Colonial Road Runners

Colonial Road Runners


3 done on this gorgeous morning! Getting our groove back for FOMO training!
We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Houghton’s Pond Trail Races, which were scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 4th. Although we think it would be feasible to conduct our trail race in a manner that would be safe for runners, volunteers, and other users of the Blue Hills Reservation, road and trail races are not yet allowed in Massachusetts. It is extremely unlikely that this policy will change anytime soon. Massachusetts is now in “Phase 3” of the COVID-19 reopening plan, and races will not be allowed until “Phase 4”, which seems a long way off, given current conditions.
Did my 3 today!!
Hi! My name is Caroline Tocci and I'm the co-founder of the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2017 in honor of my cousin, Vanessa Marcotte, who was killed by an act of violence while out on a walk near her family home in Princeton, MA in August 2016. Our mission is to empower women to live boldly and fearlessly. I wanted to reach out to let you know about our Virtual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 20th, which s a LIVE timed event. Sign up at! Please share with family + friends!
What a beautiful day for a run to help me shake off the stress of the quarantine and my first case of poison ivy I got from doing yard work. Running is my therapy. 🏃🏻‍♀️💪
Hi, friends! If anyone is looking for a unique way to stay motivated with training, I highly recommend the Take Back 2020 Challenge. This virtual event kicks off April 15, and there are 75 challenge options to choose from to pursue your fitness and wellness goals. Experts in running, yoga, and triathlon will also be sharing resources to get us through the challenges. One of our running experts has coached multiple 2:16 marathoners, and he will be showing us a strength routine using laundry detergent, towels, kitchen chairs, and toilet paper. 😁 You have to complete a bingo card of challenges to earn your medal, and there will be opportunities to win raffle prizes. To learn more, visit or the page Stay safe, everyone! Let’s keep raising each other up.
Coronavirus virtual programs: In an attempt to maintain some form of business at , I have decided to offer some virtual coaching options for runners. All abilities and experiences welcome. I will be offering virtual foot and gait analysis w/ shoe Brand & Model recommendationsand running form evaluations. These will be incredibly discounted offerings from what I would usually charge. I am doing this now because I know many runners are looking to purchase shoes during the COVID19 but cannot get their foot or gait evaluated like they usually would when being fitted for the right running shoe for their foot type and gait. Now may be a good time to have your running form evaluated too. If you never have, it just may make you a better runner after COVID19 has passed. What qualifies me to do this? I have a BS in Environmental Chemistry (concentration in Water Chemistry) a Masters Degree in Education (concentration in A&P science), I am a USATF certified running coach and official and I have over 35 years of racing, coaching and officiating experience at ALL levels with exceptional successes. I have worked in the running retail and shoe manufacturing industries. I have worked with countless physical therapists, personal trainers, and medical professionals over the years when it comes to identifying form related issues and foot types. I have coached several thousand runners and athletes over the last 27 years. It is what I do full-time. If you are interested, please contact me via email. [email protected] and I will guide you through the payment process for this service and how to take and send me videos of you running. Prices for these services are as follows: MASSIVE DISCOUNTS!!!! regular price for in person sessions range from $95-$160. Chat w/ the Coach - FREE for up to 1 hour * requires appointment via Skype for individuals, via Zoom for groups * ask me my advice on your personal running Foot and gait analysis - $10 per video * this requires you sending me a video of your gait. I will easily instruct you how. It’s easy for you to do. * I send you back a video from my analysis software that I can write/draw on and also includes my audio explaining your foot type and gait back to you and shoe recommendation. Running Form Analysis - $25 per video * this requires you sending me a video of your gait. I will easily instruct you how. It’s easy for you to do. * I send you back a video from my analysis software that I can write/draw on and also includes my audio explaining your foot type and gait back to you.
Cold, and very windy 5 mile run this morning to complete the race distances I would have in VA. Completed 8k today & Half Marathon yesterday with Greg O'Connor while practicing social distancing. #StayingStrong #💪
Lots of cancellations happening, all for the greater good.... but did anyone get BINGO yet? Too soon?
Reminder to Boston Marathon runners: register for the 2020 Colonial Road Runners Boston Marathon Bus. The bus is 75% full now, so don’t wait too long! The bus leaves the Braintree MBTA station at 7 AM on race day and goes straight to Hopkinton. For full details and to sign up online, go to The registration fee is $20 for CRR members, $30 for non-members. (The CRR member discount is applied automatically at checkout—be sure to log into your RunSignUp account!)
Hello Colonials! For all of you training for BOSTON or have another race on the horizon, there is no better time to do this 30 day detox!! My best friend who has run 👟💛💙BOSTON 23 times, yes 23!! finished the detox recently, and is doing it again for the second time before the big day! She said “she’s never had more energy”, and wants to be BOSTON STRONG! 👟💛💙 It will get rid of all the toxins in your body, unwanted bloat, help alleviate sore muscles, fatigue and much more! You’ve spent months training your bodies, and this is the final piece to get you in the best shape for the big day! BTW- did I mention it’s, vegan, gluten free, soy free, sugar free.. Watch this 2 min video. 30 Days To Healthy Living Overview message me if you are interested!

