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13th annual Hula Hustle

Where: Executive Health & Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester
When: Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.)
Cost: $30 for the 5K, $35 for the 10K (includes access to post-race luau)
Call: 624-9300
Visit: hulahustle.org




Say “aloha”
Hawaiian-themed run ends with luau

07/14/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Grab your running shoes and your hula skirt as Manchester goes tropical for the 13th annual Hula Hustle on Sunday, July 17.

The race is a Hawaiian-themed 5K and 10K, followed by a post-race luau at Manchester’s Executive Health & Sports Center. 
It benefits the Manchester-based New Horizons for New Hampshire and is held each year in memory of Bill Kelley, a Manchester attorney and founding member of the organization, who died from cancer in 2003.
“It’s actually only been Hawaiian-themed for a couple of years,” said Michelle Casale of New Horizons for New Hampshire. “It just worked together to have that theme when the Executive Health & Sports Center built an outdoor pool with a tiki hut. What makes it unique is that the participants and their families will have full use of all of the executive facilities, including the outdoor pool for the whole day and a free barbecue at the end.”
Casale said more than 500 runners have participated in the rain-or-shine event each year.
“We actually work with local running clubs to get the word out to people,” she said. “We’ve reached out to the Greater Derry Track Club and Runner’s Alley, who are partners of ours, and they’ve helped to spread the word in the running community.”
The race will begin and end at the Executive Health & Sports Center. The 5K and 10K will be held on the same route, with the 10K route making two laps, along Brown Avenue in Manchester before turning at Ellingwood and Brent streets and back toward the Center. Sideline areas will be available along the track for spectators and family members of runners to watch the race. Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women who finish by age group in both races.
All racers will get a lei at the finish line. The first 500 people who register will receive a Hula Hustle tech shirt and a grass skirt. Those over 21 will also receive a beer ticket redeemable for one beer at the tiki bar during the luau.
The barbecue-style luau will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, chips and fruit. In addition to drinks at the tiki bar, other cold drinks such as water, iced tea and Gatorade will be available. The center will be streaming music.
Over the last 12 years, the Hula Hustle has raised more than $175,000, according to Casale. Other sponsors for this year’s Hustle include New Hampshire Healthy Families, Riverstone Resources, Catholic Medical Center, Cross Insurance, AutoFair and Eastern Bank. 





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