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It’s Boston’s Run To Remember – March 12th-13th 2005
Posted Monday, 24 January, 2005
“Extra! Extra! Read all about it! New race (with long history) is going to be run directly through downtown Boston!”
This is a scoop. This is an exclusive. No other race…NO OTHER RACE… runs right through the core of historic Boston. This is a unique opportunity for runners. Mark your spring 2005 calendar now so that you don’t miss out.
Boston's Run To Remember is not really a new race; it's the merger of two law enforcement races into one even larger race, making it the largest law enforcement run in the United States.
Boston’s Run To Remember event will invade the Seaport World Trade Center Boston and plans to create a party that will span the entire weekend of March 12th-13th. This new event includes a half marathon, a five miler and a huge party (sponsored by the Harpoon Brewery) all wrapped into an early spring weekend in Boston.
Event organizers and race director Tony Pallotta of Runner’s Edge in Melrose are aiming high. They have created an event that will truly rock the city of Boston. Local celebrities and bands combined with high impact sponsors will make it all cook. This will be a classic course, a mega-party and a WORLD CLASS EVENT.
It’s all in the course, of course!
Here’s the ultra-cool exclusive: Both courses run right through the heart of the city with start and finish lines at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston on Seaport Boulevard, (down by where the Ted William’s Tunnel heads out towards Logan).
Exactly what parts of Boston will you run through? What sights will you be treated to? Here’s a quick overview of the landmarks that you will be reeling in as you run…Take a deep breath and repeat after me....
Begin at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston,
Accelerate by the Aquarium,
Fly by Faneuil Hall,
Streak by the State House,
Gambol by Government Center,
Plow past the Public Garden and Boston Common (watch out for ducklings),
Careen down Storrow Drive,
Fly back down Memorial Drive,
Canter over the Longfellow Bridge,
Forge thorough the Financial District,
Pause at Post Office Square,
Halt at the Harpoon Brewery,
And settle down as you pass through the Seaport area back to the Trade Center.
Big party – Big event
Like a good beer? (And what New England runner doesn’t?) The Harpoon Brewery is sponsoring the race party. (Come on, admit it, you know part of the reason you took up racing was to get out of the house and have a few well deserved brews with your pub-pals.)
On Sunday, after the race, the Seaport World Trade Center Boston will be turned into the home of the area’s biggest party, including a Harpoon Beer Garden, tons of food, live entertainment including a radio station simulcast and live bands.
The event will span the entire weekend including a two-day Fitness Expo, product demonstrations, children’s activities, food and beer sampling, live bands, celebrity appearances and much more. Sounds like there will be something for everyone.
It’s going to rock. This is good timing for Bostonians and New Englanders who will be just waking up from the long winter and looking for an excuse to truly enjoy themselves.
Even though you may be reading this article at the dull end of summer rolling into autumn, with a long cold run ahead for the next six months, what better event to focus on as a goal race for next spring?
Here is a bonus participative exercise; take a postcard of Boston, write “Boston’s Run To Remember” on it, then draw a beer bottle with a happy face. Hang that on the fridge next your kid’s soccer schedule as inspiration to train through the winter!
It should be a good party. The organizers are still pulling things together, but plans are to have celebrity speakers, bands, and a live radio station broadcast to keep things going. According to Tony; “We have an entire weekend of events at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston including a health and fitness expo, children’s events and activities, adult activities, tours of the Harpoon Brewery, celebrity speakers and appearances.”
This setup foretells a monster party to cleanse those winter doldrums for you cold-weather-groggy New Englanders.
A new, but not-new event, with quite a local pedigree
It’s a new race but it’s an old race? Where did Boston’s Run To Remember come from? How did it get exclusivity to the streets of Bean-Town? The answer is in the event’s pedigree.
Local runners will remember the Law Enforcement Half Marathon in Wakefield. That was a local classic that many of us ran as a Boston warm-up over the years. The Law Enforcement race was a spring tradition here in the New England running scene, fielding a few thousand serious runners. I’ve often heard the old-timers wax poetically about the ‘one good hill at the end’ as they were reminiscing over their post race drinks.
The organizers of the Law Enforcement Half Marathon felt the event had run its course and grown too large to hold in a small community. At the same time another tradition in the law enforcement running community had ended and the timing was perfect to start a new event in a venue capable of handling such a large event, thus the birth of Boston’s Run To Remember.
Some big prize money with support for local racing.
The race prize package is balanced to compel world-class talent and developing local talent. The 5 miler will feature $10,000 in prize money, $8,000 of that for elite-athletes and the remaining $2,000 for open and masters non-elite athletes. This will attract world-class athletes while still giving local athletes the opportunity to support their training.
