Hello Runners! Happy June! A little late, here is the June newsletter. Thanks for the submissions, and, as always, keep them coming!
- Letter from a Board Member by Rob Daniels
- UVRC Thanks by Lorna Young
- Ask the Coaches
- Running can be Exploration! by Tim Smith
- Granite State Track and Field in Lebanon by Colin Smith
- UVRC Runner Profile
- Things I See When I am Running by Lori Bliss Hill
- Ragnar Relay Cape Cod Race Report by Rebecca Stanfield McCown
- Running on Martha’s Vineyard by Judy Phillips
- The Shaker Seven Renaissance by Emily Cousens
- Running Painfree
- UVRC Group Run!
Letter from a Board Member
by Rob Daniels
We’re two races in to the 2018 Upper Valley Running Series. I hope you’ve been able to join us. If you haven’t made either event you’ve still got a chance to be considered a series finisher since you only have to complete 6 of 8. You’ll have to get on a roll though since there are now six races left. Race number three takes place by Mascoma Lake on June 24th. After taking a year off the Shaker 7 returns under the directorship of Brandon Baker and the folks at Team Amp. The course of the seven miler features a variety of terrain. Starting on the paved route 4A alongside open fields it changes to a quiet and shaded dirt road on Shaker Boulevard before entering downtown Enfield and a bit of the rail trail then crossing over the lake for the return.
Personally, I’m glad to see the race make a come back. The course has been in the UVRS before and was even a well received New Hampshire Grand Prix event a few years ago. It is also USA Track & Field certified by our own Jim Burnett and a good opportunity to set a PR. Of course there aren’t a lot of 7 milers out there! Be ready for a legit hill climb as you approach Enfield village but otherwise it’s fairly fast. If you’re trying to run a good pace my suggestion is to approach it like a 10K. The additional 8/10 mile shouldn’t add much fatigue and your body will tell you when to kick it in for the finish.
Whether you paid for the whole series up front or you register race by race you are eligible to earn prizes as a series finisher. As long as you are a member of UVRC at the time of the race and you complete at least 6, you’re in. As a finisher you’ll get an email link to sign up for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon and you won’t have to sweat registering before the race sells out, which can happen the night it goes live. We also have a pool of prize money contributed by the races set aside for finishers. It will depend on how many complete the series but last year we gave out club jackets so it will be worthwhile.
I would just like to take this time to say a big thank you to UVRC for making me feel so welcome in the Hanover community. Moving here alone, and from the other side of The Pond, was a little daunting, but joining such a welcoming and friendly running group made things all the easier and a pleasant experience. I have met some wonderful friends through UVRC (even without frequently racing and training with the group), whom have made my time in Hanover quite special! I hope the club continues to go from strength to strength whilst maintaining its local, friendly feel! If you are ever visiting the United Kingdom, please let me know. We can an infamous Parkrun!
Curly (Lorna Young)
Got a question for the coaches? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it on!
Anonymous to protect the guilty asks:
How to make it through a marathon, half marathon or long run without having to make a “pit stop.” Shalane Flanagan had this problem at Boston.
Good question! The solution to this is individualized and comes down to your own diet and stomach. For example, back in college I saw my friend eat an apple 30 minutes before a race so I decided to try that too. It worked out well for her but not so much for me. Another teammate would eat an entire pancake breakfast with bacon and eggs the morning of a race while the rest of us would settle for bland oatmeal or a bagel and a banana. My stomach has even been so particular as to discriminate between energy gel brands: Honey Stinger good, Clif okay, GU not good. This has taken a few years for me to figure out, and I’m sure my stomach will keep changing over time. Below are some guidelines to help you avoid those “pit stops”:
1. Try some different meals the night before long runs to determine what is bothering your stomach. After many many tests of pre-long run dinners, I have discovered that pasta/rice/quinoa + meat and a vegetable is safe for my stomach. I have discovered that lots of milk is not, nor is lots of candy (sadly). When you find what seems to work for you, you can plan to eat that meal the night before a race.
2. Be mindful of your fiber intake. If you usually eat lots of fiber-rich foods like vegetables and fruits you can stay the course, but don’t load up on bran and beans. Cut down on them a couple of days before the race to avoid uncomfortable stomach rumbles. Even exchanging whole bread/pasta for white wheat/pasta can help, although it sounds counter intuitive to us health-conscious athletes.
