NER 2012 Pub Series XV Manifesto & Schedule

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, the party at Doyle’s (guaranteed for those who have completed all the races) as well as the jacket for doing all six
Series’ races (or New Balance running shoes for just doing five) you need to be a paid
subscriber to NER so click here no later than May 1.
If you’re married or living in sin, one per household will do. To be scored 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.”

Also, if your name is misspelled or missing from the list we
post on our website of participant’s attendance at races (along with a
write-up, usually 1-2 days post event), Michelle has that thankless task so let
her know asap (as opposed to the end
of the Series) at Mick. Yours truly(Fitz) has the thankless task of
scoring the races, so if there’s a point discrepancy, likewise, let me know asap at

 IMPORTANT: On the homepage of this website you can sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter, crucial to staying up to date with Pub Series news. Don’t be one of those people who emails us at the end of the Series asking why we didn’t email you for a jacket size before the deadline – No. 1, we don’t have your email; No. 2, the info was in the e-newsletter.

Beginning in 2011,  Boston-based
athletic sportswear giant New Balance signed on as the the multi-year sponsor of the NER Pub Series.


Gender specific Pub Series jacket will be awarded to
everyone who runs six of six races. For those who complete five of six races
there’s a pair of New Balance running shoes in the offing.


 Along with a new pair of New Balance running shoes to
the top 5 Open men & women, as well as age-group overall winners, 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 New Balance running shoes and $50, with merchandise going to places


Jacket Info:
Your lifeline to the Pub Series is our website NER and free
bi-weekly enewsletter
as well as the mag. Take advantage of all because that’s
where the notice asking for your jacket size will appear after the fifth race
in the Series. If the deadline is missed (and sorry, but this is your fault,
not ours), men’s sizes default to ‘large’ and women to ‘medium.’ No whining


The top
overall 50 places for men and women are based on cross country scoring.
Win the
race, you get 50 points, come in 50th, you get one point. Everyone of
any age
is eligible to score here. Age group scoring goes 10 deep for Masters
& Seniors (50-59), 8 deep for Vets (60-69) and 5 deep for 70+.
Example: If you’re
the top 40-49 runner in a race, you get 10 points in your age division.
you’re 10th Master, you get one point.


Without further ado, THE
2012 PUB SERIES XV SCHEDULE (with new race info to be posted following the March issue going to press)


March 25 ‰ÛÓ 15th Annual
An Ra’s M’or 5K


Gaelic for “The Great Race” this festive event features a
flat & fast USATF certified course that runs from the host Asgard Irish Pub
& Restaurant at 350 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge to the border of Harvard Square
and back.


Prize money runs $100 – $50 – $25 for the top three men and
women along with age group awards. There’ll be a large tent outside (unless
there’s still copious snow on the ground) with festivities outside (food, beer,
whipping winds-not) and inside the Asgard (food, beverage and a live band
playing) where the awards ceremony will take place.


An Ra’s M’or was a solid entry into the 2009 Pub Series
and we’re glad to have them back. The Somerville Road Runners’s Brendan
Kearney is the RD and SRR cohort Paul Vincent Clark reports that he’s
“Put the finishing touches on Cambridge’s next huge road race
experience.” ‰ÛÓ
Feb. 9, 2011.


The Somerville Road Runners are the gracious host club. For
a Google map on location and other info, visit The email contact is


April 2216th Annual
Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5M
, Jamaica Plain, MA ‰ÛÓ


Run out of world famous Doyle’s Cafe, the creme-de-la-creme
of Publican purvey and the Cornerstone of the New England Runner Pub Series. Remember
the girls dancing on the bar in the movie “Mystic River?” That’s Doyle’s. The
young bartender in the Sam Adams commercials? That’s Publican Gerry Burke, Jr.
standing in front of the bar at Doyle’s (but we digress).


The certified course is run almost entirely in traffic-free Franklin
Park; it’s rolling and tres scenic with bagpipers at the mile. A seismic party
follows, inside and out, with a DJ outside, the Finnian Sons inside,
Interactive Simon Says outside, food and free pouring libation inside and out.


