The Exeter Day 5K is a fun 3.1 mile trail race in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. The challenging course runs through the beautiful and meticulously maintained cross-country trails of Phillips Exeter Academy. The race is put on by the staff of the Exeter Day School and offers fun runs for the youngest runners and a competitive trail race for anyone whose up for the challenge.
Parking/Facilities/Registration: Parking was easy. The recommended lot on Portsmouth Avenue was within a 1/4 mile of the race start and finish area. There were two porta potties with zero lines. The registration process was quick and friendly thanks to an army of race volunteers dressed in blue and gold.
Race Course: The race course alone will make this an annual event for me. The fields and trails of Phillips Exeter Academy are simply beautiful. There are plenty of small hills and lots of twists and turns, but the track is not too technical, so no worries about twisted ankles or injuries. The course was well-marked with arrows, balloons, traffic cones, and race volunteers at every intersection. Runners passed an aid station twice in the first two miles of the race.
Refreshments: A tent by the finish line offered runners ice-cold bottled water, orange slices, bananas and granola bars. There was also a food truck selling ice cream and frozen treats.
Awards and Results: The DJ did a great job keeping things lively and entertaining both before and after the race. The upbeat music kept the mood festive and powered people across the finish line. Awards were given to the overall male and female winners, and the first place finisher in each age group. But, you don’t have to run fast, or run at all, to win a prize thanks to the raffle.
Overall Experience: The Exeter Day School trail race is a great race event for everyone in the family. It’s safe and well-organized. For moms and dads that want to run a race together, there’s even free childcare! This race is still a well-kept secret, but it has the potential to become a local favorite. All proceeds go towards supporting early childhood education at the Exeter Day School.