If you were to flashback to 1635, Hingham, Massachusetts was a bustling area that earned the title of being the 12th town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Beginning with friendly relations between the native Algonquin Indians and European settlers, the area has transformed into the 22.5 square-mile town that Hingham boasts of today, a residential community just 15 miles south of Boston. Its several recreation sites and parks are scattered among historic architecture and open space, creating the perfect family atmosphere and offering endless opportunities to community members. This summer, on Friday, August 23rd that same atmosphere will offer one of the best races on the South Shore: The Marathon Sports End of Summer Classic.
What’s so exciting about this particular race? Volunteers and supporters say that you’re going to notice the addition of several new twists, adding entire new dimensions to the experience that the race’s previous years lacked. The evening will kick off at 6pm in Bare Cove Park, with the first ElliptiGO challenge ever organized on the East Coast. For those who don’t know, ElliptiGO’s can best be described as elliptical machines on wheels, traveling at a top speed of 20 miles-per-hour. Race Director John Childs, a former runner and avid ElliptiGO user, says this will be the biggest “ElliptiGO only” event in the world this year, with the exception of the World Championships near San Diego. It will be a great way to try out something new alongside good running tradition.
HINGHAM, MA: Race Director and running enthusiast John Childs eagerly awaits this year's End of Summer Classic.
Race organizers have also added a new 3-mile run to the signature 5-mile event due to popular demand. According to Childs, the race will not only appeal to veteran runners, but also new runners and walkers who want to participate in a more comfortable distance category. Both the 3 and 5 milers will start promptly at 6:30 PM.
In order to capture this great event the race will also be filmed from above, using an unmanned aerial film platform to provide a bird’s eye view. This will make the race the first local event to employ this new technology, and the resulting footage will become part of a documentary about the race and Bare Cove Park.
As if you didn't need anymore incentives to participate this year, there will also be tech shirts for the first 400 entrants provided by Mizuno, awards by Marathon Sports, cash prizes in the overall category, custom made mugs to a few lucky runners, great swag in runner bags, and of course the great post race bash at the nearby South Shore Country Club. The entire scene will be surrounded by displays of quality running-related businesses, cheering bystanders, and an overall exciting atmosphere that only a strong community of runners and Hingham residents could bring. “We strive to make it the most fun road race possible,” says Childs. “Not only for the runners, but for the volunteers and the sponsors.”
All proceeds from this event will benefit Bare Cove Park, a scenic wildlife sanctuary and place for public recreation. Your summer won’t be complete until you get hands-on with this unique experience, surely making it one of your all-time favorite annual races.
For more information or to register, go to: www.endofsummerclassic.com.
- Kristin Concannon