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Santas take over downtown Manchester for the Santa Claus Shuffle. Courtesy photo.




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A Free Family Weekend of Fun at YMCA Allard Center (116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown) runs from Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 30. Y members may bring a guest for free and community members may use the facility by contributing an item to the Goffstown Networks Food Pantry or cash donation to Y Reach Out for Youth and Families Program. Take a group exercise class, swim in the pool, or enjoy open climb and open gym. See graniteymca.org or call 497-4663.
 
Join Bikram Yoga Portsmouth (800 Islington St., Portsmouth, 430-6222) for its 11th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features free classes at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Save 15 percent on class packages purchased that day. Contact sara@bikramyogaportsmouth.com.




Run around, then chow down
Jog, trot or stroll your way through the holidays

11/27/14
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 As you settle in for a holiday season full of family parties with plenty of turkey and Christmas cookies to go around, why not try out one of the many races New Hampshire has to offer? From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, earn your holiday meal with festive community races. Check out coolrunning.com and nerunner.com for an up-to-date list of races across the state.

 
Thursday, Nov. 27
Help support college scholarships for Merrimack High School students and the Coats for Kids program at Rotary Club of Merrimack’s 5K Turkey Trot. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Merrimack High School, 38 McElwain St. Cost is $25 ($15 for ages 13 and under). See merrimack5k.com. Contact Bob Freed at bobf@techtransport.com.  
Take a run through Mine Falls Park in Nashua for the 12th Annual Great Gobbler Thanksgiving 5k. Race gets underway at 8 a.m. at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. Proceeds go to Nashua High School cross-country teams and canned good donations will be collected for Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Cost is $25 ($20 for ages 17 and younger). See greatgobbler.com. Contact Nate Burns at 589-8289, burnsn15@gmail.com.
Head to Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way, for the Bow Police Association 6th Annual Turkey Trot 5k run/fun walk at 8 a.m. Cost is $30 (free for kids 12 and under). See runreg.com/bow-turkey-trot. Contact Gale Kenison, 228-0511, policeadmin@bow-nh.gov.
The Annual Rochester Runners Club Free Fall Classic 5k starts at Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield St., at 8:30 a.m. Race proceeds go to the Homeless Center for Strafford, and canned food donations go to Gerry’s Food Pantry. Cost is $5. See freefall5k.com. Contact Sharon Wingate, 781-6859, ncappraisers@hotmail.com.
The Dover Turkey Trot 5k at Shaw’s Lane begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 ($15 for kids in grade 4 and under). See doverturkeytrot.com. Contact Jennifer Sprague, doverturkeytrot@gmail.com.
Make your way from Pierce Island to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth for the 6th Annual Seacoast Rotary Club Turkey Trot starting at 8:30 a.m. Race proceeds benefit Friends in Action and Friends Forever. Cost is $30 ($10 for ages 12 and under). See seacoastrotary.org. Contact seacoastrotary@gmail.com.
Take to the trails at 8:30 a.m. in Northwood Meadows State Park, off Route 4, for the Northwood Turkey Trot Trail Race 5K. Cost is $30 (ages 16 and under pay their age plus $5). See active.com/northwood-nh/running/races/turkey-trot-2014. Contact Kathy Coe, 942-5586, ext. 209, recreation@northwoodnh.org. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Don’t miss Keene’s Wobble Gobble starting at 8:30 a.m. (walkers) or 9 a.m. (runners) at 312 Washington St. Money raised supports the Keene High School girls track and cross-country teams. Cost is $20. See keenewobblegobble.com. Contact Suzanne Tenney, 903-1278, suzanne.tenney@hp.com. 
The 16th Annual Galloping Gobbler 4-mile road race at Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25. See bishopbrady.edu ‘Community Events.’ Contact Maureen Kimball, 224-7418, ext. 223.
The 20th Annual Windham Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. at 70 Blossom Road in Windham rain, snow, or shine. The family-friendly event has 3- and 5-mile courses to run, walk, stroll, scooter, or rollerblade. Race proceeds benefit The Shepherd’s Pantry, Windham Helping Hands, and Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County. Cost is by donation. See windhamturkeytrot.org. Contact Louise Peltz, windhamturkeytrot@gmail.com.
The 41st Annual Turkey Trot 5k Road Race kicks off at Galliens Town Beach on Beaver Lake, Route 102, Derry, at 9 a.m. Bring a nonperishable canned good or dry food to donate to St. Jude Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, The Upper Room, and Sonshine Kitchen. Cost is $20 ($10 for kids). See gdtc.org/turkeytrot. Contact Sean Coyle, 401-3822, scoyle@gdtc.org.
Fisher Cats Thanksgiving Day 5K starts outside Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (near right field on Commercial Street, Manchester) at 9 a.m. and ends in the infield. Cost is $35 ($10 for kids 11 and under). See millenniumrunning.com/thanksgiving. Contact John Mortimer, 512-1976, jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com.
The 8th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot, River Road to Main Street in Sunapee, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 (free for children 12 and under). See sunapeeturkeytrot.com/wp. Contact Scott Blewitt, 763-2212, recreation@town.sunapee.nh.us.
Support the Gilford Youth Center for its 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K starting at 9 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Road. Cost is $24 ($65 for a family of up to five). See gilfordyouthcenter.com. Contact Scott Hodson, 524-6978, gccscott@metrocast.net.
 
