Great New Race, the Moose On the Loose Half Marathon and Relay, and 4K Too
Enjoy a half marathon or two-person relay in beautiful Mine Falls Park, Nashua, New Hampshire; coming Sunday, April 13, 2014. This is New Hampshire’s newest half marathon, a unique event that starts and ends at Nashua High School South track. The first of 14 events in the New England Half Marathon Tour, it is a spectator friendly two-loop course and loads of fun. You will fall in love with these trails.
Posted Friday, 14 March, 2014
Distance racing is tremendously enjoyable, and here is an opportunity to run this scenic course in the beautiful setting that is Mine Falls Park, and a chance to compete in an inventive new series, the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014. It starts and finishes on the excellent surface of the high school track. If you are new to half marathons or have never tried this type of race, this is the one to start--easy and mostly flat. It winds through beautiful forests and along a pretty mill canal and pond dating back to the 1800's. Mine Falls is a gem in itself--local runners have been enjoying this venue for many decades, and you would never guess this park is within New Hampshire's second largest city.
It is very convenient to get to. It is just off Route 3/ The Everett Turnpike. It is presented by 3C Race Productions, the creators of the New England Half Marathon Tour, which has expanded dramatically since last year. In fact, it has almost doubled, from eight events to fourteen in seven states.
If you are not up for the full 13.1-miles there are two other options--2-person relay or the 4K (about 2 ½ miles). This Moose on the Loose Half Marathon is very different than the traditional 10-miler which runs in August on 2.5-mile loops on the west side of the Everett Turnpike. This one completes the entire circuit of Mine Falls from the high school in two 6.5-mile loops, taking full advantage of the park.
Yes, you can run this half marathon race or get a friend and run the two-person relay! The relay handoff is near the start/finish. The 4K runs the first portion of the half marathon course, and also finishes on the track. Spectators, friends and family can station themselves near the track at the edge of the park and see runners at the start, one quarter, half way, three quarters, and finish. Information and registration are available at http://www.mooseontheloosehm.com.
Mine Falls is a terrific venue with beautiful scenery along the canal and the river, and the forest canopy makes for a gorgeous run, very comfortable and fast course. Runners will enjoy six water stops on the half marathon course and fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, yogurt and lots of water at the finish. The first 400 who preregister will receive a Moose-on-the-Loose custom technical T-shirt; each registrant will receive a make-your-own goodie bag and there will be a big raffle where all participants have a shot at some great prizes. Awards—top three overall, top three in seven age groups, and first relay teams--include things you can actually use, including Moose On the Loose pint glasses, running hats, hanteens, and Road ID kits. And there will be unique custom medals awarded to all half marathon finishers, including teams.
The roads and trails are wide and scenic, and well marked with plenty of room for passing and lots of space for enjoying a tranquil run completely away from any traffic.
The course is a clockwise loop along secondary roads and soft trails, and starts on the Nashua High School track, 7 Riverside Drive, Nashua, NH 03062. There is plenty of free parking in the adjacent parking lots on the fringe of the park. The course runs wide roadways, including Riverside Drive where there will be plenty of time to spread out the field.
It turns by the Conway Arena and passes Stellos Stadium on the way into the park and heads down the boat ramp road to the historic canal gatehouse of 1886. Heading into the park it skirts the Mine Falls Dam and hydro-electric plant, and traverses the ancient canal path, immediately along the canal which was built circa 1830 to power the mills in Nashua. It is a wide and fairly straight path—and very flat--crossing two wooden bridges before passing the high school foot bridge.
It continues on the canal path past Everett Turnpike underpass, then bears left on Spine Road at the soccer fields (flag pole and Whipple Street foot bridge over the canal). Spine Road runs along the Nashua River into the Millyard complex where a short loop takes runners clockwise back to the canal path. The course again hugs the canal for a half mile, then loops across the footbridge to the paved bike path on the south side of the canal, heading back toward the turnpike. There is a one-mile loop through the Whipple Street-Simon Street industrial park before reentering the bike path back to the high school to complete the first half.
The relay handoff is near the high school track, and then this 6.5-mile loop is repeated.
