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The Bobcat Bolt 5K and 10K Road Races and Oyster River Festival
Come run or walk the Bobcat Bolt in Durham, NH, a USA Track & Field sanctioned and certified event. This is a race, a reunion, a memorial, a festival, and a day of fun with live music, art, artisans, and more! The Bobcat Bolt races will be followed by the Oyster River Festival where the community will join to celebrate local live music, arts and memories.

The Bobcat Bolt 5K and 10K Road Races and Oyster River Festival

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By Andy Schachat
Posted Friday, 30 April, 2010

This is a road race and more. Yes, it is much more. That’s the best way to describe the second annual Bobcat Bolt and Oyster River Festival, which takes place on May 15th at Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire. The day will start with 5K and 10K road races and continue with a day-long festival of music, art, food, fun and friends.

Let’s start with the races. Take your pick of 3.1 miles (5K) or 6.2 miles (10K); both start at 8:00 a.m. and run on certified courses. If you are fast enough to be amongst the top finishers of either race you could earn a cash prize. Top three males and females in the 10K will go home with $200, $100, or $50 respectively while the top three 5K finishers will receive $100, $75, or $50. All runners, regardless of finishing time, will most likely be rewarded at the finish with their names called out by the race announcer. Last year New Hampshire’s Senator Jeanne Shaheen was the official starter.

You will have to work for your reward—part of the fun. Both courses start at Oyster River High School and right off the bat head up a fairly steep hill. Not to worry, at the Bobcat Bolt, a course that goes up must come down. After the first hill the 5K course is mostly flat and fast, bringing you back to the high school. The 10K has some rolling hills in the second half of its course before rejoining 5K finishers at the school.

Last year’s Bobcat Bolt drew close to 300 participants with Durham’s Michael Brady and Michelle Grenier taking top honors in the 5K. In the 10K Yolando Flamino of Vernon, Connecticut was not only top female she was top finisher overall. Portsmouth’s Brian Chase was top male runner in the 10K. The attendance is going to be much higher this year. Everyone is talking about the races and the live music—some great local bands will entertain well into the afternoon.

Festival Fun Time
And here is the greatest reward: After the race it’s time for the Oyster River Festival. Your entry fee includes a great spread of lunch and a ticket to a morning and afternoon of great music with seven different live local bands. Starting at 9:30 a.m. and going through 4:00 p.m. these bands will rock out near the finish line. While enjoying the music the festival will also have arts and crafts, community exhibits, and numerous children’s activities. Food will be on sale for those that don’t participate in either race. It really is a festival—and an enjoyable, memorable one.

The Second Annual Bobcat Bolt and Oyster River Festival are being organized by the Oyster River Alumni Association, in support of the Oyster River Teen Initiative. ORTI is a program designed to expand and support resources for teens in the Oyster River district (Durham, Madbury, and Lee, N.H). Plans are underway to build a youth center for recreation and the proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of that youth center.

The Brothers Hardy
The race and festival are also being held to honor the memories of two brothers who attended Oyster River High School, Josh and Nate Hardy. Josh Hardy was a standout athlete at ORHS, especially on the soccer field. He also had a passion for skateboarding and the arts. Unfortunately, Josh lost a battle to cancer and died in 1993.

Nate Hardy drew added inspiration from his brother and dedicated his life to his country. From a young age Nate dreamed of serving in the Navy and wanted to be a Navy Seal. After a standout high school career in soccer and lacrosse he enlisted in the Navy where he achieved his dream and proceeded to earn numerous medals. (Please see the Website for detailed information of the Hardy boys.) On February 4, 2008, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nate Hardy was killed in action.

Because Josh and Nate Hardy were important members of the Oyster River community the race and festival are dedicated to their memory. As the organizers state, “it is our hope that the Bobcat Bolt and the Oyster River Festival will help us all remember Nate and Josh and inspire us to ‘come home’ and interact and be part of the community we come from and are a part of.”

Like many other races and events the Bobcat Bolt and Oyster River Festival need a local organization and local support for the events. For the second year, Gault Builders is the presenting sponsor. Gault Builders, located near Durham in Madbury, N.H. is a company that designs, constructs, and renovates homes. Other sponsors include Minutemen Painters, Durham Marketplace, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Sperry Tents, and others (please check the Website).

This road race supports a worthwhile cause, and the Alumni Association is dedicated to providing kids in the area top facilities and opportunities for recreation. Oyster River High School, 55 Coe Dr., Durham, NH—8:00 a.m. start. It will be a full day of music, food, and fun. No wonder the slogan for this event is: “Ready, set run.”

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