DERRY — The Greater Derry Track Club will host the 18th Annual Boston Prep 16 Mile Road Race at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.
The race is one of New England’s most popular and is considered a perfect Boston Marathon training event. The race course, considered “moderately challenging,” travels the scenic country roads of Derry and East Derry.
This year, Derry’s West Running Brook Middle School serves as the event’s home base.
In 2012, 604 runners, including seven from Derry and Londonderry, finished the race on a clear and cold New England winter day.
Twenty-five-year-old Scott McGrath of Andover, Mass., was 2012’s overall winner. McGrath averaged a 5:43 per mile pace over the 16-mile race length, completing the event in 1:31:15.
Thirty-nine-year-old Diona Fulton, hailing from Watertown, Mass., was the top female runner. Fulton averaged a 6:50 per mile pace over the 16 miles, finishing in 1:49:11.
This year, the race is limited this year to 900 runners. The first 700 entrants receive a long-sleeve technical shirt.
The race features chip timing, four on‐course timing splits, mile markers every mile, and four on‐course water
Hot soup, Gatorade and other refreshments greet the runners as they cross the finish line.
Register online at gdtc.org/bostonprep/ for $45; mail-in registrations received before Jan. 19 are $50. Mail-in applications after Jan. 19 and race day registrations are $55.
Don’t procrastinate though; the race has sold out in recent years. Proceeds from the race support the popular Greater Derry Track Club Kid’s Summer Fun Run Program.
For more race information, visit gdtc.org/bostonprep, or contact race director Dave Breeden at email@example.com, or 432‐6865.
The snow date is Sunday, Feb. 3.
The GDTC reserves the right to cancel the race due to inclement weather or unsafe road conditions. They will make every attempt to hold the race, but the town of Derry and the Derry Police Department will make