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WCRC April Fool’s 4 Miler

367th Annual April Fool’s 4 Mile Road Race
Saturday, March 31 at the Winner’s Circle
10:00 AM start

Ipswich ale logo4th race in LOCO’s Wiil Run for Beer Race Series

Post race refreshments compliments of Ipswich Ale Brewery!

Race History:

The Winner’s Circle Sports Bar was established in 1638 and was originally a frontier fort. A few years later a television 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 “Legs” 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!

Click here for race details and registration information!


2018 WCRC Race Series

Paiije, Karin and Scarlette model their 2017 Race Series lady’s jackets; the guys are blue – not the guys, the jackets!

The Winner’s Circle Running Club’s
Race Series
for 2018!!!

Six of the North Shore’s Premier Races


It all starts March 31st at the April Fool’s 4-miler and culminates New Year’s Day at the historic Hangover Classic. Six races; 1 mile to 10K; Roads, Rail Trail and Cross Country; 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!

Click here for info and to register for the WCRC Race Series*

* It doesn’t cost a thing to register for the Series, but you must also register for each race separately.

The final WCRC Boston Marathon group training long run!!!

The eight and final WCRC group training run leading up to Boston is scheduled for Sunday March 25th at 9:30 A.M. from JackRabbit Running Store in downtown Newburyport MA. Details will be posted on the BMGLR page in the days leading up to the run:

Boston Marathon Group Long Runs

These training runs are for WCRC members only. Not a member? It’s easy to join: Click here to become a member of the WCRC!