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It's the Fourth Annual Half of Quincy, the Quincy Half Marathon along Historic Sites on Massachusetts South Shore
Join the fun for the fourth annual Half of Quincy Half Marathon on March 10, 2013, and enjoy a terrific road race and high level of fun in a suburb of Boston. New England leads the way for great races and here comes one of the first half marathons of the season.

It's the Fourth Annual Half of Quincy, the Quincy Half Marathon along Historic Sites on Massachusetts South Shore

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 28 February, 2013

The USATF-sanctioned Half of Quincy is primed and ready for a banner year, with participation expected to be at record levels for this fourth annual running. There is a new course showing all the historic spots in the town of Quincy, with a loop along the shore and a second loop into North Quincy before returning to Quincy High School--race headquarters and where both start and finish will be located.

The Half of Quincy celebrates its fourth year with a new course for the Half Marathon in Quincy, Massachusetts on March 10, 2013. And it will run at 8:00 a.m. from Quincy High School, 52 Coddington Road, Quincy, MA 02169. Registration and packet pick-up will be available in the high school gym beginning at 6:00 a.m.

This race will be held in the esteemed and historic Quincy, which is a hotbed of running, and will showcase the best of the historic home of Presidents. Although it is close to Boston and accessible by the MBTA with a few stops down on the Red Line, this race feels like a small town tour. And Quincy is an iconic American tourist destination. This event is tremendously well organized, and should not be missed. It is ideal for a Boston Marathon Training run or simply a terrific half marathon in its own right.

It has an experienced organizing committees and volunteers. And it offers terrific Technical T's to the first 500--don't wait because they are expecting over 1,700 this year. They provide medals to all finishers, awards to the top three open runners (15 to 39), top three masters runners (40 to 49), top two Senior runners (50 to 59), and the top veteran (60 and over). And unlike many events, the awards will be mailed to winners. And they plan a great post race party for your enjoyment. This race has excellent organization and sponsorship—and what a great course with one loop going to the waterfront and along Quincy Bay.

Please check out the race Website for details, including a course map, directions and parking (The Red Line T is nearby--three stops in Quincy), sponsors, contacts, awards, previous results, and more.

The Course
It is a runner-friendly, reasonably priced race that is very deserving of its status as one of the better half marathons in New England. See The course is essentially two loops; a smaller loop of about five miles goes clockwise and east to the shoreline and loops along famous Merrymount Park (site of the initial English settlement) and returns past the high school making it a great course for spectators. The second, counter-clockwise larger loop of about 8 miles heads north to North Quincy before looping back to Quincy High School for a triumphant finish. It is mostly flat with some hills, although there are few hills of significance in the town of Quincy.

The course includes the historic neighborhoods, the Boston skyline, and dynamic facilities and festivities at the high school that make this one very special with every participant receiving a medal. It will be a memorable championship experience. Go to It is only a few minutes off Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) and Route 3A, as well as accessible via Interstate 93 and Route 1.

The race is sanctioned by the USATF, the governing body for the USA overseeing records and all aspects of competition. They also certify courses and sanction races, offer insurance for member clubs, and help everyone benefit from the sport, which is so often taken for granted.

Meeting the Challenge—Exceeding Your Expectations
It is coming up on March--the season is upon us. It is the time of year to get the training in gear and set some goals. Distance runners, as with athletes in most sports, rise to the level of competition and respond to challenges. In other words, you will not get better unless you are pushed, and until you determine to push yourself with this level of competition. Not only will you improve and get great satisfaction from achieving or exceeding goals, but you will enjoy the camaraderie of the entire event, and have the satisfaction of completing a significant event, the Half of Quincy. Enjoy the race and enjoy the pumping, inspiring music and a welcoming atmosphere.

Historic Quincy
The city of Quincy has so much history so we will only provide a brief sketch here. For centuries the area was home to Native Americans, of course, with many villages in the region which was rich in resources from the sea, rivers and forests. The Pilgrims from Plymouth Colony visited the Fore River area in 1621, only months after the initial settlement, and several English settlers established a village in the area now known as Merrymount in 1625. It was known as part of Braintree initially, and was annexed by Boston for a time in 1634. It was North Braintree from 1640 until 1792, after the Revolution, when it was incorporated as a separate town named after Colonel John Quincy, grandfather of Abigail Adams. (John Quincy Adams was also named after him.) Quincy became a city in 1888.

There have been many firsts in Quincy. Most people know it as the first and only town to be the birthplace of two US Presidents, and it could be argued there were three--John Hancock was from Quincy and was the longest serving President of the Continental Congress, the first governing body of the new United States of America before the current US Constitution went into effect.

Quincy was an industrial town for much of its history, with an early domination of granite quarries, and it was also a ship building center. Quincy Granite was famous, and is the material used in many buildings. Perhaps most visible is the Bunker Hill Monument, built in 1826. That was also the year that the first commercial railroad in the USA was established in Quincy; built to carry granite from the west quarries to the Neponset River docks for shipment to many cities. Quincy also had the first iron furnace in the colonies in 1644.

Although it is an immediate neighbor of Boston, much of Quincy is undeveloped, including a full 23% of the 26.9 square miles which is within the Blue Hills Reservation. The western portion also includes the Quincy Quarries Reservation, a fascinating place to explore. Quincy also has several of the Boston Harbor Islands within its territory and has the largest beach within Boston Harbor, Wollaston Beach. Quincy was the initial home to Dunkin' Donuts and Howard Johnsons (yes, Howard Johnson was a real person from Quincy), along with several other companies. Much of Quincy and what it holds will surprise you.

The Fore River Shipyards produced many important vessels, including the Carrier USS Lexington, the Battleships USS Massachusets, now a museum moored in Fall River, the USS Nevada, and the USS Salem, which is now tied up as part of the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum at Fore River in Quincy. The Salem was the last heavy, and heavily armored, battleship built.

The Squantum section of town was home to one of the first airports in the world in the early 1900's and it later became the Squantum Naval Air Station, used by the navy into the mid 1950's.

Other Events
This race organization also produces two other races you should check out, The Squantum Five this June 27th in Quincy's Squantum/Marina Bay section:; and the Ashland Half Marathon along the Boston Marathon route at Marathon Park in Ashland on October 27th:

Let's Do It
Are you ready? Join us for the Half of Quincy on March 10 and challenge yourself, your friends and teammates! Quincy is the place to be the second Sunday in March
Run the 2013 Half of Quincy. It is unique in the country--the only half marathon run in the hometown of two United States Presidents! It is right in the middle of the hotbed of running; take advantage—take the challenge and run Half of Quincy.



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