Scroll down past race listings for all important rules of engagement
The Schedule: Five of the Six races have been selected. The final race will be announced shortly.
Sunday, March 8 – Owen & Ollie’s Irish Clover 5M – Race No. 1, Dracut, MA
Sunday, May 10 – 6th and Final Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost 5-Miler (4.9167-miles) – Race No. 2, Falmouth, MA
Sunday, June 28, 3rd Annual BHZ 5K, Race No. 3, South Weymouth, MA
BHZ 5K race website
online registration: Opening in March
Barrel House Z Brewery website
Sunday, Sept 13, Mighty Meehan 5K, Race No. 4, West Dennis, MA
Race Website: http://www.mightymeehan.com
Online Registration: Opening in April
Sunday, October 18, 19th Annual Paddy’s Shillelagh Shuffle 3M, W. Newton, MA
Online Registration Opening in early summer
The All-Important Rules of Engagement:
Welcome Publicans! 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
(guaranteed entry to those who have completed all the races or are receiving awards) as well as the New Balance Pub Series jacket for doing all six Series’ races (or New Balance running shoes for just doing five; no, you don’t get a jacket and shoes for doing six) you need to be a paid subscriber to NER so click here no later than May 6 (date of our 2nd Pub Series race). 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 Fitz
IMPORTANT: You can sign up for our free bi-weekly newsletter, NER Express, crucial to staying up to date with Pub Series news, Right Here!. 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, and we’re damn glad to have them! Gender specific New Balance Pub Series jackets 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: TBD but will be a combination of cash, New Balance footwear and other swag.
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 allowed.
Important notice on Jackets: After spending over $1,000 to mail out jackets (over the years) following Awards Night, No mas! If you can’t attend Awards Night at Doyle’s, and you can’t arrange for a friend who is attending to pick up your jacket, you can pick it up at NER World HQ, 320 Washington St. Norwell, MA (2nd floor).
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. If you’re 10th Master, you get one point. Implemented in 2014: The Octogenarian (80+) division, 3-deep for men.
Much welcomed in 2013 was retail vendor Marathon Sports. If you manage to complete five of six Pub Series races and earn a pair of New Balance shoes, you can take your certificate to any of 14 (& counting) 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.
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