts
Newton is immediately west of Boston and was founded shortly after Bean Town, established as Newe Towne in 1630. Names provide a rich history in themselves; It was renamed Cambridge in 1638, then Cambridge Village in 1688 (to differentiate between present Cambridge), and then Newtown in 1691. It was changed to Newton in 1766 before the Revolution. It became a city in 1873.
Known as the Garden City, Newton is a patchwork of 15 distinct villages, although there is no clear division or border between them. 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.
No Matter the designation, Newton is known for its historic structures (there are 180 listings on the National Register of Historic Places), including Jackson Homestead (1809, now the Newton History Museum), once a stop in the Underground Railroad.
Some quick facts: Newton was one of the first “Commuter Rail Suburbs” when the Boston and Worcester Railroad was laid through town in 1836 (although it was still mostly farms and large estates). There was an extensive street car network in the 1890’s. The Fig Newton was named for the town in 1891. The adjacent Chestnut Hill Reservoir was laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead. The Newton Free Library houses over 500,000 volumes, and there are two symphony orchestras in town.
And of course the famous B.A.A. Boston Marathon enters town every Patriot’s Day from neighboring Wellesley via Route 16, with a turn on Route 30 or Commonwealth Avenue for the critical stretch on the hills.
Awards for the top finishers will include the Fattman Cup Chili Bowl and other prizes. There will be awards for the top three Age Group winners, as well as other divisions and prizes for Newton residents.
Register Now with ALF
Join up for the very first Chilly Half Marathon. Get hot in the cold and have a great run through the villages of Newton. Whether you are just trying to stay in great running shape, discover your personal best, or attempt a distance that you didn’t think possible, running to help others adds something extra to the experience and will keep you enthusiastic throughout your training. Running is, after all, relatively easy for most people; think of the challenges those with liver disease face each day. You can do this! You should do this!