2013 a memorable running year

I’m 48 years old and ran for a year-high 1,159 miles in 2013. Pretty proud of that.
I ran my best time in six attempts at the Boston Marathon, breaking the four-hour mark by more than a minute. I ran three half marathons (Boston, Vermont, Lowell), the most races at that distance I’ve ever run in one year.
Pretty proud of that.
The 2013 higlights were many, highlighted by the Boston Marathon, a glorious day until two maggots ruined it just three minutes or so after I crossed the finish line. I am so thankful my family and friends, about 15 of whom were near the finish line, were left unharmed.
Most of all, though, I continue to be thankful for the friends I ran with. We laugh. We crack jokes. We pass the miles. Before I know it, another 10 miles or so have passed.
The E Streeters are a special band of running brothers. They make running in sub-zero conditions worth it. It’s been a great running year … and 2014 should be special, too.
I’m running the Disney Marathon with my brother, Tommy, and friend, Patrick Cook, in less than two weeks. Then, it’s onto to training for another Boston Marathon and a Monday in April which promises to be an al-time great moment in New England sports history.
Happy New Year to you fellow runners!

Barry

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Must-do race in Carlisle

Saturday will mark the 11th running of the Thomas Chamberas Cross Country Race in Carlisle. The race will begin at 9 a.m. at scenic Great Brook Farm State Park.
I make it a point to run this race every year for several reasons. One, it’s tough to beat the course. Great Brook is a tremendous place to run, even if the Chamberas race features a challenging hill about mile one. Two, it’s a good cause, as proceeds go to the Thomas Chamberas fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Three, Michael Mahon delivers an impassioned national anthem to get the runners fired up. Trust me, this is a performance not to be missed.
The entry fee is $20. The course length is 3.6 miles. For the first time, the British Beer Co. will serve free pizza to runners (after 10:45 a.m.) on their patio. The restaurant/pub is located at 149 Littleton Road, Westford.
It’s supposed to be sunny and cool. Perfect weather. Michael Mahon will be singing, the course is sensational, good cause. What’s not to like? See you there.
– Barry Scanlon

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Weekend preview

We’re entering a stretch where every weekend during the summer will feature a slew of road races to choose from.
Here’s two that are on my radar this weekend.
On Saturday, the second annual Restore The Bosh 5K hits the streets of Chelmsford. Last year’s inaugural race produced a strong turnout and race officials are hoping for a repeat.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the McCarthy Middle School. Let’s hope the heavy rains have stopped by then because this is a race with a special purpose. Proceeds benefit Christopher Boshar, a Chelmsford High graduate left paralyzed after an accident at a New Hampshire lake. Needless to say, Chris’ medical bills are staggering. Chris is an inspirational young man and they don’t come any nicer than his family, but the family needs the help of the community. Race day entry fee $30.
On Sunday, the inaugural Daley School Alumni 5K will begin from the school, located at 150 Fleming St., Lowell, at 11 a.m. Walkers will begin at 10:30 a.m. Entry fee $10, $5 for current Daley School students. The race is hosted by the Daley Athletic Fundraising Committee.
– Barry Scanlon

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Back-to-back half marathons

I’m entering unchartered territory this weekend. Last Sunday, I ran the Run to Remember half marathon in Boston. The temperature at race time was about 43. I gratefully accepted a pair of winter running gloves from a friend and I wore the gloves for the first couple of miles.
This Sunday I’ll be in Vermont attempting to complete the 22nd annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon. I’ve never run half marathons in successive weekends before. I’ve also rarely run a long distance run in conditions as hot as it’s supposed to be Sunday morning.
I’m not a big fan of hot weather, unless I’m swimming in the ocean up in Seabrook. Most serious runners love the heat. Not me. I’d prefer it to be overcast and about 70 this time of year.
Still, I’m intrigued by Covered Bridges. Last year I tried to register, but I failed to do so in time. This year I was ready and I was able to register before the race sold out in 14 minutes. That’s right, 14 minutes! Something that’s so popular must be a pretty special race. I have some friends who ran it last year and they raved about the course.
I’m looking forward to running through Pomfret, Woodstock and Quechee. I’ll have plenty of sunscreen on and I hope to be fully hydrated. Forty degrees one weekend, 90 degrees the next. Yeah, Mother Nature has a weird sense of humor.
Hope everybody has a good running weekend. And a safe one.
– Barry Scanlon

