Mother's Day Race Tradition

Get ready for a really special race this Mother's Day. The Medical Center 6K welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. Go ahead and mark this one on your spring race calendar right away! You won't want to miss this gem of a race. Bring your mom and experience a departure from an ordinary Mother's Day; it will be truly memorable. And because all the race proceeds go to the New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Services Fund, you will enjoy the satisfaction of helping others in need. Mom will be proud!

This challenging 6K is a unique distance at 3.73 miles. It comes as no surprise that the race was selected as the USATF New England Championship and Grand Prix race in 2008. But that is just one of the many on a long list of attributes that makes the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center 6K stand out on the race calendar. This event features a picturesque, well managed course, plenty of amenities, an excellent race organization, gift certificate awards, a fitness walk, and the chance to nominate your mom as Grand Marshal!

The Medical Center 6K, which also features a 1.25-mile Fit Walk, is a wonderful blend of many noteworthy traditions. Since 2002, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center has used this race as a platform for promoting and celebrating health, fitness and wellness in the community.

The race has always been a kick off for the Fitness University for Kids program administered by the Gate City Striders. This award winning program is now in its 21st year and is more important than ever in the efforts to guard against childhood obesity. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Gate City Striders, who have expertly organized and managed it through the years, this successful program enjoys a great reputation with parents and kids who expect quality each summer.

Runners expect quality from the Medical Center 6K as well, and the race delivers, year after year. www.medicalcenter6k.com

The Course
Runners of all abilities will delight in the small town atmosphere of downtown Nashua. The tree-lined course starts at the Medical Center's downtown campus at 10 prospect Street and heads southward, winding through several city neighborhoods. It cuts through the Rivier College campus, passes the fairways of the Nashua Country Club golf course, and loops back to the start.

Walkers will step off behind runners on a separate course at 10 Prospect Street. The 1.25-mile walkers' course winds through area neighborhoods ending at the corner of Dearborn and Prospect Streets. This enjoyable walk is an ideal Mother's Day activity for all the non-runners in the family who want to be part of the action and fun. Registration is quite reasonable, and kids 12 and under register for free for either the 6K race or 2K walk.

Nominate Your Mom
The race as traditionally been held on Mother's Day. It is fitting that the special woman chosen as Grand Marshal is someone who embodies the spirit of fitness and exercise, lifestyle changes, and or triumphs over medical setbacks. If you have an inspirational story about your mom and would like to share it, you can nominate her for Grand Marshal - an amazing tribute that will make this Mother's Day unforgettable.

Awards
The overall female and male winners will each receive a pair of Red Sox tickets. Male and female age group awards will be given to the top two runners in each division and will include gift certificates. There are three youth divisions, then 10-year age groups through 70+. The Annual Southern New Hampshire Health System President's Cup is presented to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center or Foundation of Medical Partners for the group with the fastest three top runners.

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