In partnership with presenting sponsor adidas, NER Pub Series XIII is ramping it up in 2009.
So, new this year: in addition to the Pub Series jacket that everyone who runs six of six races will receive, those who complete only five of six races will receive a Pub Series short-sleeve tech shirt courtesy of adidas. And yes, those who do all six races will also receive the tech shirt.
As always, folks who do five or six races are invited to the “Awards Night” gala in the Fitzgerald Room at venerable Doyle’s Cafe in December.
Along with a new pair of adidas running shoes, the end of series cash payouts for the top five men & women this year are: 1st, $200 – 2nd, $150 – 3rd, $125 – 4th, $100 – 5th, $75. Divisional winners from Masters through 70+ also win a new pair of adidas running shoes and $50, with merchandise going to places 2-3.
adidas and NER will have tents set up at race venues although NER, unlike adidas, won’t be offering racing shoes to try out. We’re not quite sure how this works-you leave your license, passport, your first-born as collateral-and you’ll be able to don new adidas racers.
Without further ado here’s:
The All-Important Rules of Engagement: Anyone and everyone is encouraged to participate in the Pub Series. For those wishing to be scored, to be eligible for $ and other swag at the Series’ end party at Doyle’s (must have done at least five of the Series’ races), as well as the jacket for doing all six Series’ races (and Pub tech shirt for five), you need to be a subscriber to NER (if you’re married or living in sin, one per household will do) no later than the third race of the Series (May 9 – Irish Village 5M), and you need to participate in five of the six races; hence, “Five to Stay Alive.” “Miss one, have your fun; Miss two, you’re through.”
Publicans: If you’re aware of someone who has yet to be baptized in the redemptive text of NER, please advise them of the Irish Village deadline before it hits them like a Mike Tyson rib shot.
Line-up for NER Pub Series XII
March 22 – *NEW* The 12th An Ra’s Mo’r 5K, Cambridge, MA, Sunday, 10:00 am – Put on by the Somerville Road Runners with cash prizes, a certified course and full scale revelry inside and out of the start/finish location-The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant located at 350 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, MA. www.srr.org.
April 5 – 13th Annual Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5M, Jamaica Plain, MA – Sunday 11 am
Run out of world famous Doyle’s Cafe, the creme-dela-creme of Publican purvey and the Cornerstone of the New England Runner Pub Series. The certified course is run almost entirely in Franklin Park. Rolling and tres scenic with bagpipers at the mile. A seismic party follows, inside and out, with a band or DJ, Interactive Simon Says, food and free pouring copious libation. Application in March/April issue of NER.
May 9 – 9th Annual Cape Cod Irish Village 5M, Yarmouth, MA, Saturday11:00 am
Cead mile failte (A hundred thousand welcomes) from RD Kevin Enright and the mighty men of the South Yarmouth Fire Dept. After two (2) Nor’easters and one simple washout, this race is well worth the gamble. Special $99/person double occupancy package at the Irish Village includes the Pasta Dinner on Friday night, race number, t-shirt, 2 breakfasts and a dinner. Or just stay overnight for a low $59.
OK, all that and the pre-registration is a low, low, low $10. Day of registration is a low, low, low $15.
The course is flat and fast (when not running into a 60 mph headwind), out to Seagull Beach and back. The race is sponsored by Guinness and co-sponsored by Harp and Smithwicks. There’s plentiful food and music and aqua vitae back at the Irish Village. The post-post race party is at Molly’s a short walk down the road. www.yarmouthfire.com
June 18 – *NEW* – 9th Squantum 5-Miler, Quincy Bay Marina, Quincy, MA, Thursday, 6:45 pm
An extremely interesting course with an out and back (flat) 1.5mi (3.0 round trip) with two miles of rural, residential and rolling Squantum countryside in the middle. Very scenic run along the harbor to finish up. Post-race festivities at Water Works harbor club along the marina. “Coach” Squires will be on hand.
Calling All Champions: If you’ve won a race of over 100 people (outright in the male or female division) in 2008 or 2009 (fun runs excluded) race honcho JJ Larner will gladly comp your entry fee. Send the race, the date and your time with a return address to JJ Larner, 22 Harwood Rd., Natick, MA 01760.
September 13 – *NEW* – 2nd Mighty Meehan 5K, West Dennis, MA, Sunday 10:00 am
Another race on the Cape with a fire truck as a lead vehicle, starting from West Dennis beach and ending with a magnificent post-race bash at Clancy’s. The event drew 600 runners in its first year and is dedicated to the memory of Turlough Meehan, who passed away with Leukemia at six months old. The race is one of several research fundraisers put on by his parents.
Last year the fog rolled in and rain followed for the race. NER Central is now putting together an over/under on the possibility of two washouts on the Cape, although as RD Phelim Meehan put it last year, it was “Just a soft day in Ireland.” http://www.mightymeehan.com/
Oct. 18 – 8th Annual Paddy’s Shillelagh Shuffle 3M, Newton, MA – 11:30 am
The Grand Finale of the Pub Series. Shillelagh’s to the winners, music, food and drink for all (And What Food!) A record field of 1,236 finishers in 2008 on a fast USATF certified course.
There’s a DJ, vendors and a festive, Irish flair to the proceedings. RD Mark Kelly personally oversees the balloon arch by the race start. ChampionChip timing was introduced in 2007.
A bagpiper serenades runners awaiting the start while Division leaders wear the maillot jeune while striding along Newton’s Champs D’Elysee. The race shirts are cult classics and prizes go 3-deep starting with 14-under and extending through 70+. www.paddysroadrace.com.