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2018 HOLDEN 5K ROAD RACE
This is Thanksgiving in Central Massachusetts


Holden Road Race Results 2018 posted here!  https://my2.raceresult.com/112111/results?lang=en#1_22DCB0

Thank you all again for joining us Thanksgiving Day!  Its was a chilly one but sunny and fun! We can't thank you enough for all your support and participation regardless of the chill!  Hope to see you all next year!


OH YEAH! IT’S GOING TO BE COLD FOR THE HOLDEN ROAD RACE! AT RACE TIME IT’S SCHEDULED TO BE LESS THAN 10 DEGREES WITH WIND GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

THE HOLDEN ROAD RACE IS A VOLUNTEER RUN RACE, AND WE GIVE ALL OF OUR PROCEEDS TO NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS. BECAUSE OF THOSE THINGS, WE CANNOT CANCEL OR POSTPONE THE RACE FOR ANOTHER DAY, AND WE CANNOT GIVE REFUNDS FOR WEATHER RELATED REASONS.

WHETHER OR NOT YOU CHOOSE TO RUN, PLEASE COME TO PACKET PICKUP AT MOUNTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN HODLEN ON TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND PICK UP YOUR HRR T-SHIRT

WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO RUN THE RACE AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THE RACE DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES THE COLD WEATHER WILL BRING TO OUR VOLUNTEERS, RUNNERS, WALKERS, AND FAMILIES WHO USUALLY WATCH AND CHEER ON THE RUNNERS.

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING KIDS TO RUN THE RACE, AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO RUN, WE RECOMMEND DRESSING APPROPRIATELY FOR RUNNING IN VERY COLD CONDITIONS.

ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDEN ROAD RACE, THE WACHUSETT FOOD PANTRY, AND THE OTHER NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED BY THOSE WHO RUN THE RACE AND THOSE WHO SPONSOR THE RACE, THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS LOCAL TRADITION.

Introducing our 2018 Race shirt!
Sign up now to guarantee your size.


Become a Sponsor of the 2018 Holden Road Race.

Three levels of sponsorship available: Gold, Silver & Bronze.

Supporting our Veterans - If You are a vet please send an email with proof to holdenroadrace@gmail.com and we will send back a code to register at $25 for the race! (from September 17th to Race day)

 

Registration fees

5K Road Race Closed

    1. Registration closed
    2. $40.00 – Race Day registration

Event Information

Packet Pickup!

Tuesday Nov 20 5-8pm & Wednesday Nov 21 5-7pm, also day of race

At Mount View Middle school

270 Shrewsbury St, Holden, MA 01520

Location:

Holden Commons (Big Y Parking Lot) – 160 Reservoir St. – Holden, MA

 

Registration:

Online registration is open until Nov 19th at 10:00pm! See our registration page for more info on online registration, walk-in registration, and race packet pickup times. We will sell out at 2000 registrations which may prevent walk-in registration. (Note: If you register after November 6, you are not guaranteed a race t-shirt.)

On site registration will open at 7:00 am the morning of the race and will close promptly at 7:45 am.


Elite Runners:

Runners with a confirmed 5K result under 21 minutes will be allowed to start at the front of the starting area. Qualifying runners will be given special bib #’s that allow them to start in the elite runner area. 

 

Course:

The HRR course begins and ends in the Big Y parking lot. The course circles around downtown Holden where runners pass residential neighbourhoods and many local businesses. The USATF certified 5k course has been called a “challenge” by many of its participants due to its uphill climb that peaks on Jamieson Rd (about the half-way point of the course). As all Holden runners know, you can’t run anywhere in this town without encountering a few hills. But with the ups also come the downs and runners are treated to a long downhill section that that winds back to Main St during the latter half of the course. Parts of the course have you facing the morning sun so sunglasses are recommended. See our race map for more info.

 

Benefit:

The Holden Road Race supports multiple charities in the Wachusett region. Our primary benefactor is the Wachusett Food Pantry. This non-profit organization has a mission to see that nobody goes hungry in central Massachusetts. We will also support Be Like Brit and Hearts for Heat as benefactors. See our race proceeds page for more info.

 

Awards/Prizes:

$100 cash will be given to 1st place male/female. The top ten finishers will receive a free registration for the 2018 Holden Road Race. (Must have provided a valid email address during registration. coupon code will be emailed the following September).

 

Timing:

Disposable B-Tag timing will be provided by Fast Finishes! A starting mat and a finish line mat will be provided to give runners gun and net time. Bib number must be visible and timing tags must not be bent or folded in order to get timed correctly.

 

Parking:

Parking is tight and it is recommend that all participants arrive early. If you arrive before 7:20 you will most likely be able to park in the Big Y shopping plaza or one of the surrounding lots. Overflow parking is available at the Val’s Restaurant Parking Lot (.25 mi from race start) and at Holden Chapel (.35 mi from race start). Shuttle service will be available from the Holden Chapel parking lot. Volunteers will be available to help direct cars to the best available parking.

 

Walkers/Strollers:

Since this is a family-friendly event, walkers and strollers are welcome; we just ask that you start at the back. Registration is not required for children riding in strollers (although you can still register them if you would like to see their name in the race results).

 

Dogs:

Dogs are not allowed on the race course (sorry). We discourage dogs-walkers since not everyone is comfortable around dogs and we need to be mindful of everyone. The starting area is also very tight and there is not extra room for our canine friends. Runners in the starting gate with a dog may be asked to leave.

 

Course Certification:

The HRR course is USATF certified as being exactly 5 kilometers (3.10686 miles) in length. http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=MA11038JK
 

Bikes/skateboards/rollerblades:

Only runners, walkers and strollers are permitted on the course. No bikes, skateboards, rollerblades or other mobility devices are allowed.

 

Packet pickup:

Tuesday Nov 20th 5-8pm and Wednesday Nov 21st 5-7pm
Mountview Middle School
270 Shrewsbury St, Holden, MA 01520

 

***Tips & Tricks***

· Register before cutoff date to ensure a shirt

· Register before day of race to make processes easier

· If signing up last minute download/print waiver form to bring with you and cash is faster! (**credit card acceptable)

· Arrive early

· Volunteer to bless! Many hands make light work!

Worcester Fitness Training Program

Join the Worcester Fitness Running Team for a 7-week Training Program for the Holden Road Race 5k

You'll be coached by Worcester Fitness Running Coach Bob Bourassa, USA Track & Field: Level One Coach.

Here's what you'll receive for $30.00:

-Coaching in person and through email correspondences.  
-Running with a team of folks training for the same event.  
-Joining a team that's perfect for beginners and less experienced runners
-A detailed 7-week training program

Here are the logistics: 

The runs will begin and end at Worcester Fitness, 440 Grove Street in Worcester. 

-Courses and distances will vary week to week
-The program begins Saturday, October 6 and runs through Saturday, November 17th.
-Runs will begin at 9am.
-The road race itself is Thanksgiving Morning, November 22nd at 8am.

Bio information for Coach Bob Bourassa

Bob Graduated from Keene State College, where he ran Cross-Country and Track.  He has 23 years of experience working as a Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer, and 13 of those years have been at Worcester Fitness.  Bob is a National Strength and Conditioning Association: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and is a USA Track & Field: Level One Coach.  He has run more than 40 marathons including Boston, Disney, Rock n Roll Arizona, and Rock n Roll San Antonio.  With his knowledge and experience, Bob can help runners overcome training obstacles and reach their goals.

TO REGISTER FOR THE 7 WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM, CLICK HERE:  

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Event Schedule

  • November 22 8:00 AM EST - Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Holden Commons, 160 Reservoir St, Holden, MA, United States

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