The Mill Cities Relay is a 5-leg, 27.1 mile race from Nashua, NH to Lawrence, MA. It began in 1984 as a way of celebrating the end of the local road racing season and determines bragging rights among the 21 participating Merrimack Valley running clubs. The race starts not with a starting gun, but with the drop of a ceremonial brick. The five leg distances are 5.6, 4.9, 2.5, 9.4 & 4.7 miles and points are awarded to teams in each of the 14 age/gender categories. Teams finishing in the top 3 get a brick trophy with a small plaque on it. After decades of competing, GCS has received enough brick trophies to build a small house! Any current club member is eligible to participate in this year’s race free of charge. Each relay runner gets a commemorative Mill Cities Relay gift and the post-race party at the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence is not to be missed. As it is every year, the party is a great place to meet new members as well as catch up with old ones.
More info on this great event can be found on the race website HERE.
And a wonderful article on the rich history of Mill Cities (by our own Skip Cleaver) can be found here: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/1/1_85/16731.shtml