Providing friendship, support and training for Southeastern Massachusetts runners of all ages, abilities and goals. COLONIAL ROAD RUNNERS, with members throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, provides friendship, support, and a variety of training opportunities for runners of all ages, abilities, and goals.

If you are new to running, joining our club will put you in contact with experienced runners who will help you train effectively and safely. If you are a competitive runner, you will benefit from the camaraderie of like-minded racers and will have the opportunity to participate in intra-club and inter-club competition. Our club awards offer attainable goals for everyone, by rewarding both competitive success and consistent participation. Our running activities include weekly group training runs, summer and winter fun runs, and track workouts, as well as club-sponsored road races. We keep our members informed of club activities, race results, and member accomplishments through our bi-monthly newsletter, email updates, and postings on the club website, And we don’t forget the social side of running, with post-race get-togethers at local restaurants and pubs, monthly meetings, and the annual club banquet. Whether you run 5-minute miles or 5-hour marathons . . . whether you are training for your first 5-K or for a Boston Marathon qualifier . . . we can help you achieve your goals and make new friends. Come join us!

Operating as usual

[08/18/20]   Frosty On My Own (FOMO) Virtual Half-Marathon

Raynham, MA
Thursday Nov 26 - Sun December 6, 2020

Hi Runners,

What a long, strange trip it's been! While we aren't able to host you in person for 2020, the Frosty Half Marathon lives on.....virtually. Stay tuned for details coming very soon.

We think you will like what we have planned.....a race for runners, put on by runners.

Colonial Road Runners

The Beginner Runner Program is back!!

Begins on Saturday, Sept. 5th (Labor Day weekend) and ends with a fun 5k event on Halloween, Oct. 31st🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Frosty On My Own (FOMO) Virtual Half-Marathon

COVID-19 Updates for CRR events as of 9/4/2020:

- Training Runs from Woodsdale in Abington (OPEN with guidelines)
- Training Runs on Tuesday and Thursday from Union Point in Weymouth (Open with guideline)

Woodsdale and Union Point Guidelines

* 6 ft of Social Distancing is required at all times
* A mask must be worn if you cannot Social Distance during the run or if you will be in close contact with any non-runners
* Groups should not exceed 10, if there are more than 10 runners, please break into smaller groups

Carry your own hydration, CRR will not be providing water stops.

- Beginners Running Program (Starts 9/5/2020 at Woodsdale School in Abington at 8:00am)

- Houghton's Pond Trail Races on 10/04/2020 (Cancelled)

- Frosty Half Marathon on 12/06/2020 (Converted to a Virtual Event, FOMO - Frosty On My Own)

CRR Event Registration Sites: The Frosty On My Own (FOMO) Virtual Half-Marathon is on Thursday November 26, 2020 to Sunday December 6, 2020.

[03/15/20]   THANK YOU to all our CRR members that work in the medical field, are first responders, are giving blood, are on the front lines fighting COVID-19 or are working to keep our society functioning as close to normal as possible.

Colonials are a strong, selfless and supportive group. Please continue helping your neighbors, communities and elders in any way you can. Stay safe and lead by example.

Saturday March 28th is the last Boston Marathon Course training run for 2020…this is the long one!!! We need 12 volunteers to man 6 water stops, and 2 drivers for vans. Water stop volunteers will meet up the week before to get supplies and go over assignments. Logistics for van drivers to be sent once all confirmed. If you have any questions please contact Greg Buckley or Jenn Rose.

***UPDATE; we have 6 volunteers signed up for this day. Thank you all for your help. Greg will be in touch with the volunteers soon to discuss logistics***
Volunteers needed on Saturday, March 14 for a Boston Marathon Course training run. We have 3 water stops and could use 6 people to cover the stops. Volunteers will meet at 745am at the Wellesley Public Library, with the runners starting at 8am and getting around 18 miles in (9 out and back). Time commitment for volunteers expected to be around 4 hours. If you have any questions please contact Greg Buckley or Jenn Rose.

[02/25/20]   Good morning, would someone be willing to stock the two water stops for Saturday's Woodsdale Training Run? Thanks!

[02/12/20]   Blue Hills Trail Races - Registration Is Now Open (and Filling Fast!)

