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Best Summer Races in New England

Maybe you’ve run the Boston Marathon 6 times, or maybe you have no idea what the best flavor of GU is, or the perfect time to use it, or what strides are and really you’re just here for the free snacks at the end. No matter how much running experience you have there is always something exhilarating about the idea of crushing, (or setting), a personal record and something even more unique about the bonds you create with strangers while waiting for a porta-potty, the feeling of community out on the course knowing that everyone is suffering with you.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite summertime races. Some we’ve done, some we’ve watched, some are on our to-do list. Maybe you’ll beat us to it!

Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Runners: 3,000
Distance: 13.1 miles
Location: Portland, ME

We will admit that this race drew us in by the promise of beer at the end. With Shipyard as the presenting sponsor, you can expect more than a sample size serving for lugging your body up some windy, hot hills this June. Beer aside, this race promises you some of the most beautiful glances of Portland. A city with ocean view, a sweet potato donut shop, and breweries on every corner - sign up for this race as an excuse to check out this city. Also, use it as an excuse to indulge in some extra amazing duck fat fried food.

B.A.A 10K

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Runners: 3,500
Distance: 10k (6.2 miles)
Location: Boston, MA

This race is perfect for the people that love to be affiliated with the B.A.A but don’t want to go through the grueling training, fundraising or qualifying that goes along with running the Boston Marathon. The 10K is a bite of what the B.A.A has to offer, including marvelous city views and the opportunity to run with some elite super-stars. This year, female Boston Marathon finisher Des Linden is taking the course. Remember her? The elite runner who made history by waiting for her friend/competitor while she used the restroom during the 2018 Boston Marathon? The one who said to her competitor, “if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know”. Oh did I also mention she’s the first woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985? EVERYONE TAKE NOTES.

Beach to Beacon

Saturday, August 4th, 2018
Runners: 6,500
Distance: 10k (6.2 miles)
Location: Cape Elizabeth, ME

We’ve been admiring this race from afar for about a year now, mostly due to its history. Joan Benoit Samuelson and TD Bank founded this race in 1984 as a way to give back to the Maine community - specifically the children within it. Every year the race picks a new charity to support. This year the chosen charity is WinterKids, an organization which develops healthy lifelong habits through outdoor winter activities. Samuelson is a Maine local (and the casual winner of Olympic gold in the first women’s marathon in 1984). So if she’s putting on a race, we expect it to be good. From the sounds of it, it looks like it is, or at least 6,500+ other runners think so.

Falmouth Road Race

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Runners: 11,000
Distance: 7 miles
Location: Falmouth, MA

It’s hot. Hardest race your amateur-runner-writer has ever done. Longest 7 miles of your life. However, at the end, you forget all of that and just remember how cool the lighthouse looked at mile 2, and how you can see a beautiful view of Martha’s Vineyard at mile 6. If you don’t believe me check out this course video. This race has a whopping 11,000 runners because it is truly something special. Definitely worth setting an alarm to sign up early or run with a charity. Gronk’s charity, One Mission, Boston Children’s Hospital and more are still looking for runners if you want a bib!

Salem Road Race Presented by Notch Brewing

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Runners: 1,000
Distance: 10k (6.2 miles)
Location: Salem, MA

This is definitely what we would call a fun run, really all of these races are but this one seems really fun-centric. It’s a new race, but we’ve found all brewery races have a lot of potential to be awesome. Not only do you get a sweatshirt vs. a lame synthetic fabric t-shirt with sign up, there’s an after-party at the end of the race at Notch Brewing. Need a ride? Skedaddle already has a route going there!

0 Comments 31 May 2018
Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

Boston based marketing enthusiast. Favorite destinations always include mojitos or dog-watching.


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