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Finish At The 50 – 10K Race Recap

on July 5, 2014

On July 3rd, I ran the Finish At The 50 10K race at Gillette Stadium – home of my beloved New England Patriots! The event had a 5K option as well, plus there were supposed to be fireworks after the race. Unfortunately, they cancelled the fireworks the day before due to the weather forecast, which turned out to be a bad decision as it never rained. Some speculated it’s because the Boston fireworks were moved from Friday to Thursday due to weather and they are put on by the same event company, but who knows. It was a big bummer though!

First, let’s talk about that weather. Hurricane Arthur was moving in and we expected rain both Thursday and Friday. However, as of Thursday morning, no rain in the forecast – yay! Bad news – it was going to be hoooooot and humid. This is what it looked like just prior to the race kickoff:



It absolutely felt that hot, too.  The breeze was the only saving grace of any comfort whatsoever. It was a hot breeze, but at least it gave us some sensation of air movement. I have to say, the rock stars of the day were the people in the neighborhoods that we ran through. It seemed every couple tenths of a mile there was someone in their front yard spraying the runners with their hoses/sprinklers. I ran through It felt glorious!



I had the day off from work, but unfortunately Tara did not. We made our schedule work the best we could and thought we might end up having to each drive up there separately, but luckily she was done early enough that we could go together with a slight modification. We ended up arriving around 4:30 I think. Parking was really easy, right next to the stadium, and just a short walk to registration. That was also seamless with no wait. The only strange thing about it was that we had to go to one area for our bibs, then go to the opposite side of the courtyard to get our tshirt. Not a big deal, just strange.



After I got my stuff, I tried to meet up with some Unleashed teammates before they started. Two of them were doing the 5K race (which started at 5:30) and one of them was doing the 10K with me at 6:30. We were able to find each other just in time and get a quick pic before the race started.



After the ladies took off, Mike went to get some pics so Tara and I headed over to meet up with the NE Spahtens that were there at the race. I only know one of them personally from Unleashed, so I said hello to her and then just kind of stood there awkwardly for a few minutes because everyone else was already kind of chatting in their little cliques. I decided I’d rather go sit in the shade than be that random girl standing there, so we sat for a bit. Eventually, another Spahten came over and sat with us that I had never met before and we hung out basically until just before the start of the 10K. We did manage to get a team picture, but it was quite the ordeal trying to squeeze everyone in for the person taking the picture (who was at a really weird angle). This was the best one that Tara could get of all the attempts she made.



We went over to line up right around 6:15-6:20. They did the National Anthem and then shortly after we were off – sort of. They started the race, but it was a good 3 minutes before I crossed the start line. This is the only pic Tara could get of me for the entire race, right after the start. I had noticed Julie and Dan standing on the left, but never saw Tara, so this is the moment I yelled out to Julie who hadn’t even seen me run by. It was all quite comical.



I’m hoping I’ll get better official race photos, because they took a bunch of them towards the end in the stadium. We even got to run through the big blow-up helmet the team runs through before a game!! I was so giddy running on the field that my favorite team runs on. SO amazing!

After the race, we found another Unleashed teammate and managed to get a finisher shot of everyone. Even the kids are Unleashed kids!



Shortly after, we all split up and went our separate ways and I tackled the beast know as “A million stairs”. I forgot how many I would have to climb after I just ran over 6 miles and I was not a happy camper! Tara, Julie and Dan thought they were hysterical and Tara made this lovely little collage to show my disappointment in these stupid stairs.



See them all?? Do you see???


I did pretty well overall. I was aiming at finishing under 1:30 and just barely squeaked by with 1:29:18 by my Garmin (unofficial email said 1:29:14).



This is definitely a race I would do again, but I would hope the weather would be a little more gentle on us! My gang were troopers, even though they went in the restaurant and ate while I was out there melting!








18 responses to “Finish At The 50 – 10K Race Recap

  1. Nice work! I never even saw their race listed in events when I was searching for a 4th of July race. Great time!! The half marathon distance is getting easier and easier for you to hit.

    Fun fact-my friend Nick proposed to his gf at the finish line of the 5k! The pics are all over the internet so I figured you prob saw them when you were looking at things from the race!!

    • Courtney says:

      Thanks! It was their 5th year this year and I only heard about it last year from a friend. You should definitely do it next year!

      That’s so awesome about your friend! The 5K was finishing shortly before we were lining up to start, so I didn’t get to see them finish at all. I haven’t seen any pics yet (other than people I know that posted on Facebook). They haven’t released official stuff yet that I know of.

  2. Sounds like a really fun race and awesome time too!! Great job despite the heat!

  3. dgobs says:

    Nice job!! Running through the giant helmet onto the field sounds AMAZING! I wanted to do the 5K part of the race but getting to Foxboro from north of the city the day before a long weekend in the summer would have been a hassle and a half… Cape traffic, ugh. Glad you didn’t have much trouble getting there!

    • Courtney says:

      It was SO much fun! I can imagine the traffic would have sucked for you. It wasn’t too bad for us at all, we really made good time.

  4. Props to you for running in that heat! That’s so awesome that people were standing in their yards with hoses. I ran a race yesterday morning and there was one guy spraying everyone with a hose and it felt sooo good and it wasn’t near as hot here and it was for you! You had an awesome time, and I definitely would’ve made someone carry me up all of those stairs haha!

    • Courtney says:

      The hoses were the absolute best part and I thanked every single one of those people for being so awesome. Yeah, those stairs were just mean.

  5. Great time beating your goal. Now if only it was at Lucas Oil and not Gillette:)

  6. Sounds like a great race, especially the finish! I’ve never run a race at night or evening, that must be cool. Those stairs however, not so cool.

    • Courtney says:

      It’s definitely one I’ll do again! Running at night was tough planning meals, but I liked it because I’m more awake and ready to rock. I agree about the stairs. Evil.

  7. d20girl says:

    Awesome job! 10k is my favorite distance, I wish they had more of them around here. And boo on those stairs, that is just wrong!

  8. osarah26 says:

    Nice race! Ugh, the stairs!

  9. Huge props to you for getting through that heat! I’ve run this 10K the last two years and the heat’s been unbearable – I didn’t register this year. It’s a bummer that they canceled the fireworks.

  10. piratebobcat says:

    Congrats! Looks like y’all had fun along the way! Sorry about the stairs and fireworks. It happens.

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