The Level crossed over into the mainstream on Sunday when EJN was quoted in a Boston Globe piece on Thanksgiving road races. The Level wasn’t mentioned, so it was done in an underground kind of way which is totally OnTheLevel.
It’s a pretty good read by Brion O’Connor and he uses input from many different runners and clubs, including Bill Rodgers and members of the Wicked Running Club based out of Salem, MA. From the article:
Additionally, the races often highlight laudable causes: the Race for a Cure in Mansfield benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; the Thanks 4 Giving Road Race in Lowell assists Alternative House, a domestic-abuse prevention organization; and the Turkey Trot for the Memory in Shrewsbury aids the Alzheimer’s Association.
Another is the Dedham Turkey Trot & Gratitude 5K. “Our goal for creating this race was to increase awareness and support for the Dedham Food Pantry, while launching a meaningful new family tradition for area residents,” said Kristen Atwood, the race director and founder of the event’s sponsor, the nonprofit Ripples of Hope.
Similarly, Gabe’s Run in Hamilton was launched after 18-year-year Gabe Pacione, a promising distance runner and Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School graduate, was killed in a car accident in 2008. The 5K benefits the Gabe Pacione memorial scholarships, but also serves to celebrate the memory of the popular athlete.
Check out the rest of the article here.
For a pretty comprehensive listing of Turkey Day road races check out this compilation the Globe offered up.
So which one will you be racing?