The New Claddagh Fall Classic Race Series – Three Great Races On the Same Course

This series has been created to bring something new to area runners in the fall and is guaranteed to become a local classic. Three existing races are being combined into one exciting series and will be run on the same four-mile course.

• 2nd Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 4 Mile Run or Walk, September 13, 2009 (Sunday)
• 13th Annual Lawrence Vietnam Memorial 4 Mile Run or Walk, October 18, 2009 (Sunday)
• 3rd Annual TIP Family 4 Mile Run or Walk, November 1, 2009 (Sunday)

Runners and walkers are welcome to compete in individual races, but the real challenge is to complete all three. Completing all three qualifies runners and walkers to receive a terrific luminescent tech shirt with the series logo. This is a shirt that is perfect for running in the darkness of a New England winter. The luminescent shirt will make runners visible to motorists and make that early morning or night run safe.

All three events will start and finish at the welcoming and runner-friendly Claddagh Pub in the heart of Lawrence. The Claddagh is known for hosting many running events such as the Mill Cities Relay. Combine their friendly attitude with the post race offer of food and drink and you’ve got the perfect “club house” for these events.

The same race-friendly four-mile course will be used for each event. Lawrence has some hills but this course has been tweaked to avoid the worst of those hills. Runners will be able to track their competitiveness and improvement as the series progresses. This makes for a fantastic end-of-season series for runners to keep their training edge fresh!
All of the races will have the advantage of pooled resources for police presence, volunteer efforts, and medical support. There will even be extra cash prizes for winners of the combined series.

The goal of the series is to create a venue for local runners and a comradeship unique to the local running scene. Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley have always been known for a strong running culture. And surrounding towns have produced some fine athletes as well. This new series creates a venue for this culture to thrive.

The series has been designed to be family friendly. Walkers are welcome. The walkers start ½ hour earlier so that they finish at or around the same time as the runners to support a family finish. Perhaps even more important to maintaining peace in the family – the races have been scheduled so as to not overlap with scheduled New England Patriots games!

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 4 Mile Run or Walk, September 13, 2009 (Sunday)
The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day race was quite successful in its debut last year and has joined forces to become part of the Fall Classic Series. Like each of the races, the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day is an event for charity. This race supports local kids’ organizations. They fund all kinds of community events, from little league to parades and summer camp – the things that support the fabric of the community. In this way they give a helping hand and support inner city kids from Lawrence who might otherwise miss out.

The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event is known for a good party afterwards in the warmth of the famous Claddagh Pub. There will be an Irish band, food, and a free beer for participants who choose to hang around and soak up the ambience.

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