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Boston Training Long Runs

2017 Boston Marathon training run 2/19/2017 from The Circle.

Eight, or nine, 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. Note; we have a “bonus” run scheduled on March 19th which would normally be an off weekend. The Run to the Beach 30K, an annual informal run from North Andover, MA to the Winner’s Circle in Salisbury, MA. Run the distance or pick your own distance by jumping in/out at any point.



Dates and recommended distances for Boston build-up:

Date Miles
Host(s) Location Contact
December 18 at 12:00 p.m. 10-12 Thanks you Mike McCormick / WCRC! Winner’s Circle Sports Bar, 211 Elm Street, Salisbury MA
December 31 9:00 a.m. 12-14 Thank you Brian and Jodi Short!  Byfield, MA
January 15 at 9:00 a.m. 14-16 Thank you Betsy and Mike! West Newbury, MA
January 29 at 9:00 a.m. 14-18  Thanks Bob Kennedy! Durham, NH
February 19 at 9:00 a.m. 16-18  Thanks Jerry Duford! Winner’s Circle Sports Bar, 211 Elm Street, Salisbury MA
February 26 at 9:00 a.m. 16-18  Matt Merkel 54 Prospect St. Newburyport, MA  merkelma5414@gmail.com
March 12 at :00 a.m. 18-20  Jim Bailey  Amesbury, MA
March 19 at 10:00 a.m.  30K (18.6)  Dave LaBrode  Run to the Beach. North Andover to Salisbury  Bonus(!!!) training run
March 26 at :00 a.m.  20-22  TBD

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.

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.


More information, including course maps, to be posted on this page before each training run.

The sixth run is scheduled for Sunday February 26th at 9:00 a.m. and will be hosted by Matt and Shannon Merkel at 54 Prospect St in Newburyport MA. Matt has mapped 2 routes ranging from 10 to 17.5 miles to satisfy all training plans! Please email Matt to RSVP. The routes will be marked and stocked with water on training day. Course maps are posted below, check back here for additional updates.

Course Directions for the February 26th Run are posted below: