Wild Rover's Frozen Shamrock in Haverhill Postponed to April 14--Upcoming Claddagh Pub 4 Miler in Lawrence, Massachusetts now Opens the Wild Rover Racing Series
The Sixth Annual Wild Rover Racing Series will now open on Sunday, March 3 with the Claddagh Pub 4 Miler in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Frozen Shamrock 3 Miler has been postponed from February 24 to April 14 due to the heavy snow of Storm Q. Delayed but coming--three races and the best ever keepsake medallions. The Wild Rover still includes the Frozen Shamrock, Haverhill’s largest race, and two historic races in Lawrence and Lowell to bring a trio of great runs with parties and live music at each race.
Posted Monday, 25 February, 2013
The three races will continue, and the Wild Rover will prevail in its three-race format, except the sequence of the races has necessarily changed with the rescheduling of the Frozen Shamrock. The race committee really had no choice but to reschedule due to safety concerns and due to many registered runners not being able to make the race during the storm last Sunday.
Okay, here you go! It starts with the Claddagh Four Miler, which uses one of the finest race venues anywhere, the Claddagh Pub, and race amenities include the Gobshites for live music; they happen to be one of the best Irish bands in New England.
Yes, three races, three distances, and three parties with live music and taps flowing. This is what you would expect from Irish pubs in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley, with races running in Lawrence, Lowell, and Haverhill respectively. It begins now and this year only with the classic Claddagh Four Miler on March 3rd, running from the famous Claddagh Pub in Lawrence. The series continues the following week with the 33rd traditional Hynes Tavern Five Miler on March 10, 2013, the site of the first real Irish Pub Race in the region. The 2013 series concludes with the Frozen Shamrock 3-miler, headquartered at Archie's Little River Ale House in Haverhill, on April 14th--mark that date on your calendar; its easy to remember because it is the day before the Boston Marathon.
Hurry and sign up to insure a spot and a personalized Bib Number with your name on it. No hype here--this series will sell out and remains limited to 1,000 in each event (there are only a few spots left) to insure the quality for all, during the race and during the post race celebration.
"We try to bring a big time race experience to our little event," says race director Dave Camire
Late winter and early spring racing has never been so enjoyable! And these three events are really memorable, with individual medals by Ashworth Awards that fit together for a large series keepsake medallion--a real classic and a work of art. With three races, personalized bibs, B-chip timing by Yankee Timing, individual race T-shirts, those artistically designed interlocking medals and Irish-themed post-race parties at three classic Irish pubs, the Wild Rover Racing Series is sure to get your Irish eyes a-smiling! Registration for all races is now open, and all three will sell out; there are only 1,000 bibs for each. Each of the three race medals will interlock with each other for a really cool and unique Irish lucky charm. Visit www.runthewildrover.com to sign up today. These three races will provide triple fun in the historic Merrimack Valley!
The Frozen Shamrock 3 Miler
The Claddagh Pub 4 Miler
The Wild Rover Racing Series kicks off on Sunday, March 3 with the 20th annual Claddagh Pub 4 Miler, which starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Famous Claddagh Irish Pub on Canal Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the pub, the race heads out of downtown on a flat mile-long stretch before you travel out to the Tower Hill area and hit a challenging, though short “knee-kissing” hill at mile two. The remainder of the race rolls and meanders through the legendary mill city before heading back to the Claddagh Pub.
Race organizers will provide a timing mat at the halfway point. And with the hill out of the way after mile 2, you can really aim for a negative split on the second half. The race ends--and the festivities begin--at the Claddagh Pub with hot food and cold drinks to toast your efforts. You can also do a little post-race celebratory jig to the music of The Gobshites, a popular local Irish/punk band familiar with taking the main stage at the Claddagh.
The Hynes Tavern 5 Miler
The second race of the series, the Traditional Hynes Tavern 5 Miler, hits the streets of downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, on Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 PM. “The Hynes,” as it’s become known, holds a high place in the Merrimack Valley Road Race history books. Now in its 33rd year, the Hynes has run on the same fairly flat course since it began in 1980. And the 5-mile distance makes it the ideal early spring fitness test after building up your mileage and racing the Claddagh Four Miler.
Although this race has been around for ages, the Wild Rover series organizers continue to up the ante on its popularity and significance. Once again, the Hynes Tavern 5 Miler will feature start and finish line mats with clocks at every mile and a traffic-free running lane with lots of police help. All participants are treated like running royalty before, during and after each event in the series.
The Frozen Shamrock Three Miler
Although traditionally the first race, the Frozen Shamrock will conclude the Wild Rover Sereis this year, running on April 14, 2013, with the 6th through Haverhill and Bradford, Massachusetts. Sponsored by Archie's Little River Ale House (formerly J.P. McBride’s Irish Pub). The Frozen Shamrock has become wildly popular, and race director and series organizer Dave Camire continues to innovate so the event evolves, insuring that it remains a favorite.
For this final race of the series, there will be plenty of parking in Haverhill's new and modern municipal parking garage located just a short walk from the pub. Packet pick-up and pre-race preparations will take place at St. Joseph’s school, located right around the corner from Archie's Little River Ale House—giving runners a warm place to hang, stretch out and get ready for a tour of Haverhill, crossing the river twice on a counter-clockwise loop. Runners will also have access to plenty of bathrooms at the school and porto-toilets near the pub. This year’s race will once again feature timing mats at each mile marker, so you can really push it or pace it as you see fit. Clocks at each mile will be available for each race, another nice feature.
"We try to bring a big time race experience to our little event," says race director Dave Camire. “Our event offers amenities usually not found at smaller races,” he adds. Besides the timing mats at each mile, finish medals, personalize bibs, technical t-shirts the Frozen Shamrock 3-Miler is one of the few shorter distance events that offers heat sheets, instant e-mail results and this year once again a video results screen at the finish.
There’s a traditional Irish blessing that begins with the line, “May the road rise up to meet you.” And much like that blessing, the road actually does rise up to meet you at the Frozen Shamrock 3-miler. The first mile starts off with what many runners refer to as a “monster hill,” then eases up a bit for the second mile with some smaller rolling hills. The last mile brings relief with a fast downhill finish…and you can run right into the Little River Ale House lot and pub to celebrate with food, libations and some live music!
More than Just a Bunch of Blarney
This is the best way to shake off the winter blues and get your spring running in gear. The Wild Rover Racing Series is packed with gems for all runners from start to finish, and in between! These folks know what they are doing--know what runners want, and know how to make racing enjoyable. Each registered runner will be treated as a guest; creative and fun Irish-themed race shirts and three times the party at famous Irish pubs! Even tunes are provided for you, so leave those headphones at home and enjoy the live music on the course and live band at the finish line celebrations. Registered runners also receive e-mail and Facebook updates leading up to the races and a personalized e-mail after each event detailing your results, finish time and splits.
Every year, Ashworth Awards, one of the sponsors of Running USA, by the way, designs three unique, inter-locking finisher’s medals for the Wild Rover series. Collect all three medals to create one artfully crafted Irish medallion—sure to turn your running partners’ eyes green with envy. Past medals designs included a multi-colored shamrock and a claddagh symbol (have a look on the Website for the newest version).
Online registration for each event is as easy as 1, 2, and 3! Races are limited to 1,000 runners, so don’t delay. A series as fantastic as this one will definitely fill up fast. Proceeds from each race go to various local charities. Visit www.runthewildrover.com to sign up today.
Again I go back to that traditional Irish blessing, because it seems to sum up the series so well:
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May there always be beer at the end of your race!
Okay, I took some liberties with that last line, but it sure has a nice ring to it. Join the parties and run into spring!