The 10K’s course will also set it apart.
“I think road races nowadays have to be unique to survive, whether they are a holiday tradition, or have a special theme or event tie-in,” Bollen said. “I don’t believe a race over the bridge to Beverly and back has ever been done, and it will be a great scenic run with a lot of waterfront, including Dane Street Beach and the bypass road in Salem.”
Bollen has met with police in Salem and Beverly to discuss the challenges of holding a race on the busy bridge.
“I have full confidence it will work out well, and will be using a lot of traffic cones as runners will be running both ways in the northern breakdown lane of the bypass road. The police will be covering major intersections, and it looks like a Salem Police motorcycle will be leading the run,” he said.
“It’s a challenge for sure, but I think runners will enjoy it and be tested at the same time. The overall course has some rolling hills, including the bridge.”
Since this is the first Bridge and Back 10K, Bollen said changes may be made for 2014 based on feedback from officials and participants.
Registration information is available at www.salemroadraces.com/. Runners can also register online at Racewire.com or pick up applications at New England Running Company or at the Boys & Girls Club of Salem. Runners can also register the morning of the race at the Tavern in the Square in Salem.
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If you’re looking to get some Friday night running in, check out the third annual Miles Over the Moon 4-mile race tomorrow night in Salem. Presented by Wicked Running Club, the race starts at 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square East. The event is a fast, flat run through the historic streets of Salem. For more information, contact: Alison Phelan (Wicked Running Club) at 1-978-998-0118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.