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The Eighth Annual Wild Rover Racing Series: Three Events, as Easy as 3-4-5
Run the Wild Rover: The creative Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile in Haverhill has a new and inviting location; the famous Claddagh Pub 4-Miler in Lawrence, and the classic Hynes Tavern 5-Miler in Lowell, Massachusetts are back. Three weeks, three races, and three separate medals that combine into likely the largest, most attractive medallion ever awarded in road racing. Get on board with these Irish themed events running February 22, March 1, and March 8, 2015.

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 9 February, 2015

The eighth annual Wild Rover Series will begin on February 22 with the first race, the Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3 Miler, set at a new location in Haverhill, Maria’s Family Restaurant on Essex Street. The other two venerable events remain the same—the famous Claddagh Pub 4-Miler in Lawrence on March 1, and the old standby Hynes Tavern 5 Miler in Lowell on March 8, 2015.

This schedule is ideal as a tune up for the spring racing season, whether you are a seasoned veteran of Merrimack Valley races, a relative newcomer, or a “Resolution Runner”, looking to get back in the game in the New Year after a layoff.

Race venues go east to west upstream along the Merrimack River and increase by one mile each week, so it is also makes a great early spring training series that is sure to jump start your season.

Yes, there are three races with mileage increasing each week—3, 4, and 5 miles. The three attractive medals will combine to make one excellent medallion, a huge, hefty work of art by Ashworth Awards designed by Dan Ashworth that will be the envy of all other runners.

“Our event offers amenities usually not found at smaller races, including heat sheets, personalized bibs, and the biggest, best medal in the country,” says race director Dave Camire


These three races will provide triple fun in the historic Merrimack Valley! And there will be three parties with music, a few brews, and hot food. The series is pure enjoyment and a wonderful way to get your spring racing season underway with about 1,100 like-minded enthusiasts (the field limit on each event is 1,100 this year).

Sign up for the series now and save money on your entry fees, insure a personalized bib and Irish-themed T-shirt for each event. (These medals and T-shirts are real keepers and in huge demand.) More importantly, do so ASAP, because each event will sell out, and has done so earlier and earlier each year.

This series has everything multiplied by three: excellent organization, fun courses, outstanding venues, custom shirts, personalized bibs, clocks at each mile, good food, music, and a feeling of inclusion and camaraderie. It is simply a blast to compete three times in three weeks within your age group and against that clock.

All three venue establishments are supportive of road racing in a big way. Maria’s Family Restaurant and Galleria Banquet Room is located at 85 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. They are very hospitable toward runners and very excited to host the Frozen Shamrock 3-Miler. Maria's Family Restaurant . They are located along what has been the final stretch of the race in previous years, so, although the start and finish locations have changed slightly, the course is very much the same overall. The Maria’s Frozen Shamrock 3-Miler will start at 1:00 p.m. and is directed by Dave Camire, founder of Cool Running and Yankee Timing Company, and founder/director of many classic events in the Merrimack Valley. The Frozen Shamrock was initiated in 2008 specifically for inclusion in the Wild Rover Series.

The Claddagh Pub in Lawrence hosts the second race. This will be the 22nd annual Claddagh Pub 4 Miler. It starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The Claddagh is at 399 Canal Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840 The Claddagh Pub.

The Claddagh loves hosting road races and has a great staff and a terrific establishment. It is a great venue for road races, and they plan on live music—Celtic, of course. The race is directed by Jay Karamourtopoulos, (978-688-8337) a very experienced race director who also heads the Barry Kara Foundation, the beneficiary of the race (named in memory of his brother).

The Hynes Tavern hosts the third event, the Hynes Tavern 5-Miler on March 8, starting at 1:00 p.m. Hynes is located at 467 Gorham Street, Lowell, just off the Lowell Connector: Hynes Tavern . Hynes hosted one of the first, and largest, Irish Pub race in the Merrimack Valley in 1980. The event was revived specifically for the Wild Rover Series in 2008 after a five-year hiatus; this will be the 31st running of this classic race. Joe Brue is the owner and operator.

