Summer racing ready to heat up
Chris Bernier finished second in last year's Le Tour De Common in Rindge and is also the race director for the Monadnock Half Marathon on Aug. 10.
The Terry Dwyer Memorial 5K this weekend will kick off a string of local events every weekend through the end of August.
When the weather really starts to warm up, it can only mean one thing: It’s time for road race season.
Sure there are some events during the cold season and few in the spring and fall, but during the summer months there is one just about every weekend. And for the runners who I see on a weekly basis at the local races, the grind begins Saturday with the annual Terry Dwyer Memorial 5K in Dublin.
The race is in memory of Dwyer, the former Dublin Town Administrator who passed away from a heart attack while running.
It is always the kick off to summer for the local events and is part of a much bigger town wide celebration — Dublin Days. The 3.1-mile race, a typical distance for the local events, begins at 8:30 a.m. with race day registration and packet pick-ups from 6:30-8 a.m. at Yankee Field off Route 101.
The cost is $20 for those 11 and over and $12 for children 10 and under.
On July 27, runners can get a change of pace with a trail run in Jaffrey at the 4th annual Jaffrey Fire Departments’ Run for the Rescue 5K. All proceeds from the event go to the Jaffrey Firefighters Company, a support organization for the department.
The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration from 8-8:45 a.m. The cost is $20 if you sign-up before the race and $25 the day of.
The following Saturday, Aug. 3, Rindge is the local spot to be for runners as the town hosts the 2013 Le Tour De Common.
There are two options for runners this year, as in addition to the traditional 5K race a new 10K will be offered. There is also a kids fun run.
The kids run begins at 8:45 a.m., while the 5K and 10K start at 9:15 a.m. The cost is $20 for the 5K, $25 for the 10K and $10 for the kids run.
There will be race day registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.
On Aug. 10, the endurance will need to be kicked up a bit in order to tackle a pair of local races.
The Monadnock Challenge Series Sprint Triathlon will be held in Peterborough at 9:30 a.m., while the Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K Trail Run starts at 8:30 a.m. in Jaffrey.
The sprint triathlon is in its fourth year and is a test of three athletic abilities. There is a .4-mile swim in Cunningham Pond, a 15.8-mile bike ride to Hancock and back and is finished off with a 3.1-mile run.
Those interested can compete as an individual or as part of a team. The cost is $75 for an individual and $110 for a team.
The half marathon/5K trail run is in its third year and expected to be the biggest one yet. The 13.1-mile half marathon will take runners throughout Jaffrey and even into Rindge along a challenging course covering hills, dirt roads and the Rails to Trails system.
Both races begin at 8:30 a.m., as runners will go in opposite directions from Well Field in Jaffrey. The cost for the half marathon is $55 prior to race day and $65 the day of if there is space available. The trail run is $20 before and $25 on Aug. 10.
For those who do not or cannot participate in the longer races, Aug. 17 marks the return of the 5K with the 34th annual Run for the Honey in Hancock.
The long standing road race begins at 8 a.m. with registration from 7-7:45 a.m. and is followed by a free kids fun run at 9 a.m.
The cost is $5 for Hancock residents and $10 for non-residents. The first 100 registrants get a free jar of honey.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Pearly Pond 5K will be held at Franklin Pierce University as a fundraiser for the school’s cross-country and track and field teams. The race begins at 10 a.m. with a kids run at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $12 prior to July 31 and $15 prior to race day. The cost increases to $20 for day of race sign-ups.
And don’t forget about the annual Francestown Five Labor Day race.
While a lot of these races have their own websites, I would suggest checking out www.coolrunning.com. It has a lot of the pertinent information, like how to register and the website information.
For runners is the area, it’s about to get real busy. But something tells me they won’t mind one bit.