3. Eat your last meal about 3 hours before your race or long run. Following that, keep sipping water and you can have a small, reliable snack about 60-90 minutes before the race if you need to. This should give your stomach enough time to process the meal and enough time to hit the delightful Port-a-Potties before getting to the start line. Eat foods that you have tested before and work well for you. As Boston 2018 winner Desiree Linden has said of her usual pre-race meals of rice or bagel and peanut butter with a banana: “Food for function, not for fun.”
4. During the race, wash your gels/chews down with water only, instead of a sports drink. Sometimes the combination of too many carbohydrates can cause GI distress. Plan to take your nutrition before a water stop and then maybe hit up the next sports drink station if that is your plan.
I hope these tips are helpful! Unfortunately sometimes we can go by the plan perfectly and something still gets upset. Hopefully we can have a Desiree to our Shalane who will help pull us back into the race if we have to step out for a minute. Good luck!
Mary Peters ran cross country and track at Western Washington University, was an assistant coach for Hanover High School track, and coaches our own Couch 2 5K program.
Mary’s answer sums about just about everything I’d say. Practicing your race fuel before long runs or workouts is key. I’d also add that in the case of an emergency pit stop being necessary, stay calm and move efficiently, but don’t rush. This will help keep your head in the race and minimize damage caused by stress!
Carly Wynn is a personal coach at EnduranceEfficacy.com, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Anonymous Coach says:
It can be crappy to take a quick pit stop.
Failed race plans can really get me down in the dumps.
It’s hard for me to think about fuel when I’m so pooped.
Practice taking nutrition while doing workouts like fartleks.
Running can be Exploration!
by Tim Smith
On Tuesday, when we are circling the track, or Occum Pond, for the nth time, running can be a repetitive. But then there are other time we we can push ourselves out of the rut and see new worlds as we cruise around on top of our running shoes.
I feel like I never understand a place well until I walked around every corner, or run around every block. So last month, when visiting Brooklyn it was time to lace up up my conveyances and go explore.
My plan was to start at out at our air-BnB in Cobble Hill and head in the anti-Manhattan direction. For some illogical reason I always feel a connection to “Smith Street”. Early Saturday the sidewalks are full of young families herding preschoolers to soccer and other activities via the coffee shop. When caffeinated hipster couples rev up the strollers, give them space.
Waiting for a light, above the Gowanus Canal, someone called to me, “I’m inspired. I’m going to run this afternoon.” My fellow light-waiter was racing tomorrow in Prospect Park. At age 30, he was going to give himself the day off because of threatening rain. But if an old guy like me was out there . . . he was inspired.
Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue is host to one of the big local races, and it is clearly broad enough to handle 50,000 sweaty bodies. But I am a party of one and so chose Fifth Avenue because it is a quieter street. The residence of Greenwood Cemetery are quit in the extreme.
Past Our Lady of Perpetual Help and into Bay Ridge. At this point I wanted to get down to the water, but I wasn’t sure on the detail. Fortunately while caught at a light crossing 4th Avenue I hooked up with Steve and “Coffee”, two runners headed in my direction.
As a side note, never worry about getting lost in New York City. You can’t run more then 3 blocks without meeting another runner. They will all claim to be natives (which means they have lived here at least two weeks) and happy to give you directions. I find that about a third of them really know where their are, and the rest will point out parts of the city which need exploration and mapping.
Steve runs for Prospect Park Track Club and was happy to guide me through Owl’s Head Park and show me the underpass to get to the esplanade. Coffee was just starting his training and was happy to still be breathing.
Steve called it the “Esplanade” and I wondered if I detected a bit of Boston in him. Offically it is the Shore Road Greenway, a strip of grass with a run/walk/bike path between the Belt Parkway and New York Harbor. With many lane of iron beast roaring thirty meters to the left, it is a bit noisy there. But not dealing with curbs, lights and street crossing for 7k was such a delight I’ll suffer a bit of an audio assault.
Traffic on the Verrazano looks so slow, but that is mainly because I am watching it from such a great distance. However traffic on the Belt Parkway is slow, and I know this because I am passing most of it while I run.
Beyond the narrows the sky opened and it began to pour. I caught up with a father-daughter pair running. The daughter, I guessing age ten, was looking for the largest of puddles to tramp through, while the father just seemed to drip. She turned to me and proclaimed with the clearest of enunciations, “The Rain is Refreshing!” (her capitals, not mine). I could only respond, “And those people who don’t like it, aren’t us.” She nodded in agreement, then plowed through another small lake.
When the rain let up I could now see the parachute tower at Coney Island. This tower is all that remains of “Steeple Chase Amusement Park”. I like to think of crowds roaring with delighter as steeplechasers run 3,000 meters over barrier and water jumps.
When I crossed Neptune and Mermaid Ave I know I am entering a silly district. Pass Nathan’s Hot Dogs, home of the eating contest. Pass the cyclone and out onto the pier! Despite the rain, a really wonderful run!
But this is the key to running in a city. I’ve just run twelve miles from home, but because I carry a thin card in my waistband, a train will whisk me to my shower.
Granite State Track and Field in Lebanon
By Colin Smith
May and June is track and field season at school, and so for the first
time this year I have been taking my son, Alistair, to the Granite
State Track and Field program. It is offered in Lebanon by the Lebanon
Recreation and Parks department, and in towns across the state by
other rec departments The program is for roughly 8 to 14 year olds,
with a few slightly younger kids joining in as well. The group
practices on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Lebanon High School
track, with the season culminating in a regional meet and (for those
who do well at the regional meet), a state meet.
A typical practice goes something like this. As the kids are dropped
off by parents from about 6pm, they start to warm up with the aim of
doing four laps of the track. Some run a gentle even pace, while
others mix together walking along with a group of friends and flat out
sprints to cover the distance. Once a quorum is reached at around
6:15pm, head coach John Wolfe blows the whistle and has the 50 or so
kids form a big circle in the middle of the football field and leads
some stretching to complete the warm up.
Then John divides the kids into 3 or 4 groups by age and the
parent-coaches help to lead each group as they rotate through the
evening’s activities. These might be learning how to do a sprint
start, practicing one of the shorter running events (50m, 100m, 200m,
and 400m), learning how to do relay exchanges (one of the events is
the 4 x 100m relay), testing their skills in the field events which
are long jump (standing for the younger kids, running for the older
ones) and softball throw, or doing the “long run”. Practice wraps up
at about 7:30pm with a final round of stretches and a rendition of the
team chant, “Leb Track Rocks, All the Time, All the Time, Leb Track
My usual role as one of the parent-coaches has been taking the long
run group on a tour of the high school campus — around the baseball
field, through the woods by the ropes course, around the lacrosse and
soccer fields (including a sprint up the embankment and a log roll
back down), with a fast run in to the track along the football field
bleachers. The long run is a study of the kids’ current ability as
distance runners. Some are determined to keep up with the coach
leading the run and then race the run in flat out, showing obvious
promise to be fast finishers with a strong kick off the final bend in
the 1600m. Others start off running enthusiastically but are walking
by the end of the baseball field. So, while one coach tries to stretch
the faster kids, the other will be encouraging and cajoling the slower
kids to do their best and make it back to the track.
So far, the season has been a lot of fun and it seems like all of the
kids are enjoying themselves. I’ve certainly enjoyed the opportunity
to meet more of my son’s friends and classmates, and to spend a couple
of evenings a week running with them all. I’ll follow up next month
with a report on the business end of the season including the meets.
For anyone who would like to come along and cheer on the local kids in
the regional meet, it takes place at Lebanon High School on Saturday
June 16th from 9am-3pm. The state meet is the following Friday
evening, June 22nd, at Winnisquam High School.
UVRC Runner Profile
Name: Vanessa Garlick
Town: Lyme, NH
What do you do professionally?
I’m a Pediatric Resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
How long have you been running competitively?
I’ve been running competitively since the 5th grade, when I started training for my first ½ marathon. Then I joined the cross country team in the 6th grade.
Why do you run?
I run for the views, to get outside, enjoy nature and for peace of mind.
Best athletic accomplishment?
Breaking three hours in the marathon.
If you like to race, favorite race distance? Why?
My favorite race distance is probably either the 50 K or 50 mile. Both distances are challenging, yet still fast paced.
My boyfriend, Kevin Hartstein is a great training partner. There are not many people who are willing to wake up at 4 am to run with me in negative temperatures!
Cross training activities?
Cycling and swimming in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter.
Favorite local running route?
I’ve run the Wheelock TrescottGreensboro Loop so many times that it has become my favorite go to loop. I also like Boston Lot and Moose Mountain.
Favorite post run treat?
Strangest place ever run?
The treadmill. Anytime I find myself running on the treadmill I wonder, “How did this happen?!”
What made you start running?
I started running as a way to get home from swim practice (before I could drive), then I realized I enjoy running way more than swimming and the rest is history!
Who is your running “idol”?
Ever run in a costume?
Nope, I’m a minimalist with running attire. I don’t even like to wear socks!
