Highland City Striders Update (Running Club ~ 4/6/2014)

Good morning Striders,

 This week we are pleased to welcome Daniel Sullivan from Westborough and Judy Proteau fromMarlborough as our newest Highland City Striders!

 Please find attached our April running schedule and also consider coming out and running with us.  If you would like to be paired with someone, please send me a note with your nominal 5K / 10K time.  It is always more beneficial to run with someone – they keep you going when you want to stop!  This schedule is also available on our website – thank you Larry and thanks to April for making the schedule!!

It’s tomorrow night!  We are planning an HCS invasion of the Grey Hound Pub at 139 Water St in Worcester tomorrow night at 6:30 PM (Kelley Square exit on 290) for their weekly Monday night run. For the uninitiated, this is a self-timed 3 mile jaunt through Downtown Worcester with a pot luck and pints to follow.  There, we will meet up with our friends from the Central Mass Striders.  The run starts at 6:30 and the car pool will depart the Hudson Stop & Shop at 5:45. I will collect $5 from participants so we can provide pizza for the potluck or alternatively, you can bring a dish to share. 

Good luck to Liz Masterjohn who is doing a 50K trail race today and Amanda Brandt and Rebecca Strait who are dong half marathons today.

Our Boston Marathon Runnahs.  I would like to just give a shout out to our HCS Boston Marathon runners.  They have worked very hard to get the miles in under some pretty tough winter conditions.   You can track them using the athlete tracker at baa.org and plugging in their bib number.  Several of them are also doing TVFRs 15K tuneup race this in Upton this weekend as their final rally before they start the tapering.  Good luck to you all.  We salute you and we are also very proud of your accomplishment!  If I have missed anyone, my apologies – please let me know if you will be running. 


Maria Benway - 31407

Gary Cattarin - 1980

Sharon Foster - 27670

Sarah Friedman - 31823

Dave Kittredge - 33217

Issam Kreiche - 4114

Dan Milton - 25429

 Many runners raise funds on behalf of a sponsor.  Maria and Sarah have a fund raising page atgofundme.com/runningforro.com.  When you get to the page, put “Benway” in the search box.   They are running for their friend Roseann who was injured in last year’s Boston Marathon.  You can see Maria’s interview with WMCT here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dyl_1jp_A&list=UU5CYAISsuVfTiKqYg3qilfw .  These amazing ladies have raised over $23,000 towards their goal of $30,000. Wow!

 Thanks to all of you who supported Sharon with her fundraiser at Bertucci’s last Wednesday.  Sharon is running the Boston Marathon this year with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).   As a 10+ year leukemia survivor, Sharon is running to raise critical funds for research and treatment to help other have the same great outcome she has.  If you are interested in contributing you can donation online at http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston14/sgf726; if you would prefer to contribute via check; checks can be made payable to LLS and mailed to her at 15 Falls Brook Road, Hudson, MA 01749. 

 Thank you in advance for sharing your blessings with our HCS runners!  These are some very worthwhile causes.

 Congrats to the team who ran the 15K Boston Tune-up Race in Upton yesterday.  

Clinton Tribute Road Race – 5 miler.  Folks, one of my favorite races is the Clinton Tribute Road Race that this year will be held on Saturday, May 10th.  This race is in our race series.  What makes this race so good?  First of all, it is very challenging.  It features the “hill from hell” at Mile 3.  This hill brought me to my knees last year and this year I am determined not to walk on that hill!  Second, there is a wonderful post race party at the Old Timers Saloon after the race.  We usually have a nice crowd that goes and so this is the fun part of the day.  Attached is a sign up form.  Please consider coming out and running this race.  It is cheap and also very fun!

 You’re a Strider and now you want to look like one.  We are working on developing an “on-line store” with a local vendor in Marlborough so that you will be able to get your HCS gear for your participation in Spring and Summer races.  Stayed tuned – we’re getting close here!  Thank you Donna!!

