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Cohasset Road Race By-the-Sea—Fantastic, and Just for You
Get Ready, Spring Forward for the Oldest 10K in the Region.

Cohasset Road Race By-the-Sea—Fantastic, and Just for You

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 14 February, 2005

The Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea will measure your fitness and test those New Years resolutions. It is time to get serious about the pace, and have a blast with the race. If you need motivation or inspiration, you have found the right place.

Cohasset is simply a great place to run a race. It is beautiful. It has history and tradition—this is the 29th year for the 10K. Only a really good, exceptionally well-run 10K race would last that long. They also have a 5K walk, but are sticking with the real deal—the classic 10K is the main event.

Cohasset was likely named by the Algonquin tribes in the area, and it means place of beauty and bounty. Captain John Smith was deeply impressed when he arrived in 1614. The town was settled in 1647, and split from Hingham in 1770, just before the Revolutionary War. What we are saying is—the place and the race have Tradition. Things are lasting around Cohasset. There are sea captains’ houses, and ship builders homes that have been through many storms, and stand proudly. The 114-foot granite tower of Minot’s Light, just off shore, was built in 1860.

The 29th annual Cohasset Rotary 10K will blast off on Sunday, April 3 beginning at 1:00 p.m., and remember, that is 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. That’s right! It is just around the corner. This is the symbolic beginning of spring and of your racing season. So get some spring in your step, and link to the Web Site to sign up on-line or print out the mail-in form.

Starting and ending at the impressive, spacious, historic Cohasset Common—the founders knew how to design a common--this race is a symbolic and practical beginning of the spring racing season. The Cohasset 10K makes an ideal motivational target for runners who are committed to getting into racing shape for the season. For those not committed, come anyway. I promise you will leave the common very highly motivated. Plan your training accordingly. This event is ideally friendly for beginning runners and veterans alike, with the scenic course being mostly flat yet sporting a few rolling hills. So bring those friends and family members who have been toying with running only 5K. It is time to take the next step.

The separate event for walkers begins three hours earlier at 10 a.m. at Sandy Beach. Walkers can cover a beautiful seaside course—the Fran Coffey Memorial Walk. Either way, they will have their own event and won’t be involved with the runners’ later race. Many participants plan to walk the course early with family members, and then race the 10K in the afternoon. That is my plan.

The entire route is remarkably beautiful. All 7,300 resident of this lovely town clearly take a great deal of pride in their homes and the community in general. And the Cohasset Rotary Club takes a tremendous amount of pride in this race.

Everything about the event is first class, beginning with lots of room to stretch and jog. It is clear that this is a welcoming community, even while just doing warm-ups on the quintessential New England town common.

Registration will be open from 9 to noon on both Saturday, April 2, and the same time race day in the South Shore Community Center, 3 North Main. High Quality long-sleeve T-shirts will be guaranteed to the first 800 runners to check in. Arrive early, and take it all in. There will be chip timing by Baystate Race Services. Directions and a good course map are available by linking to the Web Site.

The central village of Cohasset surrounds the impressive town common, with its specialty shops, community center, town hall, historic homes, a small pond, and colonial churches--St. Stephen’s has a 56-bell carillon that has entertained since 1824. The town race, appropriately, starts and ends on the common on South Main Street. Striding down the common, you will feel you have returned to colonial times. Say hello to Captain Smith.

The race starting horn will go off at 1:00 p.m. with 800 to 1,000 participants expected. The start itself is on South Main Street near the Community Center, and the finish is on Highland Ave, immediately adjacent to the Town Hall. The course is USATF-certified.

You will have plenty of parking, either at the famous South Shore Music Circus a few blocks away, or at the nearby Town Central Parking Lots. There will be race day registration, but you can save by registering on-line now. The finish is only a block away from the start, so you won’t have to worry about transportation or bag checks.

The course is simply, awesomely beautiful. When the horn sounds hundreds of runners will blast out of the common on North Main to South Main, and then turn left or east on Elm toward the beach for the clockwise seaside loop. Elm takes the runners to Cohasset Harbor, with a left on Atlantic Avenue, passing Minots Light and Bassings Beach--out to Quarry Point. Views of the ocean, Scituate Neck, the lighthouse, and Strawberry Point frame the open Atlantic as you run. From Quarry Point the bridge will take runners along Little Harbor on the left with Sandy and Pleasant Beaches and the ocean on the right.

