Roundup: February Road Races

Fall in love with running (even in winter) with these road races.

Winter Runner via Shutterstock

Winter Runner via Shutterstock

It’s February, and while it’s easy to remain in your winter hibernation, celebrate the spirit of Valentines Day and reclaim your love of running with these road races.

Bradford Valentine’s Day Road Race

Valentines Day is just around the corner so why not celebrate with some friendly competition. This event will host two races, a 5 mile and a 3.7 mile. To enter as a couple one person must run the 5-mile and the other must run the 3.7 mile. No matter how you place though, all participants will get a box of chocolates upon finishing the race.

2/8, race begins at 10 a.m., online registration is $20 and closes Feb 7, $25 for registration the day of, First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford. bsrs-timing.com/valentinerace/

Bill Rodger’s Theater III Valentine’s Day Race

Support a local community theater and come race in this 5K sponsored by former Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodger’s. The race is to raise money for Theater III, a community theater in West Acton. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day the race will offer prizes for the top father-daughter pair, mother-son pair, and couple.

2/9, race begins at 11 a.m., online registration is $25, $30 for race-day entry, Theater III, 250 Central St., West Acton, billrodgers5k.com 

Cycle for Survival 

Can’t get enough cycling? Join the fight against cancer and participate in this indoor team cycling event. All of the donations go towards the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center which will distribute money to rare cancer research. The event invites participants to gather together teams together for some friendly fundraising competition before the event. There will also be various instructors to lead each hour.

2/9, cycle-a-thon starts at 8 a.m. and goes t0 5 p.m., Equinox, 225 Franklin St, Boston. mskcc.convio.net

The Great Stew Chase

This race is the third oldest 15K in New England and this year is its 40th anniversary. This race runs through Centennial Park and goes up a pretty sizable hill. Once you are finish, warm up from the cold and reward yourself with homemade beef and vegetarian stews.

2/9, race begins at 10 a.m., pre registration is $15, day of registration is $20, Knights of Columbus Hall, 177 Lynnfield St, Lynn, stewchase.com/stewchaseroadrace/ 

Cupid’s Undie Run

Share in the spirit of the holiday, strip down to your underwear, just like Cupid, and run this race for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The race is the largest organized underwear run in the nation and is aiming to earn about $3 million for Neurofibromatosis research. If the fun nature of this race isn’t enough incentive, there will also be a party before and after.

2/15, pre-party starts at 12 p.m., race Starts at 2:30 p.m., must be 21 or older to participate, 19 Yawkey Way, Boston, cupidsundierun.com/city/boston/

Frozen Pilgrim 10k

The second annual Frozen Pilgrim 10K raises money for the Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement, an organization that provides grants for children ages 12 to 20 for individual educational projects. Prepare yourself though; the course is varied going up a hill.

2/16,race begins at 9 a.m., online registration is $25 and runs till February 14, Forges Field, 83 Jordan Rd, Plymouth,‎ southshoreracemgmt.com/2nd-annual-frozen-pilgrim-10k—february-16-2014.html

Newport Night Run

Enjoy a winter’s night in the Ocean State at Newport’s first Night Run. The 5K will be part of the Newport Winter Festival, so participants can enjoy festive lights while they run. All of the money will be donated towards the Newport Public Education Foundation.

2/21, race begins at 7 p.m., registration is $25, Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, newportnightrun.com

Frosty Knuckle 5k

While you’re missing the beach during these long winter months, join the fourth annual Frosty Knuckle 5K on Salisbury Beach. This race will get you moving in the brisk winter weather and then warm you up with free pizza and beer.

2/22, race begins at 11 a.m., online registration is $30, race day registration is $35, Carousel Lounge, 20 Ocean Front South, Salisbury, rutraceseries.com/frosty-knuckle-5k/

40th Annual Jones Group 10 Miler

Be a part of New England history with this 10 mile race. The scenic yet hilly course is perfect for the runner who is up for a challenge. In its 40 years the race has attracted some of the most top notch runners around New England, including Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers and the 1982 winner of the Chicago Marathon, Nancy Conz.

2/23, race begins at 11 a.m., online registration is $40, race day registration is $45, Amherst Regional High School, 21 Matoon St, Amherst, jones10miler.com/ 

Hyannis Marathon 

Runners unite for this weekend long event that’ll host a marathon, a half marathon, and a team relay marathon. Come on Friday for a fun run 5K, get autographs from Boston Marathon winners Bill Rodgers and Greg Meyer, enjoy a pasta dinner, and then spend Sunday racing.

2/21-2/23, event begins friday 7 p.m., marathon cost $65, half marathon cost $55, marathon relay teams cost $120, Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis. hyannismarathon.com/index.html 

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