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Athletic Alliance Running Club in Manchester.




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Kathleen Jaworski of the Manchester-based Athletic Alliance Running Club said 5Ks are not only great for new runners to gain experience or to try something new, but they are also a good option for some of the most experienced and seasoned runners to work at getting faster.
“5Ks require much less training, and so it’s less taxing on your body,” she said. “It’s exciting because it’s quick, and for first-time runners, it’s very exciting to be able to cross the finish line. That said, 5Ks are also a really great place to gauge your speed and to keep fit if you’re a marathoner.”
Denise Spenard, treasurer of the club, was reluctant to join the club at first because of her limited experience in running.
“I was a little intimidated at first, but I realize now that that was foolish,” she said. “Because it really is for all levels of people that want to learn or feel their own running distance.”
Spenard said the club typically trains for more 5Ks than any race, not only because of the runners’ varying levels of experience and comfort, but also because the 3.1-mile race comprises a majority of the races that are out there each year.
The Athletic Alliance Running Club advertises several kinds of runs on its website, with a majority of its members running 5Ks, according to Jaworski. Practice track runs are held at 5:30 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday from May to October at Livingston Park in Manchester. There is a fee to join the club: $25 per person and $30 per family annually, which includes admission to all of the races in New Hampshire that require membership in a running club to participate.
 
Upcoming local 5Ks
Friends Fighting Cancer 5K
A race to benefit The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center
When: Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Arms Park, 500 Commercial St., Manchester
Cost: Registration is by donation
Visit: dartmouth-hitchcock.org
 
Insane Inflatable 5K
An inflatable-themed obstacle course race to benefit the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” movement
When: Saturday, Sept. 3, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Rockingham Park, 79 Rockingham Park Blvd., Salem
Cost: $65 pre-registration, $75 race-day registration
Visit: insaneinflatable5k.com
 
Lois’ Race Against Lyme 5K
A race to benefit local families affected by Lyme disease and The Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
When: Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.
Where: Stellos Stadium, 7 Stadium Drive, Nashua (race runs through Mines Falls Park)
Cost: $25 pre-registration, $30 race-day registration
Visit: facebook.com/loisraceagainstlyme
 
St. Charles Children’s Home 5K
A race to benefit the St. Charles Children’s Home, a safe haven for children victimized by trauma and neglect
When: Monday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m.
Where: Martin’s Point Healthcare, 161 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth
Cost: $30 race-day registration
Visit: runningnuns.com
 
Concord Friendly Kitchen 5K
A race to benefit Concord’s only soup kitchen
When: Friday, Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.
Where: NHTI, Concord’s Community College, 31 College Drive, Concord
Cost: $25 race-day registration
Visit: thefriendlykitchen.org
 
Newton Run 5K
A race to benefit the Newton Recreation Revolving Fund
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.
Where: 8 Merrimac Road, Newton
Cost: $20 pre-registration, $25 race-day registration
Visit: newton-nh.gov
 
My Dogs are Barking 5K
A certified race to walk or run with your dog, to benefit the Animal Rescue League of NH
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Derryfield Park, Louis Israel Martel Drive, Manchester
Cost: $30
Visit: mydogsarebarking5k.org
 
Childhood Cancer Lifeline 5K
An annual run to benefit Childhood Cancer Lifeline of NH
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, noon
Where: Margaritas, 1 Keewaydin Drive, Salem
Cost: $30 for teens and adults ages 13 and older; $10 for kids ages 5 to 12; free for kids ages 5 and under
Visit: kidscancer5k.com
 
PIC NH 5K, Family Fun Run, Walk & Roll
An inaugural race to benefit the Parent Information Center of NH
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.
Where: Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way, Bow
Cost: $25 for teens and adults ages 13 and older; free for kids ages 12 and under
Visit: picnh.org
 
Run to Fall 5K
This 16th annual race is run on the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy cross-country course
When: Sun., Sept. 11, 10 a.m.
Where: 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood
Cost: $15 pre-registration; $18 race-day registration without the T-shirt and $20 with the T-shirt
Visit: runtofall5k.weebly.com
 
