Between Thursday October 1 through Sunday October 4, you will be able to run (or walk) and submit your time from your favorite 5k trail route. We ask that for consistency, you to stick to a cross-country route if planning to submit your time. This is a great opportunity to challenge your friends and family, even those that don’t live near New Hampshire, to run the event with you to show their support for our marine mammal rescue and conservation work! But, if your favorite course happens to be the Rescue Run course at Odiorne Point, you will have the opportunity to run the beautiful and scenic 5k trail route that we normally run for the event, on your own time during those four days. We will have the route marked all four days!) All you need to do to help us keep the numbers in check with state safety guidelines, is make a (free) reservation for the date and time window you would like to be onsite (link will be sent following registration). We hope that whether you choose to run the traditional 5k trail run onsite, or design your own 5k trail route (again, we do encourage you to run a trail / cross country route to keep in theme with the theme of the event and consistent timing), that you will send us a photo to share on social media. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest times, best ocean themed costume, and coolest marine shaped route (think fish, whale, seal, seastar, etc)! You will need to submit your 5k trail race times to Millennium (link we will be sent the week of the event) between from Thursday 10/1 to Sunday 10/4 by 11pm.
During those four days, we will also have check-in, route map, race shirt and race purchase pick-up at the Science Center from 9:00am-4:00pm. We also have a coupon to Runner’s Alley, for those that pick up their items on-site. We are hoping that even those of you that are running your own route and not the traditional route, will still come and pick up your merchandise, to help us save money on shipping costs and allow more funds to be allocated directly to the marine mammal rescue program. If you choose the Saturday or Sunday date, you can also enjoy the added perk of visiting the Science Center free of charge, since we will be open to the public!
We are also keeping the kids fun run portion of the event; even virtually! If the 5k is too long, we are challenging children to sign up for the kids fun run and design their own 300 yard dash or half mile run (costumes and/or self-made race bibs are encouraged!) and have their favorite adult snap a photo or video of them in action…so we can share to social media. We will also be sending all participating children a fun prize in the mail!