WCRC group long run training for the 2017 Boston Marathon kicked off in December and continues on the back roads and byways of Circle Nation. The sixth WCRC group training run leading up to Boston is scheduled for Sunday February 26th from beautiful downtown Newburyport, MA. Byfield Run! Course details, other information and the group run schedule can be found on the Boston Marathon Long Run page:
The 2017 Mt. Washington Road Race will be held on Saturday June 17, on the Mt. Washington auto road. Every year the Winner’s Circle Running Club sends a large group of runners to “the Mountain” for a challenging run followed by a great post-race cookout. This is a lottery controlled event, so if you were not selected in the March lottery you can not run this year.
Wednesday February 15th – Registration Selection Opens (Lottery System)
Wednesday March 1st – Registration Selection Closes
Friday March 3rd – Race Selection Winners Announced
The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s NEW Race Series
Eight of the North Shore’s Premier Races
and, yes, after parties at the Winner’s Circle’s world famous beer garden!
It all starts in April at the April Fool’s 4-miler and culminates New Year’s Day at the historic Hangover Classic. Eight races; 1 per month (roughly!); 1 mile to 10K; Roads, Rail Trail and Cross Country; Two Night Races; After Parties; Race, Party, Repeat (a few weeks later!); All Races Support Local Charitable Causes and Organizations. It’s all about running…run them all, get a jacket!
The Winner’s Circle Sports Bar was established in 1638 and was originally a frontier fort. Years later an antennae was placed on the roof and the rest is history.
Indigenous to the area at the time were the Naumkeag Indian tribe. Despite hostilities, a select group of Naumkeags were befriended and sheltered in the fort’s basement. Eventually they affectionately became known simply as the Kegs.
The Winner’s Circle Running Club was founded shortly thereafter by a small group of early settlers who were heavily inspired by the plethora of paved roadways and a large local wolf population.
In 1651, while watching Monday Night Football, local legends April Fool and Johnny “Kegs” Kelly decided to put their running mettle to the test with a footrace down to the Baker’s homestead and back during halftime. Trailing by a few feet at the turnaround April shouted at Johnny to take a right. April, knowing that the fastest way back was to go left, went left. April Fool won the race and to this day it’s debated whether the race is named in her honor or because she “fooled” Johnny and won the race.
The race has been run every year since from its original location and the Kegs have shown up every year for the post race celebration.
Join us for this year’s April Fool’s Race…the Kegs will be there!