Home Stretch 5K
An annual run and walk to benefit Family Promise of Greater Nashua
When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.
Where: Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua
Cost: $25 for adults; $15 for kids ages 10 to 14; free for kids under 10
Visit: annemariehouse.org
 
Hooksett Kiwanis 5K and Fun Run
A race to benefit Hooksett Kiwanis and to be run in memory of Tessa Creamer
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Hooksett Heads Pond Trail, Hooksett and Post roads, Hooksett
Cost: $30 for teens and adults ages 15 and older; $10 for kids and teens ages 15 and under; $25 per runner for groups of five or more
Visit: hooksettkiwanis.org
 
Bottomline Technologies Race for a Cause
A race to benefit Families First Health & Support Center, a nonprofit community health and family resource center
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.
Where: Bottomline Technologies, 325 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth
Cost: $20 pre-registration, $25 race-day registration
Visit: btrace4acause.org
 
Manchester 5K Trail Race
A race to benefit Vision Missions International
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.
Where: West Side Arena, 1 Electric Drive, Manchester
Cost: $25 pre-registration, $30 race-day registration
Visit: manchester5k.com
 
SalemFest 5K
A race to benefit Stand Up Salem, a drug abuse resistance program
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.
Where: 2 Centerville Drive, Salem
Cost: $15
Visit: runsignup.com/salemfest5k
 
Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer
A race to benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s New Hampshire chapters
When: Sunday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua
Cost: $30 for kids and adults ages 12 and up; $20 for kids ages 6 to 11
Visit: runwalk.ovarian.org
 
CelebratePink 5K Run & Walk
A race to support breast cancer patients throughout the Greater Seacoast area
When: Sunday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.
Where: Downtown Portsmouth
Cost: $30 for adults; $20 for kids ages 14 and under
Visit: cp5k.mybreastcancersupport.org
 
Miles for Mutts 5K
A race to benefit the Animal Rescue Network of New England, a nonprofit shelter for abused and neglected cats and dogs
When: Sunday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Mine Falls Park, 24 Stadium Drive, Nashua
Cost: $30
Visit: arnne.org
 
Erica’s Run/Walk 5K to Strikeback Against Cancer
A race to benefit the Erica Pombrio Foundation, which has raised more than $100,000 since 2010 and has helped more than 20 families in southern NH affected by cancer
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.
Where: Merrimack High School, 36 McElwain St., Merrimack
Cost: $25
Visit: ericasrun.com
 
Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk
A race to benefit colon cancer awareness efforts in NH
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.
Where: Gould Hill Farm, 656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook
Cost: $30 pre-registration, $35 race-day registration
Visit: coloncancercoalition.org
 
Kelly Mann Memorial 5K and 3K
A race to benefit the Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence Support Centers in Nashua and Milford
When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.
Where: Sunset Heights Elementary School, 15 Osgood Road, Nashua
Cost: $25
Visit: bridgesnh.org
 
Seacoast Cancer 5K
A race to benefit the Seacoast Cancer Center at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
When: Sunday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.
Where: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave., Dover
Cost: $30 pre-registration or $35 on race day
Visit: giving.wdhospital.com
 
Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race
This race will kick off the seacoast’s premier autumn street festival
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m.
Where: River Street, Dover
Cost: $25 for teens and adults ages 15 and over; $15 for kids and teens ages 15 and under
Visit: dovernh.org
 
Fun Fall Frolic Walk/Run
A race to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.
Where: Bronstein Park, Manchester
Cost: $30 for teens and adults ages 13 and older; $20 for kids ages 12 and under
Visit: mbgcnh.org
 
Aviation Day & Runway 5K
A race to benefit New Hampshire aviation education programs
When: Sunday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Concord Municipal Airport, 65 Airport Road, Concord
Cost: $25 pre-registration, $30 on race day
Visit: gsama.org
 
