No, Ney, Never – Don’t Miss the Wild Rover Series
This innovative race series is ideal for spring racing action and enjoyment. Increasing mileage each week (3-4-5) makes for a perfect spring schedule, with each race followed by a terrific party. This third annual trio of races is for runners who truly want to have fun!
Posted Monday, 8 February, 2010
What is better than one race with technical t-shirts, a creative finishing medal and a wild post race party? Give up? It’s three races with three technical shirts, three creative finishing medals (that fit together as one huge medallion) and three post race parties. That’s right; Irish eyes are smiling times three as three of the Merrimack Valley’s top notch racing enthusiasts team up to put on the best running event of its kind – The Wild Rover Racing Series.
Sean Donnelly has continued the long standing tradition of the Hynes Road Race, while Jay Karamatopolous has been heading up the Claddagh Pub Road Race for the past 16 years. With over 30 years of racing experience, Series Originator, Dave Camire, has turned the Frozen Shamrock into Haverhill’s largest running event and is looking forward to seeing this successful event climb its way to the top of the racing mountain. “Our goal is simple: we want to offer the best quality event possible to people who like to run,” said Camire.
The series kicks off in historic downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts on Sunday, February 28. Runners will line up for a 1:00 pm start at the authentic Irish Pub, J.P. McBride’s. This three-mile course runs through the residential part of nearby Bradford and finishes back at the pub for the post race festivities.
The following Sunday, March 7, the series continues at the Claddagh Pub, located in the pulsing heart of Lawrence, just up river from Haverhill. This challenging four mile course will bring runners through the Tower Hill area, circling back to the Claddagh. Plan to stick around after the race to party with The Gobshites: an authentic punk-Irish band that will make you feel like you’re rock’n in downtown Dublin.
The final and thus far the largest race of the series will start at the Hynes Tavern in Lowell, Massachusetts, the third Merrimack River Mill City. This is the traditional Hynes Road Race that originated in 1980 and has been the unofficial kick off to the racing season in Lowell for three decades. A flat five mile course, it passes the grave of Lowell’s native son, Jack Kerouac. The festive outdoor celebration is a true tribute to the race’s longevity and will also celebrate the close of the series.
The amenities are plenty at this third annual series. Online registration is available for all three races at once, and there will be frequent e-mail updates, along with Facebook postings. There will be free, convenient parking at all three races. This year all entrants will receive a long sleeve technical t-shirt and personalized bib number for each race. Accuracy is not a question with the innovative Chronotrack chip timing system providing both start and finish mats courtesy of Yankee Timing and accurately measured courses with digital clocks at every mile.
All races will be announced by the legendary Andy Schachat. The post race traditional Irish celebration is not for the weary, but then again neither is running. Celebrate all three races with live Irish music, lots of food and adult beverages. And last but certainly not least, those completing all three events will own the coveted world famous finisher’s medal. There will be medals awarded to all finishers at each race; runners who collect all three will fit them together to form the Wild Rover Series medal: a multicolored shamrock with the colors of the Irish flag. It’s cool, it’s different, it’s innovative.
In an effort to maximize the quality of this event, each race is limited to 1000 runners. All three race applications are now available online. Series runners have first dibs at registration. Runners participating in only one or two of these events cannot register until February 1, 2010.
There will be no formal award ceremony for any of the races. Awards will be posted and available for pickup at designated areas. Unclaimed awards will be mailed to all winners. Online finisher certificates will be e-mailed to all finishers. Each race will be photographed by highly respected photographer and runner Jim Rhoades. The photographs will be available next day for free download.
If you’re looking for something to chase away those winter blues, put a little touch of green in your racing schedule with the third annual Wild Rover Series. “We’re all about quality, and we’re all about fun!”