The only running shoe for me is?
Mizuno Waverider 14-19
Ever been injured? How did it happen?
Yes, I fell off a waterfall in Hawaii 1 ½ years ago and broke my pelvis, seven ribs and even got a pneumothorax, which forced a brief hiatus from running. Fortunately, I’m fully recovered now, although I recently broke my hand!
Hot or cold weather runner?
Hot! It’s never too hot to run!
Morning or evening runner?
Favorite running book/film?
Unbreakable: The Western States 100
What is your favorite workout?
I really love long hilly runs on dirt roads or runnable trails.
What is your diet like?
If you could run with anyone, who would be the person? Where would you run?
I would run the “9 Great Walks” in New Zealand with Kevin. We were there in December and were able to run parts of both the Milford and Kepler Tracks, but I would really love to go back and complete the rest. They are truly spectacular.
By Lori Bliss Hill
by Rebecca Stanfield McCown
At the end of last year, Oiselle (my all time favorite for women by women running clothes company), decide to crash the podium. This meant supporting six Ragnar Relay teams all with one goal- TO WIN. I was lucky enough to get asked to join one of the teams and race the Cape Cod Ragnar. And so began #podiumproject
My team was made up of 12 runners from across the country and 5 crew (yes, we were fully supported in everyway). It is hard to field a team a speedsters and we had some last minute shuffling due to injuries, including a panicked search for a runner the day before the relay! Having never done a Ragnar before, my major concerns going in were 1) I am nowhere near fast enough for this team! 2) I sleep almost 9 hours a night; can I function on just 3? and 3) I am nowhere near fast enough for this team! (Side note: I was so naive to think I would get 3 hours of sleep. With about 3.5 hours between van exchanges there was no time to sleep.)
My team, Bird Machine, started on Friday at 3pm and was among the last 6 teams to start so we had the whole field to chase down. I was in Van 2 so after intimidating folks at the start in our matching outfits (Thanks, Oiselle!) we headed to the first van exchange to check in. I ran one of the shortest sets of legs, totaling 11 miles. My first run was at 8pm, then 3am, and the last one at 9am. I thought the 3am leg was going to be the hardest but the last leg almost did me in. No sleep, two hard runs, and then a mile of straight up hill to start.
It was an incredible experience to have a diverse group of women, all committed to the same goal, cheering wildly for each other, and keeping a sense of humor while running on empty. Every leg ended in high fives, giant smiles, and a kill count. In the van we tried to sleep (some tried to do this outside the van as well), listened to an incredible playlist put together by a teammate, and ate countless Energy Balls courtesy Shalane Flanagan’s cookbook Run Fast Eat Slow (almost as good as coffee). Every runner and crew left it all out on the racecourse. And we had the virtual support of countless others following along and cheering us on through Oiselle’s social media channels (check out @oiselle_podium on twitter for the latest on the Podium Project).
In the end, we accomplished our goal and were the first place female team as well as third overall. We covered almost 200 miles in 20 hours and 26 minutes with an average team pace of 6:41. A special shout out to team captain Nicole Freeman and Oiselle for pulling us together, making sure our flystyle was on point, and believing that we would crash the podium. Want to read more about the weekend, check out Jess Barnard’s photos essay blog post with 10 easy steps to win a Ragnar over on Oiselle.
All photos by Jess Barnard (@jesssbarnard)
by Judy Phillips
Saturday, May 19th, was the second Martha’s Vineyard Marathon/Half Marathon. I signed up for the half months ago. I really needed the challenge.
The “racer’s” edge (I use the term very loosely!) were two factors: I am in the process of a guided cleanse (whole organic foods; eliminating coffee, alcohol, gluten, sugar, processed foods, rice, white potatoes; committing to adequate rest and water intake; all to support liver detoxification. This regimen is designed and offered by Beth Finnigan: B WELL with Beth Finnigan), and the Inn I stayed at turned out to be centrally located, walking distance to restaurants, shops, and the bike path for my runs before and after the race. I highly recommend both this regimen and Ashley Inn, in Edgartown. The innkeeper was so accommodating to my regimen and race morning requirements; he brought a mini-fridge to my room and made a hard boiled egg for my breakfast the night before. There is a convenience store a few hundred feet away that opens at 5:30 AM, so you can get coffee or tea. I was concerned about getting to the shuttle to the start, so decided to skip my morning green tea. My first half marathon run without caffeine!
