10mile 02/26/17 11:00 am Amherst, MA
Many time USATF NE championship, sketchy weather a possibility (check out the snowy pics on the website!), also rough dirt road section of the course that always has bad footing. Awful 11:00am starting time.
Note: they have returned to the “classic” course, last used 3 years ago. That means speed bumps and a 90 degree turn in the first 200 meters. $35 pre-entry. Hot showers afterward (you know about shrinkage right?).
Half Marathon 03/19/17 11:00 am New Bedford, MA
New Bedford: http://newbedfordhalfmarathon.com/
40th annual, many time USATF NE champs. Closed course, well managed. Worst post-race food ever (fish!). $60 entry fee through the end of 2016, the $70 until Feb 1, and $75 after that (plus fees!!!!). Is this the toughest starting line to get to?
15km 04/01/17 10:00 am Upton, MA
Boston Tune-up 15k: http://www.tri-valleyfrontrunners.com/tuneup/tune-up.php
37th annual. Where the heck is Upton? (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Upton,+MAemail@example.com,-71.6004365,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e40d1e090a3999:0x102a201f33329960) Rolling course but pretty fast CR’s Casey Moulton 47:34 (5:07 pace) & Steph Reilly 54:21 (5:51 pace). Entry fee $25, $30 day of. I’m looking forward to this new race in the GP. This will be only the 10th time a 15k has been part of the GP (last time in 2014).
5 mile 06/18/17 9:00am Merrimack, NH
Ribfest 5: http://www.millenniumrunning.com/ribfest5
Former USATF NE champs, decent course (dreary but flat). Well managed (Millennium). Entry fee $30 early, $40 within a week of the race. Pizza and yogurt after the race but NO ribs!
5km 09/17/17 11:00 am Providence, RI
Downtown 5k: http://cvsdowntown5k.com/
Former USATF NE champs also has hosted national champs (they know what they are doing). Entry fee $27 early, $35 on race day. Looks pretty fast! https://www.strava.com/routes/7225033
10k 09/24/17 Gloucester, MA
Closed course, plenty of parking, multi-time USATF NE champs. Back-to-Back weekends with the 5k leading into this race.
Multiple time USATF NE championship, flat fast double loop course. Excellent race management.