Exeter Day 5K – 2016 Results and Photos

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.

Children’s Museum of NH 5K 2016

The Seacoast Road Race Series is officially underway! Over 500 runners took to the streets of downtown of Dover to run the Children’s Museum of NH 5K road race. It was a beautiful day for racing and a great way to kick off the 2016 season.

Children’s Museum of NH 5K
Race #1 of the Seacoast Road Race Series
Entry fee: $22.00
Race Results
Free Race Pics

What a race! The weather was beautiful, the supporters and race volunteers were awesome, and the course kept everyone honest from start to finish. I really enjoyed this one. These guys know how to put on a fun, competitive, family friendly road racing event.

Parking was easy. The four of us arrived around 8am and followed the signs to a nearby parking lot. We picked up our numbers at the clamshell in the park less than 5 minutes later. On the way back to the car we used the indoor bathrooms at the Children’s Museum of NH. Easy peasy.

Children's Museum of NH 5K Results

 

Before the start, many runners ran laps around Henry Law Park while others did some group exercises led by a fitness instructor. Music was pumping and the mood was festive. After lining up, runners were treated to a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by a local student from St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

The race starts with a slight uphill into town before hitting a more challenging hill in mile two. What you run up, you must run down. Runners barreled down the hill back into town during mile three and finished with an exciting loop around the park in full view of the spectators. The last 100 yards provided a straight shot at the line and inspired many to unleash a savage kick to the finish.

 

Afterwards, runners could enjoy food and refreshments catered by some of the local restaurants and sponsors. There was just about everything one could ask for available under the tents in the park. I had a bagel, water, coffee, pizza, egg salad sandwich, and a bite of danish. I’m pretty sure I replaced any calories I might have burned off during the race.

Children's Museum of NH 5K Results

There were kids running fun runs in the grass, kids enjoying refreshments, and kid-friendly activities everywhere you looked. This is the Children’s Museum of NH after all… Speaking of children, there were some very fast children in the 5K race. Three of them finished in the top 34 overall!

The awards ceremony was quick and efficient with prizes going three deep in each age division. Winners walked away with lobster dinners and others brought home gift certificates to local stores and restaurants. All in all, a great race. Don’t miss this one next year!