The Exeter Day 5K is one of the best kept secrets of the spring racing season here in New Hampshire. The well groomed trails of Phillips Exeter Academy provide a beautiful setting for runners and walkers. The Exeter Day 5K supports one of New Hampshire’s oldest preschools, the Exeter Day School. This event has multiple fun runs for the kids, music and dancing, tons of food, great prizes, a huge raffle, and even food trucks.

 

The Exeter Day 5K is well organized with an efficient registration team, lots of friendly volunteers, and a professional timing crew from Yankee Timing. The trails were very well marked with colorful flags, spray paint, and balloons. There were even motivational posters along the way to keep runners smiling. After cresting of a small hill, I remember seeing one that read: “Nice legs!” It was just what I needed to turn my grimace into a smile.

The 5K course offers runners a taste of trail running without the dangers of an overly technical trail. There are a few twists and turns and a couple of very small hills to keep things interesting, but it’s safe enough for beginners to enjoy. Lots of parents run, or walk, with their children. If your little ones need babysitting, the race volunteers will take care of that for you.

The only thing missing from the Exeter Day 5K race are the crowds. May is a busy month, and every weekend brings lots of road race choices. Do yourself a favor and check this one out next year.

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