Before I left for Denver, I had to make sure I prioritized the things I was going to do as well as the people and places I wanted to visit. One of the top ranking activities was 

Camp Harbor View's 5k Harborthon

in Boston, Massachusetts. For the past three years, my best friend, Emily (mentioned 

here

,

here

and

here

), has worked hard to make this incredible event happen.

When the "official" departure date was chosen for the Colorado excursion, I was ecstatic to learn I could finally make it to this year's Harborthon, after being unable to attend in the past. Emily's mom, Luci (Goose), our long time friend, Nicole (since 6th grade!) and I decided to make a girls' adventure out of the fundraiser and we had a pretty spectacular time supporting Emily.

Harborthon took place on Long Island in the Boston Harbor on the very island that the movie

Shutter Island

 is based on. The event included a beautiful ferry ride to the island, an all-American barbecue spread, a professionally run 5k race, unlimited Sam Adams beer, a free shirt, sponsored giveaways and best of all, a concert by an

AWESOME

80's tribute band,

Rubix Kube

We giggled our butts off, ran an

intense

race, danced the night away and it was all for a good cause! It was more fun than you might expect a fundraiser to be; it was more like a sunset barbecue party that came with a great workout. Be there next year, you won't regret it!

{We couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day}

{Nothing but foolish memories since middle school}

{Boston has some of the greatest places to walk around, pass the time and/or people watch}

{No girls' weekend is complete until shopping becomes a factor}

{The coolest Goose in the world}

{Goose's fly new kicks}

{Pulling away from the dock and getting a more panoramic

view of Boston was a great start to the evening}

{Look familiar? If not, rent

Shutter Island

right now!}

{The view of Boston from the Island reminded me of

canoeing in Toronto Bay

}

{All of the adorable campers from Camp Harbor View greeted us

enthusiastically as we arrived at the dock. We felt like celebrities.}

{Setting up the stage before the show brought down the house}

{Took photos with Goose every chance I could get}

{Pre-race photo with the girl who made ALL of the magic happen}

{As we were finishing the race, the sun was setting behind the city across the Harbor}

{You would think it would say "Finish" at the finish line, not "Start." Ha!}

{Everyone enjoying the barbecue with the incredible atmosphere}

{Breathtaking}

{They ran like champions!}

{Courtesy of Nicole....during the race}

{SWAG -- Stuff We All Get!}

{Sweaty Betties post-race photo}

{I might have eaten four ears of corn. It was guhhhreat.}

{The phenomenal drummer of Rubix Kube}

                   {Her talent was not only in her singing but her costume changes, too}

{This band was particularly enjoyable because

everyone

knew

every

song and

loved

 them all}

{If you can rock purple pants like that, then you must be an insane performer. He was.}

{Even though this picture didn't exactly come out, there's something about it I really like}

Happy trails!

~ Kelsey

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