Monthly Archives: November 2009

Novemberfest Trail Race

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The Novemberfest Trail Race is not so much a trail race as it is a big party that starts with a run through the woods. The Gate City Striders do a terrific job selecting and marking the course…and then host a great post-race party. (Thanks, Gate City Striders!)

Come! Run with me now…


Off we go!

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)


We run past some brick buildings from the dawn of the industrial age…


…along a scenic canal…


…and through the woods.

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below…

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

Join the conversation! Please comment below:

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AGN Turkey Tune-Up

Ipwsich is a scenic town on the Massachusetts seacoast…and perhaps the most scenic part is the Great Neck, a series of rolling hills that juts out into the Atlantic. If you want to get a taste of this special place, run the AGN Turkey Tune-up, a 5K road race that takes you all around Great Neck. Sure, there are hills–but each hill rewards you with a great view of the ocean when you reach the top.

These action photos and the HD video below put you in the thick of the race–so close you can feel the sweat, and taste the salt air. Come! Run with Ken!

Start of the race…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)

A beautiful day for a run!

Ahhh… Look at them go!

Yes. Preston runs barefoot!

Joy!

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that gives you a first-person experience of running this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below…

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Lisa’s LCA 5K

Lisa’s Lung Cancer Awareness 5K (“Lisa’s LCA 5K”) in Lowell, MA has a fast course, burgers and beer after the race, and a great raffle–but what I like most about it is the warm welcome you get the moment you arrive. Everyone involved makes you feel like you’re a brother or a cousin!

A road race? Sure, but more than that: it’s a big, warm hug.

Of course, we came to run. So run with me now…


The start of the race…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)

Yes. I’m RUNNING as I take these photos.

Look at them run!

Poetry in motion.

(The real reason I run!)

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that gives you a first-person experience of running this race. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below…

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

Join the conversation! Please comment below:

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2009,2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Genesis Battlegreen Run

Here are photos I took while running the Genesis Battlegreen Run in Lexington, MA.  The course has one significant hill, but the grade was not daunting and the foliage was beautiful (despite a strong windstorm the day before).

The “Battlegreen Run” is two races: a 5K and a 10K.  I ran the 5K with about 250 others…and an equal number ran the 10K.  Both races took us past the “Birthplace of American Liberty”–

the Lexington “Battlegreen”

–where, just after dawn on April 19, 1775, a handful of Americans stood against an overwhelming number of British Regulars (the “Redcoats”) in the first armed resistance to the American Crown.  This was The Shot Heard Round the World.  Seven Americans died that morning, and a nation was born.

Our race was far less dramatic.  Just a few hundred runners romping through a cool Fall day, and then enjoying the very fine post-race food provided by the race sponsors.

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 below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the