It’s that time of year again! Time for the my FAVORITE race of the year. Finish Fora Guinness. Of all of the races I’ve done, this is by far the most well organized and carefully put together race I’ve attended. It never disappoints.
The venue for the race is amazing. It takes place at Old Warren Marina and the view is magnificent. The race course takes you through Historic Warren, Rhode Island, along the waterfront. Once you cross that finish line there is a full tent of goodies, and best of all… a pint of Guinness and a cup of Blount Seafood’s clam chowder, or as we Rhodeislanders say, “chow-dah.” You can’t beat a race that gives you a beer at the end, right? This year they will have a DJ keeping the vibe fun! What’s better than enjoying great friends, good food, and music right on the waterfront while you check your chip-timed results? This was the best timing system I’ve seen at a race. There are even cash prizes!
So grab you running shoes…or walking shoes. It doesn’t matter. Just show up! They’re capping it off at 750 runners this year so make sure you pre-register soon!
The Finish Fora Guinness 5K road race supports the Christopher Stone Fund and ALS chapters here in Rhode Island. Here’s a little history of the event:
“This charitable event is being held to raise awareness and funds for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the winter of 2008 Christopher Stone was diagnosed with ALS at the young age of thirty-four. As a result, the Christopher Stone Fund was established to help support the Stone family as they went through this challenging time. Sadly, Chris lost his fight in the summer of 2009, less than a year after being diagnosed. However, the Christopher Stone Fund continues to actively raise funds for local ALS chapters and families as well as other charitable causes. “
I had the pleasure of knowing Chris and his family before all of this all happened. He was truly such a wonderful guy and fun to hang around. He had a true passion for the outdoors, and reminds me a lot of husband. This race is special to me. Not only are we raising funds and awareness of ALS, but while I run those 3.1 miles I remember Chris.
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I even ordered myself a new tank for this year’s race.