I ran exceptionally slowly. It was difficult to see with the rain on my glasses, but I didn’t walk and I didn’t quit. The course was easy (flat, mostly off-road) and well-marked. The start is at the high school. You run the first three miles in the forest, then on the bike path, and the last few miles are along the water, finishing in Waban Park, Oak Bluffs. The biggest challenge was the weather: high- and cross-winds, and rain the last 5-6 miles. It must be lovely on a sunny day, but this is New England, so there’s never any guarantee of fair weather.
There were some glitches: the checkin was disorganized; tracking didn’t function properly; mile markers were off from mid-race on; and most importantly, transportation needs improvement. The designated pickup place for the bus from Edgartown was changed, and when asked, we were told we had been notified at checkin. This was not the case as many runners waited 1-2 hours at the site indicated in printed materials and online. I ended up sharing an Uber with two other runners. Additionally, this is a point-to-point course (not my favorite for exactly these logistical reasons), and there was no shuttle service back to the start which would have been a nice amenity, as there was parking at the school. The standing in the damp weather did cause my legs to stiffen, but this is a nuance of age these days!
Meeting a running challenge, which as I’ve gotten older primarily means completing the distance, gives me such a sense of accomplishment. I’m sure I share that with all runners, of all abilities. It seems there are fewer targets to meet than when younger, such as promotions, graduations, etc., so it’s important for me to set a race goal and then accomplish it.
The other aspect of races I enjoy is meeting other runners. I met a woman, Tracey, who weighed 300 lbs. in 2012 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an effort to get as healthy as possible as she met the challenge of her illness, she started running. She lost the weight – she was an older woman who looked like she could never have weighed that much – and started distance running. She’s done many full and half marathons since, including the Dopey Challenge in January. During the years since her initial diagnosis, it was discovered that she had developed brain cancer. The breast cancer is under control, but she needs MRIs every three months to monitor the brain cancer. She told me this conversationally, not complaining, as we shared stories about our running experiences. She had the most upbeat, joyous spirit. As I always do when I struggle in a race, I think of those who are meeting challenges not of their own choosing. I thought about Tracey during the race. I was grateful to have met such an inspiring person.
On the shuttle back to Edgartown, I met another interesting runner, Andy from Houston. He quit smoking in 2012, then started running a couple of years later at age 48. He’s since done 177 marathons, and runs a marathon every weekend. He’d done the Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon last weekend; next weekend he’s scheduled to do the Vermont City Marathon. He heads back to Houston and his job between the races. His goal is an under 4 hour marathon; he’s qualified and run Boston in 2014.
Runners have such interesting stories! I love sharing experiences and learning from other runners.
This race was the kickoff to our summer series of races. Now, I’m looking for a more local half in the fall in New Hampshire or Vermont. Any recommendations?
By Emily Cousens
This year, the Upper Valley Racing Series sees the addition of the Shaker Seven Road Race, and it has sparked in me a mild obsession. I have never raced the Shaker Seven before, but I have run the route many times. I find something magical about races that are built around the route. In most cases, it’s the other way around: the course is designed to cater to the set distance of the race, with an out-and-back added here, a lollipop there. But how satisfying is it to map out a run and find you can get exactly seven miles by doing a perfect loop? What’s more, the Shaker Seven has been around since before strava and garmin. My dad and boyfriend both have souvenir t-shirts from racing the Shaker Seven. My boyfriend’s, from 2014. My dad’s, the late ‘80s. The t-shirts are completely different, representing different eras of the race. In discussing their race experiences, I did what every totally normal runner does, I looked up their times. My boyfriend’s was easy to find on Granite State Race Services, where you can find results from every Shaker Seven back to 2004. But, I searched the internet high and low and, finding virtually no information on the Shaker Seven Road Race prior to 2004, my obsession began.
I reached out to the Harry Trumbull of the Enfield Village Association for more information on the Shaker Seven past and present. The Shaker Seven of today is all thanks to the EVA, who began hosting the race in 2004. In their first year, the Shaker Seven had an impressive 113 finishers. Since 2004 the race has seen participation range from 70 to over 100 runners year-to-year. This year will be the 14th year of the EVA’s race (the race was not held in 2017 due to construction on Route 4a) and will have all its fun features, including the classic course route, a 3-mile walk option, post-race refreshments, awards, and raffle prizes. The race will be timed by Granite State Racing Services. The Enfield Village Association is excited to have sponsors like RCS, Delta Dental, and the Montcalm Golf Course.