 Couch to 5K program.  HCS member Bill Schade is leading a Couch to 5K group on weekday evenings at 6PM on the Rail Trail near the parking lot for Kelleher Field in Marlborough.  This program is sponsored by the fine folk at the Connecting Point Church in Marlboro.  If you are interested in learning more about it for a friend, or volunteering to help lead group workouts, please contact Bill at bill.schade@comcast.net. Bill is always looking for folk to help out.  Please consider joining Bill help others get off their couch and get healthy!  If you know of someone who might benefit from this program, they can register here.  Get the 411 here

 Spirit of Hudson 6K Road Race – Saturday, June 7th, 8:30 AM.  Folks, we are gearing up for our first race of the season and I know you are all just dying to know how you can help:

·        Wanna join our 40 person race crew?  Please send a note to Monica Burnett at Monica.burnett84@gmail.com. 

·        If you know of a business that would like to sponsor the race and have their name on the back of our race jerseys, please contact April Ropes at aropes@verizon.net.  We have sponsor forms up on the website right here.

·        Wanna run this chip timed, flat, fast race course and establish your PR for a 6K, then you can register right here.

·        100% of the proceeds of this race will go to the Elks Scholarship Fund, providing educational stipends for college bound seniors from the four local area high schools.

·        Thanks in advance for your help – we do appreciate it.

 Striders “Spring Training”.  Just a reminder that we have our Striders Spring Training program running on Tuesdays and Thursdays and track workouts on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM.  Thanks very much to Danny Milton, Sharon Foster, & Dave Kittredge for organizing these runs.

 Tuesday:  The “Danny Milton Experience” – 47 O’Neil St, Hudson

Wednesday:  Sharon’s Need for Speed Workout – HHS Track

Thursday:  “Hills are your Friends” with Dave K.  – 34 Seneca Dr, Hudson

 Thought for the week: 

 If see you a policeman or fireman this week, go shake their hand and say thank you.  Remember that these folk put their life on the line every day of the week on our behalf and I certainly appreciate that somebody took the time to paint the rock on the Hudson / Marlborough border and remind us of that fact.

 Have a great week of running




Stuff coming up – so many choices


A link to upcoming races – www.funonfoot.com/bosevents and also www.coolrunning.com and alsowww.cnsrun.org and finally www.northmedfordclub.org


Every Monday Night

Grey Hound Pub Monday Nite Run
Worcester, MA 6:30PM Grey Hound Pub, 139 Water St

(Free, Self Timed through scenic Canal District. Open to all levels)

Contact: Cyndy Curley (Grey Hound Pub). 1-508-754-1600 Email


April 6, 2014 (Sunday)

7th Annual Shrewsbury Road Scholars 5k / 1M Fun Run
Shrewsbury, MA NOON Oak Middle School, 45 Oak Street (5k and 1M Fun Run mostly flat for the benefit of Shrewsbury Education Fund)
Contact: Kim Cantin (Shrewsbury Public Schools). 1-508-841-8400 Email

April 12, 2014 (Saturday)

Chelmsford Lions 5k
Chelmsford, MA 10:00AM McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Rd. (Age group prizes, fast course, raise money for local school scholarships)
Contact: Mark Coddaire (Marx Running and Fitness Center). 1-978-263-5510 Email


Dunning Dash 5K Road Race
Framingham, MA 8:45AM Dunning Elementary School, 48 Frost Street, 301 Brook Street (road race, kids fun run, kids obstacle course)
Contact: Eileen Keefe (Dunning PTO). 1-508-626-9155 Email
Yahoo! Maps


April 13, 2014 (Sunday)

2nd Annual Shrewsbury High School 5K
Shrewsbury, MA 9:00AM Shrewsbury High School, 64 Grafton St (A fun run meant for all ages. In memory of Jake Boudreau.)
Contact: Taylor OConnor (Shrewsbury High School). 1-774-278-8409 Email

Central Mass Spartan Baseball 5K Run to Cooperstown
Worcester, MA 9:00AM Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street
Contact: Central Mass Spartan Baseball Run to Coo (Baseball Club). 1-508-883-5133 Email
Yahoo! Maps


