2023 Bolton Road Race

Today’s 45th Bolton Road Race was another family affair. Debbie, Shepard, Dahlia, and I all ran our hometown race. We had great weather for early March with clear skies and brilliant sunshine. It was chilly, but the breeze was light and in the sun it was pleasant. I was able to wear shorts and shortsleeves, which was great after a cold winter. Even yesterday’s weather would be described as “raw.”

Shepard had a very good race, which was a nice bounce back after the Colchester Half Marathon, which put the hurt on him. Today he was third overall and just missed breaking 30 minutes. He ran 30:02 on the hilly course. He was the 2nd Bolton resident. Mentally, this was a boost for him as he heads into outdoor track season.

I had an OK race. I was about half a minute slower than last year, but I’m also a year older and in my new age group. Debbie had a solid race, as did Dahlia. It was great to see our friends Steve and Laura Becker. This was Laura’s first race since the birth of their child in December, and on a her own birthday. It was a special day indeed.

The star of the show was Little Liam Becker. He slept most of the time, but it was still great that he came out to “cheer us on.” He was motivating me to run fast.

Race Directors Brian Miller and Kelly Catlin, along with all of their volunteers did an excellent job. We have lived in Bolton for 18 years. This was my 10th time running the event. It’s cool to think that it started in the late 70’s. Since the kids starting running with us, this has become one of my favorite days of the year.

Race Results

Photo Credit: thank you to Laurie Brooks for the Livingston Family action shots.

1 Response to “2023 Bolton Road Race”

  1. 1 michellenielsen98 12 March 2023 at 5:14 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful family day out! Congratulations to Shepard for his great race and to all who participated.
    Thanks for sharing.

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