Snow and ice did not stop runners from taking on the first race of the Boston Buildup Winter Series on Sunday morning.
Jim Gerweck, Race Director for the Boston Buildup Winter Series says, "We started it in 1978 because there were no other races in the winter to give people something to do. The theory behind it is by each race getting longer, it prepares you for a marathon whether that's the Boston Marathon or whatever. I think a lot of people use it to get them through the winter."
The series starts with a 10k and finishes with a 25K in March, drawing in participants from around Fairfield County, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Patrick Parietti of Nyack, N.Y. says, "I'm planning to do the Boston Marathon in April and I did the Boston Marathon last year and last year I did all the races in the series to help me get ready for the race."
Kim Driscoll of Fairfield, Conn. says, "I keep coming. It's always a challenge especially at the end. There's a very steep hill and that makes it fun and hard and everything. It keeps me coming back."
Gerweck says since the Boston Marathon's 100th anniversary in 1996, the series has had a large number of participants eager to get out and get active.
"Having a race every couple of week to point for helps them get out when it's freezing cold or the roads are covered with snow where otherwise they just say 'I think I'll go watch TV instead.' So it's motivation for a lot of people."
For more information about the series, visit www.clubct.org.