In 2012, the Old Sandwich Road Race celebrated its first international winner as Kenyan Moninda Marube set a course record in the half marathon. The Kenyan native recently announced he will return to run the dirt and defend his title in the 2013 Old Sandwich Road Race, which takes place on Sunday June 2.
“I have run many races in the U.S. and around the world. There is something special about the Old Sandwich Road Race that appeals to a runner’s soul. Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the dirt course. Most of all, it’s the people. I had a wonderful time running last year’s and am looking forward to returning,” said Marube.
The fourth annual Old Sandwich Road Race consists of a half marathon, 5k and 10k. A substantial portion of the half marathon takes place on the dirt section of Old Sandwich Road.
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.
“We’re happy to have Moninda return to defend his title and that OSRR continues to be a desirable race for people across the country and now around the world,” said OSRR Spokesman Steve Dubin, noting that last year’s races drew runners from 28 states and four countries. “This year promises to be even more memorable with Moninda’s participation and the Boston Marathon runners.”
The Old Sandwich Road Race has waived the entry for Boston Marathon runners who, due to circumstances beyond their control, were unable to cross the finish line. One person, Julia Daly, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has already accepted the OSRR’s invitation.
“Words cannot describe how I felt that day. I was running to raise money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. My disappointment in not being able to finish meant very little compared to what was going on just a few miles ahead of me,” said Daly. “I’m grateful to have my family, friends and self come out of that day healthy and alive. I think the best way to honor those who perished and were hurt is to keep running and that’s what I plan to do in Plymouth this June and back in Boston next year.”
Boston Marathon runners can RSVP by e-mailing the following information to the OSRR Race Director at email@example.com:
- First and last name
- Age on race day
- Cell number
- Email address
The OSRR features a total $3,000 winner-take-all purses for the half marathon male and female winners ($1500 each) and special edition finisher’s medals for all half marathon participants. In addition, this year’s race includes:
- Newest available timing technology.
- Great top finisher and age group awards.
- Personalized finisher announcements.
- An awesome high quality tech shirt!
- Free food to all runners and their screaming fans!
- Full uniformed Boy Scouts manning the water stops.
- Professional, broadcast finish announcer.
OSRR’s early bird rate for the 5k ($24), 10k ($40) and half marathon ($60) ends on May 27. Prices will increase for runners registering at later dates and on race day.
The Old Sandwich Road Race benefits area charities, including The Home for Little Wanderer’s South Campus 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 2013 Old Sandwich Road Race, please visit www.oldsandwichroadrace.com. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the race, please contact Craig Valentine Brenner at 617-680-4230 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.