It was a beautiful night to run. But sadly, it is not summer anymore.
Run Against Cancer Events (RACE) held its 6th and final Summer Series race last night at Artesani Park along the Charles River. As much as I am still trying to hang on to summer, the seasons are clearly changing. Summer evening races are often hot and humid, and still light out when the race ends. Last night was quite the opposite. Cool and comfortable, it was a perfect night to run. And unlike the previous races, runners were not only racing one another, but the daylight as well.
But that didnít make it any less of a good time.
The course is kind of a figure 8, starting west, after about .25 miles turning back east, going over the Eliot Street Bridge, back to the Arsenal Street Bridge, up Soldierís Field road to the finish line. As it runs along the Charles, it is not surprisingly a flat fast course. However, that does not at all take away from the fact that I ran a new 5K PR.
The RACE Summer Series consists of 6 races from May through September. Runners are encouraged to sign up for the series to save money on race entries. I think if you registered for all 6, the cost per race was less than $20, which is extremely cheap these days. The event also hosts an All Female race before the co-ed race, for women who prefer not to compete with men, or who just want to run earlier.
Participating in multiple races might also allow a runner to compete for the series title. Runners earn points based on their finishing time at each of the 6 races. The more races you run, the more points you can earn.
Joe O'Leary, of the Somerville Road Runners, was in the lead going into the race but was unable to race due to injury from crashing at the Duxbury Triathlon recently. Although he actually started the race, I think he ended up walking much of this one and finished 3rd on the season. This yearís champions for the 6-race series were Amanda Watters and Kieran Condon. For more race results click here.
RACE is a non-profit organization the produces events for cancer-related charitable organizations. The Summer Series benefits the Melanoma Foundation of New England. Although I had previously met RACE's founder, entrepreneur and do-gooder J. Alain Ferry, I didnít know about RACE until the week after my uncle passed away after his fight with cancer when a post to run the Holiday 5K coincidentally popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. I was angry at cancer and the race felt like the right way for me to try to do something about it. From that point on, I have stayed involved, knowing this was my own way to fight this terrible disease.
Although the Summer Series is over, RACE holds plenty of other events throughout the year. Up next is the Run Wild 5K at the Stone Zoo on October 26 and the Turkey 5 in Wellesley on Thanksgiving morning.
While last nightís race may have sealed the deal on summer, I will admit Iím excited for all the great opportunities to run this fall.
*An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed Malinda Dublin as the Women's Series winner.
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