(After the all important treatise below, the schedule follows.)
All-Important Rules of Engagement:
Welcome Publicans! Anyone and everyone is encouraged
to participate in the Pub Series. For those wishing to be scored, to be
eligible for $ and other swag at the Series’ end party at Doyle’s
(guaranteed entry to those who have completed all the races or are receiving
awards) as well as the New Balance Pub Series jacket for doing all six
Series’ races (or New Balance running shoes for just doing five; no, you
don’t get a jacket and shoes for doing six) you
need to be a paid
subscriber to NER so click here no later than May 1 (date of our 2nd Pub Series race). If you’re married or living in sin, one per household will do (just let us know). To be scored you need to
participate in five of the six races; hence, “Five to Stay Alive.” “Miss one,
have your fun; Miss two, you’re through.”
Also, if your name is misspelled or missing from the list we
post on our website of participant’s attendance at races (along with a
write-up on the website, usually 1-2 days post event), Michelle has that thankless task so let
her know asap (as opposed to the end
of the Series) at Mick. Yours truly (Fitz) has the thankless task of
scoring the races, so if there’s a point discrepancy, likewise, let me know asap at
the homepage of this website you can sign up for our free bi-weekly
newsletter, crucial to staying up to date with Pub Series news. Don’t be
one of those people who emails us at the end of the Series asking why
we didn’t email you for a jacket size before the deadline: No. 1, we
don’t have your email; No. 2, the info was in the e-newsletter.
Beginning in 2011, Boston-based
athletic sportswear giant New Balance signed on as the the multi-year sponsor of the NER Pub Series, and we’re damn glad to have them!
Gender specific New Balance Pub Series jackets will be awarded to
everyone who runs six of six races. For those who complete five of six races
there’s a pair of New Balance running shoes in the offing.
End of Series swag: Along with a new pair of New Balance running shoes to
the top 5 Open men & women, as well as age-group overall winners, the end
of series cash payouts for the top five men & women this year are: 1st, $200 – 2nd, $150 – 3rd, $125 – 4th,
$100 – 5th, $75. Divisional winners from Masters through 70+ also win a new
pair of New Balance running shoes and $50, with merchandise going to places
Jacket Info: Your lifeline to the Pub Series is our website NER and free
bi-weekly enewsletter as well as the mag. Take advantage of all because that’s
where the notice asking for your jacket size will appear after the fifth race
in the Series. If the deadline is missed (and sorry, but this is your fault,
not ours) men’s sizes default to ‘large’ and women to ‘medium.’ No whining
overall 50 places for men and women are based on cross country scoring.
race, you get 50 points, come in 50th, you get one point. Everyone of
is eligible to score here. Age group scoring goes 10 deep for Masters
& Seniors (50-59), 8 deep for Vets (60-69) and 5 deep for 70+.
Example: If you’re
the top 40-49 runner in a race, you get 10 points in your age division.
you’re 10th Master, you get one point. Implemented in 2014: The Octogenarian (80+) division, 3-deep for men.
Much welcomed in 2013 was retail vendor Marathon Sports
If you manage to complete five of six Pub Series races and earn a pair of New
Balance shoes, you can take your certificate to any of 14 (& counting) Marathon Sports stores and pick out your shoes the same day. This
beats (by far) having to send a certificate with your shoe size to a
warehouse and waiting for delivery.
The Schedule for NER Pub Series XIX – (check back after
each race for updated Standings and participant list. The
‘Manifesto/Schedule’ link will be up on our homepage throughout the
April 10 – 20th Annual
Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5M, Jamaica Plain, MA – 11:00 pm
certified 5 mile course is the cornerstone of the NER Pub Series,
commencing in and winding through gorgeous Franklin Park to finally
culminate at Doyles Cafe where all participants can celebrate in a huge
post-race party! Post-race festivities include a DJ outdoors, live
music with The Fenians indoors, loads of food, plenty of great beer
courtesy of Sam Adams and lots of fun! And all in the presence of great
The first 300 registrants receive a classic longsleeve race T-shirt so
register early to get yours! Awards are given to top 3 age-group
Benefits go to Sr. Jeanne’s Kids Fund and The Boston Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums
Run out of world
famous Doyle’s Cafe, the creme-de-la-creme
of Publican purvey and the Cornerstone of the New England Runner Pub
Series, Doyle’s is a storied watering hole for politicians, sports
figures and journalists. Want to know why there’s a sign that says
Braddock’s Cafe outside? Where the speakeasy was located during
Prohibition? What pictures cover bullet holes from a bygone era? (Well,
uh, we’ll let the proprietors cover the last question but NER has the
first two, among others, covered).
The certified course is run almost entirely in traffic-free Franklin
Park; it’s rolling and tres scenic with bagpipers at the mile. A seismic party
follows, inside and out, with a DJ outside, the Finnian Sons inside,
Interactive Simon Says outside (weather permitting), food and free pouring libation inside and out.
