Not so long ago the 10K was the go-to race, the standard by which runners measured themselves race after race with an occasional 5-miler thrown in. Not so long ago the 5K was a rare breed. Now it is the reverse; 5K's have proliferated and the 10K has become harder to find. Recently, however, in many locations the 10K is again on the rise, is again becoming prominent and more common. In the suburbs of Boston one particularly well organized race is leading a resurgence—the Newton 10K.
The Newton 10K runs in one of the nicest towns in eastern Massachusetts, if not New England. And it is organized and administered by Fattman Productions, and they have done a terrific job with some very innovative races. In fact, two of their races—including this 10K—were in the running for the prestigious USATF-New England Grand Prix.
One common theme with Fattman races is that they run for a very worthy critically important cause (in addition to the cause of general fitness and fun). And in this case the Newton 10K is running in support of the Judith Rose Shea Foundation for Ovarian Cancer.
This race is convenient, easy to get to, supported by outstanding sponsors, enjoys lots of volunteer support, includes the Fit Kids' Challenge (see below) before the big race, and has a substantial post race offering. It will be chip timed and includes a technical shirt for the first 400 pre-registered runners. And despite the reputation (mostly from the Boston Marathon) of hills in Newton, this course is a moderate combination of flat and hills and enjoys various parts of the Newton villages on a modified clockwise loop.
Race headquarters will be the Horace Mann Elementary School at 687 Watertown Street in Newtonville, Massachusetts 02466. The start and finish are near the school on Albemarle Street adjacent to Linwood Park. From Albemarle the route turns west on Craft then south to Walnut then to Lowell Avenue. It continues south on Lowell to Commonwealth Avenue (yes, that Commonwealth Ave.), tracking a bit of the B.A. A. Boston Marathon course before heading north on Chestnut Street to a right (west on Austin Street back to Lowell Avenue. It backtracks on Lowell then Walnut and Craft with a small loop northeast of Linwood Park before returning to the park for a fast finish down Albemarle and triumph.
The Fit Kids Challenge
New this year will be the Fit Kids Challenge, which allows the kids to get in a good run on the fields in a semi-competitive atmosphere of fun. Additional activities for the kids will be provided throughout the 10K event with fun and games provided by My Gym of Newton. The kids' races get underway at 8:00 a.m. They are grouped by age, and it is free to all kids under 11 (donations by kids and parents will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Newton). Age groups are under two, two to four, five to seven and eight to 10. Every child will get a bag of goodies, and there will be prizes for the top runners in each division.
Registration, Packet Pick-up, and Lottery
You can register through the Race Website with either on-line or mail-in options. Or registration will be available along with Packet pick up in advance, which will save time and hassles on race morning. Pick up and registration will be available on Wednesday, June 9th at Whole Foods Market on Washington Street in Newton (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) or on Saturday at City Sports at 37 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Please note that for every $5 donated to the Judith Rose Shea Foundation you will be eligible for some great prizes, including autographed Boston Bruins jerseys and Red Sox tickets. Please see the Website for details on this raffle and for a link to the "About Us" page for the Judith Rose Shea Foundation for Ovarian Cancer.
Historic Newton, Massachusetts
Newton is immediately west of Boston and was founded shortly after Bean Town; it was first 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.