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The Newton 10K by Fattman Productions –Classic Race, Great Cause
The world needs more 10K’s; so many have succumbed to the easy any-one-can-do-it 5K distance. You must run the Fourth Annual Newton 10K on June 5, 2011 in lovely, historic Newton, Massachusetts. It's your opportunity for a classic 10K on a scenic loop course. Run in support of a wonderful cause—the Judith Rose Shea Foundation for Ovarian Cancer.

The Newton 10K by Fattman Productions –Classic Race, Great Cause

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 24 May, 2011

Not so long ago the 10K was the go-to race, the standard by which runners measured themselves race after race with an occasional 5-miler thrown in. Not so long ago the 5K was a rare breed. Now it is the reverse; 5K’s have proliferated and the 10K has become harder to find. Recently, however, in many locations the 10K is again on the rise, is again becoming prominent and more common. In the suburbs of Boston one particularly well organized race is leading a resurgence—the Newton 10K on June 5, 2011.

The Newton 10K runs in one of the nicest towns in eastern Massachusetts, if not New England. And it is organized and administered by Fattman Productions, and they have done a terrific job with some very innovative races. In fact, two of their races—including this 10K—were in the running for the prestigious USATF-New England Grand Prix. Fattman Productions also brings you the Bill's 5K, October 30, 2011; and the popular Chilly Half Marathon, November 13, 2011.)

One common theme with Fattman races is that they run for a very worthy critically important cause (in addition to the cause of general fitness and fun). And in this case the Newton 10K is running in support of the Judith Rose Shea Foundation for Ovarian Cancer.
Details available on the Website at:

This race is convenient, easy to get to, supported by outstanding sponsors, enjoys lots of volunteer support, includes the Catz Kidz Challenge (see below) before the big race (new this year, the kids' obstacle course for fun and fitness too). And the Newton 10K has a substantial post race offering--you won't go away hungry or thirsty. This event is the place to be on June 5, 2011. It will be chip timed and includes a technical shirt for the first 400 pre-registered runners. And despite the reputation (mostly from the Boston Marathon) of hills in Newton, this course is a moderate combination of flat and hills and enjoys various parts of the Newton villages on a modified clockwise loop.

The Course
Race headquarters will be the Horace Mann Elementary School at 687 Watertown Street in Newtonville, Massachusetts 02466. The start and finish are near the school on Albemarle Street adjacent to Linwood Park. From Albemarle the route turns west on Craft then south to Walnut then to Lowell Avenue. It continues south on Lowell to Commonwealth Avenue (yes, that Commonwealth Ave.), tracking a bit of the B.A. A. Boston Marathon course before heading north on Chestnut Street to a right (west on Austin Street back to Lowell Avenue. It backtracks on Lowell then Walnut and Craft with a small loop northeast of Linwood Park before returning to the park for a fast finish down Albemarle and triumph.

The Catz Kidz Challenge
New this year will be the Catz Kidz Challenge, which allows the kids to get in a good run on the fields in a semi-competitive atmosphere of fun. Additional activities for the kids will be provided throughout the 10K event with fun and games provided--including the new obstacle course. The kids’ runs get underway at 8:00 a.m. They are grouped by age, and it is free to all kids under 11 (donations by kids and parents will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Newton). Age groups are under two, two to four, five to seven and eight to 10. Every child will get a bag of goodies, and there will be prizes for the top runners in each division. See the Website for registration and details:

Registration, Packet Pick-up, and Lottery
You can register through the Race Website with either on-line or mail-in options--register in advance, the price goes up on race day. Or registration will be available along with Packet pick up in advance, which will save time and hassles on race morning. Pick up and registration will be available on Thursday, June 2nd at Whole Foods Market on Washington Street in Newton (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.); or on Saturday, June 4 at First Commons Bank, 718 Beacon Street, Newton (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.); or also on Saturday at City Sports at 37 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Of course number pick up and registration will be available on race day from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on race day at Horace Mann School.

Please note that for every $5 donated to the Judith Rose Shea Foundation you will be eligible for some great prizes, including autographed Boston Bruins jerseys, two signed by an individual Bruins player, and one signed by the entire team; and Red Sox tickets, any game of your choice (except Yankees games and playoffs). Please see the Website for details on this raffle and for a link to the “About Us” page for the Judith Rose Shea Foundation for Ovarian Cancer:

Check the website also for course maps, directions, previous results, Catz Kidz, training plans, sponsors, and other events by Fattman Productions.

Historic Newton, Massachusetts
Newton is immediately west of Boston and was founded shortly after Bean Town; it was first 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.

Fattman Productions
Fattman Productions offers three races annually in Newton, in addition to work on other races and as consultants for other activities and venues. Each race provides a unique experience, and there is a race distance for all. In addition to the Newton 10K, they include the Bill’s Pizzeria 5K in October (October 31 this year) benefiting the Travis Roy Foundation; and the Chilly Half Marathon in November (the 14th this year), benefitting the American Liver Foundation. All races are professionally planned, timed, and certified. Please visit or e-mail for further information.

Register Now
Join up for the third annual Newton 10K, and enjoy a professionally organized race that caters to its participants. Have a great run through the Linwood Park and the villages of Newton. Whether you are an experienced 10K runner of moving up to this distance for the first time, this is a great place for a personal best. And running in support of the Judith Rose Shea foundation adds something extra to the experience and will keep you enthusiastic throughout your training. Running is, after all, a way to celebrate and keep good health. Bring the kids and enjoy the morning in Newton! For additional information, please contact Kelly Fattman at or 617-935-9856.



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