The Race Director is Sean Donnelly of Hustle Up Racing who also co-directs another Lowell tradition, the 1st Run 5K and 10K, running on January 1st. Hurry and sign up early to secure a shirt and a personalized bib with your name displayed. The Irish Pub tradition continues at the Hynes. Lowell is the home of dozens of great events and one of the best running clubs anywhere, the Greater Lowell Road Runners.

Late winter and early spring racing has never been so enjoyable! Each race is really memorable with its own unmistakable brand and unique features. And as a Series they become even that much better.

Each race will have a convenient starting time, great course support, start and finish mats for accurate ChronoTrack net time, mile splits, and those personalized bibs with B-chip—each becomes a keepsake. Timing is by Yankee Timing in each race. Go to Wild Rover to sign up today.

More on the Maria's Frozen Shamrock 3 Miler
This is the largest road race in Haverhill. You can use the new city parking garage (free) which is near the race venue. Packet and t-shirt pick-up and pre-race preparations, as well as post race celebrations, will take place at Maria’s Banquet Room with the race start and finish near by. This provides runners a warm place to stretch, greet other runners and get ready for their 3-mile tour of Haverhill.

The course crosses the Merrimack River twice on a counter-clockwise loop with a challenging uphill in the middle. This year’s race will again provide timing stations at each mile marker for accurate split times, so you can evaluate your performance when you get your personally e-mailed results. Clocks at each mile will be available for all three races.

“Our event offers amenities usually not found at smaller races, including heat sheets, personalized bibs, and the biggest, best medal in the country,” offers Race Director Dave Camire.

The Claddagh Pub 4 Miler
The Claddagh is an outstanding race venue. It is large and accommodating and provides plenty of room for post race awards and party, including the live band—and they always have a good one. The food is good too, and they have a great selection of draft brews. The Claddagh has been a Lawrence institution since 1992, and they know runners and races.

The course is a four mile with a fair sized hill at halfway, but once you crest the hill it makes for a quick two-mile sprint back to the Claddagh, and it is otherwise very flat. Course support is good and again RFID stations will provide good feedback on splits.

The Legendary Hynes Tavern 5 Miler
The final race of the series, the classic Hynes Tavern 5 Miler blasts off at 1:00 PM. “The Hynes,” as it has become known, holds an esteemed place in Merrimack Valley Road Race history, and there are usually runners partying there long after the race is over. The Hynes has run on the same gently rolling course since it began in 1980, passing the graves of Jack Kerouac and Rose McGuire along the way at mile one. It continues with a loop through Lowell neighborhoods and has good course support.

Although this race has been around for decades, the Wild Rover series organizers continue to innovate and provide an excellent experience for runners. Once again, the Hynes Tavern 5 Miler will feature start and finish line mats with clocks at every mile and a traffic-free running lane with outstanding city support. As with the other two events in the Series, these folks know running. They are runners, and they get it. They present these events with pride.

Who is the Wild Rover?
The rewards are $250 and the prestigious Wild Rover Kilt for the male and female Wild Rover! “The Wild Rover” will be awarded at the final race, and will be given to the man and woman who run the fastest combined time for all three races based on age-graded scoring.

Get in on the Fun and Excitement
This is the series you need to fulfill those 2015 resolutions, set goals and begin your spring training. The Wild Rover Racing Series is replete with incentives and rewards for all. Each city has its traditions, and each race is unique in character. All registered runners will receive a personalized email after each event detailing results, finish time and splits. That way you can target your training to get the most out of each event—the most training, the most encouragement, and the most enjoyment! Don’t procrastinate.

Sign up today for the Eighth Annual Wild Rover Series by visiting Wild Rover. Sign up for all three—the Series--and save some money.

Avoid those winter “blahs” and give yourself something to look forward to. It begins on February 22nd and concludes on March 8, 2015. In each case they have planned well for you. Let’s Do It!



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