The race has certainly grown over the past fourteen years. Originally held on the waterfront next to the Shaker Museum, the start and finish area moved to the Shaker Recreation Fields in 2011. What the race lost in giving up the Museum’s waterfront space, it gained in attendance, speedy performances, and fun, social atmosphere. Trumbull explains, “As the Shaker Seven grew, the original logistics became a challenge at the Museum site,” and the recreation fields allow more space for spectators, tents for clubs, and post-race festivities. The course records for both men and women were set in 2014, when the race was selected to be part of the New Hampshire Grand Prix Series. 2014 was also the largest race, gathering clubs from all over the state and nearly 160 runners. The Upper Valley’s Alex Hall (38:44) and Laura Hagley (41:37) own the course records. This year, the race will be part of the Upper Valley Race Series and will likely have a competitive field once again.
Though Hall and Hagley hold the records, no runner has been more dominant in the race than Enfield’s own Rich Smith. Smith has run the race every year since 2006 except for 2011 and never finished lower than 2nd place. Smith has posted six victories in the race since the Enfield Village Association revived the modern-day Shaker Seven in 2004 and holds a best time of 39:07.
But it feels funny to compile a list of top performances that disregards years and years of races. What about the original Shaker Seven, raced by my dad and so many others in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s? I reached out to Granite State Race Services and the Valley News, but neither had any archived results or race coverage. The Enfield Historical Society does not have results either, but directed me back to the Enfield Village Association, who shared their memories of the original race.
The Shaker Seven course was originally part of a paddle, bike, run triathlon sponsored by the Enfield Lions Club in the ‘80s. The course, almost identical to the what is run today, was then used for a road race (the first Shaker Seven) in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The race director was Kevin O’Reilly, who operated the now closed Shaker Restaurant and Inn. The EVA does not know how to reach O’Reilly for more details. In the early years, the Shaker Seven also included a cross-country “dog run” on the wooded Shaker Museum trails. The inclusion of dog owners and their pets added to the festive atmosphere, but became hard to manage as the number of runners grew. (Enfield Village Association, I enthusiastically accept the challenge to revive the dog run!!!!)
The start and finish area of the early races was held at the Enfield Shaker Museum. Trumbull notes, “In addition to the historic surroundings, this site included beach access to Mascoma Lake. Post-Race swimming and barbecue were a big hit!” (Later, the waterfront property was sold to private ownership and today’s Shaker Seven race headquarters has moved a quarter mile down the road to Enfield’s Shaker Recreation Fields. Trumbull adds, “This has turned out to be a very good move. The large field allows plenty of room for registration and finish line activities. Two parking lots, thanks to Keene Medical, provide easy access.”) UVRC hotshots Pam and Tom Moore also remember the barbecue and lake swims following the early Shaker Seven races and shared stories of playing on the beach with their children post-race. Tom shares his memory of racing the tough course en route to his 1992 Shaker Seven victory:
“I was running with a kid who I remember was wearing Nike terra TCs, I stayed behind him figuring he would fade but no one else went with us. Then after a mile he slowed down and I found myself leading. Coming up the hills off Shaker Boulevard there were times I had to walk I was so tired. Then I turned down main street and just survived. I ended up winning, but I remember getting back on route 4a and just surviving that last stretch, wondering when the stupid thing was going to end.”
Realizing how much runners missed the Shaker Seven Road Race, the Enfield Village Association revived the race in 2004 as a way to fundraise and introduce people to what Enfield has to offer. Even if we don’t have results from the original Shaker Seven, what we have from the past fourteen years since its renaissance is a race that is community-focused, fun, well-organized, and true to that wonderful seven-mile loop. The certified course circumnavigates the southern half of Lake Mascoma, starting and finishing at the Enfield Recreation Fields on Route 4A. Runners travel counter-clockwise from 4a south to Shaker Boulevard, a heavenly, shaded dirt road with rolling hills that grip the edge of the lake, to downtown Enfield, over the northern rail trail, through the new Lakeside Park, across the new Shaker Bridge, back to Route 4A, passing the historic Shaker Museum before finishing back at the fields.
A BIG “thank you” to Enfield Village Association for all the information, and for organizing this event! If anyone has more information or stories from the Shaker Seven, please share! And get excited to make more memories and race against runners from all over New England on Sunday January 24th at the Shaker Recreation Fields!
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This newsletter is put out monthly (more or less) by the Upper Valley Running Club, the premier (and only) running club in the Connecticut River Upper Valley Region. This month, the newsletter was edited by Laura Petto, with additional help from Geoff Dunbar. Any comments, questions, submissions, running song recommendations, etc, send to firstname.lastname@example.org