Annddddd the winner IS:
Let's paint a picture that I'm sure many of you may relate to: It's a Friday or Saturday night at <<insert time that seems early to someone else yet late to a runner ... say 7pm>> You are quickly laying out your Flat Runner so that you can take a last-minute account of what you have inevitably forgotten (cause I'm sure I'm the ONLY one that forgets their Garmin the morning of a race)
Once the gear is accounted for, it is time to set the dreaded wake-up alarm. If traveling also calling for a wake-up call. Oh who am I kidding, I make anyone I am rooming with also set an alarm.
With alarms set (and triple checked), it is time to have a nice glass of wine or pre-run beer and call it a night.
Everyone with me so far? I think the toughest part of it all is setting the early morning wake-up calls. It's at that point that I wish the race was closer to me. Why can't I just wake up, roll out of bed and BOOM be at the race. Well, it looks like someone has answered my prayers. That's right. There is a race AT THE END OF MY STREET on May 18th in Somerville, MA. I am less than 1/4 of a mile away. Thank YOU race gods! Thank YOU! The 18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle is happening Sunday, May 18 at 9am.
The annual Herring Run and Paddle includes a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), educational booths, children's activities, and more. All events are held at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville. The 5K course continues along the Mystic River bike path and through DCR Torbert MacDonald Park. There are no street crossings on this flat course.
You read that right. In addition to the 5k run, there are 3 paddle races (kayak or canoe) a person can take part in. You can run the 5k on its own, do any of the 3 paddle races on their own OR do the 5k and one of the paddle races as a combo. If you don't have a canoe or kayak, you can rent on. I will only be running the 5k that morning ($22 registration fee).
As you can see all proceeds benefit the Mystic River Watershed Association.
If any of this is sounding exciting (which it all should be) then I have a giveaway for you! A FREE entry into the Herring Run 5k! Here's how to enter:
The giveaway will run from Monday May 5 (7am ET) through Friday 9 (7am ET)!
The winner will be selected and announced on Friday!