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The 32nd Annual Cohasset Road Race By-the-Sea—Great Race, Beautiful Place
This is one of the oldest of New England’s 10Ks , and certainly one of the best courses anywhere; down by the sea in the historic town of Cohasset.

The 32nd Annual Cohasset Road Race By-the-Sea—Great Race, Beautiful Place

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 28 January, 2008

This is one terrific 10K, my friends, and at just the right time—springtime on the sea shore. It is a tremendously scenic course, starting and ending in the quintessential New England village. It has wonderful, experienced organization, and all the right amenities. This is the ideal race for the first weekend in April. 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—a timely spring running goal and target.

The 32nd annual Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea will zip off the starting line on Sunday, April 6 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The start location is the idyllic Town Common, 3 North Main Street, Cohasset, MA 02025. What a treat for all runners! Starting and ending at the historic Cohasset Common, this race is an ideal beginning for the 2008 racing season. This 10K should be a motivational tool and gauge for all runners at the fresh start of their season, perfectly placed on the running calendar. It will motivate runners’ training in the early spring, and test their fitness on a beautiful course. And it is run on a spring afternoon. Race Director Brad Goodwin and his outstanding race committee/team of Rotarians do a super job of preparing for your visit, your race.

Historically the 10K has been the preferred racing distance for many, and is again becoming the race of choice. 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 really good 10K races anymore, so be sure to catch this one. For thirty-two years Cohasset has held this tradition--the ideal distance at a perfect time of year. Plan your training accordingly. This race is especially friendly for beginning runners and veterans alike, with a mildly challenging and wonderfully scenic course.

Walkers can also participate with the Fran Coffey Memorial Fun Walk, 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.

Cohasset is simply a great place to run a race or take a walk. Runners and Walkers in this race will enjoy a tranquil town in early spring, before the rush of summer tourists. It is beautiful. It has history and tradition—this is the 32nd 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 from 1977.

Participants who sign up early will receive a beautiful long sleeve keepsake T-shirt. Sign up with friends and share the experience.
Pre-race 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 5 and Sunday, race day. Don’t wait to sign up though, because the field has increased steadily and there will be over a thousand runners and several hundred walkers.

The central village of Cohasset surrounds the spacious 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.

Beautiful Seaside Loop Course
When the horn sounds hundreds of runners will speed away from the common on North Main with a left to go east on Elm toward the beach for the counter-clockwise seaside loop. Elm is also known as “Ship Cove Lane”, because it led to the ship yards and the harbor. It was also the street where most of the sea captains and ship builders lived. Elm Street still takes the runners to Cohasset Harbor, with the view of Strawberry Point opposite and Brush Island just off shore. Runners turn left on Atlantic Avenue for the shoreline tour, passing Minots Light and Bassings Beach--out to Quarry Point. It is like running through a postcard. Views of the ocean, Scituate Neck, and the lighthouse, 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 runners 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 challenging hill that 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, post race refreshments, and award ceremonies are very well organized. The Championchip timing system of Granite State Race Services eliminates crowding and confusion at the line and provides results very quickly.

Team Competition
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. Share the experience and enjoy the dynamics of team competition. Get your team listed in team results.

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 Caitlin Shea-Kenny of Brockton, Massachusetts won (36:13), as did Henry Scollard of Cambridge, Massachusetts (33:18). The women’s team championship went to the L Street Running Club with a cumulative time (top three score) of 2:35:37. The Greater Boston Track Club won the men’s title with 1:46:12.

Historic Cohasset
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 7,743 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.

Rotary Club
“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. True to the motto, “Service before self”, the Cohasset club has provided over $470,000 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
On-line registration is available through Don’t miss it. Everyone needs a spring running goal. Join the hundreds who will enjoy the Cohasset Rotary 10K Road Race By-the-Sea. Make a day of it, and come with a group. Treat yourself to what New Englanders have been celebrating for 32 years. It is close to Boston, and year after year to delivers an outstanding race experience. The whole town is very friendly and supportive with outstanding volunteers. The race 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. For additional details and information contact Race Director Brad Goodwin at



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