A serious half-marathon for the serious half marathon crowd
This half marathon will be scenic, challenging and perfect for the runner in training for a spring marathon.
The half will cruise the streets of Boston, as described above. By looking at the course map, you can tell this is a fairly flat and fast course, except for a short quarter mile climb up Beacon Street. (Don’t worry; you’ll be turning around before you hit that hateful heartbreak hump out in Newton.)
There are many great middle distance ‘tune-up’ races in New England in the spring. (Derry, Martha’s Vineyard, Stu’s, The Eastern States, etc.) Boston’s Run To Remember fills a hole in the calendar left by the discontinuation of the Law Enforcement Half.
As runners in the New England scene know, what’s great about these events is that they give you a chance to do some long runs in the company of friends and with some support. Setting off with a thousand friends, well placed porta-johns and aid stations, beats the heck out of a solo slog unsupported on a freezing Sunday morning.
This is also a great opportunity for you ‘Team in Training’ runners to work some kinks out before your target race, or even make this your target race. Training for a March half marathon will work those holiday-induced pounds off too.
In the tradition of the Law Enforcement Half Marathon, Boston’s Run To Remember will offer serious runners a well timed, well supported, great tune up for The Boston Marathon in April or any other spring marathon.
World class five-miler for recreational runners too
For those of you who aren’t in shape to slog out a half, there’s a nice five-miler with the same heart-of-Boston course profile. You get same world-class support and party with 8.1 less miles.
The course profile and party should be a big draw for those people in the area looking for a weekend 5-mile race. This five-miler will go in and around Atlantic Ave - State Street - Beacon Street - Bowdoin - Cambridge Street- New Sudbury- Congress – Northern Ave – and finish back at the Seaport. Simple and scenic, this should be a big draw for the weekend 5-mile crowd.
Big time course support
This race will have world-class support and amenities. Both courses are USATF certified and will have all the amenities of a world-class event. There will be plenty of aid stations, entertainment along the routes, clocks at all mile markers and much more. There will also be chip timing at the start, on the course and at the finish, (so no jumping in at the Harpoon Brewery).
Honoring our fallen heroes by celebrating their lives and raising money for kids in need
”Boston’s Run To Remember continues the tradition of honoring fallen Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers that have given their lives in the line of duty. It’s a sobering fact that, in Massachusetts, over 280 police officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. This race honors and celebrates the lives of these officers and gives back to the community, because giving to the community is what these fallen officers were all about.
To this end, 100% of the net proceeds will go to Boston Police Foundation’s Kids at Risk programs, supporting a law enforcement tradition of making the world a safer place and helping people.
The Foundation supports, among other things, after school and summer programs for youths in the city of Boston. These programs give Boston’s youngsters a safe alternative and safe haven, helping them make positive decisions about their lives.
“Boston’s Run To Remember is a great opportunity to honor our fallen heroes in the law enforcement community. These officers sacrificed their lives to help others and what better way to honor them than to give back to the very community they dedicated themselves to,” says Boston Police Officer Cecil Jones who is president of the Boston Police Runner’s Club.
The highlight of both races will be an official viewing of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial adjacent to the Statehouse. Both races will run directly by the memorial. When runners pass, they will encounter the memorial lined with law enforcement vehicles from across Massachusetts representing each law enforcement agency that has lost an officer.
Strong sponsorship = Maximum enjoyment for the runner
As we all know, strong sponsorship is the key to the quality of an event for the runners. We, the mass of mid-packers, are the direct beneficiaries of sponsor and community support. The fruit we harvest is less hassle all around and more support. For the runner this means an enjoyable outing that let’s us focus on our own tasks and not worry about the little annoyances.
Sponsors include New Balance, the Harpoon Brewery, Mix 98.5, Viacom, Monadnock Water, GU Sports, Runner’s Edge, City Sports, Clear Channel, Metro Sports. With this kind of A-list support Boston’s Run To Remember should go off like a charm and be a party to remember in the spring of 2005.
Continuity and rebirth comes to Boston on March 12th-13th
Like the phoenix rising reborn from the ashes, Boston’s Run To Remember spawns from two other successful local races to keep the law enforcement race tradition alive and moving towards a vibrant future In Massachusetts. We, the New England running community, are the beneficiaries of this reincarnation.
Are you ready to rock?
Come to Boston in the spring of ’05 and share a fun race and a cold beer with thousands of your close friends in a race that will surely be “a Run To Remember”.