By T.R. Ramsdell, Vice President
Well, with the calendar flipping into the month of November, it reminds us that the Mill Cities Relay is fast approaching. If you’ve run this with us in the past, stop reading and send me an email immediately and get your name on the list. If you haven’t been part of this before, let me explain what you’re in for. It takes place on Sunday Dec 2, and is quite possibly the most fun you’ll ever have wearing running shoes. The race begins in Nashua, NH, and meanders it’s way along the Merrimack River, traveling a total distance of 28.3 miles. Along the way, you and your 4 team mates will run varying length legs along a beautiful course ending up at The Claddagh Pub in Lawrence, MA. Now, as much fun as it is running with your Wicked team mates, the most fun is “leap frogging” around the course and getting everyone to their transition areas on time.
This is an invitational race, and Wicked is very lucky to be included in The Mill Cities Alliance. As such, they have some rules we need to abide by. First of which, is that we need to enter teams that fit their criteria. Now, we all like to run with our friends on relays and such, but many times, you aren’t the same age, or gender, etc. For instance, we cant have a 30 year old female on a team with a 40 year old male and a 50 year old female. It doesn’t fit any category. So, Rich and I will be setting up the teams again this year, so we all fit into the correct scoring category.
Every year, there are a few folks that get nervous about running on a team with people they don’t know. Why? This is the best way to get to know some other members that you might never have had a conversation with. Three years ago, I had a guy on my team that I’d never spoken to before. Now he’s one of my best running buddies, and helps me do all this for you. We even had a marriage result from a couple meeting at this race a few years ago. So don’t let that intimidate you.
Please guys and gals, send me back an email and tell me you want in on this. We want ALL types of runners, ALL speeds. It is a great day spent with friends. What more could you ask for? We have legs that are 5.4, 4.75, 2.5, 9.5, and 4.75 miles long. The course is mostly flat and very fast. It is well marked and very safe.
Sign up now, or if you have questions, ask me. You really don’t want to miss out on this. Ask someone that’s done it already, they’ll tell ya. And don’t forget, this is bonus points for the Wicked Grand Prix Series.
C’mon, who’s in?