The Stonyfield Earth Day 5K—Londonderry, New Hampshire in Early Spring

This race is new, and it will be a gem.  It is time to get mooving!  Everyone can run or walk a 5K.  Running the Saturday after the Boston Marathon, and the day following Earth Day 2011 (the 41st annual), this will be a regional magnet for many.  Running April 23 with a 10:00 a.m. start, it will include a running division and a walking division, starting and finishing at Stonyfield Farm headquarters on Burton Drive, just south of the Boston-Manchester Airport.  Race headquarters will be the Stonyfield offices and yogurt works production facilities with plenty of parking. 

In addition to a great run on a gently rolling USATF-certified course, this will be a really fun day featuring fitness, food, and vital information on products and processes.  The Earth Day Fair will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Stonyfield offices and Visitor Center.   Please join the celebration; the Fair is FREE and open to the public.  The Fair has a very impressive list of sponsors and vendors and will feature:

  • Wholesome, fun and tasty food products for you to sample from Stonyfield and other vendors.
  • Demonstrations of products and approaches which are planet-friendly.
  • Live music throughout the morning by acclaimed Beatles tribute band - All Together Now.
  • Information from sponsors and vendors on healthy foods, health issues in general, and environmental issues and answers.
  • Educational opportunities and experiences with sustainability in mind—products, services, and approaches.

And you know what they say about the early bird.  Take advantage of their early registration through March 23 and save $5; this fee is a very reasonable $20.00 with a discount for youth participants 17 and under (only $15).  But don't delay because they expect the event to sell out and you want to be sure to get one of the custom T-shirts—these shirts will become valuable as the inaugural event of a sure-to-be classic.

The course is beautiful, and all of it will be on the rural roads of north Londonderry.  It starts and ends just east of the Stonyfield facilities on Burton Drive, which is the gateway to the newly expanded Stonyfield Farms.  From Burton it turns north on Harvey Road heading toward the airport, and then turns right or east on Delta Road, which ends in a cul-de-sac for the turnaround.  Returning westbound on Delta, runners will turn left or south on Harvey Road to Airport Park Road (opposite Burton Drive), also a cul-de-sac.  After the turn on Airport Park Road the course heads west to Burton drive and the finish at Stonyfield.  It is a really fun course with several chances to see the leaders and to see friends, teammates and family members as they enjoy their race.

This race will introduce Londonderry to many runners, a small town with a rich history and distinctive character—apple orchards especially—and a strong history in racing, high school, club, and general road, trail, and cross-country racing.  And it is easy to get to, close to Interstate 93 about an hour north of Boston and only minutes south of Manchester.  See excellent directions on the Race Website along with information on Stonyfield Farms, LOCO Running, the course, including maps, registration, ride share and parking, sponsors, the Earth Day Fair and Earth Day, the cause/beneficiary, and much more:

There will also be an opportunity for number and packet pickup and late registration for all runners and walkers in front of the Stonyfield Farms offices from 8:00 a.m. through 9:45 a.m.  But two notes of caution—this event will likely sell out so do not plan on race day sign up—do it now!  And do not plan on arriving late, as inbound traffic will be shut off (the entrance drive is part of the course) well before race start at 10:00 a.m.  

Computer chip timing by Yankee Timing Company will provide accurate and immediate results for all.  They will be using the B-tag system where your timing chip is woven into the bib number (must be worn on the front abdominal area and visible to be read)—you do not have to return this; as with any bib number it is yours to keep and simplifies everything for organizers and participants.

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