Colonial Road Runners Membership
It’s that time of year once again! Time to renew your Colonial Road Runners membership for 2014! Not a member yet? Then what are you waiting for? Join us! You won’t regret it! Membership benefits run the gamut from group training, fun runs, club bus to Boston Marathon, discounts at local running stores and club sponsored races. This is all in addition to hanging out with an awesome group of fellow runners.
As a special added bonus, if you register before December 31st, you receive a $5.00 discount off the regular cost of a membership.
Renew or join online now or visit the Membership page for more information.
Grand Prix Update
The penultimate CRR Grand Prix race of 2013 took place on Sunday, November 3rd at the John Tobin Memorial Road Race in Hanson. While some age divisions have been locked up for quite some time, there is still some heated competition taking place. In the Male 30-39 bracket, Tom Dorr, Mike Donovan and Pat Clougherty all picked up some points, which may give an absent Bill Rivers the incentive to appear at the December race. In the Male 40-49 group, PJ Bonner picked up enough points to jump into 2nd place. And while Len Busa continues his domination in the 50-59 category, Dan Inglis has quietly crept up into 3rd place, nudging Ted Coyle down a spot into 4th place. And steady Kevin Donnelly picked up enough to take over 1st place in the 60-69 age group, pushing the missing Paul Silvia into 2nd place.
In the female categories, Gina Gallagher put forth an impressive effort (you'll need to ask her why it was impressive) and picked up 10 points to close in on an idle Andrea Sawler in the 30-39 group. Can Andrea hold Gina off in December? And while Anne Benjamin continues to lead the 40-49 age group, no one is making it easy for her, as Mado Mbuyamba and Kathy Toohey picked up points here to stay hot on her heels. And an apparently fully-recovered Gerie Owen picked up enough points here to trail Nancy Dorn by just 1 point in the 50-59 group!
You can find Grand Prix results from the Tobin race as well as overall standings on the Grand Prix page.
The next and final race in the 2013 Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Competition Series is the Ho Ho Ho Run 5k, on December 7th in Norwood, MA. Come on out and support a nice local race, and see who shows up to fend off challengers!
Raynham Training Runs
We are pleased to announce the start of weekly training runs in Raynham. Similar to the current training runs in Abington, these will be held every Saturday morning at 8:00am. The are 4 different routes from this location ranging from 3.25mi all the way up to 13.1mi. All runs start and end at the Raynham Recreation Dept parking lot (the same place as the Summer Fun Run).
For now, until we see how many people show up and if it takes off, we are asking people to carry their own water and, if at all possible, contact Sandy Allen or Dawn Foley if they plan to attend. Visit the Training page for complete information.
Frosty Half Marathon
The Colonial Road Runners are proud to announce the Inaugural Frosty Half Marathon. The course has some good hills, with the final half-mile a nice downhill.
Planned start time of 8:30 am, food afterwards, awards, and a unique ‘swag’ for all participants. Planned course runs along most of the Old Frostbite 15k course with a different start and finish to get the extra miles.
So, whether you are trying to get in one more race before the end of the year, want to use this as a training run for a spring marathon, or just want to have fun, this will be a great event. Any questions, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Dawn Foley or Sandy Allen. Complete details can be found on the Frosty Half Marathon page. Or you can head directly to the online registration site (no service fee!) and register today!
It's that most wonderful time of the year....the 2014 Colonial Road Runners Awards Banquet is next month! This event takes place every year at the end of January, and it's a time for members to gather for socializing and to enjoy a nice meal and relive the past year's triumphs and travails. It's also a time to recognize the many accomplishments by club members. This year, we return to the Monponsett Inn in Halifax on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Festivities kick off with a cocktail hour at 5:00pm, followed by a buffet dinner at 6:00pm. This will be followed by the Awards ceremony at 7:15. The cost is $20.00 per person, and guests are not only welcome, but encouraged!
Complete details are available on the Annual Banquet page or you can register online.
Houghton's Pond Trail Race
THANK YOU to all the Colonials who participated in the 10th Annual Houghton’s Pond Trail Race in the Blue Hills Reservation, by running the race or serving as a volunteer. There were over 65 volunteers from CRR, the Stoughton High School cross-country teams, and the North Face store in Braintree. As a result, we had plenty of volunteers to provide number pick-up, post-race food, accurate timing, three water stops, and a well-marked and monitored course. All of this, in spite of the pre-race rain!
Thanks, too, to Dunkin’ Donuts and Ocean Spray, which have donated refreshments for this race every year of its existence and to Marathon Sports for providing gift certificates for the winners.
We received many compliments at the finish line and in post-race e-mails. Here are some of the e-mail comments:
The race was great, we were all impressed at how many course marshals were out there. There was no way anyone was getting lost!
I really enjoyed participating in the Houghton's Pond event. The organization, course and volunteers were top notch. It takes a lot of time and effort to continue to put on these events year after year. Congratulations on the 10 year milestone. I would definitely run this race again.
Great race, such a nice group of people and well set up race. Will be back!!
Thank you again for the excellent trail race. Every year - your race is so well-organized, friendly, lots of helpful volunteers, and great mug this year too!
Proceeds of the race are split between CRR and Friends of the Blue Hills, which provides volunteers to help maintain the trails in the Reservation.
CRR’s next trail race will be the Blue Hills Trail Races, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014. You can expect an announcement for registration and volunteers in January.
John Goldrosen, Race Director
Lake Winnipesaukee Relay
On September 7, 2013, 21 Colonial Road Runners descended upon Lake Winnipesaukee for the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Fred Brown Lake Winnipesaukee Relay. This race starts and ends at Funspot in Weirs Beach and consists of 8 different logs that circle Lake Winnipesaukee, totalling 65+ miles. The Colonial contingent consisted of 3 different teams, made up from a wide variety of club members. From grizzled relay veterans to rookies, from speedsters to back of the packers and in all different shapes and sizes. If you've never done a relay before, you are missing out on a unique running experience. In addition to running your own leg, there is the camraderie with other team members in supporting them during their legs, and everyone doing whatever it takes for the team to succeed. A HUGE Job Well Done to Tom Dorr, Rosa Evora and Beth Merrifield. In addition to running initial legs on their own teams, all three of them jumped in and picked up another leg for CRR Team #3, which was down 3 runners by the time the race began. Without them, Team 3 would not have finished the race. Also a special note of Thanks! goes out to Katie Vaughn who was the fearless leader and organized all 3 teams! Thanks Katie!
You can check out photos on the CRR Facebook page.