Friday, Nov. 28
Amherst Junior Women’s Club 14th Annual Trot Off Your Turkey 5k Race/Walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Amherst Town Green. Cost is $25. See ajwcnh.org. Contact Theresa Grella, amherstturkeytrot@gmail.com.
 
Sunday, Nov. 30
Run into the Christmas spirit with the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. at Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord. Pre-registration costs $30 ($15 for children 9 and under) or $35 on race day ($20 for children). Register at concordjbr.kintera.org. Contact Matthew Raffio, 724-6080, mraffio@arthritis.org. 
 
Saturday, Dec. 6
Jingle all the way over to the Plymouth Jingle Bell 5K Trail Run/Walk. Race starts at 9 a.m. at Plymouth Elementary School, 37 Old Ward Bridge Road, Plymouth (on cross-country trails behind school). Cost is $20 ($35 for family). Search and register for the race at active.com. Pancake breakfast after race costs $5. Contact Fran Gonsalves, 254-6067, fgonsalves@pemibaker.org.
The 3rd Annual All I Want for Christmas Run at Stratham Memorial School, 39 Gifford Farm Road, starts at 10 a.m. Proceeds go to Hope for Gus Foundation, funding treatment and research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Pre-registration costs $25; race-day registration is $30. Register at running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=276. Contact Jessica Deans, 319-8904, jessicadeans3@gmail.com.
Give a jolly ho-ho-ho and see scores of Santas on Elm Street in front of Veterans Park in Manchester for the Manchester Santa Claus Shuffle at 3:15 p.m. Pre-registration costs $30, ($25 ages 12-20); race-day registration is $35 ($30).  Register at millenniumrunning.com/santa. Christmas parade follows at 4 p.m. Contact John Mortimer, 512-1976, jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com.
Bring a new, not-wrapped toy for the Toys for Tots 5K at Merrimack High School, 38 McElwain at 10 a.m. Pre-registration costs $15 plus new, not-wrapped toy; race-day registration costs $20 plus new, not-wrapped toy. Register at g2racereg.webconnex.com/toysfortots5k2014. Contact Michael Amarello, 429-8879, michael@3CRaceProductions.com.
 
Sunday, Dec. 14
Rev up your engines for Yule Light Up The Night, a 2-mile run through the lights starting at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon, at 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration costs $25 ($15 for children 11 and under); race-day registration is $30 ($20 for children 11 and under). Register at millenniumrunning.com/lights. Contact John Mortimer, 512-1976, jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com.
 
Saturday, Dec. 20
Help support  Bishop Brady students and Habitat for Humanity at the Snow Globe Trotter 4 Miler at 11 a.m. at Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord. Cost by donation. Register at g2racereg.webconnex.com/snowglobe4m14. Contact Susan Seagroves, 224-7418, sseagroves@bishopbrady.edu.
 
Thursday, Jan. 1
The Great Bay Services New Year’s Resolution 5K takes off at 11 a.m. at Portsmouth Middle School, 155 Parrott Ave. Cost is $25 ($15 age 13 and under). Register at runreg.com/new-years-resolution-5k. Contact Michael Rennebu, 436-2014 ext. 25, mrennebu@greatbayservices.org.
Take part in a long-running tradition with the 37th Annual Peanut Butter Chip Chase 5K at Temple Town Hall, Route 45 at noon. Race proceeds go toward Souhegan Lions Club college scholarships and food pantry donations. Pre-registration costs $15 ($13 age 18 and under); race-day registration is $20 ($15 age 18 and under). Register at g2racereg.webconnex.com/pbcc5k2015. Contact Michele Siegmann, 878-9066, godspeed@myfairpoint.net.
Don’t miss The Millennium Mile Road Race on Mammoth Road in front of Londonderry High School starting at 2 p.m. Pre-registration costs $18, race-day $22. Kids 11 and under pay $10. Register at millenniumrunning.com/millenniummile. Contact John Mortimer, 512-1976, jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com. 
 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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