For You, Four Races—Cambridge-Boston “Let’s Run, Have Some Fun, and Be Fit” Summer Race Series
This series is for you--four races, four months, 4.2 miles, for fun, for a vest, for you. Or go to the Marsh Post, walk 2.6, to enjoy the Charles River too. They will each run on a Thursday night in May, June, July, and August.
Posted Monday, 4 April, 2005
Okay, enough about numbers; let’s have fun. Get ready for the third annual City Sports & Brooks "Let’s Run, Have Some Fun, and be Fit” Summer Race Series, sponsored by Harpoon Brewery and hosted by American Legion Marsh Post #442, Somerville Striders Athletic Club and B.A. Event Promotions, and they have put some hard work, planning, and preparation into this series—for you, and for the other runners and walkers to have enjoyable nights along the scenic Charles River. This four-race summer series in Cambridge and Boston is in great demand although only in its third year. Why? Each race offers great food, terrific music, thoughtful preparation, a beautiful course, and 800 people each night who want to simply have a blast with four distinctly different themes.
No kidding, this is better than indoor parties, and better than the back yard barbeque. It’s better than a great dating service. You can mix it up with like-minded folks who want to get fit and stay in shape, and enjoy life to the fullest. The only negative in this arrangement is that they can only accommodate 800 in each of the four unique races. Be there. Sign up early, because they will sell out. It is simply a matter of when. Be as competitive or as laid back as you like; race hard, or use it as a workout for the weekend races; but be there!
Here is the fun-filled lineup: The "Blues" Run and Walk, the Reggae Ramble and Music Festival, the Jerry Garcia Memorial River Walk-Run, and the Brie Burger in Paradise Run and Tailgate Party—four outstanding races in 12 weeks, one in each month. Different food and different music will follow the theme for each night. But they will have the same, scenic 4.2 or 2.6 miles, and the same refreshing Harpoon Brewery or tropical fruit drinks. Work the thirst, quench the thirst, enjoy the view—or views—and cherish life.
The fun, and the quest for the vest (beautiful series fleece awarded to the those who complete the entire series), begins on Thursday, May 26 with the "Blues" Run and Walk. New to the series this year, the event will feature the Cat Sass Blues Band—live music before, during, and after the run. And with the run, the fun will be just beginning. The Marsh Post, American Legion, will be race central for all four events—and the music, and the food, and the party. The Marsh Post is located at 5 Greenough Boulevard on the Cambridge side of the Eliot Bridge, and is adjacent to the start and finish. Check the Web Site for directions and parking, as well as MBTA transportation.
What a Course, What Fun, What a Food Fest
The course is entirely on the paths along the famous Charles River, and takes in scenery that will feature close up views of the cool Charles River, the ducks, boats and folks lounging on the banks and in Artesani Park. After a start at the foot of the Eliot Street Bridge, the runners head east along the path on the Cambridge side of the river and across the Lars Anderson Bridge to head west running under the Brighton side of the Eliot Street Bridge. Continuing on through Artesani park then across the Arsensal Street bridges for a dash back to the Marsh post at the foot of the Eliot Bridge. Runners come from all over the world to enjoy runs along the Charles. Actually the walkers will have more of an opportunity to enjoy the serene Charles River and the views. The Charles River basin is picturesque, inviting, historic, and lightening flat and fast. Let’s not miss our chance.
The runners and walkers will enjoy many unique sites along the course, including the Cambridge Boat House, Harvard Boat House and Northeastern Boat House. Yankee Timing and Race management will provide accurate and immediate results.
These races are for everyone—every runner, every walker. All are invited to the parties, each of the four. Organizers are even making the food fest (scrumptious post-race cookouts) available to non-participants with the sale of wristbands (usually non-participants are shut out of the food and beverage areas, but not here). Runners of all backgrounds and abilities—and many walkers too—will be speeding along the paths of the Brighton section of Boston and Cambridge. Every participant will be anticipating the finish line—and the music, food, and party.
There has to be a Cutoff with Something This Good
All four races in the series will sell out at 800 souls or approximately 1,600 soles. All four were sellouts last year, and demand is building already for this season. With such terrific music, specialty foods, beverages, and cool atmosphere, there has to be a limit. There is no limit on the fun, however. Once in, the enjoyment just keeps on coming.
