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T'is the Season

Posted by Chrissy Horan  December 3, 2013 11:02 PM

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As the clothes I wore for the Turkey Trot on Thursday still sat crumpled in my hamper, I was out racing again Sunday at my first holiday-themed run of the season.

Yikes, it is December!

Yulefest is a friendly 5K through Harvard Square in Cambridge. Growing in size since it’s inaugural race in 2011, this year, about 1500runners completed the race. Due to a delay getting to the starting line, i w as pretty far back when the race started, so a very slow first mile made this jot my beat performance of the year. You can view race results here.

Yulefest is one of 5 races organized by Cambridge 5K. In a short time, this group has gained a reputation for putting on races that emphasize the social aspect of participating in such events. As do many of their other races, Yulefest encouraged costumes and sharing photos on Instagram with contests for both. While I did sport a Santa tee shirt, I was much more subdued with my holiday spirit than some others.

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And speaking of tee shirts, the shirts at Cambridge 5K events are reason enough to sign up. They are cotton tee shirts, but the nice, soft ones, often with a pretty good color and design. Now the owner of shirts from 4 events, I wear them a ton.

Even more than their tee shirts, I think Cambridge 5K is also developing a reputation for their post-race parties. Yulefest hosted a block party on Brattle Street, sponsored by 4 local craft brewers. Despite some rain, and the fact that it was only 10:30am, most runners didn’t mind hanging out for a few beers and snacks, including soft pretzels and chili.

The only downside to this race was what I assume was an unforeseen glitch in the packet pick-up process the morning of the race. Although early pick-up times were offered Friday and Saturday, a majority of runners chose to pick up their bibs and tee shirts before the race resulting in long lines. I waited for 25 minutes before I was able to get my packet.

On the positive side, the bag check was super organized. At most races there is often a back up here, especially in colder months, as runners wait for the last moment possible to get rid of their bags and warm clothes. A sticker with my bib number was given out in my packet to attach to my bag so it was ready to hand off to the volunteers when I got too the bag check area. Bag check was well-staffed and both drop off and pick up after the race went very quickly.

Although I’m still coming off my turkey hangover, Yulefest was a good kick-off to this holiday season, and not a bad way to burn off some Thanksgiving leftovers either.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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