- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
I ran this race back in 2010 and couldn't wait to get back to run it again in 2014. The race is Columbus Day weekend every year--on Monday--so I have to take the day off from work to run. It starts at noon which allowed me to sleep in, miss rush hour traffic into the city, and still get there early to walk around the Commons and check out all the sponsors and vendor booths.
Parking: I parked in the Commons parking garage—very convenient, easy to get in, easy to get out, and you only have to walk up the stairs to be on the Commons right in front of number pickup.
Swag: Love the long sleeve tech shirts they give out although they do run small and the 2014 logo was a little on the boring side compared to previous years. Their slogan on the shirts is "Start Strong, Finish Stronger." The rest of the items in the free City Sports drawsting bag wasn't very memorable.
Bathrooms: There are a TON of porta potties on the Commons. The further away from the start line you walk, the shorter the lines.
Elites: I was actually really surprised at the elites running. Tufts 10k serves as the Women’s 10k Championships on the U.S. circuit but there was little to no PR about the women in this year's race. Lots of great women showed up to race. I find that very motivating.
Course: The course was relatively flat. There are a few bridges that you go over--2014 it was very windy on the bridges! It’s pretty cool because there are some parts where the elites are running on the other side of the road.
Food: After you cross the finish line you are directed to the food tent. Before you enter they give you a big reusable shopping bag to fill. The food tent was about 20 tables long filled with all kinds of great food and drinks. I tried a Vanilla Bean Petite Creme ("Greek yogurt's creamy french cousin") and it was SO GOOD! They are so expensive at the grocery store but I continue to splurge on it now and then.
Other: Tufts 10k had runner tracking/texts alerts. After the race you could scan your bib and get instant results. They also send you an email with splits and results as soon as you cross the finish line. I didn't wait around after the race but I saw a booth where if you used a certain Tufts 10k hashtag on Instagram, you could print out your picture for free. Pretty cool.
You can read my 2014 Tufts 10k for Women Race Recap on my personal blog Run Jen Run: