Boston Marathon Buses 2015

Special Boston Marathon Buses to Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton Monday, April 20, 2015!

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

Got your Boston Qualifier? Got your number? Get your ride to the race!

Once again, the North Shore Striders will provide transportation for runners officially registered for the Boston Marathon. Two spacious, 54-person, restroom-equipped buses will deliver registered Boston Marathon runners from the North Shore directly to Hopkinton on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Please see the Boston Marathon Bus Info and Signup page for all details and to reserve your seat.

New Year’s Day – January 1, 2015

Race Recaps by Mike Pelletier

On New Year’s Day, 2015, a beautiful day with strong winds and 22 degree temperatures, Annajean McMahon showed her heels to the competition in the 10K division of the Lowell Elks 1st Run, and another twenty-one Striders stayed closer to home and raced through Salem.

Lowell Elks 1st Run – 10K: Annajean McMahon, 1st W60-69, 53:01

At the Frosty Four in Salem, Nancy Wilson and Vanessa Freedman celebrated their December birthdays by breezing to victory in their respective age groups (80-89 and 15-19). It was Nancy’s second day in her new age group. Also bringing home gold medals were Deb Jackson, Mike Pelletier, and Martin Tighe. Earning Silver was Bonnie Hallinan while Bill Kobus and Anne Pelletier were awarded bronze medals.

Note: Bill Kobus claims he is a 5K specialist who hit a wall beyond 3.1 miles because he hasn’t trained to run farther than 3.1 miles. More likely the wall he hit was the full-on head-wind that hammered everyone as we ran alongside Collins Cove beginning at 3 miles.

Frosty Four – 4 Miles:

Martin Tighe

1st/25 M5559


Bill Kobus

3rd/27 M6064


Vanessa Freedman

1st/10 F1519


Gary Freedman

10/38 M5054


Vanessa Diranian

12/78 F3539


Neil Bernstein

5/27 M6064


Jennifer O’Neil

4/58 F5054


Tom McMahon

15/27 M6064


Mariellen Hayward

9/35 F5559


Mike Pelletier

1st/4 M7099


Betsy O’Brine

16/35 F5559


Denise Young

18/35 F5559


Sarah Shepard

34/78 F3539


Bonnie Hallinan

2nd/4 F65-69


Marisol Ficaro

23/58 F5054


Tom Lima

23/27 M6064


Deb Jackson

1st/4 F6064


Jackie Gomez

46/78 F3539


Rosie Kyes

32/46 F4044


Krissy Kozlosky

42/46 F4044


Shannon Downey

43/46 F4044


Maureen Kelly

70/76 F4549


Anne Pelletier

3rd/4 F6569


Nancy Wilson




USATF Junior Nationals and Festivus 5K Results

On Saturday, December 13th at the USATF Junior National Cross Country Championships in North Carolina, Sean Michael Kay was 12/362, boys aged 11-12, running a 3K in 10:10.64 (5:27.6/pace) and Alexandra Kay was 86/165, girls aged 15-16, running a 5K in 21:11.89, (6:49 pace).

Meanwhile in Salem on Sunday, December 14th in the Festivus 5K (NSS VP Rick Johnson is Race Director) , Vanessa Freedman led six Striders across the finish line and captured 2ndplace in her division. Vanessa also teamed up with her dad, Gary, and with Mike Pelletier to form a Coed relay team that finished 6th of 11 coed teams.

North Shore Striders in the Festivus 5K:

Vanessa Freedman 2/11 F14-19 24:10
Gary Freedman 12/22 M50-59 24:10
Michael Pelletier 1/1 M70+ 27:03
Rosie Kyes 14/58 F40-49 28:52
Jackie Gomez 22/61 F30-39 29:23
Hope Abramson 13/30 F50-59 29:24

Next up is the Run a Latke 5K in Swampscott at 10 am next Sunday. This one features great latkes and a great Race Director: North Shore Strider Allie Vered.

2014 Chanukah Run – a – Latke Family Fun 5K

Hope to see you there, Mike.

NSS at the USATF Junior Olympics


Lesya Kay

Four incredibly fast Striders qualified to compete this past weekend at the 2014 USATF Junior Olympic Region 1 Cross-country Championships in Augusta, Maine. Two will now go on to represent the North Shore Striders at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Myrtle Beach on Dec 13! Lesya Kay finished in 11th place on a


Sean Kay

muddy and hilly track (5k at 21:56) and Sean Michael finished in 6th place on a similar but shorter course (3k at 11:11). Two more rising stars in this fleet-footed family, Marianna and Cecelia, took on a challenging 2k cross country course and finished in 11:11 and 11:28 respectively. Congratulations to all runners – our club is so proud to count you among our ranks! And best of luck to Lesya and Sean as they head to Florida in a few weeks!


Marianna and Cecelia on the starting line


December Races to check out

The following races are a couple of tried-and-true December favorites, hosted by longtime members of the North Shore Striders.


A week following Mill Cities, come out to air your grievances (for a good cause) at the annual Festivus 5K in Salem on Sunday, December 14th. Costumes are encouraged, and runners may be treated to such motivational signs along the course as “I’m very disappointed in you” or “Festivus yes! Bagels no!”. Following the race is an after party at Finz, where race winners will receive their own Festivus poles for their at-home holiday celebrations. Shirts are reserved for the first 400 runners, so get your entry in soon. All net proceeds will be donated to The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism (additional donations are appreciated). If you’d prefer to volunteer rather than run, please contact Rick Johnson.



Next, get your spirit healthy to celebrate the festival of lights! The annual Chanukah Run – a – Latke 5K race will be held on Sunday, December 21st in Swampscott. You’ll enjoy a scenic course, followed by a Chanukah party with fun, donuts, and – of course – hot latkes. This is a very family friendly event, and kids will enjoy Chanukah programming while the adults are out racing, as well as the lighting of the Giant Lego Menorah (how cool is that!?) following the race!

31st Annual Mill Cities Relay


by Mike Pelletier

The Mill Cities Relay, one of the best relays all year, is coming up on Sunday, December 7th. For information about the course, the different distances of the five legs of the relay (three for some age groups), the team categories, the give-aways, the starting times (regular start and the Sunshine Start), etc., go to

This is the one race where you must belong to a running club which is part of the Mill Cities Alliance.

The bad news is that you can only register and be part of a team by registering through a running club which is part of the Mill Cities Alliance.

The good news is that the North Shore Striders running club is a charter member of the Mill Cities Alliance. The best news is that the North Shore Striders will put you on a team and pay your entry fee so that you can run this relay for free and attend the great free party afterwards at the Claddagh Pub at absolutely no cost to you. That’s right; this is a free event for all North Shore Striders! To sign up, please email Mike Pelletier.