Ready, Set, Go! By: Allie Barone

  • Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Uncategorized

While it feels like this winter is lingering, we know that Spring is indeed on its way. Spring brings many wonderful changes that many of us New Englanders welcome with open arms. We crave the warmer temperatures, and signs of life springing up all over the place. One of the best things about this season is that many of us participate in more outdoor activities. While there is plenty to do outside over the winter, the spring opens up new opportunities that don’t feel so, well, cold. If you are looking for a new way to enjoy spring, something fun to try could be signing yourself up for a running race.

Whether you have run a marathon every year for the past decade, or consider yourself more of a couch potato, signing up for a road race is a great way to get exercise, socialize, and embrace the changing seasons. In the upcoming weeks and month, our area holds tons of races for all capability. Making a commitment to run a race is an excellent way to practice goal setting, and to challenge yourself! Our tip for anyone new to races is to give yourself at least 6 weeks to prepare. You can start with walking on your lunch break, and every day work to increase your pace to a run. A 5k race is a great place to start and can be tons of fun. Many races even allow walking participants, so if you feel comfortable with that as a starting point then grab some friends and start walking! Not only are races a great way to challenge yourself and get active but often they also support a charitable cause. If anything, it can be a fun way to be a part of a positive experience with the community.


Here are some upcoming races in our area:


Sprint Into Spring 5K and Fun Run

Rowely, MA

Saturday, April 7th


Fool’s Duel 5k and Half Marathon

Gloucester, MA

Sunday, April 8th


Chase the Gorilla Down Argilla 5K

Ipswich, MA

Saturday, April 14th


Ipswich Ale Half Marathon

Ipswich, MA

Saturday, April 28th


Earth Rock Run Half Marathon

Amesbury, MA

Sunday, April 29th



You can find more events like these at Active.Com where you can perform a search of your area. There’s no way to lose when you participate in a community event like running races. Even if you come in last place, and decide you never want to run a race again you will have achieved something new and maybe meet some new friends on the way. Who knows, it could be one race that turns you on to running for life! If anything, choose an event that interests you (like one sponsored by a brewery), or that is in a beautiful area you would like to tour on your own two feet. Chose to race alone, with a partner, friends, or the whole family! Look out for more upcoming ideas on how to enjoy spring in New England!


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