Boston’s Run to Remember Rocks on into its second year March 12th 2006
Still the only course that runs entirely through the city, Boston’s Run to Remember expects a big draw as a destination race this year. It’s a race through Boston. It’s a weekend bash. It’s a memorial to law enforcement.
Posted Wednesday, 25 January, 2006
This year you can expect a repeat of a marquee weekend full of bands, parties, speakers, events and, of course, two wicked pissah, (that’s how we say it up here), races through the city. There will be a five miler and a ½ marathon.
Mark your calendar for the heart of the spring training season. If last year is any evidence, you can expect thousands to flock from around the country and the globe to our fair capital city to take on the fickle elements, the crazy drivers and the funny accents for a run to remember in 2006.
“Boston's Run To Remember! Great race! Well organized, and it DID go off without a hitch. I bet it will even be better next year!”*
“Just wanted to say a quick thank you to the race organizers---it was a great event! I ran the 5 mile---great course, well organized, fun expo---which my husband appreciated while watching the kids during my race. To all you who backed out, you really missed out on a great event. I took the first Alewife train in and made it with an hour and twenty minutes to spare, … Anyway, great race!”
The Freshman Year
Amazingly enough the race went off well, given the first year challenge of combining two well known law enforcement runs and moving them to a Boston City venue. There were some hiccups that caused some course and schedule changes, but it all worked out extremely well in the end.
“Those that skipped it this year--I would definitely recommend it next year--It was a great event overall”
We can either beatify or indict the organizers for taking on this challenge in 2005. Think about having to work out logistics with the State of Mass. and City Hall! Yikes! That’s got to be like trying to resolve a thousand parking tickets! Let’s give Race Director, Tony Pallotta and his crew credit for the sheer audacity of pulling this off. If it wasn’t for folks like these taking chances, the rest of us mid-pack denizens wouldn’t have any cool stories to tell! In the spirit of audacity they plan to not only do it again but expand it this year with the full backing from the city.
“The race itself was AWESOME! What a hoot running through Boston with 8000 people! Running down Washington Street, up Beacon Hill, back past the Start/Finish, through Southie and along the beach, down through the Black Falcon pier – it was all quintessential Boston. It seems to me most Boston races hit only the “tourist” areas – this was a good assortment of industrial/seaport Boston as well as the historic downtown. I loved it!”
Course through the heart of Boston
The second running of the races will still uniquely feature the kick-ass courses through the heart of Boston. The course for the 5 Miler will be roughly the same as last year with some minor adjustments to minimize any bottlenecks. Separate start times are also being planned to allow for a smoother and faster start. The Half Marathon will start at 8:15AM and the 5 Mile at 8:30AM. Pace setters will be used and clearly marked to help people seed themselves better at the start and to pace themselves more evenly throughout the race. The half marathon course will incorporate all of the 5 mile route with one additional bonus. Rather than running through South Boston this year, participants in the half will be treated to a traffic free Memorial Drive for 8 miles.
At approximately mile 2 in the race (Charles Circle) the half marathon goes over the Longfellow Bridge and out towards Harvard University just beyond the Harvard Street Bridge. They then turn back around on Memorial Drive with the skyline of Boston as a backdrop on their way to the Longfellow Bridge where they pick up the remainder of the 5 mile route. Along Memorial Drive participants will experience plenty of well equipped and staffed aid stations as well as a well deserved refueling station (refueling not only fluids and food but the emotion to make it the remaining 5 miles).
One added bonus for both races is the addition of the Public Garden. Runners will go by the Public Garden on Arlington Street and then up Comm Ave to Clarendon Street and back around. These course changes plus the addition of Charles Street will make this the most historic, scenic and one of a time courses in all of New England. If you ever wanted to truly experience Boston from foot and not worry about traffic, not even one car, then March 12, 2006 is the date you need to lace them up.
Both races you get to explore parts of Boston that you usually would only get to see through the windshield of your car in a traffic jam.
I travel a lot and one of the cool things about running is that it is the best way to explore a city up close and personal. I’ve had some of my best runs getting lost in cities around the country, and the world! Geographically Boston is a comparatively small city. It’s also an old city that grew up since the 1600’s without being preplanned. You can circumnavigate a good majority of it in a 5 mile loop. Strap on your sneakahs and come explore with us. It’s like a Duck Tour without the Duck.
Highlights of the race course include a tour of the Financial District, Boston Common, the State House, Post Office Square and of course Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
A destination race
One of the interesting outcomes of last year’s race was that people treated it as a destination race. Folks from across the country, and from other countries, flew in to make this race a weekend party in Bean Town with a race thrown in. The event supports this by having stuff going on continuously for two days. Most of it happens at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, (the artist previously known as the World Trade Center). The Seaport is in South Boston, just a stone’s throw, convenient, from down town.
The Seaport area is Boston’s little known secret with incredible views of Boston Harbor and Logan Airport with over 4,000 parking spaces for a nominal charge, extremely easy access from the Mass Pike and Route 93 and new in 2004, MBTA access via the Silver Line. Because of it’s proximity to downtown Boston and infrastructure, this is a great venue for a world class race like Boston’s Run To Remember to be held.
A weekend extravaganza – a two day celebration
Race organizers are seizing the initiative and expanding the ‘weekend event’ theme with more and improved activities for the whole family. If you don’t want to take the trek down town, or for when you get back, the Seaport will be rocking all weekend long.
“Registration on Saturday was a breeze. Took my 10 year-old in with me and we found free parking a quarter mile from the expo, signed in without a hitch, scanned the booths for freebies, and blasted right back out of the city. The new roads make access simple!”
Again this year there will be packet pickup and a big expo (over 40 exhibitors) on Saturday. In 2005 guest speakers included Jack Fultz, Dick Beardsley, and Liz Applegate. All afternoon you can stop by and carbo-load at the Harpoon Brewery Beer Garden with live kick-ass local rockin’ bands.
This year they plan to expand the kids’ area for people dragging tots along. With the help of sponsor Jet Blue and others there are going to be more kids’ activities and some fun runs to make it a real family friendly destination. Children's Alley will include activities from the New England Aquarium, jump rooms, clowns, K-9 demonstrations, D.A.R.E. Programs, kids safety programs and much more. So bring the entire family.
The local radio station, Mix 98.5 will be at the event both Saturday and Sunday, playing music and sampling free product. They broadcast from the event and keep the chatter and enegry levvel up.
Again there will be the races and a big party on Sunday with a post race bash. More beer and bands in store for runners who like to cool down with a cool one. Remember, this is Boston;
"Can I pour you a beer Mr. Peterson?"
"A little early isn't it, Woody?"
"For a beer?"
"No, for stupid questions."
One of the funniest things that happened was runners complaining that they couldn’t start drinking the Harpoon Beer until 11:00 AM (per Massachusetts State liqour laws)! Hah! Only long distance runners would want to start imbibing at 9:30 AM on a Sunday! What do you think this is? Ice Fishing? It’s one of our whacky blue laws left over from the Puritans. Believe it or not, we’ve got stranger laws than that in Mass. I’ll share them with you over a pint o’ ale some time…
“The Seaport WTC was a great place – roomy and warm, the bands were rocking, I saw people walking away with boxes and bags of food, I got a cool medal and a nice shirt, I actually enjoyed the switchbacks in the course because you got to see folks both before and after you and high-five your friends!!”
Although most of us who live in the suburbs consider driving into Boston a scary experience, the Seaport Trade center is easy to get to and there is plenty of direct surface parking available for only $7 a day for the race. (I pay $24 bucks a day at the airport!) Access by the subway, “The T”, and commuter rail is easy too. Just take the train to South Station and ride the Silver Line bus to the Seaport. It’s a bargain.
It’s going to be a full weekend. Well worth the trip. Come on down and have some fun!
Lots of stuff for you
To sum it up – When you sign up for either race this is what you get:
- Long sleeve race shirt
- Finisher medallion
- Champion Chip Timing
- Post race food
- Free access to Harpoon Beer Garden
- Free access to a live 2-hour concert
- Free access to the Sports and Fitness Expo
- Free access to all weekend seminars (to be announced)
- Free post race massage
Don’t like the weather?
I can confidently forecast that the weather in Boston in the middle of March is going to be warm and sunny or freezing and snowing or somewhere in between. That’s part of the fun of living around here; each new day in the spring is a weather surprise. You get to join the fun with 8,000 other people trying to guess what to wear! Last year the race narrowly avoided a storm. It was chilly and overcast; it could have just as easily been sunny and warm. That’s New England.
“I'm impressed that despite everything there were still over 1500 finishers in the 5 miler and over 3400 finishers in the 1/2 marathon. They had 300 more 1/2 marathon finishers than the BAA 1/2 marathon had in 2004, that makes it the second biggest race in Boston!”
Last year’s results
How did the race itself go last year? Even with a winter storm hovering precariously over the suburbs all week that scared off late registrants, a few thousand folks showed up and enjoyed themselves. The results show 1515 runners finished the 5 miler and 3444 athletes finished the ½. That’s a pretty strong turnout for a first year race.
“OK I have to say this was an Awesome Race. Props to all involved with doing a great job…Thanks Boston for a great race I'll be back!”
An elite from West Chester, PA named Douglas Momanyi won the top honors with a 24:04, 4:51 pace effort. An elite lady named Tetyana Hladyr, also from the West Chester club took the women’s five miler with a 27:31, 5:32 pace. A local, Ian Nurse, from the Peoples Republic of Cambridge, MA won the ½ in 1:11:21 or a 5:27 pace. Another local woman, from the neighboring town of Lincoln, MA, Karen Smyers won the ½ for the women with an outstanding 1:24:12, 6:26 pace.
There’s enough prize money and a big enough profile to attract the elites and some darn good amateurs. Some prize money is set aside for developing local talent.
“My hats off to the race production team – I had a fun time, I'll remember, and I’ll go back!”
It was very competitive at the front of the pack and very fun in the middle and at the back. The event does everything first class from an extremely accurate course, clocks at all mile markers, plenty of signage and an extremely well managed Sports and Fitness Expo and much more. The support and organization is thorough and professional. All your needs are attended to.
“Loved this race! The organization was actually the best of any race I've done so far. I look forward to coming back next year.”
Support for a great cause
Let’s not forget about the underlying reason for the raise and the causes it supports. Boston’s Run to Remember is dedicated to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. The event honors and celebrates the over 280 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving their communities.
Along the course you will see representatives and vehicles representing each agency that has lost an officer in the line of duty. 100% of the proceeds go to Boston Police Kids at Risk charity. The event raised over $50,000 last year. These funds aim to prevent kids from going down the wrong path and include the following programs:
- Annual memberships at Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and other after school programs.
- Summer programs and camps for over 600 youths annually.
- BGCB Young Leaders Program
- The Boston Youth Fund
- Dorchester YMCA Summer Camp
- Ella J Baker House Science Camp
- Frank A. Day Summer Camp
- Franklin Field Boys and Girls Club
- Kevin Kennedy All Star Baseball Camp
- The Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
- Side Kick Karate Camp
- South Boston Boys and Girls Club
- Young Graffiti Master
Mark your calendar
That’s the scoop. Race organizers are continuing the new tradition of Boston’s Run to Remember and making it bigger and better. If you missed out last year now you can make amends by making the trip to Boston on March 11-12 2006.
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