This one-of-a-kind event will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2009 in Newton, Massachusetts. What a great way to combine your personal fitness goals while running to benefit The New England Division of the American Liver Foundation (ALF). The Run for Research Team, part of the Liver Life Challenge program, is coordinated by the ALF, a group that has made its mark by participating in the famous B.A.A. Boston Marathon over the Newton Hills since 1988. Over $12 million has been raised to support the work of the ALF.
The American Liver Foundation New England Division is one of 16 support centers in the United States dedicated to helping over 30 million people living with liver disease in this country.
The Chilly Half Marathon, created by Fattman Productions, will support the ALF Run for Research. Fattman Productions creates and administers events that focus on health and wellness while driving education to participants and funds to important life-saving charities.
Join the excitement of this special inaugural half-marathon. The USATF-certified course is moderately hilly and challenging. Starting and ending at Newton South High School, the race travels through scenic neighborhoods as runners make their way through the beautiful tree-lined streets of Newton at fall foliage time. You don’t have to run the Boston Marathon to experience endurance running and the historic Commonwealth Avenue in Newton.
There will be pre race options for shirt and bib pick up with valuable discounts; check http://www.fattmanproductions.com/roadraces.html for updates and information.
Race day there will be fun for the entire family with information booths, games, a moon-bounce house, prize wheels, and pre and post-race massage. Traditional post race food will be augmented by a specially created chili, of course.
If you are looking for an amazing running challenge, one that will define your personal best--along with the chance to make the world a better place--The Chilly Half Marathon is one race not to be missed. Run on a beautiful tree-lined course in foliage season, past historic structures, beautiful landscaping, and distinctive architecture. It will pass beautiful Crystal Lake, a 33-acre natural lake in Newton Centre that once provided needed ice for the town and some for Boston as well. Cool!
Historic Newton, Massachusetts
Newton is immediately west of Boston and was founded shortly after Bean Town, established as Newe Towne in 1630. Names provide a rich history in themselves; It was renamed Cambridge in 1638, then Cambridge Village in 1688 (to differentiate between present Cambridge), and then Newtown in 1691. It was changed to Newton in 1766 before the Revolution. It became a city in 1873.
Known as the Garden City, Newton is a patchwork of 15 distinct villages, although there is no clear division or border between them. Familiar names such as Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Four Corners, Newtonville, Nonantum (the Lake), Oak Hill, Oak Hill Park, Thompsonville, and Waban add to Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, and West Newton.
No Matter the designation, Newton is known for its historic structures (there are 180 listings on the National Register of Historic Places), including Jackson Homestead (1809, now the Newton History Museum), once a stop in the Underground Railroad.
Some quick facts: Newton was one of the first “Commuter Rail Suburbs” when the Boston and Worcester Railroad was laid through town in 1836 (although it was still mostly farms and large estates). There was an extensive street car network in the 1890’s. The Fig Newton was named for the town in 1891. The adjacent Chestnut Hill Reservoir was laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead. The Newton Free Library houses over 500,000 volumes, and there are two symphony orchestras in town.