The Claddagh Run - Dream-like on account of that frosting
"We are still smiling
over what an awesome time we had running with over 700 other crazy people
in the snow and the wind, then celebrating with them at The Claddagh.
We ate and drank and so enjoyed the Irish music of The Gobshites! Truthfully,
we did not want the afternoon to end; to have to venture back outside
into what we knew was developing into a good ole Northeaster".
In the course of a month we run dozens of times; in a year hundreds of times and in a lifetime thousands of times. From all those many journeys what makes certain runs so memorable? This year's Claddagh Run was one of those memories; an adventure that will be as brilliant a decade from now as it is today.
Where Have You
Gone Dickie Albert?
Any race director worth their weight in snow will tell you to never cancel a race based on a forecast that is two days away. This is New England and the weather changes at the drop of a shamrock. Claddagh race director Jay Karamourtopoulos knows this and did the smart thing; he waited until Saturday morning to decide. By then the dire forecast was downgraded to a dusting for the Merrimack Valley - race on! Sure enough at about 10:00 AM the first snow flakes started to fly and to paraphrase James Taylor, by race start Lawrence seemed dream-like on account of that frosting (see: race photos).
Memories are Made
The finish was one of the closest in race history with Fraioli (21:36) of Worcester, MA outkicking Johnson (21:37) of Salem, NH in the last 20 meters and winning by a mere second. The women's race wasn't as suspenseful as Kingston, NH resident Alton Lamond (27:48) out lasted Middleton, MA resident Linda Quimby (28:43) for the win.
Party on Dude
The Claddagh pub is quite the place. It serves as the end of the running season in the Merrimack Valley by hosting the famed Mill Cities Relay in December. The pub also helps usher in a new running year playing host to the Wild Rover Series. The pub also hosts numerous other running events throughout the year such as the Vietnam Memorial Race, the Tip Race and the Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Run. The Claddagh has become the epicenter of racing in the Merrimack Valley.
Time to Run Your