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Upcoming road races near Boston

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  April 9, 2012 02:21 PM

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April means one thing to locals: it's marathon time. Watching all those runners whiz by can be uplifting and inspirational -- it may even make you want to go for a run. In honor of the Boston Marathon (above) on April 16, we look at some upcoming local races that will have you hitting the pavement.

April 15
Heartbreak Hill Road Race
A day before the marathon, runners of all ages can do a 1-mile fun run up and down the infamous heartbreak hill in Newton. Register here

April 29
James Joyce Ramble 10K
Irish novelist James Joyce was well-known for his verbose prose -- reading "Finnegan's Wake" is something of a literary marathon. This 10K race will take runners past historic buildings and costumed actors reading aloud from Joyce's works. Register here

May 12
Beach to Beach 5K
Starting at Devereux Beach in Marblehead, set out on a 5K loop away from the beach before turning around and heading back there again for the Junior Aid Society's annual Beach to Beach 5K walk and run. Register here

June 9
Gaspee Days 5K
Run through the streets of Cranston just prior to the annual Gaspee Days parade. Gaspee Days is a series of events held yearly to commemorate the Gaspee Affair, when a British ship -- the HMS Gaspee -- was run aground in Rhode Island and destroyed by the locals. Register here

July 28
The Color Run
Runners start out in plain white T-shirts and over the course of the 5 kilometer run are doused with various colored dyes during this wild, colorful race. Register here

Aug. 19
Run Gloucester! 7-miler
Long stretches of scenic ocean views are a welcome sight during this 7-mile race, now in its third year. More info

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