For those runners who can’t afford to travel to another city to race and have decided not to do a different marathon, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. Month after grueling month of long runs, nagging injuries, blisters, exhaustion ... all for naught. But compared to what the residents of New York City and New Jersey had to deal with, missing out on a marathon seems like a relatively small price to pay. There will be another race. There always is.
Starts and stops: Thanksgiving’s a busy time here on the North Shore. A time for family and friends, and also a crazy time for local retailers. But for local runners, there are road races to run. The ninth annual Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run takes place at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at the Boys & Girls Club, 13 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem.
Sponsored by the New England Running Company and Brooks Sporting Company, the Wild Turkey is the largest race on the North Shore. The first 1,150 entrants receive long-sleeved Brooks tech shirts. Visit https://racewire.com/register.php?id=2553 to register. Post-race refreshments, awards and raffles will be hosted at the Boys & Girls Club. For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem at 978-744-0915 or email Doug Bollen at email@example.com.
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, marks the fifth annual Gabe’s Run. The 5K cross country event benefits the Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarships and takes place on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional cross-country course at Patton Park in Hamilton. The women’s race starts at 9 a.m., the men’s race starts at 9:45, and a one-mile fun run begins at 10:30. There are also team challenges. Visit www.gabesrun.org for more information.
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