Race Location: Kingston, NH
Race Date: May 11, 2018
Race Managed/Timed By: LOCO Races
Proceeds to Benefit (if any): LOCO does donate to charity, but this race was not for a specific charity.
Organization of Bib Pick Up: Day of bib pick up was organized and easy. Located at a big tent near the parking and start area (that was later the beer tent).
Organization of Race: The Stonyfield 5k is usually very organized. The new location this year was no different. Plenty of parking and porta potties. It was nice that parking was close to race start, etc. instead of in lots across the street, etc. like at the former race location. They did not close the road where the start/finish was until close to race time so it made getting there and parking easy. There were 1,150 walkers and runners. They had walkers start at the back of the start area.
Course Description: The course runs through residential side roads in Kingston, NH. It includes 4 small hills–just enough to make you work a little–and lots of turns. The course was not closed to traffic but was well marked and the roads were not heavily traveled by cars anyway. If you ran the previous Stonyfield 5k course in Londonderry, this course was easier in comparison.
It’s a family friendly event and there is often a race or obstacle course for the children. Many families choose to run or walk the race together.
Spectators/Energy: The energy of the Stonyfield 5k has always been great! As far as spectators, they were mainly at the start/finish area. However, a few of the families living on the course did come out to cheer on the runners.
Swag: If registered in time, you get a shirt at bib pick up, but no other swag. Previously, they were cotton. This year they were tech shirts and came in a men’s or women’s cut. However, there are many vendors on site giving away samples to take or consume, as well as the opportunity to win additional items. Age group winners usually receive some LOCO swag and maybe something from one of the vendors. Each bib included 2 beer tickets, this year and last year; Harpoon was the beer sponsor.
After Party: Awesome! Lots of samples from vendors as well as hot dogs, a beer garden, and live music.
Other Thoughts/Comments: This race is part of LOCO’s Will Run for Beer Series so it usually draws a big crowd of runners and also has a large amount of walkers. It’s a fun event for families and friends to enjoy together. The “fair” of vendors is free to the public–you do not have to race to attend and enjoy the fun and free stuff!
~ Amanda N.