This race started in 1995 and became a Pub Series event a
year later. In 2010 there was a record field of 2,106 finishers. The Pub Series
Awards night is held in the Fitzgerald Room at Doyle’s each December.
The race starts at 11:00 am. Awards run up through 80+.
Beneficiaries include Sister Jeanne’s Kids Fund & the Boston Police
Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums.
Doyle’s phone number is 617-524-2345. There was a full-page application in the Jan/Feb & March/April issues of NER & you can register online here:
May 1 – 2nd Annual Liam Maguire’s Almost 5-Miler (4.912 miles), Falmouth, MA
Publicans who experienced the “1st” certainly developed a thirst for the follow-up race as Liam’s was voted back in by a landslide for 2016 at the Pub Awards bash at Doyle’s last December.
Starting at 9:30 am from Town Hall
Square in Falmouth, this new kid on the block rocks. As of March 1st over 100 runners had entered. The race has a 500 runner cap so don’t dawdle.
Presented by Marathon Sports, hosted by Lawrence-Lynch Corporation and produced by PCB Race Management, this 4.912-Miler offers a weekend of activity starting with a pre-race Saturdeay evening get together from 5:00 to 8:00 at the La Cucina Sul Mare Restaurant at 237 Main Street (Liam’s is at 273 Main St.).
The Holiday Inn in Falmouth is the host hotel and discounted fees (when mentioning the race) are available.
The scenic, ocean side course is largely traffic-free.
There’s cash for the winners and merchandise for the followers. Front or back of the packers are invited to Liam Maguire’s post-race for a 10-noon bash before the pub opens to the public. Discounted Off Shore Ale and a lavish buffet for runners will be on hand with live entertainment.
Now pay attention because the post-post race celebration continues past high noon at PCB poobah Courtney Bird’s lavish manor overlooking Little Sippewisett Marsh (& the Atlantic) at 43 Sippewissett Road a few miles away from Liam’s in Falmouth. It’s Off Shore du jour and a Barbeque to boot with old friends, new friends and a great ocean view (this is weather permitting of course.)
Organizers PCB Race Management are made up of Russ Pelletier (P), who’s been the Cape Cod
Marathon Relay Director for the past 15 years; Jack Carroll (C) former Cape Cod Marathon winner and past RD of the Falmouth
Track Club’s Main St. Mile; and last but not least, Courtney Bird (B),
who for 30 years was at the helm of the Cape Cod Marathon, site of NER’s
post-race party for close to half of Bird’s tenure.
Following the Cape Cod Marathon Relay, Liam Maguire’s
is where NER gathered with its assorted Relay teamsÛÓFitzy’s Frisky
Felines, Strikeforce 40 and Nifty after 50ÛÓ for food and libation. The Boston Globe
cites Liam’s as one of the top 10 Irish Pubs in New England. Liam’s
will be open from 10:00 to noon for runners only with a large buffet,
musical entertainment from Liam himself, and discounted Off Shore Ale
for runners and friends. Rumor has it this will be in the vicinity of
$2, the same price as at the former NER post-race bash at the Falmouth
Inn following Cape Cod Marathons of yesteryear (the price had been $1
but rose with inflation). The pub will open to the public at noon.
The scenic course is largely traffic-free. Visit the race website Here.
May 22 – 16th Annual Evan’s Run 5K, Norwell, MA – 9:30 am, kids race 8:30 am
Hi-yo, BIG changes are in store for the 2016 event, an NER Pub Series stop in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 at both the 5K and 10K distance.
There’s change No. 1 as there won’t be a 10K this year. As for the up and down 5K, it’s going to be a fast, net downhill course that still starts at Norwell High School,
BUT, will now finish in Norwell Center hard by ground zero for the post-race bashÛÓMcGreal’s Tavern.
In the past, it had always been about a 2.5-mile drive from the high school to McGreal’s. All parking for the race will still be at the high school. Starting at 9:45 am and continuing on, shuttle buses will take participants from Norwell Center to the high school.
Free Dogs, burgers and a free initial brew await at McGreals, an establishment set back from the street, next to a cemetary, with a huge, dirt parking area. If you signed up in time, Your Evan’s Run pint glass will come in handy here.
Evan’s Run has been a Publican favorite over the year’s, serving as a great race and a successful fundraiser for Autism awareness and related programs.
Registration, directions, baggage check, course map and all other news you can use can be found here: Evan’s Run
UNDER CONSTRUCTION (but with website links)
June 4 – 16th Annual Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K, Foxboro, MA – FAD 5K
September 4 – 8th Annual Finish For A Guinness 5K, Warren, RI – Ummm Guinness
October 16 – 15th Annual Paddy’s Shillelagh Shuffle 3M, West Newton, MA – Paddy’s