I’m here to ask you to run the Marcia Lemkin 5K on August 17.
This is a family friendly 5K – - conveniently run out of Lowell High School on the famous GoodTimes course.
You can walk it – starting at 9:30, or run it at 10:00.
We (GLRR) have supported this race since it’s beginnings 12 years ago. It is dear to our hearts because, like HOF member Diane Geehan, Marcia Lemkin also died of lung cancer despite never having smoked. We don’t think of young healthy non-smokers as lung cancer victims – but it happens and no one is quite sure why.
If you can’t run, then please volunteer – you can sign up to help here:
Supporting this race – you support the Marcia Lemkin Lung Cancer Foundation – helping to find the cause and cure.
Please give this race your consideration.
I hope you are coming to the GLRR Family Outing this Sunday – July 27th. And I hope you’ll be able to participate in one (or more?) of the group runs we have planned. There are three courses to choose from. They all can be modified to fit your needs.
- The Lowell High School Cross Country Course
- A downtown five miler
- A nine plus melted Fudgcicle special
The Lowell High School Cross Country Course
This is the shortest, but hardest of the runs. You follow the course (white XC arrows on the ground) around Shedd and over Fort Hill. It’s only about 3 miles (not even really) – but that first hill will get your attention!
Here is a course map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/480672250
A downtown five miler
This goes from Shedd out to Boylston and then takes Lawrence Rd to downtown. In downtown there are nice views of the canals and the Concord River near Middlesex College, the Lowell Auditorium and Saints Hospital. The return is on E Merrimack and Wentworth Ave. Some hills – but not bad.
Here is a course map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/480791512
I will try to mark the turns with orange chalk paint before Sunday (try – as in I can’t promise it)
A nine plus melted Fudgcicle special
This is a run from Shedd out the Fudgcicle course. The full run is just over nine miles. It’s an out and back, with a loop around the (melting) Fudgcicle Course at the far end. Because it’s out and back – you can always do this one and just run as much or as little as you need. But the feature of this one is to try the Fudgcicle course when the temp is about 10 times higher than we normally experience
Here is a course map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/480802328
For those unfamiliar with the famous Fudgcicle Course – I’ll try to mark that too.
Don’t forget to RSVP – so Pat, Trina and Mike know how much food/drink to get!
And remember – leave your beer/wine at home (our permit allows us to serve – but not bring our own). This is however a BYOC (bring your own chair) event.
Greater Lowell RR comrades –
Yes, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the best running season of all, Cross Country! . . . USATF-NE has just published the Grand Prix series for 2014 and we share it here:http://www.usatfne.org/cross/
· Sunday, Sept. 7 — GBTC Invitational (Elm Bank, Wellesley MA)
· Saturday, Oct 4 — Western Mass Dist. Proj. XC Festival (Stanley Park, Westfield MA)
· Sunday, Oct. 26 — Mayor’s Cup (Franklin Park/Doyle’s Cafe, Boston)
· Sunday, Nov. 9 — New England Championships (Franklin Park/Doyle’s Cafe, Boston)
· Sunday, Nov. 30 – Warrior Run (Larz Anderson Park, Brookline MA)
· Saturday, Dec. 13 – USA Club XC Championships (Bethlelem PA)
Note that the Thomas Chamberas 6K is not a GP race this year, but it’s a wonderful race on a beautiful, challenging course, conveniently located at Great Brook State park in Carlisle. The date is Aug. 23 and several of us plan to run it. (http://thomasxc.wordpress.com/)
Participation is open to all, and there is individual and age-group team competition. GLRR will cover entry for some races but not all (TBD). The club hopes to be well-represented at Nationals this year, and traditionally offers a generous support package for those who go. To qualify you only need to have run in two of the previous GP races (one of which must be the New England Championship meet).
Cross country is sort of a blend of trail and road racing, with the challenging beauty of trails with the stretch-it-out racing of roads – in short, the best that running has to offer. If you’ve never tried it, you simply must; if you haven’t done XC since high school or college, it’s time to jump in again.
Start planning now and we’ll furnish further details (e.g. how to enter – it’s not quite the same as GLRR entries for road GP races) a little later on.
By Howard Hersey
Nice and shiny 3rd place trophy.
A great day for Greater Lowell down at Tufts for the 26×1 Relay! After holding a strong 2nd position of the 17 teams competing, our A Team was narrowly shut out of a 2nd place finish, by just 1:20, to our new rivals, the hip and upstart November Project team from Cambridge. Remarkably and competing for the first time, their lead runner smashed the 4:30 Meet Record by 4 seconds! As a peace offering, the November Project then gave us their 27th reserve runner who then laid down a 5:40 mile for our C Team with no warmup… Tough competition, but many great GLRR performances for the day!
We had a number of awesome runs for the day. Once that stood out for me was Veteran John Barbour stepping up in reserve for an A team runner and booking a 5:35, the fastest age group time in his class by over half a minute… he totally rocked it. Many other age group wins, including Liane Pancoast (6:31), Andrew Downey (4:40), Ryan Gough (4:43), John Barbour (5:35), and Jon Mackenzie (8:36.)
Special thanks to all the great volunteer efforts, including Andrew Downey, Frank Georges, and Lee Fox for serving as Team Captains. Jim Stonach, Frank Georges (again), Liane Pancoast, Jeff Maistrosky, Dennis Price, Jack Flynn, and Maureen Griffin did an a great job timing us all day. Jim captured some great pics, and Scott Casper hauled the popup, banner and more down to the field and back. Im sure I’m missing more of you but thank you all!!
GLRR three teams strong!
We will now be returning the newly refurbished 3rd place Championship trophy to Lowell for the coming year, and will have it on display for all of you to appreciate Monday 6/30 at our club meeting. Claire Cloutier, you did a great job refurbing it and thanks again!
Hope you all join us again for the 26×1 relay next year!
Full results @ http://www.srr.org/events/club-challenge-marathon-relay/docs/2014_26x1_results.txt.