Friday, December 19, 2014

2015 Craft Brew Races schedule and registration now available!

2015 Event Schedule

2015 Craft Brew Races Announced

We're thrilled to announce this year's Craft Brew Races event schedule. We are expanding the series from five New England races to 10 national events in 2015, with new races in Georgia, Texas, South Carolina, Colorado, and Massachusetts.


The Craft Brew Races is for runners and walkers who love local craft beer. The events consist of a time 5k race with individual and team awards, followed by a 3+ hour local craft brew festival with consisting of over 30 breweries. All participants must be 21+ to register.

Festival Only and Designated Driver tickets are also available for those wishing to attend just the festival portion of the event.

All Participants will receive entry into the 5k Brew Run and post-race festival, which will showcase 30+ craft breweries. Finisher's will get a Craft Brew Races medal at the end of the race, and an official pint glass (pictured right). Live music will be played throughout the festival and local food vendors will be selling onsite.
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St Pat's 5K - Celtic 5K - Irish 5K. Registration prices increase January 1.

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St. Pat's 5K
March 21, 2015
Providence, RI
Celtic 5K
March 8, 2015
Worcester, MA
Irish 5K
March 7, 2015
Pawtucket, RI

The 2015 Tour de Patrick 5k race series websites are now open for registration. Register now and save before the first price increase on January 1, 2015. Long sleeve technical t-shirts to early entrants. See Details below.

Sign up for any one, two or complete the Tour de Patrick by Running all three races. Each race is followed immediately by the local city's St. Patrick's Day Parade. You not have to run all three races to be part of the Tour de Patrick. 

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For Tour de Patrick details visit: 

1. IRISH 5K, March 7, 2015 Pawtucket, RI 

2. ST. PAT'S 5K, March 21, 2015 Providence, RI 

3. CELTIC 5K, March 8, 2015 Worcester, MA 

All entrants will receive a race t-shirt, but the early entrants will receive the long sleeve technical shirts shown below. 

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The first 2,500 entrants in the St Pat's 5k will receive this long sleeve technical t-shirt shown above.
The first 2,500 entrants in the Guinness Celtic 5k will receive this long sleeve technical t-shirt shown above.

 The first 1,000 entrants in the Irish 5k will receive this long sleeve technical t-shirt shown above.

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Please consider clicking on the "Like button" on our Facebook page link above to receive all the latest information. Updates on participation numbers and locations for packet pickup and of course..... where all the post race parties will be after each race will be posted on the Tour de Patrick Facebook page.

A post on Facebook will be placed when limits are reached for each race.
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Three great half marathons for $40 each until 12/31. Narragansett Bay Half, Blackstone Valley Half and the Worcester Half

April 26th 2015                 July 19, 2015                   June 21, 2015

Blackstone Valley
Half Marathon & 5k
Pawtucket RI
8:00 a.m. start.
April 26, 2015
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Narragansett Bay
Half Marathon & 5k
East Providence RI
7:00 am start
July 19, 2015
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Half Marathon & 5k
Worcester MA
7:00 a.m. start.
June 21,2015

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Here are three professionally organized half marathons in 2015 that you can register for only $40 each until December 31, 2015 using discount code 1231 Enter any one, two or all three of these events now and maximize your savings.

Each race will have at least ten support stations, many with gels and power drinks, great courses, technical t-shirt, finishers medallions and of course great entertainment. 

Enter any one of these half marathon or save when you select a multiple race options at any of the three websites. 

Prices increase to $55 on January 1, 2015 for each of these three half marathons.
The Blackstone Valley Half Marathon and 5k is first up on the list on April 26, 2015. This is a beautiful course through the historic Blackstone Valley of Rhode Island and along the Blackstone river and canal. All races start and finish at Pawtucket City Hall. 
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8:00 a.m. Start.

The second half marathon is the
National Grid Worcester Half Marathon and 5k on June 21, 2015 in Worcester, MA. This events starts and finishes in Downtown Worcester at City Hall and takes runners through a beautiful course all close to the Downtown area of Worcester. 
7:00 a.m. Start.
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Finally the Narragansett Bay Half Marathon and 5k will be held in conjunction with the the famous East Providence Heritage Festival on July 19, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. This will be held on the final day of the Heritage Festival that bring some of the best performing bands in the country to East Providence, RI. Olympic style finish in Pierce Memorial Stadium on the running track.
7:00 a.m. Start
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PO Box 1940
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Third Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run

The Third Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27th. The lollipop course will begin and end at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) at 91 Jordan Road in Franklin. Sponsored by the Feed the Need organization located in Hull, MA, the race is open to runners and walkers of all ages, featuring medals for best overall, first, second and third and for men, women and children by age category. A free raffle and continental breakfast will follow the race.

