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Runners at a previous Village XC5k. Courtesy photo.




8th Annual Canterbury Shaker Village XC5k

When: Saturday, May 9, registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m.
Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury
Cost: $25, and free for children 10 and younger
Visit: shakers.org




A run through the village
Canterbury Shaker Village holds annual 5k race

05/07/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Put on your running shoes for the 8th Annual Canterbury Shaker Village XC5k on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. The 5k is the fourth race in the Capital Area Race Series, a series of seven races throughout the greater Concord area designed to bring the community together and promote health and wellness while supporting nonprofits.

“It’s a totally off-road cross-country race which runs all throughout the Village through beautiful fields, pastures, ponds and forests,” said Sally Stanton, director of development and membership.
The course has always run through the Village, though it changes a little each year to add variety and to avoid the cows and muddy sections.
A professional announcer and music over the sound system will start out the morning and get racers ready to go. To motivate the runners and walkers along the way, a group of volunteer African drummers will perform on top of an overlooking hill where they can be heard throughout the Village for the duration of the run. The drummers volunteer their time for the race every year.
“People love it as they are trekking up the big hills,” Stanton said. “The music is energetic and inspiring.”
After crossing the finish line, participants can enjoy a layout of fruit, bagels, pastries and such. When everyone has completed the race, a ceremony will award medals to the three top finishing male and female runners as well as prizes for top racers in different age groups, which are divided by decade.  
The race usually has 350 to 400 participants. Stanton said there are a variety of people, from walkers to serious runners, and families. Many runners are participants in the other Capital Area Race Series races as well.
“There is definitely some competition, but also a comaraderie,” Stanton said. “A lot of people run together and do it just for the fun and exercise. We are getting more walkers, too, who just take it slow and enjoy the morning.”
The race was started as a way to raise awareness of the Village and raise money for its educational programs. Stanton hopes it will get people excited for the Village’s official opening on May 16, when it will begin to offer its tours, programs and exhibits to the public.
Canterbury Shaker Village is a museum and historic landmark based on an original Shaker village that dates back to 1792. The property consists of 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, trails and ponds.
“There are few cross-country races around, mostly just road races,” Stanton said. “So this is a distinctive race. The course is challenging, and there’s the beauty of the landscape and variety in what you’re going to run through.”
 
As seen in the May 7, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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