Each of the four events will be pre-registration only. Bib numbers will be mailed, and there will be no race-night sign up (so there will be no registration lines). For each race there will be distinctive, unique T-shirts for sale—with this race you get the T-shirt you ask for (Small through XXL, shirts and/or women’s and men’s tank tops). T-shirts/merchandise will be picked up on race evening at the Marsh Post—no mail. All four events will have excellent live music, and all will be 4.2 and 2.6 miles in length. The first and last races begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp, and the June and July races kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Points will be awarded based on participation and place. Those that do the entire four races will get a fleece vest from City Sports with the series logo embroidered on it, in addition to the “quest for the vest”. Points leaders for the series—female and male--will win all-expenses paid weekends for the Four Points Sheraton Hyannis Marathon and Half-Marathon in 2006. The top 10 women and 10 top men get special prizes from City Sports and Brooks. Nearly 100 people completed all four events last season, and 569 ran two or three races. Those numbers will climb dramatically this season. There will be regular announcements about the events on a number of college radio stations, including WERS (88.9 FM), Emerson College; WSCS (90.9 FM), Colby Sawyer College; and WJJW (91.9 FM), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
The "Blues" Run and Walk—and Big Pig BBQ
Yes-siReee! This is where it all starts, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Give yourself lots of time so the entire evening will be relaxed and enjoyable. Wear a “Blues Brothers” outfit, and win $100 (if judged the best by the crowd). If you don’t win, you will still look and feel cool. The Cat Sass Blues Band will be performing under the Marsh Post Tent (adjacent to the food tables), and they are terrific. Harpoon Brewery beverages will enhance the taste of the Southern–style BBQ, which includes beef, pork, chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread, juice, and other beverages. The run is the “be Fit” part of the program, and the music and food are the “Have Some Fun” part of this wonderful equation.
The Reggae Ramble and Musicfest
The Ramble will be a happening on Thursday, June 16, and will begin, man, at 7:30 p.m., man. Again, give yourself time and relax. “Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright”, is the theme of the Reggae Ramble and Musicfest. Slap those feet to the beat, man. This one has sold out the last two years, and will also have an 800-runner limit. The Harpoon Brewery refreshments will be the same, but the atmosphere will be Caribbean, and the music will bring a smile, again. The band is Rezarection, and they will put you in the mood.
The food is also distinctively Caribbean, with jerk-chicken and jerk pork on the BBQ. Add Jamaican beef, veggie patties, some cabbage and carrots, rice, peas, Caribbean salad, and plantains, and mix it up with some refreshing tropical fruit drinks, and you will think you are cruising the islands instead of the Charles. After all, the Marsh Post was originally built as a Charles River bathhouse. Runners will swing to the beat, but remember, pre-registration only. Your distinctive Reggae T-shirts can be picked up before the event.
The Jerry Garcia Memorial River Walk-Run
The Jerry Garcia Memorial River Walk-Run, and Musicfest will play on July 28 at 7:30. This Thursday night party will include a live Grateful Dead cover band, a memorable one, Electric Hummus. The post race BBQ will include salmon, pork, chicken, hummus salad, veggie delights, rice and beans, and tropical drinks. Terrific and unique shirts will be available. Dress up like Uncle Sam and win a $100 (if judged best by the crowd). This was a great party last year, and the demand for entries far outstrips the capacity,-it has sold out every time held--so be early if you want to get in.
The Brie Burger in Paradise Run and Tailgate Party
Yes, and we do mean “Party”. The last race in the series will take place on Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m. The three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots will play Cincinnati away and New Orleans at home in preseason games the two weekends before this race. The tailgate party will include a terrific BBQ of burgers and fish, fruit, salad, and wonderful aromas. And the Harpoon will be available once again. Adding to the atmosphere will be live music with the Jimmy Buffett cover band, the Coral Reefer. You will really enjoy their sound before, during, and after the race.
Oh yes, there is a race as well—just to get the thirst and appetite revved up. This is for fun. Boston and Cambridge can be hot in August; it always seems cooler along the Charles. How many will be able to claim participation in all four? This will be interesting.
Each Race is its Own Reward—In Addition, There Will be Stuff
Individual race winners will receive a packet of prizes from City Sports and Brooks. Series winners, the top woman and first man, will be awarded a weekend getaway package at the beautiful Four Points Sheraton Hyannis in conjunction with the Four Points Sheraton Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K. This will include meals and accommodations. The first 10 women and the first 10 men in series points will be awarded a variety of prizes. The series awards—for those running all races--will be a choice of an attractive golf shirt or sweatshirt with embroidered logo. Check the Website for points and scoring. And most importantly, every participant, whether competing in one race or all four, will be rewarded with an enjoyable time, terrific food, good brew, and a memorable experience.
Please Join Me for the Series, but Act Quickly
Yes, don’t procrastinate, or you will not get a spot in this series—or any of the four races, for that matter. Remember, all four of these great events are pre-registration only. The first and last races are set for 6:30 p.m., with the June and July races taking off at 7:30. The "Blues" River Run and Walk starts it all on May 26, followed by the Reggae Ramble and Music Festival, June 16, the Jerry Garcia Memorial Walk-Run, July 28; and finally the Brie Burger in Paradise Race and Tailgate Party on August 25.
Don’t miss out on this classic series. Let’s run, have fun, and be fit. Who wants to have a really good time racing? Oh, yeah! Here is your series that proves it can be, should be fun. Enjoy all four, each with its own innovative, distinctly differing theme. And have a wonderfully festive time. Actually, if you’re there, enjoyment is guaranteed.