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slides: Getting Out: Fun Runs + Walks in Central Massachusetts

Thursday, August 29, 2013


School’s back in session, Labor Day is on its way and soon the leaves will begin to change. That’s right, summer is almost over and fall is crawling into New England. That doesn’t mean you can’t still get out, get in shape and have fun, though! There is no better time of year to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and maybe even help a worthy cause. Put these fun runs and walks, all within one hour’s drive of the city, into your calendars and get the fun started.


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#1 Woodland Trail Series

A fun race through 5 miles of mostly wooded trails, the Woodland Trail Series in Uxbridge is in its 16th year! There are three races throughout the summer, with the last one this Thursday.  Come rain or shine, because the race will go on!  Afterwards, stick around for a barbecue to bid the summer goodbye.

Thursday, August 29, 2013, registration begins at 4:30pm, race begins at 6pm, with takeoff no later than 6:05pm.

West Hill Park, Uxbridge, MA.

Entry Fees: $6 for members and kids under 18, $9 for regular adult admission, people 70+ are free!

For more information go here, or call Frank Nealson at 508-473-4260 or Ray Lussier at 508-839-2539.

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#2 Devin Kravitz 5K

Spend your Saturday of Labor Day weekend running or walking for a worthy cause!  In 2006, Devin Kravitz passed away from cardiac arrest due to myocarditis.This race is to raise awareness of this disease as well as raise proceeds for the Myocarditis Foundation and the American Heart Association.  There are activities for the whole family to enjoy, with special treats for kids 12 and under.

Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 9am, registration starts at 8am.

Leicester Senior Center, 40 Winslow Ave, Leicester, MA.

Entry Fees: $25.00/Ages 19+, $5.00/Ages 12-18, Free/Ages 11 & under (Donations Welcome).

For more information, visit www.dk5k.org.

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#3 Charlton Old Home Day

Come be a part of history!  This year will mark the 47th running of the Charlton Old Home Day Road Race. The 5 mile-running race can be a bit challenging, but with over 300 participants and the encouragement of spectators, it’s not so bad!  Even better, after the race is finished you can join in the festivities of the 117th Old Home Day, including a lumberjack contest, car show and fireworks!

Monday, September 2, 2013 at 9am.

Charlton Town Hall, 37 Main Street in Charlton, MA.

Entry Fee: $15, FREE for people 70+.

For more information, visit roadrace.charltonsports.org.

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#4 Laborious Labor Day

It’s yet another run for a great cause. Get out to Marlborough bright and early this Labor Day and get your running in at the Laborious Labor Day 10-Miler. Instead of paying an entry fee, all you have to do is donate 15 canned goods for the Hudson Food Pantry. A fair warning: this is a moderately difficult 10 mile run through Marlboro and Hudson, so it’s not for beginners!

Monday, September 2, 2013, 8am with registration at 7am.

Ghiloni Park, 125 Concord Road, Marlborough, MA.

Entry Fee: 15 canned goods.

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#5 Boston Beer Run

The Boston Beer Running Tour is a win-win.  Exercise-drink beer. On the first Saturday in September, head out to Boston to run one of the coolest courses of the year.  Start off at the Boston Seaport Center and run 6.2 miles through the historic sights of Boston, even by the final resting place of brewer and patriot Sam Adams before arriving at the Harpoon Brewery.  At the finish, take a tour of the brewery and get some samples!  Just remember tasting is 21+!

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10am; registration ends at 12pm the day before.

Boston Seaport Center

Entry Fee: $35.00 for City Running Tours members, $45.00 for the general public

For more information, go here cityrunningtours.com.

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#6 Ladies Run, Wine...

... and Chocolate!

On September 7, gather your girlfriends and head out to Malden for a day that won’t soon be forgotten.  Begin the day with a 5k run—or walk.  When you hit the finish line you might think you are dreaming—but let me assure you, it’s real life.  A handsome gentleman will greet you with fresh flowers and hors d’oeuvres...and chocolate...on a red carpet.  To top off the evening, have a glass of wine or sparkling cider, perfect for fall.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4pm, 2:30 registration.

Malden YMCA, 99 Dartmouth Street, Malden, MA.

Entry Fee: $60 (Race Day $65), $30 Under 21 (Race Day: $35).

For more information, go here.

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#7 Run for White Oak 5k

Right next to the urban jungle of Worcester is Holden, home to the White Oak Land Conservation Society.  This September, bring the family over for a 5k race through the cross country trails at Wachusett Regional High School.  All proceeds will benefit the White Oak Land Conservation Society.  The 5k is open to runners and walkers of all ages, but baby carriages are not allowed. As a plus, the full price entry fee includes a one year membership to the society.  The first 50 people to register get a free t-shirt, so sign up today!

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 9am with registration and timer pick up at 8am.

1401 Main Street, Holden, MA.

Entry fee: $25 members, $30 general public

For more information, visit www.whiteoaktrust.org.

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#8 Applefest 5k Road Race

Come be a part of a tradition in Northborough!  For 20 years, the town of the Northborough has been host to Applefest, a 5k road race that starts at the Marion E. Zeh School and loops back around to the finish line.  The road race will help you burn off the calories that the Applefest festivities have coming your way.  Stick around for weekend activities such as the street fair, bake off, free movie night, Applefest parade and more.

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10am with registration at 8:30am.

Marion E. Zeh School, 33 Howard Street in Northborough, MA.

Entry Fee: $25.00 Advance Registration (until September 12th), $27.00 Registration (after September 12th)—First 300 Runners get a FREE T-SHIRT.

For more information, go here: www.northboroughapplefest.com.

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#9 World Bamboo Day

For something a bit different to please the inner tree hugger in everyone, check out the Celebrate World Bamboo Day 5k Walk/Run.  All proceeds will benefit the World Bamboo Organization, which advocates for the use of bamboo as a sustainable, renewable resource.  This run will go through scenic Cotuit Village, where beautiful ocean views are abundant.  Even better, the first 125 pre-registered participants will receive a bamboo gift bag full of goodies.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9am (participants should plan to arrive by 8:15 am).

Start adjacent to sign for Cotuit Federated Church on School Street in Cotuit Village, MA.

Entry Fee: $27.50.

For more information, go here: worldbambooday.org.

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#10 Apple Harvest Ramble

Trying to keep you summer body in check but still don’t want to miss Fall foliage or apple picking season?  We’ve got the perfect solution!  The Apple Harvest Ramble is a 10 mile or 5 mile run, depending on how much you care to do!  It is right at the beginning of Fall foliage season and at the peak of apple picking season, so you will have no shortage of beautiful views of the Nashoba Valley!  Long sleeve shirts are also included with pre-registration and available on race day while supplies last!

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9am.

Elm Street just off the Harvard Common in Harvard, MA.

Entry Fees: 10-miler:  $25.00 Before and on 8/31/2013, $30.00 After 8/31/2013
$15.00 for runners 65+

5-miler:  $20.00 Before and on 8/31/2013 , $25.00 After 8/31/2013
$15.00 for runners 65+

For more information visit www.harvardraces.org.


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