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Backing The Bosh

There’s tons of great races out there, tons of worthy charity runs. But there’s an upcoming race in Chelmsford that holds a special place in my heart and it’s my honor to promote it.
On Saturday, June 8, the second annual Restore The Bosh 5K will be held at the McCarthy Middle School. The race will begin at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $25, $30 the day of the race.
Race proceeds benefit Christopher Boshar, a Chelmsford native left paralyzed after he was thrown out of the boat he was in while with his family at a New Hampshire lake. Life is difficult for Boshar, now living in North Andover. And the medical expenses are crushing to his family.
But Christopher has an amazing attitude. Spend five minutes with him and a cloudy day becomes a sunny one. He is personable. He is charming. He is witty. It’s impossible not to be motivated when you are around Christopher. Still, he needs help. His family, who I have known for years, needs help. Last year’s inaugural race was a big success. But let’s make it bigger. Let’s spread the word. Let’s make it a huge turnout for ‘The Bosh’ and his family.
Visit www.restorethebosh.com for more information.
I’ll be there. Will you?
– Barry Scanlon

 

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Carlisle race approaching

One of the next races on the local calendar is a terrific one.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the 10th annual Thomas Chamberas 6K Cross Country Race will begin at 9 a.m. at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle.

I’ve run this race several times and the course is one of the best around. The entry fee is a very reasonable $20. Proceeds assist the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as the Hannah Randolph Memorial Fund.

The first 150 entrants will receive a custom sports bottle. To enter the race, go to http://www.thomasxc.org

— BARRY SCANLON

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Sanca can’t make finals at Olympics

LONDON — UMass Lowell graduate Ruben Sanca, representing his native Cape Verde, was up against the best distance runners in the world when he placed 21st out of as many runners in the 5,000 meters preliminary round Wednesday morning at the Olympics.

The Dracut resident posted a time of 14:35.19, while Dejen Gebremeskal of Ethiopia won the heat as well as the overall preliminary in 13:15.15. Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan won the first section in 13:25.23.

The top five runners in each group, along with those with the top five times thereafter, advance to the 5,000 meters final Saturday at the Olympic Stadium. Bernard Lagat (13:15.45) and Galen Rupp (13:17.56) of the U.S., Mo Farah of Great Britain (13:26.00), and Gebremeskal each sealed their places in the final, as did Lopez Lomong (13:26.16) of the U.S.

“Ruben is handling it really well,” said head coach Gary Gardner. “This is not the race we envisioned. But based on the splits, Ruben would’ve been in the lead pack in the first heat after 3,000 meters, so there was some bad luck in the draw.”

Along with the top five qualifiers in each section, the next five fastest all came from the second heat. After two laps, Sanca started to fall behind, unable to keep pace with the lead pack.

“Ruben’s section went out fast,” Gardner said. “In fact, that was the fastest preliminary in Olympic history.”

Sanca was also hampered by an injury shortly before departing for London. Tendonitis in his knee, which also affected his hip, nearly kept him out of the preliminary. He spent nearly as much time in physical therapy as he did training after arriving in London. He was unable to train the week before he and Gardner left for London.

“Unless he was unable to walk, Ruben would’ve raced,” Gardner said.

Wednesday’s preliminary is a means to another goal: qualifying for Brazil 2016 in the marathon.

“We’re going to let his injury heal and then put together a new plan for the next 6-10 months,” Gardner said.

Sanca was a four-time All-American and a three-time New England Champion at UMass Lowell from 2005-10. He is the business manager for UMass Lowell’s Office of Student Affairs.

A native of Cape Verde, Sanca immigrated to Boston when he was 12.

— BARRY SCANLON

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