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Blue Hills Trail Races, in the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. The Races will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 9 AM, starting and finishing on the north side of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, on Route 138 in Milton. The races are directed and sponsored by Colonial Road Runners.

Once again, there will be two events: the moderately challenging FOX TROT (10 miles) and the easier BUNNY HOP (3 miles). The races will follow the same routes as in 2019, entirely within the Great Blue Hill Section of the Reservation.

We are keeping the “low frills, low cost” approach that many trail runners prefer. We do not provide T-shirts or trophies…but we DO provide a well-marked course staffed by many volunteers, several water stops, computerized timing, and post-race refreshments (soda, juice, bananas, cookies, chips, pretzels, etc.). Overall winners in each race receive Marathon Sports gift certificates and loaves of Beth’s home-baked banana bread, while age-group winners get packages of her chocolate-chip cookies.

The registration fee is just $12. Additional donations are greatly appreciated. All race profits are donated to the Trailside Museum (operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society), in support of its nature-education programs for children.

As a condition of our event permit from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Blue Hills Trail Races are limited to a total of 250 entrants. As of February 10th, we have reached 50% of the limit, just one week after opening registration! Please register as soon as possible, so that you do not miss out!

To register online, go to:

For a paper mail-in application, contact me at [email protected] and I will email the application to you.

Happy trails,

John Goldrosen, Race Director
[email protected]

2020 Paddy Kelly 5-Miler - Colonial Road Runners

The 2020 Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race pictures are up on the CRR website via SmugMug, over 1200 photos. Enjoy!

Pictures courtesy of Ed McGowan. Thanks Ed This gallery hosted by SmugMug; your photos look better here.

[02/09/20]   Post Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race comments from your Race Director Dan Inglis.

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the following:

1. Our amazing volunteers without whom we would not have a successful race. The volunteers covered Overall Race Management, Photography, Music/Announcements, Equipment, Parking, Course Set Up/Directions, Split Timing, Packet Pick-Up, Same-Day Registration, Food, Lead/Sweeper vehicle, Finish Water Stop and Race Timing. We also had the Brockton High School Cross Country Track and Field team for our mid race water stop.

Our volunteers also managed the Oak Street intersection when the Brockton Police were not there. Way to step up to solve a problem without complaining.

2. To all the runners (300+) who came out and completed the Paddy Kelly Race today. Way to RUN!

3. Harry's Bar and Grill for an excellent venue both before and after the race.

4. Brockton Parks and Recreation for maintaining D.W. Field Park.

5. To area businesses for their generous raffle items and for parking privileges day of race.

6. To Barbara Inglis for keeping me cool, calm, collected and organized over the last few weeks.

7. To the Brockton and Avon Police who ensure we have a traffic free race.

THANK YOU ALL and see you next year. Our 2021 Paddy Kelly Road Race will be held on February 14th (Valentines Day - Bring a loved one to run with you) under the leadership of Greg O'Connor.

Getting excited and prepared for the Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race on Sunday. Come Race with Us!

Last day to register online for Paddy Kelly.

Paddy Kelly

Registration for the 2020 Paddy Kelly Road Race closes at the end of Friday 2/7. There will be Same Day registration but the price increases to $35.00 with no discounts offered. The weather is still looking really good for our race this year.

One Day Only!

Super Bowl discount for Paddy Kelly Road Race. Save $5.00 on your registration by using code 'Super'.

Register by clicking the link below.

Prices go up on 2/1/2020. Register for the Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race today. The weather forecast for race day looks amazing.

The Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race price will increase by $5.00 to $30.00 on February 1st and online registration closes end of day February 7th. Same Day race registrations will cost $35.00, no discounts will be offered on race day registrations. Register before 2/1/2020 for the best pricing. Register Today.

The first 200 registrants are guaranteed to receive the Paddy Kelly buff, don't miss out. These buffs are amazing!

Paddy Kelly

It's almost February, time to register for Paddy Kelly. What are you waiting for? Come Run with Us! The Paddy Kelly is on Sunday February 9, 2020.

Thank you to Dawn Foley, Julie Sargeant (Our Race Directors) and volunteers for a fantastic season of Winter Fun Runs. We'll see all the runners again in May for the beginning of our Summer Fun Run series in Abington, Brockton and Raynham.

Throw out your current Fun Run bibs, new bibs will be issued in May.

Let Your Mind Run Free - Panel #1 How to Run to Feed Your Soul The first of three in a Panel Series where accomplished runners share their personal experiences with running and how it's impacted them.

Volunteer Opportunity: We're in need of [at least] 1 volunteer to cover a water stop for the February 1 Boston Marathon Course run in Newton. Volunteers to meet at the Johnny Kelly Statue for 730am. If you're able to volunteer please comment here or message Greg Buckley directly.

