Cambridge 5K - Craicfest has one of the most amazing courses you'll ever run! It starts @ CambridgeSide Galleria, goes under the Zakim Bridge, over the amazing Northpoint Pedestrian Bridge then finishes in the midst of a $2 Billion mega development called "Northpoint" (that's being built on the site of an old rail yard in East Cambridge).
As you can see from the master plan above, Northpoint is going to dramatically change East Cambridge. Not wanting to miss any of this 'architectual excitement', we decided to try something different with Craicfest. Rather than keeping the course exactly the same each year (like our other races), we plan to gradually adjust the finish line as new roads are added. The 1st Annual Craicfest may be a little tight and windy, but over the years we're confident this race will become a New England favorite. [Nerd Alert: Northpoint master plan: (.pdf)]
Our upcoming "remixed St. Patrick’s Day race", Craicfest may be a new event for C5K, but our team has been steady plotting this race for over 10 years! The story starts way back in 2001 when C5K’s Eddie-O was the race director of the Somerville Road Runner’s An Ras Mor in Davis Square, Somerville. It’s a long story, but the race left Somerville in 2003 and moved to Cambridge where Eddie & Clarkie (who runs the excellent Winter & Spring Classic in Cambridge) co-directed the race for a few years before handing it off to fellow SRR members [BTW, check out this year's An Ras Mor on March 30th].
So what's up with the whole legitamification thing? If you take a look at the 486 Irish-themed road races in the United States, you'll see that every single race takes the same nostalgic "emerald isle/blarney stone" approach. We don't have a problem with that, we're just surprised that we're the first to recognize that modern Irish (and Irish American) culture is WAY more interesting. [watch this by Denis Leary]
So what should you expect at Craicfest? We'll be playing the absolute best bix of modern Irish & Irish American music (with a few classic drinking songs mixed in because it's a holiday). If you're a fan of U2, The Pogues, Flogging Molly or House of Pain you'll feel at home. We'll also introduce some of you to new Irish artists like: Ace, GMC, Ham Sandwich, Heathers (hear about their influences here) and Two Door Cinema Club (check out their video above). More info & sign-up: http://cambridge5k.com/craicfest/
When we first started our series, we considered calling it the “Craft Race Series” instead of Cambridge 5K. In fact, if you visit “www.craftraceseries.com” you’ll see that it still points to C5K.
But as much as we LOVED craft beer, we felt that it was better to create a competitive race series that happened to serve great beer rather than a beer festival with a road race 'tacked-on'. We take pride in the fact that all of our races are sanctioned by USA Track & Field and our courses are all unique and exciting to run! [speaking of exciting, have you check-out our new CRAICFEST course?]
Another thing that runners are usually surprised to hear about is the fact that C5K purchases all of the beer that we serve at our events (which is very rare for road races). We do this for two reasons: 1. We respect how hard it is to make awesome beer and we want to support Boston’s best brewers. 2. We want to serve the absolute best (and freshest) beer that's available, NOT a second-tier beer that's donated for free. [pictured above: Notch serving the incredibly fresh “Notch Valley Malt BSA” brewed from grains grown in Western MA @ Yulefest 2013].
So what will you see at this year's Cambridge 5K race series? 1. Great brewers continuing to pour amazing beer [pictured above: Jeff from Slumbrew pouring Slumbrew Happy Sol (fermented with the juice from over 1000 blood oranges!) @ Freedom Run 2013] 2. We’re adding a new gluten-free option: Downeast Cider, 3. Re-vamped logisitics and a NEW express beer line system during peak times. We think this year's series will be our best ever. Hope you can run with us!