With the roads (mostly) clear of winter debris, it’s time for road race season.
Here are a few suggestions to get you warmed up, and in the running spirit.
The 16th Annual NHTI/Northeast Delta Dental 5K will be held on April 17 in Concord at NHTI. The registration is $20 ($5 for students) before April 16 and $25 ($10 for students) on the day of the race. All proceeds go to benefit the NHTI Jennifer Kemp Memorial Scholarship. This race comes with lots of awards, including the top three male and top three female finishers, the top finisher in nine different age groups plus team prizes and a $100 bonus for anyone who can break the New Hampshire 5K state record – John Mortimer holds the men’s record at 14:21 and Lynn Jennings is the women’s record holder at 15:28). For more details go to nhti.edu/5k.
If you like running through the woods, check out the Ralph Waldo Emerson Trail Race on May 9 in Concord. There are two course options (7.7 miles or 3.9 miles) through Winant Park in Concord. The shorter, 3.9-mile race starts at 10 a.m. and costs $25 (or $35 for day-of registration) while the longer race starts at 10:20 a.m. and costs $30 (or $40 day-of). To register or for more details go to runreg.com/ralph-waldo-emerson-trail-race.
If running through the city is more your style, the Payson Center for Care Rock ‘N Race will take place on May 14 in Concord at 6 p.m. with the starting line at the State House lawn. You can register as an individual ($30 online, $35 paper, $15 for children 14-and-under) or as a team. There’s a 5k run and a one-mile walk, and all proceeds go to benefit the HOPE Resource Center at Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care, a place where cancer patients, survivors, family members and caregivers start to heal. Last year the Rock ‘N Race raised over $323,000. To find our more or register, go to giveto.concordhospital.org/rock-n-race/home.
The Capital Area Race Series links races in the area and compiles overall standings with the hopes of increasing participation, competition, health, fitness and camaraderie. The first C.A.R.S. race was the Gilmanton 5k Road Race on March 21, but there are still plenty of events remaining in the series. The NHTI/Northeast Delta Dental race is one of the eight races in the series, as are the Canterbury Shaker Village XC 5K on May 16 and the Capital City Classic 10K on June 27. For a complete list of races and more about C.A.R.S., go to runcarsnh.com.
The Healthy Kids Running Series (healthykids- runningseries.org) and Girls on the Run (girlsontherunnh.org) offer great options for young runners, including a Healthy Kids race in Concord on May 3 and a Girls on the Run 5K in Concord on June 6. u