The 29th East End Road Race, as Good as it Ever Was…
And better! A blend of old school road racing traditions with superior innovations, the popular East End Road Race in Lowell, Massachusetts, and accompanying post race party, will take place on Sunday, July 20, 2014. The race is legendary in the annals of New England road racing, and the changes and amenities make a great event even more enjoyable! This year it is part of the legendary New England Runner Pub Series.
Posted Monday, 14 July, 2014
The East End Club Five Miler is returning for a third year—29th year overall--after a four-year break. The venerable East End Club of Lowell hosted this legendary race for 26 years until 2007. After four years off it was brought back in 2012 under the guidance of Dave Camire and Jessica Costa of Yankee Timing. This will be the third running of the “NEW” East End Club Race, with even more innovative changes this year to go with many traditions.
Following a challenging five miles, runners can look forward to the traditional BBQ, which will be even better than before. And they are adding live outdoor music to the mix so the crowd on the “beach-like” parking lot can enjoy the music in the sun with good food and cold beer. Bring your lawn chair and beach umbrella if you like. Bring your friends and enjoy the East End Club experience. And this year, for the first time, this race is the fourth event in the New England Runner Pub Series, now in its 17th year.
The 29th edition takes place on July 20, 2014 starting at 10:30 a.m. from the East End Club, 15 West Fourth Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01850. Packet pick-up and late registration (if available) will begin at 8:30 through 10:15 a.m. But don’t wait; save $5.00 over the race day fee and get on the list of registered runners with your name published on their Race Website: http://www.eastendrace.com
Also note you can get your own personalized bib (your first name along with your number) if you register on or before July 5, 2014. This bib will include the Chronotrack B-tag timing chip. Make that bib a memorable keepsake and place it with the unique custom finisher’s keychain/bottle opener you will earn—a work of art from famous Ashworth Awards, which designs and makes medals for some of the most famous events in the country. Additionally, half of you will be happy to note they will have women’s fitted tech shirts; tech shirts will be given to the first 500 to register.
Take it from me, these guys provide an enjoyable experience from beginning to end—pre-race, course and support, and amenities with big time fun at 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 such as personalized e-mail results, and a legendary post race party with a BBQ, rockin’ live music outside, food and beer free for all.
Go to http://www.eastendrace.com for all the details on the course, maps, awards, amenities, party and BBQ, list of entries, results, directions and, of course, registration.
New England Runner Pub Series
As noted, this is the fourth event in the 17th annual New England Runner Pub Series, which began in 1998. This year it began with Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler in Jamaica Plain on April 13; followed by the Evan’s Run 5K in Norwell on May 18; June 1 brought the Corrib Pub 5K in West Roxbury. Two October events will follow: Bernie’s Run Three Miler in Dedham runs on October 5, followed buy the now famous Paddy’s Pub Shillelagh Shuffle Three Miler in Newton on October 19. There is a great summary of the Pub Series on the East End Club race website, or you can go to: http://www.nerunner.com/
Twenty Nine Years of Traditions—Begin Yours
During the preceding years the East End Road Race played a prominent role in New England and Merrimack Valley running—the nation’s hotbed of running for variety, quality of events, and level of competition. This has been one of the most popular races in a city of great races. 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).
It did not run in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. But it came back to life in a big way in 2012 (results going back to 1995, the inaugural year of Cool Running, are on the race website). Every year of the hiatus there was a rumor about the race returning, but it took until 2012. Now for the third year the NEW East End Club Five will take its rightful place among sought-after races on the calendar of great events. And new traditions and memories will be built each year. This is the place to be on July 20.
“We paved a parking lot and put in a paradise. Can't wait for this one.”
Post Race—Party On in “Paradise”
“We paved a parking lot and put in a paradise.” Yes, the parking lot across from 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 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 music will rock the neighborhood. Ask any runner who has experienced the East End Club 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, soda and frosty cold beer.
East End Course—Lowell and Dracut
The course will be essentially the same as in previous years; however the start has been moved off Bridge Street to West 4th Street so it is easier for runners and less disruptive of traffic. The race will be chip timed using the revolutionary Chronotrack B-Tag and both the start and finish along with a halfway split will have timing mats. Please see the excellent course map provided on the race website.
The first mile is flat, followed by rolling terrain and one significant hill approaching two miles. There is a second test of elevation at about 5K, but most of the last mile is flat to down, finishing on West 4th Street in front of the East End Club. 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. Owing to enthusiastic spectators, the post race bonanza/party will be in full swing and simply awaiting all runners and the awards.
Be There for This One
Whether you have done all 28 previously, or are considering this event for the first time, be sure to register for one of New England’s great running experiences.
The 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.
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 with some creative ideas and innovations that add significantly to a great race and racing traditions.
Make this one a top priority on your summer race calendar and set some goals and make some traditions of your own: http://www.eastendrace.com And we will see you there!