The Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K/5K Road Races: Championship Racing and Tradition at Its Best

The 36th Bedford Rotary Memorial Road Race 12K will be the USATF Championship of New England, a New England Grand Prix event, and the place to be in the Northeast on May 22, 2010. The accompanying 5K will make for a terrific family day. Between these two outstanding and complimentary events there will be a race for everyone, from the slowest beginner to elite regional stars.

The Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K/5K Road Races continue the tradition as two extraordinary races from start to finish. Being the 2010 USATF-New England 12K Grand Prix Championship race, there's guaranteed to be some tough competition on the rural Bedford roads. And with a new course that starts and ends at the Bedford High School, finishing with a victory lap around the track, all racers will experience the excitement of an Olympic-style event.

Memorial Day weekend gets an early start in Bedford, N.H. These back-to-back races offer something for the entire family. And since the 12K starts at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K heads off at 10:45 a.m., there's even a chance to get in a little extra mileage or run with the family by covering both races—at a discounted rate! These family and beginner-friendly races give everyone a chance to get out there and start the summer off right. And what a beautiful time of year it is in southern New Hampshire. Less than an hour from Boston, and just southeast of Manchester, the location is convenient too.

You can register online from the Race Website and save a stamp and a trip to the post office, or you can print out a mail-in application. Please check the details on the Website. Registration is open until May 15th, but act now for reduced rates.

The Secret Behind Success
What started in the elementary school as a parent/teacher 3-mile fun run 37 years ago has evolved into a mainstay in New England's competitive running circuit. The Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K, which was added around 1990, has been named a USATF-New England Grand Prix race seven times since 1999. Now hundreds of teams from many of the top New England running clubs will flock to the historic Manchester suburb of Bedford for the third of eight races in the USATF-NE Grand Prix series, and the only one in New Hampshire.
The other races in the 2010 USATF-New England Championships and Grand Prix:

? Feb. 28 - Jones Group 10 Miler, Amherst, MA
? March 21- New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
? May 22 – Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K, Bedford, NH
? June 6 - Rhody 5K, Lincoln RI (Men's Championship)
? July 18 – Stowe Eight Miler, Stowe, VT
? Aug. 14 - Bridge of Flowers 10K, Shelburne Falls, MA
? Oct. 3 –Providence Ronald McDonald House 5K, Providence, RI (Women's)
? Oct. 17 - Bay State Marathon, Lowell MA

And they come to Bedford with good reason. "The 12K is an intermediate distance and it comes at the right time—a month after the Boston Marathon—and we operate a good race," said Bill Gere, long time Race Director. "The 12K is also good for marathon runners to work on their speed." You'll know what he means the second the starting gun goes off at the new course, which starts at the new Bedford High School.

The downhill start on a wide stretch of road allows racers to properly seed themselves for a smooth start and fast overall time. Top three winning teams in the 12K will go home with prizes as well as bragging rights over other New England running clubs and points toward their Grand Prix standings for the year.

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