The 30th Annual Cohasset Road Race By-the-Sea—The Perfect Race at an Ideal Time
The 30th Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea is one of the oldest in New England, and certainly one of the best courses anywhere. Spring forward--the first Sunday in April.
Posted Monday, 13 February, 2006
The 30th annual Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea will zip off the starting line on Sunday, April 2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. What a beautiful course it is, a real treat for all runners! Starting and ending at the historic Cohasset Common, this race is an ideal beginning for the 2006 racing season. Note the date—the first day of Eastern Daylight Savings Time. This 10K makes an ideal motivational tool and gauge for all runners at the fresh start of their season. This race is an ideally placed goal and springboard on the running calendar. It will motivate runners’ training in the early spring, and then test their fitness on a beautiful course. And it is run at a great time of day to celebrate spring and the arrival of Daylight Savings Time.
The 10K is the preferred racing distance for many, and it should be. It is a challenging distance that can really test you. But it is within the capabilities of nearly all runners. There are just not enough 10K races anymore, although it was once the predominate distance for competitive racing. For thirty years Cohasset has held this tradition--the ideal distance at a perfect time of year. Post it on your calendar, and then plan your training accordingly. This race is especially friendly for beginning runners and veterans alike, with a mildly challenging and wonderfully scenic course.
We all need a spring running goal. Join the hundreds who will spring forward for the Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea. The town as a whole is very friendly and supportive with outstanding volunteers, and it is organized and managed with great care for an outstanding cause. The spring season and this 10K are just around the corner, so put some spring in your step and plan to be there. You won’t find a more scenic and enjoyable 10K in the East.
There will also be a separate event for walkers, beginning three hours earlier at 10 a.m. at Sandy Beach. Walkers can cover the same beautiful seaside 10K course, or take the Four-Mile option. Either way, they will have their own event and won’t be involved with the runners’ later race. Some participants plan to walk the course early with family members, and then race the 10K in the afternoon.
Teams and T-Shirts
Participants who sign up early will receive a beautiful long sleeve keepsake T-shirt. Sign up with friends and share the experience.
Check in and late registration will be open at the South Shore Community Center on the Cohasset Common from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, race day. Don’t wait to sign up though, because the field has increased almost 10% per year for the last three seasons.
The central village of Cohasset surrounds the spacious quintessential 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 race, appropriately, starts and ends adjacent to the common.
This is one race that has team divisions for women and men. The team does not have to be a running club, though most are. Your team can be friends, relatives, co-workers or others. Three team members will score. The Greater Boston Track Club has dominated in recent years.
Awards are given to the top five women and men, and to the top three in each age group. Winning teams will receive separate awards.
Last year Candy Angle of Weymouth, Massachusetts won (37:34), as did Andrew Noble of Reading, Massachusetts. Bay State runners also won in 2004 and 2003, with Louisa Servin of Middleboro (37:34) and Josh Sohn of Cambridge (32:57). In 2003 it was Kit Wells of Brookline (34:34) and Margaret Bradley of Falmouth (38:38) taking the title.
One Beautiful Course
When the horn sounds hundreds of runners will speed away from 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. From Quarry Point the bridge will take runners along Little Harbor on the left with Sandy Beach and Pleasant Beach 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. It is straight with a hill that helps you change gears and use different muscles, and sets runners up for a fast finish. 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 and provides results very quickly.
Cohasset was likely named by the Algonquin tribes in the area, and it means roughly “Rocky 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. There are sea captains’ and ship builders’ homes throughout town and along the course. The 114-foot granite tower of Minot’s Light, just off shore, was built in 1860.
Cohasset is a historic town of about 7,347 inhabitants located 23 miles southeast of Boston on the Atlantic shore. The total area is 31.47 square miles, and much of this is water. The central village is one of the prettiest and best preserved of the colonial towns of New England.
It is a place you will want to come to again and again, for the beaches, the active community and the arts centers. Three historical museums, not surprisingly, concentrate on nautical history. It is home to the renowned South Shore Music Circus, which attracts big-name entertainers throughout the summer. Wheelright Park, Whitney Woods Reservation, and Wompatuck State Park lie partly or wholly within its borders. The “Witches of Eastwick” was filmed there in 1987
Cohasset’s weather in early April is usually comfortable. April 2nd, the day of the race, will have a sunrise at 6:20 a.m. and sunset at 7:12. 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.
“Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
The Cohasset Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International. The Cohasset club has provided over $400,000 in scholarships and other charitable donations. Internationally they are 1.2 million members strong, with representation in more than 160 countries with over 30,000 clubs on six continents. Since their founding in 1905 (they celebrated the centennial last year) they have been dedicated to world peace and to helping those in need. It was the world’s first service club. They were involved in the formation of the United Nations, and remain dedicated to that body today, especially with their support of UNESCO.
The world mission of Rotary International is the eradication of polio, and, although great progress has been made, there are four more countries to go.
The name Rotary came from the early practice of “rotating” meetings between the offices of the few members. 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.
Plan to Run This Race
Cohasset is simply a great place to run a race. It is beautiful. It has history and tradition—this is the 30th year for the 10K. If you have never visited Cohasset, you definitely should. If you have never run a road race there, you absolutely must. Only a really good, exceptionally well-organized 10K race could survive 30 years. They have added a 4-mile and 10K walk, but the main focus remains the classic 10K road race.
It is a convenient and timely spring running goal and target. Spring forward! The Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea is an inspiring spring racing gauge for all runners in the Northeast. This race runs a magnificently beautiful shoreline loop that will motivate and test every runner. Don’t miss it.