Boston area supports new race

Inspired by the Boston Marathon's "Heartbreak Hill", the Boloco Heartbreak Hill Grand Prix will raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation with an event in Newton, Massachusetts, on June 29.

Following 5km and 10km running races, pro and amateur cyclists will take to the 5.1 mile course for racing action as the second event of the newly formed New England Race Week, a five-event, eight-day series of bike races across southern New England with a combined cash purse of over US$75,000.

"We've wanted to bring an event of this caliber to the greater Boston area for a few years," said Race Director J. Alain Ferry of Psyclone Sports. "The City of Newton shares our vision; this will be a day for the entire family to come together for a good cause and cheer on the country's top runners and cyclists." In an effort to make the event parent-friendly, race organizers plan to offer free child care and kids' bicycle races.

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(Additional reporting and research provided by Susan Westemeyer)

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