Feed the Need races started back in 2003 to support food pantries and shed light on hunger issues in local communities. The first such race took place here in Franklin in 2005, an idea of the LDS Church to help give back.“The race was renamed the Franklin Turkey Trot and began taking place on Thanksgiving morning three years ago when my son Hayden asked if he could plan the race as his Eagle Scout project – it has really hit its stride since,” remarked Krystal Whitmore, Director of the Franklin Turkey Trot.

“We are inspired by the fantastic turnout for the Franklin race. It is wonderful to see something so simple create this great sense of community bonding and giving back on the holiday of Thanksgiving.” Erin Lynch, Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry agrees, “When people come out on this special holiday to get involved it shows a uniting and protecting of our community – our larger family – from the threat of hunger. We are grateful to Feed the Need for spearheading the race and raising awareness.”

Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch and Rep Jeff Roy training for the Feed the Need 5k
Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch and Rep Jeff Roy training for the Feed the Need 5k

Erin has been preparing to run this year’s race for several weeks with Franklin’s State Representative Jeffrey Roy. “Representative Roy and I decided to run the race in 2014 to bring more attention to the aspect of building sustainable solutions to end hunger. Jeff has been a huge supporter of our role in the Healthy Futures Franklin initiative, a collaboration launched by the Hockomock Area YMCA. We are all working together to improve the health of the community, and increasing access to nutritious food is a critical step.”

“Franklin is a town that prides itself in connecting with one another in the face of adversity,” said Representative Jeffrey Roy “On the issue of hunger, Franklin Food Pantry is at the heart of a collaborative network of organizations, individuals and volunteers who partner throughout the year to make food and healthy, life changing programs available to our neighbors. The Franklin Turkey Trot is one of those events where it all comes together and I would like to thank Erin Lynch for issuing me the challenge several months ago to join her in healthy living and training to run this year.”

Entry Fee for the Turkey Trot $20 or 20 cans of food (or box of personal toiletries). To participate in the Turkey Trot, please pre-register online at Register in person at LDS Church on Wednesday night, November 26th, 7-9pm or on race day, 6:45-7:45am. The first 100 participants to pick up their race bibs on Wednesday night will receive a T-shirt.

As part of the mission to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, the Franklin Food Pantry has increased the amount of fresh produce offered, resulting in a 43% increase in households returning on a regular basis for their fruits and vegetables. From June through October the pantry hosts a weekly Healthy Futures Market, where families receive produce as well as cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes courtesy of Cooking Matters. Also implemented this year was the new Healthy Futures™ shelf, which offers healthy alternatives such as Gluten-Free, Low Sodium, Low Sugar, and Whole Grain options for each family to choose from.

Other ways to donate:

To make a donation to the Franklin Food Pantry, please visit The Pantry located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140. Donations are accepted during business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am -1:00pm and on Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am. Non-perishables may be dropped off after hours in the bin by the front door, or monetary donations may be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038.

About Feed the Need

Feed the Need is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting education and awareness of local hunger issues by sponsoring physical activities and events.

About Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization FEIN #04-327663. Established in 1987, the mission of the Franklin Food Pantry is to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, by empowering the community through resources, education and collaboration. It is part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network and depends entirely on support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners and the community at large. 

The Franklin Food Pantry currently serves more than 600 households throughout the local community; distributing more than 186,000 pounds of food and provisions annually. Families receive monthly food supplies; weekly produce and bread; and special seasonal items of holiday meal packages and school supplies. 

Please visit the website, and like Franklin Food Pantry on Facebook at, or call us at 508-528-3115.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk & Youth Run is one week away!

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Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K and Kids Run
Thanksgiving Day, 10:00 a.m. November 27, 2014
City Hall, Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket RI

Amica Downtown Jingle 5K and Elves Kids Run.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. December 14, 2014
RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin St Providence RI
You can save $8 when you register for the Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5k and the Amica Downtown Jingle 5k at the same time. Simply select the multiple race option when registering at either website.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER NOW  if you have not already registered for the Rhode Island Famly Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk. T-shirts for all participants.

The RI Family Turkey Trot will be supporting the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen. This is a great organization that provides meals daily for those in need. See for details
Meet up with family and friends after the race at the POST RACE PARTY AT  MURPHY'S  LAW Irish Pub 2 George Street, Pawtucket RI 02860. Murphy's Law will be offering the following to participants: 2 tickets for 1/2 price drinks. 

Register for the Amica Downtown Jingle 5K and Elves Kids Run

There are just over 100 of these custom long sleeve technical t-shirts still available for the Amica Downtown Jingle 5k. After these long sleeve shirts are assigned, all entrants will receive a short sleeve t-shirt.

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