The Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race—Be Part of this Popular Classic at Historic Holman Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire
The Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England. It is now the premiere corporate race of the Merrimack Valley, and one of those “must do” spring races. The organization, sponsorship and amenities are top notch. The course begins and ends at historic Holman Stadium, Nashua, New Hampshire, and individuals and corporate teams—runners and walkers--are welcome. It runs Thursday, May 15, 2014.
Posted Saturday, 10 May, 2014
This is the fourth annual Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race, and it is sure to be a go-to event for all corporate teams in the southern New Hampshire, eastern Massachusetts, and southern Maine region. It provides the opportunity for corporate teams, businesses of every size in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, to show their colors and build company pride. And they will likely party well into the evening and talk about their team-building exploits. Individuals? You bet! It is a mostly flat and well organized evening run for all.
This event serves a great cause for the fourth year in a row. A percentage of proceeds will go to the Nashua PAL cross country program, according to the Gate City Striders, the driving organization behind the event. It will conveniently run on Thursday evening, May 15 race with a 6:15 p.m. start.
There will be ample parking, plenty of space for teams, and a shaded, rolling course through quiet Nashua neighborhoods. Race headquarters is historic Holman Stadium, home of professional baseball where Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella once played. It's easy to get to from north or south, east or west—at Amherst Street (Route 101A) and Sargent Avenue and only minutes off the Everett Turnpike and Route 3.
This event will be one of Nashua's best, and had the makings of a classic right out of the gate in 2011 under the auspices of LOCO Sports which administered the event over the initial three years. It is now a regional magnet for many and an excellent opportunity for companies to get employees involved and enjoy some team-building fun. http://www.harvardpilgrim5k.com/
The Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race will be a community happening that will benefit PAL youth sports. But mostly it will be an event with loads of pure and simple FUN, with emphasis on enjoyment through a healthy lifestyle. Nearly anyone can run or walk this event; beginners can get a taste of what exercise and outdoor enjoyment can bring to all of us. It is especially fun to compete with your teams and/or family and friends. Better companies, it seems, love to get employees involved in such meaningfully healthy activities.
The start will be at 6:15 p.m. with packet pickup and late registration at the stadium from 4:00 p.m. though 6:00. (Late registration, if available, will be 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 on race day.) All pre-registered participants will receive a Custom T-shirt, so hurry and sign up yourself or get your team together for a morale boosting outing—and a blast!
(Some companies pay tens of thousands of dollars for team building and can’t match the effectiveness and lasting effects of this event.)
The race starts and ends on Artillery Lane adjacent to Holman Stadium, just outside the right field wall. It is USATF-certified and mostly flat with excellent traffic control throughout. It is essentially a counter-clockwise loop through tranquil neighborhoods to the north of Holman, mostly in quiet neighborhood lanes. The down to flat finish on Artillery Lane (Greeley Road) is a good one—wide open through parkland. This course is runner-friendly for both experienced racers and beginning runners; and walkers are invited to join in as well. Unlike many events, ALL participants will be timed.
Company, non-profit, and government agency teams will participate—that is the name of the game in this one. There are no club or school teams. Five or more participants from the same organization make a team (and that can include friends and family as well as employees), but there is no limit on the number of runners for each team. There will be female, male, and co-ed teams/divisions. There will also be prizes for most participation in each category—small, medium, and large companies or organizations.
Corporate teams score by total time (five top runners’ combined times). However, this event is about much more than team score—just being there is winning! The team-building and camaraderie are unmistakable and invaluable. All organizations should encourage employees and members to be active, healthy and fit. There will be a designated team/company area at Holman for teams to set up tables, banners, canopies, etc. for bags and essentials. Some will keep a low profile, and of course some will be very boisterous and seize the moment.
There will also be individual awards for top three overall and top three in each of 14 age divisions—10-year age groups through 70+.
This is THE event for companies from throughout the region—all companies. Firms that participate in the Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race can definitely undergo major changes in employee morale and attitudes toward fitness and health. Many have built on this for year round employee fitness programs. And it is so easy and inexpensive.
Corporations can and do use the power of running and fitness to change and improve corporate culture, employee morale and loyalty, employee health/fitness, and attendance. This race is an ideal team building program when promoted properly within the company. And if cultivated it can have a year-long impact on employee fitness and morale. As noted, companies often pay thousands of dollars for team-building that is not nearly as effective—or easy.
It sounds terrific and powerful, and it is. Companies who are supportive of fitness programs—especially running—are definitely healthier and more productive. Business leaders realize that their company, and their employees individually, can greatly benefit from fitness. This race can be the catalyst and cornerstone. Company pride and camaraderie take on new meaning when employees participate as a group—yes, it is invaluable.
Many companies buy employees’ running singlets and shorts; a few add wind suits. It’s a great investment, allowing each group to show the company colors. Many have banners made; then take a team photo on race night to hang in the company fitness center or lobby. Most people can do a 5K—walk or run--and the sense of teamwork and pride are tremendously effective.
Corporate and Running Communities Coming Together
This race is a celebration of running and fitness, and a unique opportunity for a company outing. Individuals are also encouraged to participate, and are eligible for age group prizes, as are members of corporate teams. What a deal!
"This was just awesome! I love to run and have for a long time, but many from our company hadn't done a race before. It was the best company outing we've ever had and we want to do this every year."
There will be corporate banners everywhere at Holman Stadium where registration and post race festivities will be enjoyed by all. Take advantage of this tremendous community resource provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England and show your colors. Join the fun. Enjoy the race and party. Celebrate fitness and community!
There are many great reasons to make this spring evening running adventure an event you and your team can call your own. The Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race has it all-- beautiful, historic venue, great race organization, and an excellent, fun-filled post race party with plenty of awards and good times. It will be timed by Yankee Timing Company, one of the best in the business. It is professionally organized to satisfy a runner’s every need. Bring your company banners and use it as a team building exercise, or simply enjoy your own fast 5K and this classic experience.
Check the race Website for details, including registration, course map, travel options, team information and rules, FAQ’s, registration, sponsors, beneficiaries, unique history of Holman, contacts and more at http://www.harvardpilgrim5k.com/
Come to Nashua on Thursday, May 15th and be part of something very special. Friends, family, teammates—everyone can do this. Share the passion—run, walk, and be fit. Be part of something memorable--the fourth annual Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race. Definitely be part of this corporate road race classic. We will see you there!