The Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runner’s Club hosted the 11th running of Boston’s Run To Remember on May 24, 2015. The race is to honor Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty by celebrating their lives and giving back to the community. Just being in the crowd is electric.
I’ll be honest with you… out of 2,749 runners completing the 5 mile course, I came in at 2,281. I know… #runforestrun. But, I was really proud of myself for actually running (errr… jogging) the whole course. I wasn’t the speediest of participants, but I did love the course, which takes you through some pretty awesome parts of historic Boston, coming back to the start at the Seaport World Trade Center.
One of the interesting things I came to find out, is that the Run to Remember course is not truly 5 miles- it really is closer to 5.5. This is what my tracker gave me:
And what was official:
I know what you’re thinking, but a friend who ran the half also ran into this measurement issue- 1/2 mile longer! So… I am taking my GPS time- because the timing is so close for my total, and my distance matches what other runners experienced.
I loved the early morning rush of race day- with a 7am start, Dave and I were up at 4 for breakfast and so I could pump… and he was a saint getting the kids dressed and everything in the car (I had to get my packet before the race, too). Wearing my Team in Training shirt proudly, we ran out the door and headed into Boston with two groggy kiddos. (A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated, helping me exceed my fundraising goal!).
All in all, this is one of the races I want to add to my yearly repertoire. It’s gently hilly, in beautiful Boston… and the crowd is great. One of the coolest moments was on a side street, running on a very narrow street, a man stood between parked cars, in front of a sign that read he was homeless, and cheered at the top of his lungs, sticking out his hand for runners as they went. It was such a spirit lifter- and made me want to go harder. It made me thankful for the opportunity to run in such a great city.
To the officers and personnel who worked that day, thank you. We will see you next year… maybe for the half!
What is a race that you love to run each year… or be a spectator at? Share your running faves in the comments!