[01/11/20]   URGENT: Volunteers needed for next Saturday (1/18): the first Boston Marathon course training run is next Saturday. There are two water stops (Cleveland Circle and Kenmore Square) we need volunteers for. Runners and volunteers to meet at the Johnny Kelley statue at 7:30. If you can volunteer please comment here or message Greg Buckley directly. Thank you!!!!

Paddy Kelly

Paddy Kelly Road Race Announcement - Back Again This Year

Chip Timing will be utilized at the 2020 Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race. Register today for the Paddy Kelly Road Race and become part of the storied history of the Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race.

If you have any questions, contact [email protected] The Paddy Kelly is on Sunday February 9, 2020.

[12/31/19]   Good morning! Would someone be able to put out water and Gatorade at John's and the Senior Center for Saturday's Woodsdale run? Thanks!

It's time to register for the next CRR sponsored event:
Colonial Road Runners - Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race
Join us for the 39th annual Paddy Kelly Road Race on February 9th, 2020 at 11:00.
This race is run on paved, traffic-free roads through scenic D.W. Field Park in Brockton and Avon MA. The race is 5 Miles on a fast, flat course with one short hill (Tower Hill). What better way to begin your running season.
We offer Awards along with an amazing Post-Race Party at Harry’s Westgate Pub & Grill. So shake off those winter blues and come run with us.
Register at There is a $5.00 discount thru January 31st for 2020.
E-mail [email protected] if you have any questions especially related to available running club discounts. CRR members receive an automatic discount (No code required).
Feel free to post on your personal FB page to help me advertise this fun race.

[12/22/19]   Reminder that the conference room at the Abington PD is not available for today's fun run. Registration will take place outside this week.

Frosty Half Marathon on December 8, 2019

Photos from Colonial Road Runners's post

Frosty Half Marathon on December 8, 2019

Photos from Colonial Road Runners's post

Frosty Half Marathon on December 8, 2019

Photos from Colonial Road Runners's post

The 2020 Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race registration opens Wednesday November 13th, 2019 at 8:00 PM.

Who's going to win this year? I'm betting on the leprechaun.

Get Ready, Set, Register!

Check this out from our friends at Union Running!

Union Running is excited to announce that we are partnering up with The Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick to host “BOSTON: The Documentary.” 🎥

Join us for a night out on the town at The New Bedford Whaling Museum on December 14 to discover the rich history and wonder that is The Boston Marathon. 🦄

The show starts at 6PM. Tickets are $25. With the price of the ticket, you’ll receive $10 off your race entry fee to The New Bedford Half Marathon.
All proceeds benefit TEAM OWEN & THE SMA WARRIORS. 💙

Stay tuned! Tickets go on sale next week! 🎫
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Fantastic turnout for CRR’s final Grand Prix race 5 Miles Home, proudly supporting Homes For Our Troops. To all who have served our country (past, present and future), we Thank You for your service and sacrifice.

October Grand Prix ✅ Congrats to all of the runners. Strong work out in the rain. And now for the fun!

[09/17/19]   Running in the dark these days? Take the following precautions to stay safe during your run.

Maximize reflective gear, which increases the distance from which drivers can see you to 500 feet. If you wear bright, neon or white clothing, drivers can spot you from only 180 feet. (For a car moving at 40 mph, it takes more than 180 feet to come to a stop.)

Think low. Most headlights are angled slightly down, so lighting the lower leg is important. Try reflective socks or shoelaces, and add reflective tape to shoes.

Accentuate the moving parts. Make sure you have reflective gear on feet, ankles and wrists, which move the most during your stride.

Be bright and flashy: Handheld flashlights or headlamps serve dual purposes, lighting your way and alerting drivers to your presence. Studies show flashing lights are more eye-catching than solid lights.

Use reflective gear and lighting to help you be seen and remain safe.

[08/28/19]   The Brockton Fun Run has been cancelled.

The After Party at Harry's is still a GO at 7:30. Please come and enjoy some pizza and soft drinks with your fellow runners. Cash Bar is available.

These are always difficult decisions but we take the safety of runners and volunteers seriously. Given the staggered start of the handicap race we would have had runners on the course and runners that had not even started to run when the lightning is forecast in Brockton.

Stay dry and stop by Harry's for some fun.

[08/28/19]   Brockton Fun Run - Status update due to weather forecast.

We are watching the weather very closely and may have to cancel the run due to lightning in the Brockton area. If the run has to be cancelled, the After Party at Harry's Westgate Pub & Grill is still a GO at 7:30 PM. If you were planning to run or volunteer we hope you'll still join us for the after party if the run has to be cancelled.

Thanks and see you tonight.

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