As you turn on Jerusalem Road the “Black Rocks” will be visible off shore, with distant views of Nantasket and the skyline of Boston beyond. A left on Forest Avenue takes the field past Wheelright Park and along Forest, an attractive, tree-lined road ideal for running. Now whether you consider the few rolling hills there challenging will depend on how you've taken the very flat first third of the race. With a little step up in effort Forest Ave can be straight, and fast as gravity gives back that which it took away. The final turn on North Main takes participants back to the village center and the common for a triumphant finish at Cohasset Town Hall.

The finish and post race refreshments and ceremonies are very well organized. The Winning Time chip timing system eliminates crowding and confusion at the line.


The biggest winners of all are the charities of Rotary International. They have pledged $500 million to eradicate polio.


Awards will be given to overall winners, and the top five in the age divisions: 13-under, 14-17, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Team awards (top three members score, women and men) will also be presented. The awards will definitely include some surprises, and you need not necessarily win to be a winner.

The real winners are the Cohasset Rotary Club Charities. The biggest winners of all are the charities of Rotary International. They have pledged $500 million to eradicate polio. It is now present in only 10 countries, largely because they have helped make such phenomenal progress. Locally the Cohasset Rotary has provided many charitable gifts, including over $400,000 in scholarships.

The Cohasset Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that specializes in humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations. They are 1.2 million strong, and represented in 166 countries with 31,000 clubs on six continents. Since their founding in 1905 (the world’s first service club), they have been dedicated to world peace and to helping those in need. They were involved in the formation of the United Nations, and remain dedicated to that body today, especially in their support of UNESCO.

The name Rotary came from the early practice of “rotating” meetings between the offices of the few members. In February of 2005 they will celebrate their centennial. Rotary Clubs, especially in New England have become more and more involved in race direction and promotion as a means of promoting and sustaining their charitable causes.

Cohasset is an historic town of about 7,300 inhabitants located 23 miles southeast of Boston on the Atlantic shore. It incorporated as a town in 1770, after splitting from Hingham. It covers approximately 9.89 square miles and is predominantly residential; total area is 31.47 square miles. The central village is one of the prettiest, and one of the best preserved, of the colonial towns of New England.

It is a place you will want to return to, whether for the beaches, the active community, the dedication to the arts, or the three historical museums. The town is full of nautical history. Cohasset is home to the renowned South Shore Music Circus, which attracts big name entertainers throughout the season. Wheelright Park, Whitney Woods Reservation, and Wompatuck State Park lie partly or wholly within its borders.

Weather in April is usually comfortable. April 3rd, the day of the race, will have a sunrise at 6:19 a.m. and sunset at 7:14. The average high is 53, and low 34 degrees with a mean temperature of 43. The record high is 70 (1991), and the record low is 22 degrees (1962). The average high and low for the month are 57 and 38 respectively, that’s 14 and 3 degrees Celsius. It is an ideal time for running. Many participants in this race will be running in the Boston Marathon on April 18th.

It won’t be the same without YOU. This is the spring kickoff you and your friends and teammates are looking for. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a beginning runner or walker, Cohasset is ideal in its beautiful setting and on April 3rd, the beginning of Daylight Time. You are unlikely to find a more scenic or better-organized 10K in the East. The volunteers and the entire town are very friendly and supportive. And Rotary supports outstanding causes.

Temperatures in the region are usually ideal for racing on April 3rd, and the organization and planning for the event are first rate. It is one of the oldest 10K races in the Boston area, and loops through the gorgeous seaside village of Cohasset with beautiful ocean vistas and colonial structures. It’s like racing back in time, back through history. Except for the digital clocks and Winning Time computer timing, this will be as close as you get to having time stand still while racing.

The Cohasset 10K is an especially memorable and motivational way to get those feet moving toward an early spring goal, and to test your fitness. If you have never visited Cohasset, you definitely should. If you have never run a road race in Cohasset, you absolutely must. For a hundred years it was known as a summer resort and yachting center. And now for three decades it has been known for a great race. Put some spring in your step, and run the Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race-by-the Sea.



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