The Harvard Pilgrim 5K Corporate Road Race—Be Part of this Popular Classic, Now a Spring Event 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 one of those “must do” spring races in New Hampshire. The timing is right, the organization and amenities top notch. The course begins and ends at historic Holman Stadium, and individuals and corporate teams—runners and walkers--are welcome. The region is richer for it, running Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Nashua.
Posted Tuesday, 15 May, 2012
This is the second annual Harvard Pilgrim Corporate 5K 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 (or any 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, of course, a mostly flat and well organized individual evening run.
This event serves a great cause for the second year in a row, the Nashua PAL cross country program, according to Race Director Mike St. Laurent (AKA the LOCO Guy). It will be on a convenient Thursday evening, May 24 (it premired on August 25 last year), with ample parking and a relatively flat course through Nashua neighborhoods. It is headquartered at 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--only minutes off the Everett Turnpike and Route 3.
This event will be one of Nashua's largest, and had the makings of a classic right out of the gate in 2011. It will be a regional magnet for many and another terrific signature event for the folks at LOCO Running. http://www.harvardpilgrim5k.com/
The Harvard Pilgrim 5K will be a team building event, and a community happening that will be a benefit race. 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 and 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.
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 T-shirt, so hurry and sign up (17-and-under have a reduced fee).
The race starts and ends on Greely Road 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, including Manchester Street, Cox, Meade, and Ashland Streets with a smaller loop just before the 3-mile mark. The down to flat finish on 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.
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. There is no limit on the number of runners for each team. There will be female, male, and co-ed teams. There will also be prizes for most participation in each category—small, medium, and large companies or organizations. Five or more individuals from the same company can make up a team (and that can include friends and family as well as employees).
Corporate teams score by total time (five top runners’ combined times), not by cross-country rules (finishing position). 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.
Come to Nashua on Thursday, May 24th 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 Harvard Pilgrim Corporate 5K Road Race.
May 24 at Holman Stadium in Nashua will be the place to be for companies from throughout the region—all companies. Firms that participate in the Harvard Pilgrim 5K can definitely undergo major changes in employee morale and attitudes toward fitness and health. Corporations can and do use the power of running and fitness to change and improve corporate culture, employee morale, employee 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. After all, companies pay thousands of dollars many times for team-building that is not nearly as effective.
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 the cornerstone. Company pride and camaraderie take on new meaning when employees participate as a group—yes, it is invaluable.
Many companies may 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 a banner made; then take a team photo on race night to hang in the company fitness center or lobby. Everyone 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!
There will be corporate banners everywhere at Holman Stadium where registration and post race festivities will be enjoyed by all. Do take advantage of this tremendous community resource provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and LOCO Sports and show your colors. Join the fun. Enjoy the race and party. Celebrate fitness and community!
LOCO Sports - For Runners by Runners
This is another great race by the folks at LOCO Sports. LOCO was founded in New Hampshire by runners just like you who believed that loyal runners deserved a company truly dedicated to the sport of running and to the running community.
The folks at LOCO also have a solid history of successful race management, including the Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon and Half Marathon, Half at the Hamptons, Great Bay Half Marathon, The All-Women's Half Marathon (November in Newburyport), the Stow Eight Miler, the “Will Run for Beer” Series (season long, beginning in January), The Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 5K and 10K at Gillette Stadium, Applecrest Half Marathon, and more. They are always planning for additional new and exciting races. You can count on them to provide a terrific race experience from start to finish.
There are so many great reasons to make this new 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/ And definitely be there to enjoy what will be an annual classic. Enjoy!