Sunday, November 2, 2014

3 Beaches Minimum Half Marathon Recap

The beautiful start and finish location
The first ever 3 Beaches Minimum Half Marathon took place in Boston's South Shore and was a beautiful, winding course along the Atlantic Ocean. No knowing exactly what to expect, I figured I would give the race a try and see what this new half was all about. And I was pleasantly surprised.

Limited to just a couple hundred runners, this course was not closed to traffic. However, the beauty of the course (a long stretch was on Jerusalem Road) was stunning. There were beautiful views of the water, neighborhoods, and for a new race, a lot of crowd support.

The course is full of small hills and isn't prime for a PR, but the out and back race is enjoyable nonetheless. It was also a beautiful day, which helped a lot. It actually reminded me of the Fools Dual Half Marathon because the course felt very similar.

I'm not sure if I'll run it again next year, but it is one that I'd recommend for everyone looking for a fun, small race.

Weston 5 Miler Recap

Runners take off downhill as the race begins
This year I ran my first Weston 5 Miler race, which has been going on for several decades. I wasn't sure what to expect from the evening weekday race, but given that it's put on by Marathon Sports I figured it'd be fun.

It was a beautiful evening to run, and since it starts late in the day the heat wasn't too bad. The race starts and ends at Weston high school right next to the track. It then winds through beautiful neighborhood roads in Weston (towards Wellesley). The windy and gentle hills of the course make it interesting and fun to run, plus the houses we run by are stunning to look at. Then the last mile of the course winds through fields and trails along Weston High School, until the race untimely finishes on the track.

This was an absolutely awesome race to run and I'll be adding it to my annual running calendar in the years ahead.

B.A.A. 10K Recap

The stat of the race
This summer I ran the B.A.A. 10K, a fast and competitive race through Boston's Back Bay. The mostly flat and straight out-and-back course is designed for people who want to shoot for a PR, and with the B.A.A. in charge, extraordinarily well organized.

This year's race was an absolutely beautiful day. In some past years, the heat and humidity has been pretty brutal, but this year it was an awesome summer day to race.

Overall rating: 8 (out of 10)