Lowell Firefighters Road Race - 5K
Lowell, MA 10:30AM Lowell Firefighters Club, 362 Fletcher Street
Contact: Shawn Sirois (Lowell Fire Department). 1-978-265-6037 Email
Yahoo! Maps


The 2014 Tour de WORCESTER is a THREE-race series IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS – for more info:  www.tourdeworcester.com

Race #1: April 27, 2014 Jay Lyons Memorial Road Race




April 26, 2014 (Saturday) thru May 24th (5 Sessions)

Yoga for Runners (or Anyone!) – 9AM to 10AM at Sohum, 30 Lyman St, Suite 108B, Westborough, MA (508) 329-3338

Folks, this class is taught by our very own April Ropes, a certified yoga instructor.


April 27, 2014 (Sunday)

14th Annual Jay Lyons Memorial Road Race
Worcester, MA 2:00PM Blessed Sacrament Church, 551 Pleasant St (5k Run, flat course)
Contact: Brian Durkin (Jay Lyons Memorial Road Race)


1st Annual Franco de Mayo 5K
Leominster, MA 12:15PM Franco American Club, 300 Water St (Celebrate Cinco de Mayo touring French Hill in the 1st Annual Franco de Mayo 5K)
Contact: Chris Reid (North Medford Club). 1-617-966-0095 Email
Yahoo! Maps


 May 4, 2014 (Sunday)

12th Annual Westborough Spring Festival 5K Road Race – Westborough High School – 9AM

90 West Main Street (Route 30), Westborough, MA.  On-line registration at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2122362

Only $15 bucks for pre-registered runners.


Algonquin Regional Race for Education
Northborough, MA 9:00AM Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street (5K course around the campus and cross country course/1 mile on the x-c course)
Contact: Karla Steele (Central Tree Middle School). 1-508-886-6221 Email
Race Results | Yahoo! Maps


May 10, 2014 (Saturday)  (HCS Race Series Event)

36th Annual Clinton Tribute Road Race
Clinton, MA 11:00AM Clinton Elementary School, 100 Church St. (A challenging 5-mile race)
Featuring the “hill from hell” at Mile 3.  Contact: Bill Marsh (Coulter Press). 1-978-368-0011 


May 11, 2014 (Sunday)

Season Opener Triathlon & Duathlon
Hopkinton, MA 9:00AM Hopkinton State Park, 164 Cedar Street (Sells out Fast! A beautiful start to the season in Hopkinton!)
Contact: Season Opener Duathlon and Triathlon (Max Performance). 1-617-797-2215 Email


 May 18, 2014 (Sunday)

Millennium for Jakes Sake – Hudson Elks – 10AM

99 Park St Hudson, MA.  There is a fun run for kids starting at 9:30. Star Wars costumes are encouraged.  This is a charity run, raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy. Get more information and register atwww.4jakessake.com


16th Annual Stow Run for the Woods
Stow, MA 10:00AM Hale Middle School, 55 Hartley Road (Rolling, scenic course with farms and woods)
Contact: Aims Coney (Stow Conservation Trust). 1-978-562-2805 Email
Race Results | Yahoo! Maps


June 1, 2014 (Sunday)

Greendale Triathlon
Worcester, MA 8:30AM Greendale YMCA, Shore Dr (Sprint Tri - swim or kayak first leg. Kids Tri, Health & Wellness expo)
Contact: Alex Rogozenski (MRA Multisport). 1-774-272-1767 Email
Yahoo! Maps


June 7, 2014 (Saturday)  (HCS Race Series Event)

Spirit of Hudson 6K / 1.5 mile walk / Mighty Mite Marathon (ages 2 to 6)  - 8:30 AM  (HCS Race Series Event)

Starts and ends at the Hudson Food Pantry on 28 Houghton St in Hudson.  After the race, enjoy the day at the Hudson Community Festival on South Street.  To register or get more info, please visit http://www.highlandcitystriders.org/SpiritofHudson.html


2nd Annual Ashland State Park Trail Race
Ashland, MA 8:00AM Ashland State Park, 162 West Union Street (Trail race being held as a benefit for Boston Childens Hospital League.)
Contact: Jerome Hughes. 1-774-278-0495 Email
Race Results | Yahoo! Maps


June 8, 2014 (Sunday)

Worcester Firefighters Memorial 6K

2nd in the Tour de Worcester race series.  11:30 AM  Institute Park, Worcester.  For more info and to register - http://www.wfd6k.com/


June 18, 2014 (Wednesday)  (HCS Race Series Event)

Wayside 5K at the Wayside Racquet Club on 99 Broadmeadow in Marlborough at 6:30.  Details forthcoming.

