Hollis Fast 5K Road Race serves all levels of runners

HOLLIS – The Hollis Fast 5K on Thursday, June 9, has become an annual spring event for families from Hollis, Brookline and surrounding communities.

The race also draws a number of high-level competitors from considerable distances each year.

This downhill course, which drops 224 feet from start to finish, is a great setting for fast runners and for first-time runners and walkers.

Many local runners are participating in spring beginner running programs with the goal of completing their first 5K, and this course is ideal for them. Many elite runners have found the race a high-level event, which gives them the opportunity to set personal bests. It is a race that families and elite can enjoy at the same time.

This event is hosted by the Hollis Brookline Rotary club, with proceeds funding a range of charitable causes.

The race will start at 6:30 p.m. at Hollis Brookline Middle School. The course winds through Monument Square onto Depot Road and down to the finish line at Morin’s Landscaping at the junction of Route 111.

Along the route, you’ll be cheered on by families who look forward to the annual race. Following the race, there are awards and refreshments at nearby Alpine Grove Banquet Facility.

Running Times magazine named this course one of the three fastest 5K race courses in the U.S. The race website, www.hollisfast5k.com, has a link to that article. The Wall Street Journal listed the Hollis Fast 5K as one of the most unique races around (see race website).

More than 70 volunteers will assist in traffic control, parking, and pre- and post-race refreshments.

Sign up early to get the early bird registration fees. If not a runner, come with a picnic lunch and cheer those who run.

Race details can be found at www.hollisfast5k.com.