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Boston Training Long Runs

WCRC 2018 Boston Marathon group long run 1/27/2018 West Newbury, MA

Eight runs of increasing distance will be held at 2 week intervals, spanning the Boston training timeframe. To make sure you don’t get bored, each run will be hosted by different WCRC members at different locations in the WCRC kingdom (MA, NH, ME). All WCRC members are invited to participate, whether or not you are running Boston. Shorter courses will also be designed for each session for those not interested in marathon distances.

All WCRC members welcome – even if you’re not running Boston.

Eight dates – every other week through winter. Each host, at their discretion, can choose to host their run on Saturday or Sunday. The days and dates will be adjusted accordingly and posted here as each hosted run approaches. All times are 9:00 a.m., the historical choice to start each run. Times are also subject to change at the discretion of each host.

Dates and recommended distances for Boston build-up:

Date Miles
Host(s) Location Contact
December 17 at 9:00 a.m. 10-12 Mike McCormick / WCRC Winner’s Circle Sports Bar, 211 Elm Street, Salisbury MA
December 30 10:00 a.m. 12-14  Gail Clark West Newbury, MA
January 14 at 10:00 a.m. 12-14  Diane Casselberry Dover, NH
January 27 at 9:00 a.m. 14-16 Betsy, Mike and Bing West Newbury, MA
February 10 at 9:00 a.m. 16-18 WCRC Winner’s Circle Salisbury, MA  
February 24 at 8:30 a.m. 18-20  Michelle Zoeller Hampton, NH
March 11 at 10:00 a.m. 18-20  Jim Bailey Amesbury, MA
March 25 at 9:30 a.m.  20-22 Pat Fullerton at JackRabbit  Newburyport, MA

If you intend to participate on a specific date, please contact the host during the week before so that they can get a rough head count for planning purposes. Contact info will be posted prior to each run.

A 9th “off week” run is scheduled for March 18 to be hosted at the Winner’s Circle. “Run to the Beach” is a 30k from Andover to Salisbury, MA. Runners can shorten the distance by jumping in or out anywhere along the course.

The pace will vary with ability. Runs set up for training, not racing. Hopefully we will have a good idea of who will be coming and intended paces so everyone has someone to run with the whole way.

Pat – “They will all start the same way and finish in the same way with some variance depending on the distance. I think this will provide people some variety and won’t be terribly boring. In addition, Hoka will be here to do shoe demo’s and there will be 20% off for everything in the store (minus electronics) and we have the boston marathon apparel as well (jackets, tops, and long sleeves) that will be 25% off.  Should be fun!”

We will try to post a course map here prior to each run. Routes for 3/25:

Route 1



Route 2


Route 3