|350th Race Series Group Photo|
As part of its 350th birthday celebration, Westfield, Massachusetts, put on a race series where runners received a commemorative jacket upon the completion of five races. This series was a tricky one for me as I traveled a lot this spring and summer when most of the races took place. But as a native of Westfield—born and raised—I knew I needed that jacket, so I did everything in my power to make it happen!
|At the start line|
Gordy's First Race 2019
|WSU All-Comers Meet 2019|
photo credit: Heather Nunley
|Westfield Half 2019|
Three races down and just two more to go! I was getting excited! I had planned on running one of the Monday night runs in Stanley Park sponsored by Empire One Running Club. With all my travel over the summer, I made a plan to run the first Monday in September so I could qualify for the jacket. The original postcard I had received—way back when—stated that the park runs ran through September. But when I went online on September 1st to check the race's start time, I discovered the Monday night races had ended in August!
|Brown Bear Invitational 2019|
Photo Credit: Mike Rose
In September, I ran the Brown Bear Invitational 6k, which took us through my favorite woods in Stanley Park. I focused on speed as I hopped over tree roots and rocks and tried to keep up with all the 20-year-old college kids who left me inhaling their dust a half-mile in. It's humbling to watch an entire pack of runners disappear in such a short amount of time. I had to keep reminding myself: Sera, you're not 20 anymore. I'm quite proud of my time. I ran 9:41 minute miles, which is pretty speedy for me when running a trail race. And I'm super grateful to my boyfriend for cheering me on while I ran my heart out. It kept me moving! His picture of me crossing the finish line truly sums up the amount of effort I put into this race. I was dying!
|Westfield 350th Race Series Group Photo|
I'm behind the sign to the left of 1669
|Wearing Westfield Pride with my Run Your Health crew|
|8th Gr. Westfield Middle School|
My last year in Westfield
Before I moved back as an adult
Westfield is where I call home, no matter where I reside. So I wear my jacket proud!
Happy 350th Birthday Westfield!
Have you ever ran a race series for a jacket? Share your story in the comments below!