2013 NER Pub Series XVI 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 to those who have completed all the races or are receiving awards) 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 10.
If you’re married or living in sin, one per household will do (just let us know). 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 on the website, 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

the homepage of this website you can sign up for our free bi-weekly
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.


End of Series swag: 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.
Welcome in 2013 to retail vendor Marathon Sports and official ‘Grime’ sponsor WIN detergent

If you manage to win a pair of New Balance shoes (starting at Doyle’s) or complete five of six Pub Series races and earn a pair of New Balance shoes, you can take your certificate to any of 8 (soon to be 10) Marathon Sports stores and pick out your shoes the same day. This beats (by far) having to send a certificate with your shoe size to a warehouse and waiting for delivery.
Is it the attar of roses wafting in the breeze…or is it the spanking clean and fresh fragrance of WIN detergent, specially designed to get the grime, grit and lingering stench out of endurance athlete’s clothing. This stuff works! Check out WIN at Doyles and pick up a WIN beer mug while you’re at it. The NER tent will be handing out free WIN packets at all the Pub Series races in 2013 and bottles will be awarded to overall and age group winners at Doyle’s, the Pub Series party in Dec. and who knows where else (we’ll find out, check back).


Without further ado, THE
2013 PUB SERIES XVI SCHEDULE (check back for any new info and for results standings following each race)


April 717th 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. You can register online Here

Sunday, April 28 – 30th Anniversary Edition James Joyce Ramble 10K, Dedham, MA (*NEW)

Registration for the Ramble opened on February 2, the 131st birthday of famed Irish author and race namesake James Joyce.
The theme race before there were theme races, the Ramble originated in 1984 with 244 finishers. In 2012, RD Martin Hanley ushered 1,926 finishers across the finish line with well over 2,000 having entered.
In addition to hosting the second race in the NER Pub Series, the Ramble is also hosting the US Masters 10K Championship. This will no doubt affect age-group prize money but here was the prize structure from 2012: Places 1-3 men and women in the Open division‰ÛÓ$500, $400, $300. Last year’s 40+ prize purse for men and women was $400, $300, $200. There’s also a $1,000 course record bonus but don’t worry about it. The men’s record is 28:45 and the women’s is 32:54.
The course is moderately challenging with the most hills on the grounds of the Noble & Grenough School commencing mid-way through the race. The course is also quite historical and warrants a look on the event website. An example: The 6-mile mark is just past the oldest surviving frame house in America.
The Endicott Estate at 656 East Street is the staging ground for the event, offering a stage for bands and the award ceremony & 10 acres of grassy sward for vendors, runners, revelers and families. The Harpoon truck is a fixture here as is the Thirsty Irish Runners RV. Harpoon supplies 27 kegs of beverage for the masses.



 May 19 – 13th Annual Evan’s Run 5K – Sunday, 10:30 – Kids races starting at 8:30.
A success story here as this race blends a fundraiser (Foundation for
Autism) with a great race for runners. A Pub Series event in 2010-2011. There’s also a 10K (and it’s been the Pub designation in the past) but the
certified 5K is this year’s official distance. Those who choose to, or inadvertantly (because they didn’t read this) run the 10K will get credit for attendance but won’t score.  Age-division awards go through 70+.

Online and downloadable applications (and a lot more info) are available at http://www.evansrun.org/ 

Having run the course, the first mile is fairly flat.
The second mile features a nice downhill, followed by a left and an
uphill around a cone, followed by a downhill and an uphill as you
retrace your journey to the finish. The grounds across from Norwell High School make for a secluded staging area for vendors, runners and families.

There’s a tent for food, and another for a band and the awards ceremony, which goes off fairly quickly after the race. Why? Because it’s time for the post-race party at McGreal’s Tavern a mile (or so) down the road off Norwell Center. An outdoor bar-b-que is in full swing her and the proprietor’s put on a great job. McGreal’s is located at 690 Main St. in Norwell (781-659-9303).


August 18 – 10th Annual Common Fence Point 5M, Portsmouth, RI



 Hosted by the Rhode Island Road Runners, this 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.

Additional caveat: Of the six Pub Series races in 2012, CFP was the only event to serve up sun as opposed to buckets of rain.


RIRR honcho John Santillo has been the director of this fine event
for the past decade and hosted the Pub Series in 2006 & 2012. mailto:katjonkkd@cox.net


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






Sunday, September 22 – 3rd Annual Tavern to Tavern 5K, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA (*NEW)


Featuring a new, flat and fast loop course from Tavern in the Square at 1815 Mass Ave. between Davis and Harvard Squares. Post-race party with outside band, libations and food. The event benefits Cambridge Rindge & Latin Track & Field.


Historical trivia: Porter Square is named after the old Porter House Hotel, home of the original Porter House steak.


Sign up for the race between now and May 1 and receive a free New England Runner Pub Series/Tavern to Tavern 5K pint glass.






October 20 – 12th Annual 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: 
Women’s Final Standings Final Men’s Standings


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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