Nashua’s Revolution Run – Live Free and Run!
Many of the cities of the Merrimack Valley have signature summertime races. Manchester, NH has the Cigna Road Race. Lowell, MA has its Good Times 5K Series. Newburyport, MA has the Yankee Homecoming 10-Miler. Nashua, NH on the other hand has not had a signature summertime race. That will all change on Independence Day (July 4th) with the 1st Annual Revolution Run.
Posted Friday, 24 June, 2011
The Revolution Run consists of two races a 5-kilometer run and a 10-kilometer run. Both races will start from outside of historic Holman Stadium located on the corner of Amherst Street and Sargents Street. The stadium is a short walk for downtown Nashua and easily accessible from Exit 6 off of Everett Turnpike (Route 3). There is lots of free parking in the area.
Holman hosted what is considered the first integrated U.S. baseball team in the modern era, when Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe played for the then-Nashua Dodgers in 1946. The stadium has also played host to such luminaries as James Taylor, Tina Turner, Elvis Costello and Whitney Houston to name a few. Both races will enter the left field area of the park and finish at home plate. The park provides ample seating for spectators and lots of bathrooms to help calm those pre-race jitters.
The Revolution Run will have amenities often found at longer running events such as a half-marathon or marathon. The first 300 entrants will receive a short sleeve technical t-shirt with the race logo on the front and the event’s tag line “Live Free and Run” on the back. Shirts are still available but enter quickly since they will not last much longer.
Each finisher will receive a beautifully designed Revolution Run medal designed by Ashworth Awards. Many of the top race medals in the United States including the Boston Marathon finisher medals, the Hawaii IronMan medals the very creative Mickey Mouse ears medal used at the Disney World Marathon have been designed and manufactured by Ashworth Award. The medal will also feature the race logo and tagline “Live Free and Run.”
Both races will be timed and scored by Nashua, NH based timing company Yankee Timing. Runner will be wearing the B-Tag the latest in race timing chip technology. Both events will feature a start and finish line mat so you can get both a gun and net time. Yankee Timing will also provide same day emailed personalized results to all entrants who provide a valid email address.
The race will also feature commemorative personalized race bibs with your first name printed on the bib. These will be available to all entries received by June 25, 2011. These bibs will surely become a collection item.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 males and females overall and top three in each age division. The age divisions are 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. After the race an award ceremony will be held in the infield of Holman Stadium and refreshments will be served.
The Minuteman Mile
The Minuteman Mile sponsored by College Bound Movers offers a grand prize of $250 to the fastest first mile time turned in by both a male and female runner. Runners must complete one of the two races to be eligible for the prize. The first mile of the race is relatively flat so you can be sure that a fast time will be needed to win the prize.
Both races are relatively flat and will start on Sargents Street located adjacent to the stadium and will go west and turning right onto Amherst Street (Rt. 101A). From Amherst Street the course turns right and heads east onto the Henri Bourque Highway (Rt. 3) to Manchester Street where it turns right and heads back towards Holman Stadium. The 5K runners will go directly back to Sargents Street taking a right and entering the rear of the ballpark via a running path off of Sargents Street. Ten kilometer runner will go left onto Hall Street from Manchester Street to Concord Street. Runners will go north onto Concord Street and go left onto the Henri Bourque Highway and proceed back to Manchester Street and trace the exact finish of the 5-kilometer course.
Walkers are Welcomed
The 5-kilometer course is walker friendly and flat. Walkers are encouraged to participate and help support the Big Brother Big Sister organization of Greater Nashua.
All entries fees will benefit the Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) organization of Greater Nashua. BBBS Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. For more information on BBBS of Greater Nashua visit their website.
Be Part of the Fun
Make this Fourth of July holiday a memorable one and support a great local charity in the process by participating in the first annual Revolution Run. You can enter the Revolution Run through the event website www.revrun.com.