Monthly Archives: September 2009

Eliot Festival 5K

This 5K road race course has a long, gentle hill, and a Norman Rockwell, small-town feel to every mile.

We were lucky with the weather: very cool, with brilliant blue skies and no wind.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!)   Come! Join me! Play the HD video (below) for a first-person experience of the 2009 Eliot Festival 5K in Eliot, ME. 

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Lone Gull 10K

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Gull 10K in Gloucester, MA.

The course is one of the most scenic of any race I have run…taking us out and back along the ocean, where almost every step gave us great views of incoming breakers and bright blue sky.

After the race we all enjoyed a great breakfast provided by the race organizers (eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, juice, and coffee!)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn’t stop or slow down. After all, I was 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 Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester, MA:

Lobsterman Triathlon

Here are photos I took while competing in the 2009 Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport, Maine.

This Olympic-distance Tri starts with an open-water swim of 1.5K (just under one mile)…followed by a 25-mile bike ride…and finishes with a 10K run. I swam.

In each of the past four years I completed at least one Olympic-distance Tri as an individual competitor, but this year fellow Mystic Runners Jeff Mader and Bob Lane joined me so we could enter Lobsterman as a relay team.   I swam, Jeff rode his bike, and Bob ran.

I had heard that Lobsterman is one of the most beautiful Triathlons in the country…but that did not prepare me for the exquisite course and the perfect day.  Apparently it rained last year and the year before, but we were lucky. On this day the water, the sky, even the air…sparkled.

After the race we enjoyed what is absolutely the finest food I have ever been served post-race:

(Now you know why it’s called “Lobsterman”…!)

I took pictures and have now selected the best and put them together into a slideshow. 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 Lobsterman Triathlon in Freeport, Maine:

Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon

The Swanzey Covered Bridges Half Marathon is aptly named, as the course takes runners through four covered bridges. It’s like running through a Currier and Ives print:

I have always been fond of this race, as it was the first Half I ever ran. (I ran it in 2005–the first year of the race.) But a couple of weeks before this race I hurt my foot(plantar fasciitis) so I could not run. Nevertheless, I came to cheer and take pictures. If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and imagine yourself running in the 2009 Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Swanzey, NH: