A Great Family Race on Memorial Day Weekend - This One is a S.H.O.R.E Thing
The Second Annual S.H.O.R.E Road Race 5K and 2-Mile Walk Presented by Dunkin Donuts runs in Scituate, Massachusetts on May 29th. As you run or walk enjoy breathtaking views of Scituate’s quintessentially New England coastline, the Scituate shore.
Posted Monday, 8 March, 2010
Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember all those who bravely gave their lives for our country. It has also come to symbolize the unofficial start of summer and time to spend with family and friends. So pack up and come to the second Annual S.H.O.R.E. Run presented by Dunkin’ Donuts on Saturday, May 29th. This race truly has something for everyone, no matter what age. This USATF sanctioned event includes a 5K (3.1 miles) race and a two mile walk, both of which hug the beautiful South Shore with water and harbor views. Come for the race and stay for the day, or even the weekend. Allow time to take in the great restaurants and shopping along Front Street in Scituate Harbor.
This USATF-sanctioned race course is the perfect way to kick off your summer racing season. Even if your winter running hibernation lasted longer than you’d hoped, chances are you can cover the 3.1 miles with relative ease. In this case, a slower pace translates into more time to take in the breathtaking views--or at least that’s what you can tell your family when they check your results.
The race "headquarters" will be Peggotty Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts, a gorgeous beach along the rocky coastline that is nestled in a quiet seaside neighborhood. “Quiet” except for race day when the inspirational cheers of the residents are second only to the crashing of the surf. The race starts and finishes from there and though the course is well marked, you could get “lost” once your gaze and thoughts turn to the harbor and ocean views that you’ll see from the majority of the course. The beautiful seaside homes might even inspire you to visit a real estate office after you cross the finish line.
Last year, there were nearly 500 participants, and in 2010 the race organizers expect that number to grow significantly. Everyone who took part really enjoyed the first, and the news has spread. Though the race will increase in numbers, not much else is going to change and that’s by design, because last year was such a huge success. The inaugural race enjoyed great weather, lots of participants, and fantastic post race activities. Most importantly they raised $10,000 for S.H.O.R.E.--Scituate High Opportunities and Resources for Education, Inc. Since its inception in 1990, S.H.O.R.E., a local organization created by concerned parents, has granted more than $800,000 to provide Scituate students with the best opportunities available to advance their learning and transition to becoming 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.
This small race has a big race feel to it. Before runners set off to run, they can stash their bags in the storage that is provided; it’s a simple amenity, most often seen at races of greater distance. It may not seem like a big deal but just think back to the last time you left your stuff hidden somewhere and hoped it would be there when you finished, or worse yet, carried something with you while you tried to run your PR.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most.
And sometimes it’s the recognition. There will be awards for the first female and male overall, and the top two finishers in each 10-year age group, women and men. Running fast reaps other rewards too....you could be first to get a free post race massage courtesy of a local company, Mariposa Massage. After your massage, you and your family can satisfy your appetite with some post race sustenance in a “party-like” atmosphere. There will also be a large raffle with an opportunity to win fantastic gifts.
One notable change is that the race has a new director for 2010, Mike Versace, and his enthusiasm for this new role is contagious.
“I am supercharged about this year’s event. It’s about family and it’s about having FUN,” says Versace. “From everyone’s perspective, including the participants, the town and the charity, last year’s inaugural race was a huge success under the leadership of Michelle Hagen. We established a great formula on which to continue to build the best possible experience for our participants. And in these challenging economic times, the funds raised from this event mean even greater things for S.H.O.R.E. and the resources at the High School.”
What sets this race apart from many other small town races is the quantity and caliber of their sponsors. In addition to the title sponsor, Dunkin Donuts, race sponsors include: REI, Greater Boston Running Company, TK O’Malley’s Sports Cafe, Digital Scanning, Hingham Lumber, North River Party Rental, Home Depot, Mariposa Massage, Del’s Lemonade, Shaw’s Supermarket and Zona Salon. These local stores and merchants support this event in order to create the greatest possible experience for the runners while going the extra mile to support S.H.O.R.E.
Other details of note is--registration will open at 8:30 a.m. for late registration and packet pickup. But don't wait until race day. The race kicks off at 10:00 a.m. This early start, and the fact that it will all be wrapped up by noon means you can run and walk and still have the rest of the day for barbecues, parades and the beach.
So join Red Sox Ace—and Scituate resident Jim Lonborg--the official starter of this race--for a day of family fun and fabulous views before, during, and after the race. Register NOW—the earlier the better—all those who register by May 1st are guaranteed a souvenir T-shirt of this great race for a great cause. Check out the directions and details and sign up at www.coolrunning.com/major/10/scituateshorerun/ and get in on the fun. The second annual S.H.O.R.E. Run will insure that your 2010 Memorial Day is a memorable one.