Doing the same thing over again day after day is more of a Groundhog Day thing than St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s an option for runners and walkers at the Seabrook Lucky Trails races next weekend. With seven races scheduled over three days, there’s a distance and pace for everyone, whether they want to run once or three days in a row.
There are actually more than seven ways to participate, since several of the longer distances can be run as a relay, and there are also opportunities to string the races together and run 42 miles between Friday evening and Sunday morning.
All the races begin at Meador Park in Seabrook. Because the Friday evening 5K begins at 5:45 p.m. and may conclude after sunset, the course sticks close to the park and makes 2 loops of the area.
For Saturday and Sunday’s marathon, half-marathon, three-quarter marathon and quarter-marathon, the course incorporates more of the trails that give the Lucky Trails events their name (or part of it: the luck is up to the participants, or maybe dependent on wearing plenty of green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day). The crushed-granite trails lead from Meador Park through a wooded area, then emerge at Pine Gully Park for a brief bayshore leg before heading slightly inland for more trail running through a coastal prairie. Only the first mile of the course is run on pavement.
With three local ecosystems to run through, it’s a course worth repeating, and marathoners will do so four times during Saturday’s marathon. Half-marathon options, encompassing two loops of the course are available on Saturday and Sunday, along with the “Pelican Challenge” of a half-marathon each day.
Not quite ready for a marathon? Saturday’s races include a three-quarter marathon, three loops of the trail course, while Sunday offers the rare opportunity to run a quarter-marathon. One fourth of a marathon is 6.55 miles, just a few blocks longer than the more standard 10K distance.
Race registration is open at seabrookmarathon.org.