Monthly Archives: November 2010

Andover Country Club XC Race

The Andover Country Club Cross-Country (XC) race is bouyant romp across the fairways of an exclusive private country club–which has generously thrown open its doors to allow us onto its manicured fairways…and, after the race, into the large function room of its clubhouse.

We run with joy, and eat with gusto!

Thanks, Andover Country Club! Thanks, Andover Striders!

Come! Run with me now…

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







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. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen in  720P HD, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

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.)

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Feaster Five

Thanksgiving is a special day–not just because of the turkey and family gatherings, but because it gives runners a choice of more road races than any other day of the year. Every small town has its own beloved Turkey Trot…but in New England, none is bigger than the Feaster Five. This 5K and 5 mile race in Andover, Mass. draws over 10,000 runners!

It’s cold this morning, but that doesn’t deter the hearty runners, who come from every town in the Merrimack Valley to flood Andover’s main street, and then flow like a river through the sleepy town.

Come! Run with me now…

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







(Rick and Dick Hoyt, of Team Hoyt pass me midway into the race.)

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. (And be sure to view it in Full-Screen as a 720P HD video, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

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.

AGN Turkey Tune-Up 5K

The AGN Turkey Tune-up is a scenic 5K around the “Great Neck”–a quiet peninsula jutting into the Atlantic from Ipswich, MA. There are many hills…but each time we reach a summit, we get a new view of the ocean.

“Go, Barefoot guy!” I hear from other runners and a few hardy spectators. They seem to be impressed that I’m running barefoot. This is my 21st barefoot race, all but four of them since Labor Day, so running barefoot is no big deal for me…but the cold temps and brisk wind have driven the wind chill down to the 30’s, making this a bit tough. Not tough on my feet! It’s just tough to be out here in this cold wind wearing only a singlet and shorts.

Brrrrr!

Fortunately, there’s hot chocolate after the race, and awards for some of my friends. Another beautiful day in Ipswich!

Come! Run with me now…



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







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. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

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 Lung Cancer Awareness (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 sets it apart is the warmth of the people who make this race happen. They make you feel special the moment you arrive.

This race and its cast of terrific volunteers touched my heart the first time I ran it, two years ago…yet somehow it gets better each year!

Barefoot running:

This is the 20th race that I’ve run barefoot–all but four of them since Labor Day. The roads are smooth and I feel as if my feet never touch the ground.

Come! Run with me now…



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









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. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

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.

Genesis Battlegreen Run

The Genesis Battlegreen Run in Lexington, MA offers runners a challenging 5K or 10K course through one of the most historic towns in America…

…and then rewards us with some of the best post-race food you will find at any race.

Come! Run with me now…



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









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. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

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.

Winni River Trail Race

The Winni River Trail Race is, I suppose, a trail race–but the trail is not tricky or technical: just an old railbed, now paved with crushed stone. There are no roots or rocks to negotiate…so it’s an ideal introduction to trail running for those who have never ventured off the road.

The race starts on the main street of Franklin, NH, which exudes the small-town warmth of the Jimmy Stewart classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Then it leaves the road for the rail-trail, which rises ever so slightly as it follows the course of the Winnipesaukee River, tumbling and frothing a few yards below.

Come! Run with me now…



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









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. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the race in panoramic, high-resolution.)

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.