Monthly Archives: January 2009

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #5 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series)

This is a great little race, on a flat course in Tewksbury, MA.


I’m taking these pictures as I run…


(Yes, I’m taking these photos as I run.  I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!) 


The course is beautiful under a blanket of white snow…


At the finish line, of course, I do stop…and take pictures of the other finishers.

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run the fifth Fudgecicle 5K of 2009.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

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Inauguration 5K

Race #2 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series

The “Inauguration Day 5K” is a new race, held this year on a bitterly cold day.



Despite the cold, it’s a beautiful day. Bright, sunny, and filled with a flow of happy runners.



I’m running run with a camera, and taking pictures as I run.  (Yes, I take photos as I run. I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!)  If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Inauguration 5K in Durham, NH:

The Slideshow:

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #4 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series

Bob and Sally Hansford, the race directors, host the Fudgecicle 5K every Saturday morning in January and February. (8:00 AM at Tewksbury High School, in Tewksbury, MA.)  It’s a real gem in the local racing circuit.  A dedicated group of runners (Okay. We’re “hard-core”) show up each week, even when temps drop to zero and a North wind cuts through every layer you’ve put on.

But there’s no need for layers today!  The temp at race time is a balmy 35 or 36 degrees–a far cry from last week, when the temperature was just ZERO and my camera froze.


Here we go!


I’m taking these pictures as I run.

(Yes, I take these photos as I run.  I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!) 


At the finish line, of course, I do stop…and take pictures of the other finishers.


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run the fourth Fudgecicle 5K of 2009.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #3 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series)

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.  This morning the thermometer reads zero degrees.  Zero!  There are NO DEGREES AT ALL out there!

Who knows that the wind chill is?  (Something that could freeze helium, probably.)

So I cover every inch of exposed skin…


…and head to Tewksbury, MA, for the third race in the Fudgecicle 5K series. Bob and Sally Hansford, the race directors, host the Fudgecicle every Saturday morning in January and February–regardless of weather.  (8:00 AM at Tewksbury High School, in Tewksbury, MA.)

Everyone is snugly wrapped when Bob says “Go!” and we take off…


I’m taking pictures as I run.

(Yes, I take photos as I run. I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!)  I won’t let the cold stop me.

But this arctic air is like something out of Jack London’s classic, To Build a Fire.  My camera can’t take it.  It freezes in my grip after taking a mere handful of pictures and won’t respond no matter what button I press.  So I run with a dead camera, and try to flex my numb fingers in a losing struggle to keep the blood flowing.

When I reach the finish line, I grab a backup camera from my car.  (Happily, this one isn’t frozen!)

As you can see, after the race the other runners have ice on their eyebrows but big smiles on their faces!  Even in this nightmarish chill, everyone loves the Fudgecicle 5K!


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and join me as we run the third Fudgcicle 5K of 2009.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #2 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series

The Fudgecicle is a flat 5K in Tewksbury, MA.  It runs every Saturday in January and February, starting promptly at 8:00 AM at Tewksbury High School.

This morning, at the second Fudgecicle of the 2009 series, race directors Bob and Sally Hansford take a moment from race registration to let me snap this picture:


Temp is just 13 degrees, but there’s no wind, so it’s biting cold but not unbearable.  We start running and warm up fast.


I’m taking these pictures as I run.

(Yes, I take these photos as I run. I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!) 

At the finish line, of course, I do stop…and take pictures of the other finishers.


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run the second Fudgecicle 5K of 2009. (Go ahead… Press the button! Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

Fudgecicle 5K

Race #1 in the Fudgcicle 5K Series

A beautiful day for this first race in the Fudgcicle series.  Temp is in the mid-20’s, with very little wind.  Blue skies and bright sun!


The course is flat and traffic-free.  Bob and Sally Hansford, the race directors, host the Fudgecicle every Saturday morning in January and February.  (8:00 AM at Tewksbury High School, in Tewksbury, MA.)  It’s a real gem in the local racing circuit.

(Thanks, Bob and Sally!)


I’m taking these pictures as I run.

(Yes, I take these photos as I run. I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I’m in a race!) 

At the finish line, of course, I do stop…and take pictures of the other finishers.


If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and see what I see as I run the first Fudgecicle 5K of 2009.  (Go ahead…  Press the button!  Run with Ken!)

The Slideshow:

Hangover Classic

Race #1 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)

The New Year starts with only one degree out there!


But that won’t keep Real runners indoors.  So hundreds of us converge in Salisbury, MA for the Hangover Classic.


The Hangover Classic is a beloved New Year’s Day run in Salisbury Beach, MA.  There’s a 5K and a 10K…and an optional “Plunge” for runners who want to jump into the ocean after crossing the finish line. 

This year the weather is brutal–temps never climb above 13 degrees, and there is a relentless north wind that never drops below 30 mph.  I carry a small camera and intend to take pictures while running, but my hands are so cold that I can’t operate the camera. So this blog entry and associated slideshow feature no pictures taken “on the run”…but plenty of pre-race and post-race photos.

Despite the arctic weather, this is a great race, and a great way to ring in the new year!


Many thanks to Locorunning and to the Winners Circle Running Club for putting on this great race.

If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a taste of the 2009 Hangover Classic in Salisbury, MA:

The Slideshow: