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The Famous East End Road Race, 28th Running
The popular East End Road Race in Lowell, Massachusetts, and accompanying post race party, will take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013. The venerable East End Club hosted this legendary race for 26 years until 2007. After a hiatus of five years it was brought back last year. This is the second running of the “NEW” East End Club Race, with innovative changes to go with many traditions—and a new Extreme Team Challenge.

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

Good race organizations always ask, “What do runners want?” When experienced runners and road race managers direct a race they usually answer that question and provide an enjoyable experience from beginning to end—pre-race through running and amenities to post race and awards. With the East End Club Five Miler you have the best possible combination at work: Terrific organization so things run smoothly, a challenging but fair course, a competitive race history, a great venue, innovative and technical updates, and a legendary post race party with a BBQ, rockin’ live music, and beer.

They offer personalized bib numbers—your name on a keepsake custom bib that will include the Chronotrack B-tag chip. For the personalized bib you must register by July 5th, but don’t wait—you can save five bucks by simply registering by May 25th.
Go to for all the details on the course, awards, amenities, results, directions and, of course, registration.

Also new for this year, the innovative Extreme Team Challenge. This is a terrific idea and a different kind of challenge—it’s not how fast your team is, but how close together they are as they finish. The B-tag chips will determine the winners—those who have five or more predetermined team members finish together, or close to it, will win prizes.

Teams of five or more compete for the Extreme Team beer mugs. Winning teams are picked by the smallest margin between the finishing time of the first runner and the last runner--one competition where it pays to stay together. The top three teams win! All team entries must be received by July 18, 2013.


"Our goal is simple,” says Race Director Dave Camire. “We want to provide a great experience for all participants and organize an event that does justice to the great races the East End Club has staged in the past."


Great Traditions
During the preceding 26 years the East End Road Race played a prominent role in New England running folklore. It was one of the most popular races in a city of terrific events. Many regional greats ran there, and the course records are held by two of the best: Lisa Senatore (27:37 in 1992), and Dave Dunham (24:30, also in 1992). Dunham once finished this race with an ankle swollen like a balloon because it was a part of the Hockamock Swamp Rat Grand Pricks Series.

East End--old timers couldn’t stop talking about it; new runners heard stories and wished they had been around to run it. Every year of the hiatus there was a rumor about the race returning, but it took until 2012. Now for the second year the NEW East End Five will take its rightful place among sought-after races on the calendar of great events.

" This has always been one of the best races in a city of great races."


This is the Place to Be on July 21
The race is returning for a second year after a five-year hiatus. The 28th edition takes place on July 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. from the East End Club, 15 West Fourth Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01850. As with last year, it is under the auspices Dave Camire and Sean Donnelly. They have collaborated on some of the more popular Merrimack Valley races, such as Lowell’s 1st Run and the Wild Rover Series. Camire is also founder and director of Lowell’s Good Times Series, director of many other events, founder of Yankee Timing Company, and co-founder of Cool Running, one of the first ever running websites launched in 1995 when the Internet was in its infancy. Donnelly has created and directed many races and, with his wife Pam, runs the event management group of Hustle Up Racing.

“Our goal is simple,” says Camire. “We want to provide a great experience for all participants and organize an event that does justice to the great races the East End Club has staged in the past. This has always been one of the best races in a city of great races. We are going to do our best to continue that great tradition.” And they are adding updated innovative touches that will themselves create a lot of buzz—and additional stories and legends.

Bib and T-shirt pickup, and late registration if available, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be open until 10:15 a.m. on race day. It gets busy in the area so give your group plenty of time.

Post Race “Paradise”
“We paved a parking lot and put in a paradise.” Yes, the parking lot behind the East End Club magically transforms, post race, into a combination beach party, tailgate extravaganza, BBQ, rock concert, and beer festival with a great variety of beach and lawn chairs (bring yours), umbrellas, makeshift tables, coolers and hundreds of happy runners enjoying the July sun and a race well done. It is an unusual post race party to say the least, as stories are exchanged, taps flow and grills glow. The awards will include the new Extreme Teams this year, and before and after the music will rock the neighborhood. Ask any runner who has experienced the East End Five and you will further appreciate the uniqueness of this event. Collect that finisher’s medal at the line and head over to the BBQ with hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salad, chips and frosty, cold Budweiser.

This is the New East End
While Camire and Donnelly are respectful of the great traditions of past East End races, they also realize that the taste of runners has changed over the five years the race was in hiatus, so appropriate changes have been made. This was true with the rebirth last year and the innovations continue for this year.

The course will be the same as in previous years; however similarities stop there. The race will be chip timed using the revolutionary Chronotrack B-Tag and the East End Race is taking chip timing to the extreme. Both the start and finish along with a halfway split timing mat. This will allow runners to their halfway time. This year it will be interesting for the Extreme Teams to check their (together) halfway splits, as well as the finish.

They will be placing digital clocks at each mile, offering Gatorade at aid stations, and coning off a runners’ lane along the busy sections of Lakeview Avenue and Bridge Street.

The Course—Not an Easy One
Anyone looking for an easy run should find a flat 5K elsewhere. This is a challenging five miles, making that post race celebration all the more enjoyable.

The start is on Bridge Street with a turn onto West Fourth Street, passing the East End Club; it continues on Lakeview Avenue (mostly flat), followed by a right turn on Old Road approaching two miles. This is where it gets interesting—challenge the hills. The rolls continue on Hildreth Street and it flattens out again on Ludlum Street. A right turn off Ludlum onto Bridge Street provides some fast downhill with the final turn on West Fourth again to finish in front of the East End Club.


“And then there’s the post race party . . . . Yes, this is the part many remember so fondly: the hills, the heat, and ahh....the refreshment.”


It is challenging, which has always been part of the allure. The first major hill starts at about 1.7-miles. Over the next 7/10th of a mile you’ll gain elevation before heading downhill to the next challenge at the 5K mark. Here you’ll encounter another sneaky little climb before sailing mostly down hill to the finish.

Historically the East End seemed to land on the warmest day of the summer, which sometimes turns a five-mile jaunt into a survival test. However last year’s earlier start (10:30 AM) provided relief before the day heated up. At the East End Five Miler you get your finishers’ medal the old fashion way – you earn it! And then you celebrate!

Rewarding Amenities
All entrants registered by July 5 will receive a collectable East End “throwback” cotton T-shirt, a soft cotton, “I survived the East End Road Race” T to be proud of. July 5th is also the cut-off to receive your personalized bib. These Olympic style bibs will feature your first name prominently front and center making you feel like a champion—and at East End you will be treated like one.

All finishers will receive a commemorative East End Road Race finishers’ medal. Exchange your racing mettle for that commemorative custom Ashworth medal. This work of art was designed and manufactured by Ashworth Awards. If you have received a finishers’ medal at Lowell’s 1st Run, or the Wild Rover Series, or the Good Times series you are familiar with the quality work of Ashworth Awards. And of course the winning three Extreme Team winners will get the beer mugs with the precious East End Road Race Logo.

“And then there’s the post race party . . . . Yes, this is the part many remember so fondly: the hills, the heat, and ahh....the refreshment.”

Be There for This One
Whether you have done all 27 previously, or are considering this event for the first time, be sure to register for one of New England’s great running experiences.
It was one of the most popular races in the Merrimack Valley for more than a quarter century. And now it is back by popular demand and provided by some innovative guys who love great races and racing traditions.

Mention the East End Road Race in Lowell, Massachusetts to anyone who ran in it and you’ll get a wide-eyed response and certainly a story or two. The race is legendary in the annals of New England road racing. The locals revered it, the participants loved it and many greats ran it. Now you can too!



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