Registration is very reasonable but increases on March 29 and again on race day so don’t delay, you can save money over race day registration and you will want to get one of those custom shirts. Simply go to the Race Website for either online registration or for a downloadable application. For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com.
Mine Falls Park
This park is a tremendous resource for the southern New Hampshire/northern Massachusetts region and is especially valuable for runners. It has miles of trails and scenic forests—nearly all of it completely undeveloped except for trail maintenance and several playing fields—two soccer fields, a baseball diamond, foot bridges, and a paved trail on the south side of the canal east of Nashua High School South. It is especially notable because it is actually within the city—at the eastern end only 1/3 mile off Main Street. But you would never know you were in an urban district; the 325 acres of woodland and trails are tranquil with many tree species and a lot of wildlife, including deer.
It lies between the Nashua River and the Mill Canal that was dug by hand in the 1830’s to power the textile mills in the city with a 36-foot drop at the canal outlet. The park is bounded on the west by the dam (hydro-electric power plant serves the high school, public works, and police station) and gate house where water is diverted from the river to the mill pond and canal.
It is bounded on the east by the Millyard near Clocktower—the buildings where the once huge textile mills flourished using the power of the river. Boston Marathon winner Henri Renaud (1909—the only runner form New Hampshire to win at Boston so far) worked in these mills.
The name Mine Falls, a natural river rapids, comes from the lead mines that were once dug along the river in the late 1700’s. The trails in the park have been designated part of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail System—running from Canada to Massachusetts. The canal and mill district are on the National Register of Historic Places.
This will be a unique race in wonderful Mine Falls Park, a delightful resource for runners. Give this one a try.
New England Half Marathon Tour 2014
Moose on the Loose, a new half marathon, is the first race in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014. The tour began in 2013 and instantly became very popular with eight inaugural events. The New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 includes 14 excellent events held in seven states. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K (except this one, a 4K). The first three races for this year include the new Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge Half Marathon in Foster, Road Island on May 11; and the Lime Rock Half Marathon in Lakeville, Connecticut, a holdover from last year running June 8, 2014.
They have chosen unique and unexpected venues for half marathon and 5K runners, offering experiences that are varied and fun, for example, Fall River and Battleship Cove, or the incomparable Waterville Valley, or Freeport, Maine with L.L. Bean.
This seven-state tour includes some of the most scenic, most unique venues for half marathon runners. Each venue is chosen not only for some of its special features. Many are brand new races with venues and locations chosen to bring half marathons to historically underserved areas. There has been an explosion in the numbers of half marathons in recent years in response to the rapidly growing number of participants, yet there are still many wonderful locations that do not have one of their own.
Thousands of runners took part in the inaugural tour and runner feedback fueled the explosive growth for this season. There are even more events planned for 2015.
You will want to enjoy the half marathons in the New England Half Marathon Tour. In fact, run just six of these remarkable events and test yourself and compare; you can also win one of the cool tour jackets. http://www.nehalfmarathontour.com/
3C Race Productions
This company produces many races, with over 200 on the schedule for 2014, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Freeport Half Marathon, Fall River Half Marathon, and the Moose on the Loose Half Marathon and others in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 as outlined above. This is a full service and very professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped raise funds and donations for many non-profits totaling $5,249,800 for a variety of charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the full race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
The Place to Be, and Lots to Do and See
Run the Moose On the Loose Half Marathon or 4K. Yes, 3C Race Productions has contributed in many ways to the running community. It has been a big advantage for participants to experience events where elite runners as well as inexperienced new runners can compete at the same time on the same course. These races have introduced many runners to long distance races in low key, enjoyable and well-organized races in a variety of scenic and interesting locations. They have introduced many to their first half marathon.
All can participate, either in the half or the 4K—walkers are welcome and they will experience a race venue and the excitement of road racing, perhaps for the first time.
This is truly an event and location you will not want to miss, so register now. It is really exciting to participate, especially when you know it is bound to be a true classic and important date on the New England running calendar this year and beyond.
The Moose On the Loose Half Marathon—and 4K--will run in historic Mine Falls Park. Be there and see what all the buzz is about. For more information or to register, please go to: http://www.mooseontheloosehm.com .