Footrace for the Fallen
This race honors the memory and the sacrifice of police officers lost in the line of duty and benefits the Manchester Police Athletic League.
When: Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Where: Manchester Police Department, 405 Valley St., Manchester
Cost: $25
Visit: manchesterpoliceathleticleague.org
 
James W. Foley Freedom Run
This race will honor the memory of New Hampshire journalist James Foley and will benefit the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, which advocates for journalists’ safety and training.
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.
Where: 72 Lafayette St., Rochester
Cost: $25 for adults; $20 for seniors ages 65 and older; $15 for kids and teens ages 18 and under
Visit: foleyrun.org
 
Missy’s Hope 5K
A race to benefit the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Emergency Fund and The Missy’s Hope Fund, which helps child witnesses to domestic violence. It is run in memory of Melissa “Missy” Cantin Charbonneau, a Manchester nurse who was killed by her husband in October 2009.
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.
Where: Crystal Lake, 757 Bodwell Road, Manchester
Cost: $20 for teens and adults ages 13 and older; $10 for kids ages 5 to 12; free for kids ages 5 and under
Visit: missyshope5k.com
 
Michael LoVerme Memorial 5K
A race to benefit the Michael LoVerme Memorial Foundation. Michael LoVerme was a NH resident who lost his life in June 2012 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident
When: Sunday, Oct. 16, noon
Where: Merrimack High School, 36 McElwain St., Merrimack
Cost: $20 pre-registration, $25 race-day registration
Visit: mlmf.org
 
Run for One 5K for Haiti
A race to benefit children in poverty in Haiti
When: Saturday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.
Where: Stellos Stadium, 7 Stadium Drive, Nashua
Cost: $35 for teens and adults ages 14 and older; $20 for kids ages 5 to 12
Visit: jesusisthewayforhaiti.org

 





On the run
5K options for varying levels of running experience

09/01/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 For runners and walkers of all different levels of athletic ability, the 5K is among the most commonly run distance for races, according to John Mortimer of Millennium Running in Bedford.

“In terms of ability, for someone to complete a 5K distance, unless you have some sort of medical issue, it's an attainable goal for people of any walk of life,” Mortimer said. “We see people walk 3.1 miles in about an hour, which is roughly 20 minutes a mile, as well as people running [the same distance] in 15 minutes, or under 5 minutes a mile.”
Given how far-reaching 5Ks are, they also tend to offer a more social environment than races of longer distances, where the focus may be more on the running itself.
“When you look at 5Ks on television and on the Olympics, obviously those runners are running to win medals and break records,” he said, “but with people that run locally … much of the experience is also a social experience with their family or friends. It's a great way for them to have fun together while exercising at the same time.”
5Ks also serve as perfect events to raise money for a cause to benefit local and charitable organizations.
“It's a very popular distance for smaller groups to run for cancer, or to run for the memory of someone that has passed on,” said John McGarry, director of community relations for the Greater Derry Track Club, “and it's also a very popular race for organizations looking to put together their first race for some type of charity.”
McGarry said his job in the club involves gathering sponsors for races and organizing charity work that the club does. The club was formed in 1978 and consists of about 200 members from Derry and the surrounding area. The cost to join starts at $20 per year.
The club holds track meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday from St. Patrick's Day to Halloween along Pinkerton Academy's track and every Sunday morning as well, when they run along various Derry roads.
From May to July, McGarry is in charge of a free “Couch to 5K” program, which trains new and first-time runners for their first races.
“They are typically beginner runners or people that haven't been exercising,” he said. “So we do a lot of training on stretching, on diet, and on running form … it's a nine-week training program when participants do three workouts a week and it starts from a combination of running and walking to the point where they are ready to run a 5K in that nine-week program … so it's a steady progression of running time and distance over that period.”
McGarry said training for this program has been rewarding, especially for runners looking to participate in their first 5K to benefit a charity organization.
“Just to see the progression of someone who may have been feeling overwhelmed in the beginning, and to watch them progress through the program and cross the finish line, has been great,” he said. 





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