Howie’s Field of Dreams 5K is a charity race that supports the Bambino Buddy Ball field at Roger Allen Park in Rochester, NH, where young players with physical and/or mental challenges can enjoy playing the game of baseball. The field is made up of mostly locals and a few outsiders on summer vacation in New Hampshire. There were 163 finishers.
Parking/Facilities/Registration: Parking and Registration were just outside the Rochester Community Center. The parking lot accommodated all of the vehicles and the facility offered large bathrooms and changing areas for runners. The registration volunteers were friendly and they offered race shirts in adult and kids sizes. Thank you.
Race Course: The course was an out ‘n’ back course with a water stop that could be used going both directions. Nothing to see really and traffic was moving in both directions. One interesting aspect was the fact that you could see who was ahead of you as they ran past you on the other side of the road.
Refreshments: Refreshments consisted of water, watermelon slices, oranges, bananas, bagels and cookies.
Awards and Results: The awards ceremony was held soon after the race. In fact, some walkers were still finishing as the awards were being handed out. There were medals for the top three in each age group. The announcer was easy to hear on the portable PA system. The only downside was the fact that the PA system was plugged into a generator that was blowing exhaust into the crowd of runners.
Overall Experience: I liked the facilities, the efficiency of the race management, and the friendly volunteers. However, the race lacked any kind of special feeling or festive spirit. It felt kind of rushed in the sense that it was too efficient and lacked any special element that might make it a must-run race.