An HCS favorite!


June 21, 2014 (Saturday)

11th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race to cure ALS
Hopkinton, MA 8:30AM Hopkinton High School (MA), 90 Hayden Rowe St (Fast 5K Road Race)
Contact: David Krueger (Sharon Timlin Memorial Race). 1-617-719-0076 Email


June 28, 2014 (Saturday)

Fitchburg Police Relief Association 5k Road Race/Walk
Fitchburg, MA NOON Main Street/ Boulder Drive Parking Garage, Main Street/Boulder Drive Parking Garage (5k race and walk. Certified USTFA. Supports the Boston Wounded Vets Run.)
Contact: Mark Jackson (Fitchburg Police Association). 1-978-430-1082 Email
Race Results | Yahoo! Maps


June 29, 2014 (Sunday)

Bare Hill Triathlon
Harvard, MA 8:00AM Town Center, 1 Pond Rd (.5 mi swim, 10.5 mi bike, 3.2 mi run)
Contact: Sue Reedich (Harvard Lions Club). 1-978-456-9286 Email


July 3, 2014 (Thursday)

Harvard Pilgrim Finish At The 50
Foxborough, MA 5:30PM Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place (5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run at Patriot Place. All runners finish at the 50-yard)
Contact: Phil Buttafuoco (Gillette Stadium). 1-508-549-0258 Email

July 12, 2014 (Saturday)

DAM Triathlon
Amesbury, MA 8:00AM Lake Gardner, 102 Whitehall Rd (4th Ann.Sprint Tri, Lake Swim, Cash Purse, Awards, Quality Swag, Breakfast, Beer)
Contact: Ashley Steeves (BNS EVENT MANAGEMENT). 1-978-836-0271 Email
Race Results | Yahoo! Maps 

Falmouth Triathlon
Falmouth, MA 7:30AM Surf Drive Beach, Surf Dr (Breathtaking Ocean vistas and Marthas Vineyard are with you most of the way)
Contact: Lance Panigutti (Without Limits Productions LLC.). 1-303-408-1195 Email
Yahoo! Maps 

Greenbelts 7th Annual Run for the Hills 5K and 10K Trail Race
South Hamilton, MA 9:00AM Pingree Reservation, Pingree School, 537 Highland Street (10K is part of North Shore Trail Series, wooded hills and trails, prizes)
Contact: Race Organizers (Essex County Greenbelt). 1-978-768-7241 x22 Email
Race Results | Yahoo! Maps 

Urban RAID Boston
Boston, MA 8:00AM City Hall Plaza, City Hall Plaza (The Next Generation of Obstacle Racing)
Contact: Parker Swenson (RAID Events). 1-207-699-2360 x109 Email
Yahoo! Maps


July 19, 2014 (Saturday)

1st Annual Colleen Celia Memorial 5K
Middleboro, MA 7:30AM Henry Burkland Elementary School, 41 Mayflower Avenue (5K run/walk on mostly flat, paved course. Reduced fees for students and children)
Contact: South Shore Race Management Email
Yahoo! Maps 

5th annual Run to Home Base at Fenway Park
Boston, MA 6:00AM Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Gate B (Support returning troops and military families at this 9k run at Fenway Park.)
Contact: Grace Luoma (Red Sox Foundation). 1-585-506-7945 Email
Yahoo! Maps


August 2, 2014 (Saturday)  (HCS Race Series Event)

Governor Cellucci Tribute Road Race – Hudson Elks – 9 AM

99 Park St Hudson, MA.  This is a 5K charity run, raising funds for ALS Research. Will go right through the Hudson downtown area.  Details forthcoming.

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