Avoid Skipping Recovery
Listening to your body is key to avoiding injury and burnout. Your body can actually grow stronger when you are at rest. The process of training includes workouts that are strategically placed along with rest days, which provides stimulation during the activity and recovery when you are at rest. If you are new to running, it is important not to push yourself to hard. Injuries can pop up when training advances too quickly. If your body is giving you warning signs, listen and take the extra time off so you can fully adjust and recover to meet your specific fitness needs.
The Westford 5K is a fast, USATF-certified clockwise loop course that begins on Fisher Way near the Abbot School, a wide starting area. The 5K runners start at 2:20 p.m. heading south toward the town green. (The 10K, starting five minutes later, will begin by heading the opposite direction on Fisher Way.) All three events will be on closed, traffic-free courses, part of an exciting town happening. Both the 5K and 10K head toward the town common—quintessential New England—passing the Community Center and Town Hall on Main Street, then the 5K splits left on Lincoln Street, after which it crosses to Hildreth Road. There is a right turn on Flagg Road at 1.62 miles, heading northwest. At 2. 57 miles the course joins Forge Village Road, which then becomes Main Street. Then there is a fast, straight finish to the front of the J.V. Fletcher Library adjacent to the northern tip of the triangular town common.
The 10K follows some of the same rural roads, but is primarily a counter-clockwise loop which splits right at the common, heads west on Forge Village Road, followed by a left on Cold Springs, a right on Patten, and a hard left on Concord Road (Route 225). The half way mark is just beyond the turn onto Concord Road. There is a left on Hildreth at 4.15, and another left on Flagg a half mile later. From the turn on Flagg the course is exactly the same as the last 1.5 miles of the 5K, and to the same fast finish line.
Westford center sits on a ridge, so upon leaving the center there is some downhill, and upon returning to the common there will be a general up slope. But the last half mile is generally flat and very fast.
Family Fun Run at 2:00 pm
5K(3.1 miles) at 2:20 pm
10K(6.2 miles) at 2:25 pm
Abbot School, Depot Street
Packet pickup/late registration will be at Abbot School from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm sharp on race day. You will be given an envelope containing your assigned bib number and ‘B’ tag computer chip. Your bib must be clearly visible on the front of your torso. Do not fold or wrinkle your bib number. Pin your bib number down on all four corners. Make sure you do not cover your bib number with anything (for example: jacket, belt or water bottle). You must cross over the special mats at the finish line for accurate times.