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January 3, 2013

On The Run: Vote for the best race on the North Shore

It’s no secret that the North Shore has a thriving road race scene. You can find a race to run every single week of the year if you’re so inclined. But which one is the best?

With more than 150 races held in this area last year, the North Shore Road Race Guide (NSRRG) plans to honor the most exceptional races with poll of local runners. The Best of the North Shore Road Race Guide allows runners to vote in a variety of categories relating to road race excellence.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/bonsrrg to nominate your 2012 favorite races in a variety of different categories. The nomination period runs through January 5, with winners announced on January 11.

Eligible races must have been held in the following cities and towns: Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Burlington, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Revere, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Stoneham, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wenham, West Newbury and Woburn.

The categories include: Race of the Year, Best Race Shirt, Best Holiday Race, Relay of the Year, Best Race Course, Best First Year Race, Best 1-Mile Race, Best 5K, Best 5-Mile Race, Best 10K, Best 10-Mile Race, Best Half Marathon, Best Kids’ Race, Best Trail Race, Best Race Theme, Toughest Race, Best Post Race Party, Best Weekly Race and Best Race Series.

Doug Bollen of the NSRRG said he hopes the event catches on and becomes an annual way to show appreciation for the various road races in the area. A ceremony to present awards to the winners will be announced in the near future.

Meanwhile, this year’s race series roll on. The 2013 Salem Race Series has been scaled back a bit from eight races to five, including this week’s Frosty Four. The remaining four events are: the 5K Cross-Country Run at Olde Salem Greens (March 24); The Derby Street Mile (Aug. 16); The Wicked Half Marathon (Sept. 21); and the Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28).

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