In its short history, the Old Sandwich Road Race has drawn participants from all around the United States and four foreign countries. With the recent entry of elite runner Kenyan Moninda Marube to the Half Marathon—taking place on Sunday, June 3–the third annual race has its first participant from the continent of Africa.
“The Kenyans are to distance running what the New York Yankees are to baseball, what the Boston Celtics are to basketball—they are a running dynasty,” Steven V. Dubin, Old Sandwich Road Race communications director. “Moninda’s participation in this race shows you how far the Old Sandwich Road Race has come in just a few years.”
Marube has participated in more than a dozen marathons and half-marathons in the U.S. since 2010. That included winning the 2010 Little Rock Marathon, as well as participating in several prestigious running events, such as the Santa Barbara International Marathon, the MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon, and the Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon.
“With his recent winning times, Moninda has the potential to run our course in about an hour and 10 minutes. That would be by far the fastest time for a half marathon in Plymouth or anywhere else south of Boston.” said OSRR Race Director Craig Valentine Brenner. “It seems like this year’s race, with the location being on historic Old Sandwich Road itself, we’re about to make history once again. Here come the Kenyans.”
Originally a trail used by the Wampanoag Native American tribe, Old Sandwich Road later became the nation’s first true public road and a stagecoach route to ferry passengers and mail back and forth between the Massachusetts towns of Plymouth and Sandwich. Today, the road remains pretty much as the Pilgrims left it–a wide, scenic, dirt road bordered by beautiful tall pine trees and towering oaks. It offers perfect views for runners and a dirt road surface that’s far kinder to the body than asphalt or cement.
The 2012 Old Sandwich Road Race will take place over the course of two days, Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. The Saturday race will feature the Kids Classic and the OSRR 5k. Sunday’s main events include the OSRR Half Marathon, which takes place on Old Sandwich Road, and the OSRR 10k, beginning at Plimouth Plantation. All races end at Plymouth South High School.
Improvements for the 2012 OSRR include a $3,000 winner-take-all purse for the half marathon winner and finisher’s medals for all half marathon participants. Other improvements include:
• Medals for all half-marathon finishers.
• Improved awards for top three finishers in all races.
• Premium t-shirt for first 800 registrants.
• Bib-Tag Timing System for all races.
• Additional buses for start area transport.
• Additional port-o-potties for half marathon start area.
• Healthier food options at post race barbecue.
• Post-race barbecue open to the public.
A portion of the profits from the Old Sandwich Road Race go to The Home for Little Wanderer’s Baird Center School in Plymouth. The Baird Center School is a year-round residential and day school treatment program for youth aged 10-18 with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, educational and psychiatric issues.
If you would like more information or are interested in running the 2012 Old Sandwich Road Race, please visit www.oldsandwichroadrace.com. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring next year’s race, please contact Steven V. Dubin, (781) 582-1061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can visit the Old Sandwich Road Race Web site at http://www.oldsandwichroadrace.com. Selected by Runner’s World, as “one of the five races not to miss in 2010”, The Old Sandwich Road Race also has pages on Facebook and Twitter.