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The Sixth Annual Chilly Half Marathon, Pride of Newton, Massachusetts
Coming to you on Sunday, November 9, 2014, the sixth annual Fattman Cup Chilly Half Marathon is a challenging and fun event that runs along part of the Boston Marathon course! Expertly organized by Fattman Productions, it supports a terrific cause: The American Liver Foundation. This is the perfect autumn half marathon for all levels of runners.

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

If you are looking for a delightful fall running challenge, one that will define your personal best along with the chance to make the world a better, healthier place, then don’t miss the Chilly Half Marathon. Enjoy a beautiful tree-lined course in late foliage season.

Run past historic structures and beautifully landscaped open spaces and parks in the various villages of Newton, and view distinctive architecture. You will pass beautiful Crystal Lake, a 33-acre natural lake in Newton Centre that once provided needed ice for the town and Boston as well. You will be running along marathon history in the footsteps of the world’s most famous runners! And you will be helping patients and families recover from liver disease.

Join in this racing adventure through Newton!

Chilly is sure to sell out early and this is no hype; it always does. Don’t delay in signing up. There will be no wait list and no race day registration.

"I can see why this sells out! I know I don't want to miss it."


Fattman Productions has this race down to a science: from registration and bib pick-up to course support, refreshments, volunteers, porta-potties, custom designed T-shirts and the surprise finishers’ gifts. They prepare well for you, covering all the details! There are very good reasons runners toe the line at Chilly year after year. The Chilly Half Marathon is a challenging race, but well organized and enjoyable for every experience level.

This beautiful out and back loop course will take you through tree-lined residential streets, perfect during fall, with the leaves many shades of red, gold and orange. It will take you through some of Newton's most scenic neighborhoods - from Chestnut Hill Village past Crystal Lake, and across both Boylston and Beacon Streets. Runners will also pass several city parks along the way and pass the campus of Boston College along the Boston Marathon course, a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (miles 19 – 21 of Boston). The start and finish are located at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton, MA 02459. The school offers inside or outside shelter based on the weather.

Check it out on the Event Website, including course map and descriptions, registration, pick up, awards, amenities, directions and parking and more: Chilly Race Website

The Course Through Newton’s Villages
This course has been reviewed as “challenging” by a more than a few runners—definitely part of the charm for many. There are some rolling hills. The total climb is about 575 feet and the total elevation change is 1,159 feet. Really, it would be difficult to run a fully flat race within the city limits of Newton, but the race was designed to include a relatively flat start and finish.

Runners start at Newton South High School and briefly head south and west before turning north under Route 9, then across Beacon Street in the Waban neighborhood. This is the out-and-back section, where all the uphills also become downhills! The first four miles are flat to down with significant downhill from four to five. And at mile four the course goes into the clockwise loop section along Lowell and Cabot Streets and turns east toward the grand Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

There are hills from five miles though eight when the course hits Commonwealth Avenue at Boston College. This course is a terrific tour through Newton and all it has to offer. And it is an awesome feeling to run part of the Boston Marathon course where so many famous feet have made their mark. At this point on the course runners will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Boston skyline.

After Commonwealth the home stretch of the course brings runners back southward along Lake Avenue, Clark Street and Parker Street, and back toward the high school for the triumphant finish.

On average expect a high of 50 degrees and a low of 34--awesome running weather. They will be using the B-tag timing system and there will be six water stops/aid stations with water and Gatorade along the way.

The Post race festivities will be an indoor party with good food and refreshments, tons of sampling, massage, music and awards! All 2014 finishers will receive surprise custom designed finisher's gift.

Run For a Cause
Combine your personal fitness goals while running to benefit the American Liver Foundation (ALF). The American Liver Foundation of New England is dedicated to carrying out the important mission of research education and advocacy throughout the area. The New England division, established in 1985, serves patients and families with liver disease and works with some of the most renowned hepatolgists and liver specialists in the world. Help ALF by running the Chilly Half and provide much-needed research funds to this invaluable foundation, helping educate the public about ways to prevent, treat and cure liver disease. Check it out at: Liver Foundation Website

Fattman Productions
This is an event management company based in Newton. Fattman Productions oversees many programs and initiatives for a wide variety of clients.
This event is enjoyable for all, participants and spectators alike.

Kelly Fattman directs this very popular Fattman Cup Chilly Half Marathon, and she heads up Fattman Productions:
“We are a team of fun, passionate professionals boasting extraordinary credentials and flawless project management skills with over 20 years of experience. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ needs and delivering their programs in innovative ways.”

Fattman Productions also stages the Bill's Pizzeria 5K held on October 26th this year, which benefits the Travis Roy Foundation, and the Newton 10K Run for Dreamfar, which is held in June. They direct or consult with several other races throughout Massachusetts.

Fattman Productions has continuously supported the American Liver Foundation and the ALF Run for Research Team since the inaugural race in 2009. They create and administer events that focus on health and wellness while driving education for participants and funds to important life-changing charities. They are all about creating events that benefit the community, advancing the quality of life for both participants and beneficiaries.

The City of Newton
This lovely town is easy to get to with the MBTA Commuter Rail and T Green Line; additionally, both Interstates 90 and 95 pass through Newton. Accessibility makes this an awesome destination race. Grab your friends and family and take a rail ride to this race, or carpool and get your race on!

Newton is, of course, a suburb of Boston located just seven miles west of Bean Town and is known as the “Garden City.” It prides itself on beautiful open spaces and lovely neighborhoods. There are about 80,000 residents on territory covering 18.3 square miles. Newton is a patchwork of 14 distinct villages, although there is no clear division or border between them. They have 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.

Newton was founded in 1630. And of course it is known for being part of the famous Boston Marathon (several miles of the course and those famous hills going right by City Hall). The two familiar parts of the marathon that are on the Chilly Half Marathon course are the famed and feared Heartbreak Hill, and the sedate Boston College row, which in recent years has given Wellesley College a run for their money in terms of which school has the loudest “scream tunnel.”

Awards for the top finishers will include the coveted Crock Pot with Wholefoods fixings and other great prizes. Awards will go to the top three women and men overall, and to 16-19 and ten-year age groups through 70+. Everyone gets a cool, long sleeve tech T-shirt and a special finisher's medal. You will not want to miss out on either.

Let’s Go
This race has received rave reviews since its inception in 2009. Year after year, Newtonites, Bostonians, and folks from around the Commonwealth, run this race. It is a fun and exciting course, and is exceptionally well organized. Runner feedback is taken into consideration and the race is improved based on runners’ opinions and input. One thing that truly makes this race special is the sense of community. And there is no better running community than Newton!

You won’t want to miss out on this fun autumn race. So sign up today and make a difference in your health and the community! Your healthy body will thank you for running, and those afflicted with this terrible disease will thank you too.

For further information contact 617-916-2002 or e-mail

Event Website: Chilly Race Website
Newton, MA Official Website:



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