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Independence Day Weekend Four on the Fourth, New Hampshire’s Only Certified 4K Course –and Certified Fun
Don’t miss the second annual Four on the Fourth, a 4K Race and Walk at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire; it’s your opportunity for an outstanding race experience. It is family friendly with free races for kids. Enjoy elements of Cross Country racing with the roads and you may set a New Hampshire single age record.

Independence Day Weekend Four on the Fourth, New Hampshire’s Only Certified 4K Course –and Certified Fun

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

Just kidding, folks. This Four on the Fourth is actually the day before the Fourth of July, on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. And it will be a Sunday full of racing fun for the whole family in Concord—starting and finishing on the grass just east of Strout Hall on the NHTI campus adjacent to Fort Eddy Pond.

You have heard of one-of-a-kind races. Well this one truly is. It is the only certified 4K in the state of New Hampshire and therefore offers some unique prizes to go along with this unusual status. They are offering single age record prizes—that is, if you are the first in your age (single age year) and you beat the current record ( )
you will go into the record books in addition to winning the race prize, because this is only the second year (no other certified 4K races recorded in the state), so each age winner will receive a medal for their efforts—and some serious bragging rights. Age Group winners—five year age groups—receive Four on the Fourth pint glasses. The first 250 to register will get tech T-shirts.

This is a family friendly event in Concord, and adding a free Kids’ Run of 400 or 800 meters (depending on age) provides a really cool opportunity for kids to enjoy racing and healthy activities with prizes for all. Best of all, some of the race proceeds will benefit the NHTI Lynx Cross Country Team. The three-day Fourth of July weekend is coming up. Let’s celebrate! Maybe you will race on Sunday AND Monday.

Check the race Website for details on prizes, directions, previous results, race photos, excellent course maps, information on prizes and kids’ runs; and of course, registration including the favored online option or a downloadable application.

How far is 4K? It is precisely 2.485 miles! So the entire day will be ahead of you on this holiday weekend! The inaugural race was won by Samantha Hicks and Sam Wood, both of Laconia, New Hampshire, in 15:26 and 13:34 respectively.

The course is a combination of grass, roads, and trails. It starts and ends near Fort Eddy Pond on the grass, and includes a clockwise loop around the Institute grounds. After the cross-country like start there will be about 800 meters for the crowd to thin out before two quick rights put the field on Fan Road. After a kilometer on Fan Road there is another right on Institute Drive to the end, where runners and walkers will cross College Drive onto Seekamp Trail on the east side of Fort Eddy Pond. Runners will follow the trail around to the right and turn back in on the grass just before hitting Fan Road. Then runners will enjoy a short sprint across the grass to the finish where it all began.

This Event is brought to you by 3 C Race Productions, producing races of all sizes and types throughout New England. Contact Race Director Michael Amarello, President of 3 C at, or 603-429-8879. Check out the Website at

You will not want to miss this one! It is a truly fun experience and a really enjoyable way to enjoy the true beginning of summer racing. Bring the kids. Have a blast. Try to set an age group or single age record. In any case, you are sure to set a Personal Record in this unique 4K distance and format. Check it out, sign up, bring the family and friends, have a blast, enjoy beautiful Concord. It is only fitting—the Constitution of the United States went into effect when the state of New Hampshire (9th state) ratified it right there in historic Concord.



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