At first I was a little doubtful that this race would go as planned since we hit some bad traffic. Despite the fact that Dave and I don’t like the HOV lane because a break down or any small holdup means you are in trouble, we still took it. And not even a minute after entering the HOV lane, we were at a complete stop for 10 or so minutes.
It was killing me because the regular lanes were moving pretty good compared to us. But we eventually creeped our way into the regular lanes and got moving pretty good. Kristina and Ethan picked up Dave and my numbers just in case we had to run to the start. Then we met up with some friends-some of which who were running their first 5k!
Dave and me.
Ashley had told me (I think) two birthdays ago that she would run a 5k after she had her first born. Well, she had her first born and it was time she ran her 5k! Derek also has never run a 5k so he joined in for the fun too.
My coworker Derek’s wife Beth has recently gotten into running. Although I was already Facebook friends with her and felt like I knew her, this was the first time I met her in person! She posted something about debating signing up for a 5k soon and I suggested this one-so I was pumped she said yes!
Kristina and Ethan ran this race with us last year and it was their first race as an engaged couple. This year, it was their first race as a married couple! They got married last weekend and celebrated with a festive running outfit. I am so surprised Ethan ran with that jacket on the entire race because I probably would have passed out before I even crossed the start!
Kristina and I representing Cambridge Running Club (CRC)! Although…I have been a bad member and haven’t been in a few years (darn hips!)
Dave and me! (That’s just his face…)
Me and Ash! High school friends forever!
About the Race
The start line was pretty packed. We lined up a little later and were positioned past the “Walkers” pacing sign. Despite starting more towards the back, we were still able to make our way more into our own pace groups.
The Finish at the Fifty 5k course has you spending about half of the time in the parking lot and half in the stadium. For me-the worst part was when we ran in the parking lot because you have the sun beating down on you. But many others said they didn’t anticipate the ramps being as tough as they were. I almost didn’t mind because the shade made me feel much better! Here are my Runkeeper stats and course map from the other day:
This was one of the hottest races I’ve run. Make sure you hydrate throughout the day because it is rough!
There were about 3 or so water stops for the 5k. I actually poured more water on me versus drinking it. I am terrible at drinking water while running and I knew if I stopped it would be tough for me to get back moving again!
Once you finish the race, there were some ice cold water bottles available for you to grab. The only bad thing was if you got there as they were just refilling the coolers because the water didn’t have a chance to get cold. Then when you exit the stadium we got a bag with a snack size bag of Craisons, a mini Larabar and corn chips. They also had bananas available if you wanted them.
If you want to grab dinner someplace there are plenty of restaurants in Patriot’s Place. Last year we tried to get into CBS Scene but it was a 2.5 hour wait for four people. Dave and I went with 4 of our friends to another restaurant down the street to avoid any waiting. Ashley and Derek said they got in pretty fast at CBS scene this year with 4 of their friends. Although we would have also liked to go to CBS Scene, we were happy with our decision because if we stayed with Ashley and Derek we would have had a large party and that would have made it a little more difficult to get a table. Also-we got to sit outside and it was gorgeous out after it cooled down a bit!
Usually there are fireworks after but because of the impending weather for the 4th, Boston moved their fireworks to the 3rd and we missed out on fireworks post-race. Dave and I didn’t stay for them last year but we got to see some as we were leaving the stadium.
This year part of the proceeds of the race go to The Kraft Center for Community Health.
I ran the Finish at the Fifty 5k for the first time last year and after the race was probably one of my worst memories because I was sick for about 4 days straight. I thought it was dehydration or heat sickness but in reality it was because I had a volvulus (twisted intestine) and needed to have my surgery! This year was much better because I didn’t get sick after!
I like this race because it has a lot of people but you still can maneuver around. It’s a race you don’t necessarily want to PR at because it is crowded and so hot, but it is more possible to do so than at the Corporate Challenge where there are even more people. The Corporate Challenge still wins for having the worst bottlenecks and the worst start experience ever.
If you ever have a chance to run the Finish at the Fifty, it’s worth it to try it at least once! I’ll most likely be there again next year!
Questions for you
Where is an interesting place you ran a race before?
What do you do for the Fourth of July?