Fire department 5K is Saturday

Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:26AM

The Jaffrey Fire Department 5K race is back for its eighth year.

Money raised at the 5K, scheduled for Saturday, July 29 at Community Field, goes to the Jaffrey Firefighters Association, a nonprofit organization which helps the fire department purchase equipment not covered by town funds. The race starts at 9 a.m., with registration taking place between 8 and 8:45 a.m.

The 5K started in 2010 to help purchase equipment for the department’s new rescue truck, according to Chastity Dupuis, a firefighter/EMT for the Jaffrey Fire Department.

“It’s a pretty big day for us,” Dupuis said.

The number of participants usually depends on the weather. In 2015, more than 100 people participated, compared to 60 in 2016.

The fire department has four main fundraisers: the 5K, the Fire Prevention Breakfast, the 200 Club Raffle and the chicken barbecue, which is also scheduled Saturday, after the race.

Dupuis estimated the race brought in more than $4,000 last year.

The 5K course is a mix of cross country terrain including hard pack trails, woods, mild hills and possibly some mud.

Last year’s race was won by Sean Radcliffe of Temple who finished the course in 19 minutes and 52 seconds. The top woman finisher in 2016 was Emily Loughlin, according to the race website.

The cost of the race is $25 ($20 if you pre-register online at racewire.com/register.php?id=7996). The first 100 people to register receive a race T-shirt.

Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather on that day, and good running shoes. Parking is at Jaffrey Rindge Middle School, across from Union Street. Please car pool if possible. Due to the nature of the trails, the organizers advise against bringing animals.