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The Patriotic 5K - A Gem in Medford, Massachusetts on Patriots Day Weekend
Are you looking for a great way to celebrate the Patriots Day Weekend? There is a brand new gem of a 5K race in Medford, Massachusetts. The First Annual Patriot 5K Road Race will run on Sunday, April 15, 2012. And it will cover some of the famous Midnight Ride route of Paul Revere and William Dawes.

The Patriotic 5K - A Gem in Medford, Massachusetts on Patriots Day Weekend

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Saturday, 31 March, 2012

Hustle Up Racing brings you a new 5K in Medford, Massachusetts, and it will be a celebration of Patriots Day. Patriots Day is specific to ONLY Massachusetts and Maine (which was part of Massachusetts during the Revolution and until 1820). This race is a celebration of the Patriots Day weekend, and will also be a celebration of the USA, honoring those who have served or are serving in our armed forces and uniformed services of all types. It will run at a convenient start time, 11:00 a.m., will include a scenic and historic clockwise loop through Medford and West Medford, and finish on Winthrop Street directly in front of the American Legion. Part of the route was used by Paul Revere on his ride to Lexington. So saddle up and be part of history with the first ever Medford Patriotic 5K. Race headquarters will be the American Legion, Post 45 at 321 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155.

All participants will be timed by Yankee Timing Company, so accurate results will be posted almost immediately. The race is for all paces of runners--and walkers--and starts at 11:00 a.m. What a great way to enjoy your Sunday, your holiday weekend.

Hustle Up Racing is a new race management company based in Pepperell, Massachusetts (contact information on the Race Website). They also bring you such classics as the classic Hynes Five Miler in Lowell, Massachusetts, among other events.

Families and running clubs are encouraged to bring their youngsters and teammates to participate in a first of its kind 5K. Awards will be given to the first overall woman and man, and also to the top three in each of 10-year age groups, 19-and-under to 70 plus. Packet pick up and late registration will be on race morning, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. through 11:45, but you are encouraged to get there early. This event is easy to get to and only a short distance off Interstate 93 (Exit 32) in Medford. Please see the race Website for excellent directions from every location; you can also get information on registration, online and by mail (downloadable application), an excellent course map, photos, sponsors, related links, contacts, and more

The Course in Historic Medford
This is a basic clockwise loop through Medford and West Medford, passing several parks and many historic structures, especially colonial era homes. There is a small clockwise loop to begin before heading out on the main loop. The course passes two nice parks, the Playstead on Playstead Road (just beyond half way) and Victory Park on Winthrop Street, at about 2.7 miles. The entire course is close to the famous Middlesex Fells Reservation.

The start is just off Winthrop Square where Winthrop Street and High Street join, and near the intersection of Rural Avenue and Traincroft Street. This is very close to the Mystic River, and is a few blocks from the American Legion. After the start on Rural the course goes right or northwest on Winthrop past the Legion to a right turn on Lawrence Road, followed by another right on Rural Avenue. After passing the starting point the race field heads west on High Street. On High Street you will be running the route traveled by Paul Revere on his famous ride to Lexington. William Dawes rode a more southerly route before meeting with Revere in Arlington.

High Street will take runners and walkers to a right on beautiful Playstead Road. The course is generally flat with a few rolling hills. The two-mile mark is just beyond the Playstead itself on this road. Then Playstead Road intersects Winthrop Street, where participants take a final right turn before heading for a straight and fast final stretch past Victory Park to the finish directly in front of the American Legion.

After the finish there will be light refreshments and live music by singer-guitarist Brian Weeks.

Just Be There
You will like the way Hustle UP Racing handles the race, with every detail covered. They are runners and know what runners need and want--runners of every pace, ability, and experience.
You can contact Hustle Up Racing at 978-328-2545, or by e-mail at

Start your summer racing off right; enjoy your holiday weekend with an enjoyable and healthy activity for all. Just be there! Speaking of experience, it would be terrific to experience this new event. There are not many races in Medford. Be part of history, and participate in the first annual Patriotic 5K. We will see you there!



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