Category Archives: Salem_MA

Old Salem Green XC Race

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The Old Salem Green XC  in Salem MA is a 5K cross-country race on a golf course that seems to be a half a second away from exploding into brilliant green. It’s the first day of Spring and the snow is gone. Yes! Gone!

We burst onto the fairway like kids let out of school at recess.

I’m filled with joy from my head to my feet. (My bare feet. I’ve been running barefoot for a couple of weeks, and although I’ve never run more than a mile barefoot, I figure the grass will be soft and my feet will thank me.)

Come! Run with me now.



Other runners avoid the water. But my feet are bare! I run right through it!

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 photos 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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Wild Fish 1 & 2-mile Swim

Here are photos I took at the 2009 Wild Fish 1 & 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA.

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 Wild Fish 1 & 2-mile Swim in Salem, MA:

Witch City Triathlon

Here are photos I took at the 2009 Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA.

This Sprint-distance triathlon consists of a 1/2-mile Open Water Swim, a 12-mile bike leg, and a 5K run. Fellow Mystic Runners Jeff Mader and Bob Lane joined me so we could compete as a relay team.

I swam…                                  Jeff rode his bike….                           …and Bob ran.

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 Witch City Triathlon in Salem, MA: