The Kennebunk Savings’ 5K Rescue Run for Marine Mammals is a fun trail race through one of New Hampshire’s premiere natural attractions, the beautiful and rambling Odiorne State Park bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The challenging cross-country course is full of ups and downs and twists and turns. The proceeds from this much-anticipated family friendly event go towards Marine Mammal Rescue and the ocean education efforts of the Seacoast Science Center.
Parking/Facilities/Registration: Parking was easy and convenient. The facility was clean and welcoming on a cold, windy day. Runners could use indoor bathrooms at the Seacoast Science Center or find porta-potties at the race starting area. Registration was quick and efficient with a cadre of smiling volunteers.
Race Course: The 5K cross-country course was created by Jennifer Shultis, captain of Team Eastern Mountain Sports, the 2006 US Adventure Racing National Champions. The course runs through the forest, by the rocky shore, across a sandy beach, and along historic military fortifications. The hills are short and steep and the turns are tight. Fortunately, there are swarms of volunteers along the course directing traffic and keeping the runners and walkers moving in the right direction.
Refreshments: A delicious bounty for hungry runners: sliced oranges, watermelon, apples, yogurt, bagels and cream cheese, water, organic yogurt, and hot coffee. There was plenty for everyone. WERZ 107.1 provided the race soundtrack.
Awards and Results: Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners, and two deep in each age group. Gift certificates to local businesses and Seacost Science Center memberships were among some of the prizes awarded to runners. There was also a much-anticipated raffle with six great prize baskets (much better than the running prizes, BTW) available for all registered runners and walkers. Timing and results were handled by Millennium Running. Runners could approach the timing van for instant results.
Overall Experience: My family looks forward to running this race every year. It’s a nice cross-country trail race with lots of great people celebrating ocean life in one of the gems of the NH State Park system.
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