Sometimes we get so caught up in signing up for road races with high-concept themes or training for our next long-distance event, we forget the simple joy of just running with a group of like-minded souls. That’s where free weekly runs like the Danvers 5K, the Lynn Woods Cross Country races and the No Rest for the Wicked “5K-ish” come in.
Starting next Monday, another free running event will launch: The North Shore Road Race Guide (NSRRG) 5K, which takes place on the last Monday of each month.
The runs, which start and finish at New England Running Company in Beverly, begin at 6:45 p.m. and will be timed with results posted on the NSRRG website (http://northshoreroadraceguide.com/northshoreroadraceguide5k/).
NSRRG co-directors Timothy Short and Doug Bollen said the inspiration for the monthly runs came after the outpouring of support for a local family affected by the Boston Marathon bombings in April. New England Running Company hosted a fundraising 5K run on April 22 that was hastily assembled and drew about 200 participants.
“After participating in the run that helped raise funds for the Woolfenden family of Salem, we began to talk about hosting a low key run from the store,” said Short. “At that time we knew that the New England Running Company wasn’t offering any group runs from their store, and thought that we could help by partnering with them to organize the runs for them. The partnership that we have with New England Running Company is one that we hope to develop and expand on in the future with other running events.”
In addition, on June 6 New England Running Company began hosting regular 5K runs from the store every other Thursday at 6 p.m.
The NSRRG 5K will offer road race raffles and local discounts to help it stand out.