Goffstown Berry Classic | Race Recap

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Race Location: Goffstown

Race Date: July 21, 2018

Race Managed/Timed By: Granite State Race Services

Proceeds to Benefit (if any): Goffstown Historical Society

Organization of Bib Pick Up: The organization of the bib pick up was an easy and pleasant experience. The volunteers greeted me with their happy faces and offered to keep my bag under their table.

Organization of Race: The race was very organized through Granite State Races as well as providing plenty of spectators and other volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Each participant was provided with a map of the course at the time of registration. There were enough spectators/volunteers to direct us on the right path and also give us the enthusiasm we need to keep the positive energy flowing. Last, the Goffstown Historical Musesum was open so we were able to use their restroom before and after the race.

Course Description: The course started across the street from the Goffstown Historial Society. We ran to the intersection of Parker Station Road and Rt. 114. Police officers provided their assistance by stopping traffic so we could run across the street on Rt. 114. We then turned left on to Parker Station. I believe this is where our first water stand was at but I am not sure since I didn’t take a cup. Next, we crossed Howe Bridge and turned left onto River Road. We ran east on River Road then turned left onto W Union Street. At the turn, we were greeted with volunteers who provided us with water. We continued to run on W. Union Street till we had to turn left on Rt. 13. We ran on Main Street then directed to take a a left on Church Street. We continued running north on Church St. till we hit the intersection of Rt 14. We were then greeted with police officers who helped assist us to run across the street to continue running west on Rt. 114 back to the Goffstown Historical Museum. Overall, the race was a beautiful 5-mile loop along the Piscataquog River and through Goffstown village. The course was provided with enough water stations and spectators to help us complete the race.

Spectators/Energy: All of the spectators provided a lot of energy and cheered us on during the course of the race.

Swag: The first 50 runners received a maroon Goffstown Berry Classic T-shirt and at the end of the race we were treated with some yummy strawberry shortcake. It was absolutely delicious!

Other Thoughts/Comments: Can’t wait till next year’s race!

~Kat K.

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Hugh Holt Memorial 5 Miler | Race Recap

IMG_6646Race Location: Raymond NH

Race Date: 7/8/18

Race Managed/Timed By: 3C Race Productions

Proceeds to Benefit (if any): Scholarships for children in the summer program in town.

Organization of Bib Pick Up: Bib pick up is in the lobby of the middle school. I arrived about 5 minutes before the race started, grabbed my bib and shirt, and was ready to go.

Organization of Race: This race is tiny! There were about 45 people there this year. The timing and organization is very low key, but it works since it’s so small. There is no starting arch or anything, but a little S spray painted on the ground in front of the school. There are water stops every mile (yay!) where the volunteers also yell out the time on the clock. One weird thing is some times the water stop is randomly on the other side of the road. Timing is done manually, so there are no chips on bibs.

Course Description: The first mile or 1.5 is pretty flat. Then it’s rolling hills for the whole rest of the way. Some of them are kind of big, but most aren’t too long. It’s doable!

Since the course is not posted online, here is the turn-by-turn:

  1. Start at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School.
  2. Right out of the school onto Epping St.
  3. Left onto Church St.
  4. Right onto Main St.
  5. Left onto Old Manchester Rd.
  6. Left onto Batchelder Rd.
  7. Left onto Old Fremont Rd.
  8. Left onto Main St.
  9. Finish on Main St. at the commons about .25 from the start

Spectators/Energy: This race is during the Raymond town fair, so there are some spectators on the common that you pass during the first mile and at the finish. The rest of the race is through back roads and is pretty quiet.

Swag: Cotton t-shirts for the first 60 runners. Since it’s so small everyone got a shirt.

After Party: Water, sports drink, some fruit and snacks on the common.

Other Thoughts/Comments: I’m not really sure why this race is so small. Raymond is in a great location between the seacoast and Manchester and everyone is always looking for 5 milers and 10Ks! A lot of the runners (out of the 43) are actually pretty fast. I ran a 10:30 average pace and I finished 34/43. There is no reason all those normal people runners shouldn’t come out and enjoy this loop! It’s also extremely cheap at only $20.

See you out there next year!

~Jessie A.