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20 Turkey Trots in MA on Thanksgiving 2014!

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There's still time to join the thousands of runners that will start their Thanksgiving Festivities with a healthy serving of fitness and exercise!  We put together a list of 20 Turkeys Trots in Massachusetts that are still accepting registrations and/or allowing race-day sign-up's on Thanksgiving morning.  So, before you eat the meal you've been waiting 364 days for --> #GetYourRunOn! 
Click on the cities below for race info and more details on how to register.  
ActonAndoverAttleboroBrightonChathamConcordDedhamDorchesterFranklinGreat BarringtonHinghamHoldenLowellNewburyportNorth EastonPlymouthSalemWakefieldWatertownWeymouth

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Burlington, Vermont

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There are many cool places to explore in the Northeast, especially if you enjoy the outdoors.  And the convenience of their proximity to one another within the New England region, makes exploring these cities even better.  On our trip back from Montreal a few months back, we made a detour to Burlington, Vermont before  heading back home to Boston.


Burlington is great town with so much to do and see.  The city itself is on the shore of Lake Champlain with beautiful overlook views by the water.  Although we only spent the day there, we would definitely consider returning back again for a weekend trip.
When we first arrived we grabbed lunch at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill. We highly recommend this place!  The food is sourced from Vermont farmers and the freshness and taste of the menu items speaks for itself.  They also have a wide selection of craft brews on tap.  Although they are always updating their menu, if you are a burger-lover then you should definitely go with one from their l…

Guest Blogger- Creator of @ig.boston on Instagram

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If you use Instagram enough, I am sure you are familiar with the Instagram accounts for cities featuring some of the best photos for that specific location to thousands of viewers. Living in Boston and loving photography, it was inevitable that we started following @ig.boston and begin tagging our photos (#ig_boston) for a chance to be featured as the "IG of the Day" for our city.  
Yet we were always curious to learn more about who was behind it all and how did they become involved.   And so we met Marianne Strong, creator of @ig.boston!  We loved her story & hope you do as well! Be sure to check out her awesome gallery on instagram as well -> @ig.boston!


I grew up in my family’s own version of The Brady Bunch meets Where the Wild Things Are!!  
I am the fourth of six kids, three boys and three girls.  We were a loud and lively bunch!  My parents loved to travel and my father had a real passion for photography.  Some of my favorite childhood memories belong to Sunday n…

Mount Cardigan- Orange, NH

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It's hard to judge the weather patterns once Autumn turns the corner.  So when we see a good weather in the forecast we throw on hiking gear and take full advantage of the day!  Two weeks ago we did just that, using a vacation day to get in one of our last mountain hikes of the season.


Bright and early Thursday morning, we drove up to Mount Cardigan in Orange, New Hampshire. Overall the hike took around 4 hours from start to finish.  We started our ascend up the West Ridge Trail.  The trail has many tree roots and bigger rocks on the path making it a bit challenging to move too quickly without paying attention to your footing.  Alongside the trail is a babbling brook and other small streams.  During the first half of our hike it began to drizzle, making the trail muddy and a bit slippery on the more rockier areas, but fortunately the canopy of the trees shaded us from most of the rain until it died down.





Important to note, the West Ridge trail is considered the easier ascent up t…

Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

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My parent's house is located a few minutes away from Long Island's largest body of fresh water, Lake Ronkonkoma. Growing up nearby, I never took full advantage of the area. Yet while exploring on a more recent visit to Long Island, I was actually quite stunned how peaceful and beautiful the lake was.

The perimeter of the lake is around 2 miles long with several shoreline trails.  Occasionally there will be people fishing or kayaking in the water.  Years ago the lake was a vacation spot for city dwellers, however now is lesser known and not visited as frequently.  This of course has its upside with it never being too crowded.

Lake Ronkonkoma is also known for its myths and legends.  The most famous being the Lady of the Lake.  There are multiple variations but a popular interpretation of this myth is about a Native American girl who fell in love with a European settler.  Since this love was forbidden she was forced into an arranged marriage instead. However one evening she tri…