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Aside from the Boston Marathon, local road races are plentiful throughout Massachusetts during the month of April. Some very popular, and some very local, but all with good intentions – whether it’s for a charity, to pay remembrances, or for some plain old exercise – these road races bring an endless amount of Massachusetts residents together for good times and happy memories.
There are 351 towns and cities within Massachusetts, and if you live in one, chances are that there is a local road race near by for you to participate in, and for a robust list of those road races, check out www.runningintheusa.com.
Today on MassFinds, we’ve rounded up some of the out-of-the-ordinary and, undoubtedly, interesting road races that Massachusetts has to offer this month. Do you know of any notable road races worth mentioning? Please tell us in the comments below. J
Between historical tours, barefoot excursions, Halloween costumes, and uphill battles, we felt that these races might inspire your inner-marathoner. Happy running!
Boston, MA – Freedom Trail Run 5k: Every Saturday & Sunday at 8:30 AM, runners gather on Boston Common, and run a guided 5k course that passes some of the most important landmarks in American history, stopping at over sixteen sites. You can register here.
Boston, MA – Boston Seaport Beer Run: The folks at City Running Tours have a collection of runs that are scheduled throughout the month of April. Notably, this Saturday, April 7th at 10:30 AM, their 10k Boston Seaport Beer Run takes runners through numerous Boston historic sights, and ends with the a tour of Boston’s popular Harpoon Brewery. You can register here.
Boston, MA – Boston Barefoot Running Festival and Barefoot 5k: On April 14-15th, take off your shoes and head over to the Boston Barefoot Running Festival as barefoot running enthusiasts from all over gather for a weekend long festival at The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Artesani Park. Capping off the festival is a 5k race along the Charles River on Sunday afternoon. Barefoot is optional!
Salem, MA – Halfway to Halloween 5k: On April 22nd, at 9:00 AM, the first annual Halfway to Halloween 5k will kick off to benefit the Special Olympics. In true Salem Halloween spirit, the Halfway to Halloween road race will also feature a costume contest with prizes awarded to the 1st ($250), 2nd ($100), and 3rd ($75) place selections for best costume.
Newton, MA – Newton Heartbreak Hill Race: Taking place on Sunday, April 15th, families, friends, and youngsters will gather for a 1-mile run up the Boston Marathon’s notorious Heartbreak Hill. The race kicks off at noon, and festivities run till 3:00 PM.
Worcester, MA – Central Mass Striders 52 Week 5k Series: The Central Mass Striders have made it simple, “No entry forms. No applications. No T-Shirts. No awards. No trophies. No ribbons. Just show up, sign up, pay up, run your tootsies off.” So, if you’re looking for a race without any of the hoopla, the CMS 52 Week 5k Series is for you. Races take place weekly on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM, at the Worcester State College gymnasium lobby.
Princeton, MA – Wachusett Mountain’s Up, Down & Around Challenge: This Saturday, April 7th, at 11:00 AM, this four-leg adventure race will take you on a 5-mile run on paved and off-road terrain, a scenic 8-mile bike race around the mountain, a hike up to the Wachusett summit, and finally a “run down” from the paved summit road to the finish line. You can register here (hyperlink: http://www.active.com/triathlon/princeton-ma/2nd-annual-up-down-and-around-challenge-2012).
For a listing of many more April road races, please click here.