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It’s never too cold for a 5K. Courtesy photo.




Beaver Brook Winter 5K

When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.
Where: Begins and ends at the Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis (race takes place on trails behind the main office building)
Cost: $20 registration
Visit: 3Craceproductions.com or call 429-8879 to sign up




Trailblazing
Beaver Brook hosts winter 5K

12/15/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 The winter season is just beginning, so before the cold shocks you into indoors-only activities, hit the trails for the annual Beaver Brook Winter 5K in Hollis on Sunday, Dec. 18 — you’ll even get a chance to win some nature-themed swag.

The race will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Beaver Brook Association’s main office building before traversing down one of the major trails in the woods. It is being presented in partnership with 3C Race Productions and the Moose Milers Running Club, which specializes in trail-based runs.
The first 100 runners to register will receive race T-shirts, but all runners will receive goodie bags. Beaver Brook-themed pint glasses will also be awarded to the top three male and female finishers overall and to the top two male and female finishers in seven different age groups.
At the end of the race, you will get a chance to draw from a raffle and win several nature-themed door prizes, including Hanteens, strap lights, Road ID kits and more.
Except for a slight incline on the way back, the trail is mostly flat, allowing for a relatively easy race route for the average runner.
“It’s technically a little under a 5K, but when you see people finishing the race, oftentimes they’re panting pretty hard,” said Celeste Philbrick Barr, education and community affairs director for the Beaver Brook Association. “But I would say if anyone is used to running 5K distances regularly or used to doing any sort of running on trails, that this would be a moderately easy run for them.”
Although several outdoor events are held throughout the year at Beaver Brook rain or shine, including 5Ks and other races that typically have larger turnouts in the summer, Philbrick Barr said weather conditions often have to be taken into account during the winter months. But winter races in the past have still been held in even the worst of weather. A snowshoe-themed race is often run at the end of January every year.
“There are people out there who are going to run every day of the year no matter what, even in December,” she said, “Obviously, the December and January races are always kind of dicey, and the weather doesn’t always comply. We especially have to make sure the trails aren’t covered with ice if there is freezing rain. … I believe there was a race the winter before last that was scheduled for one of the days we had a blizzard, and Mike [from 3C Race Productions] still came instead of canceling it, and we still had about eight or 10 people that came to run the race.”
Philbrick Barr said this kind of race lends opportunities for Beaver Brook to educate visitors on how to prepare for cold and snowy weather when outside for any extended period of time.
“Part of teaching people about nature is teaching them to dress appropriately for winter and assuring them that they are not going to melt, they are not sugarcubes, and they are not going to freeze to death as long as they do that,” she said. “That’s a big thing we’ve learned, is that as long as people learn about what to wear, they can totally enjoy any kind of weather outside.”





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