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Run for the Honey 5K
Hancock, NH
August 17, 2013

The Run for the Honey 5K is celebrating 35 consecutive years. The race is a small town, old home days, mom and pop, bring the family, visit the church bake sale, kind of race. Runners will find welcoming folks, small town atmosphere, and plenty of friendly competition. The locals know how to run, and they have a course that would humble a billy-goat.

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Finish area

Parking/Facilities/Registration: Parking is available by the municipal complex in the center of town. We had no problem with parking, but late arrivals might find streets which are already packed with church fair patrons, townspeople, and other runners. The registration table was easy to spot outside the church vestry in the center of town. There were two bathrooms in the building and hardly any lines. The first hundred to register walk away with a jar of honey. Runners pay only $10 to register! Score 1/1

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Race Course: The course starts a few blocks away from the registration area. After a couple of quick turns, runners face a long, steep climb up a dirt road for the first mile of the race. Runners enjoy a long gradual decent and rolling hills during mile two. Mile three offers more rolling hills before ending up with a straight 300 yard run to the finish line. Traffic was not an issue as the police were out in full force. There was one water stop around mile 2. To put it mildly, the course was challenging and the locals are still laughing. Score 1/1

Refreshments: Runners could find water, orange slices, and watermelon on a card table close to the finish line. What I did not like, is that an elaborate table with donuts and coffee was setup a few feet away with a cash box.  Score 0/1

Awards and Results: The age group awards were three deep. The top three finishers in each age group earned custom race medals.  Score 1/1

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Overall Experience: The Run for the Honey 5K is what I consider a traditional small town road race. Low entry fee, nice town support, a uniquely challenging course, hand scored results, cheerful volunteers, lots of spectators, and a bake sale. For those that have small children, there was also a short fun run around the town common. Score 1/1

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Race Results

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