Barrel House Z (BHZ) 5k Race Report – Keelin Brennan

Race: Barrel House Z (BHZ) 5k

Runner: Keelin Brennan

Race Date: 08/27/2023

Location: Weymouth, MA

Results: 8th in Age Group

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3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

I really enjoyed hearing all the runners cheer each other on during the race.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

During this race we runners definitely started to circle around cars (not a closed course). Found that odd, never saw that happen before. As far as I know everyone turned out fine.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

My biggest highlight for this race was racing a negative split. I’m bouncing back and feeling optimistic for races to come.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Don’t be afraid to tackle hills. Hills are tough but everything balances out in the end. Remember, running hills just builds strength.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

The biggest lesson I learned for this time is to not be afraid to push a little more. A body in motion stays in motion.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Starts uphill but awesome downhill to finish.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

It starts and ends at a brewery so a bit industrial there. The course does go through neighborhoods of Weymouth.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

This is a very well organized race. BHZ hosts 2 races a year, one in February and this one. They are always a good time.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Yes, there is a strong field, however, there is a good group of runners that join for fun and exercise. This race is part of the New England Runner Magazine Pub Series and there are lots of great prizes.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

This race you can register day of. Many teams sign up a head of time, but you don’t have to.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

There is a water station right around the half way mark.

Weather and typical race conditions

Typically humid, but manageable.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

The best place to spectate is at the finish.

How’s the Swag?

T-Shirts are available for those that have registered and great prize swag.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

I’d give this a solid 8/10. There are some potholes on the course. It’s also pretty packed at the beginning, but does spread out over time.