This race started in 1995 and became a Pub Series event a
year later. In 2010 there was a record field of 2,106 finishers. The Pub Series
Awards night is held in the Fitzgerald Room at Doyle’s each December.


Doyle’s phone number is 617-524-2345. The registration for Doyle’s Emerald necklace can be found at “” Search “Boston, Ma” and it’s the 5th race down.
Men’s Results After Doyle’s (Race No. 2)
Women’s Standings After Doyle’s (Race No. 2)

June 3 – 6th Smuttynose Will Run For Beer 5K, Newmarket, NH ‰ÛÓ


Potentially, THE MOTHER OF ALL PUB SERIES events as this is the Grand Finale of LOCO’s ‘Will Run For Beer’ series and the halfway point of NER Pub Series XV. Run in a bucolic setting the race is a single loop over rolling rural roads.

The post-race PARTY includes a rock band and is held across the street from the Smuttynose Brewery; hence, Smuttynose craft brews are part of the refreshments.



* A new entrant in the Pub Series.


August 19 – Common Fence Point 5M, Portsmouth, RI – 


Hosted by the Rhode Island Road Runners, the 5-mile rural, winding and scenic race course takes in views of both the Sakonnet River and Mt. Hope Bay. Post-race festivities start at the Common Fence Point Community Center & includes ample food, raffle prizes and, of course, adult libation


RIRR honcho John Santillo has been the director of this fine event for the past nine years and hosted the Pub Series back in 2006.


You can register online here Paper applications should be available when Doyle’s rolls around so stay tuned. Men’s Standings   Women’s Standings

September 30 – 10th Annual Jack Kerouac 5K, Lowell, MA – 
NOTE: Due to a conflicting decision by USATF-NE LDR’s (see May-June issue of NER for detailed explanation) the race is moving to the Brewery Exchange at 201 Cabot Street in Lowell. The date is the same. More info at the race website linked below.
Get “On The Road” in this homage to Jack Kerouac – Lowell native, pioneer of the Beat Generation & literary iconoclast. The race host is the Brewery Exchange
Prizes go five-deep in 10-year age groups up to 80+ and the first 400 entrants receive Jack Kerouac tech shirts.
The post-race party includes, raffles, refreshments, live music and adult beverages.
*Another first-time entrant into the series. What can you say….the city of Lowell wrote the book on bar races. 




October 14 – Paddy’s Shillelagh Shuffle 3M, West Newton, MA –



The Grand Finale of the Pub Series. Shillelagh’s to the
winners, music, food and drink for all (And What Food!). Music and vendor’s
tents in the parking lot across from Paddy’s greet the day’s first registrants.


USATF-New England course certifier Steve Vaitones and race
organizers originally looked at making this a 5K, but there was no way to do it
without a succession of 90-degree right and left hand turns, so what you have is a very
flat, very fast, USATF certified (MA07030JK) and chip-timed 3-Miler (how many of those are
there, huh?)


A bagpiper serenades runners awaiting the start while Pub
Series division leaders wear the maillot jeune before striding along Newton’s
Champs D’Elysee. The race shirts are cult classics and New Balance
supplies prizes (shoes, merchandise) going 3-deep starting at 14-under and
extending through 70+.


There’s a DJ playing outside and a live band playing
upstairs at Paddy’s. The Irish artifacts collected by Publicans John and Karl
O’Hara are, by themselves, well worth a leisurely tour of the pub.


Last year saw record entries of 2,093. RD Mark Kelly does
superlative work behind the scenes to provide the Series with a suitable
bookend to Doyle’s.


For Irish music, past results, photo galleys, directions and
lots more info, visit: 


Just one
last reminder:
Notice is given and jacket sizes are turned over to New
Balance before the sixth race of the Series, so check our website
NER and sign up for our free
bi-weekly enewsletter
to keep track of all Pub Series proceedings.


Good Luck & Have A Great Series!





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