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The Harvard Pilgrim Corporate 5K—Be Part of this Inaugural Event, Sure to be a Popular Classic
The Harvard Pilgrim 5K sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England is one of those “must do” summer races in New England. 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 for this inaugural southern New Hampshire event, Thursday, August 25, 2011 in Nashua.

The Harvard Pilgrim Corporate 5K—Be Part of this Inaugural Event, Sure to be a Popular Classic

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

This race is the inaugural Harvard Pilgrim 5K, and it is sure to be a gem. 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 it serves a great cause, 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, August 25, with ample parking and a relatively flat course through Nashua neighborhoods; and it is headquartered at historic Holman Stadium—easy to get to from north or south. This event will become an instant classic right out of the gate, a regional magnet for many and a signature event for the folks at LOCO Running.

The Harvard Pilgrim 5K will be a team building event, community building and benefit race 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. All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt, but hurry and sign up because there is a discount if you register by August 21st for adults and for kids (17-and-under have a reduced fee).

The Course
The race starts and ends on Greely Road adjacent to Holman Stadium on the third base side. 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, 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.

Corporate Teams
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, or teams from any other designation. There is no limit on the number. There will be female, male, and co-ed teams. There will also be prizes for most participation in each category—small, medium, and large company or organization. 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.

Come to Nashua on August 25th 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 and sign up for the Harvard Pilgrim Corporate 5K Road Race.

Company Benefits
On August 25 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.

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 so 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 held, along with more than a few private post-race parties. Do take advantage of this tremendous community resource provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and show your colors. Join the fun. Enjoy the race and party. Celebrate fitness and community!

LOCO Running - For Runners by Runners
This is another great race by the folks at LOCO Running. 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, 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 10K at Patriot Place, 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.

Register Now
There are so many great reasons to make this new summer evening running adventure an event you and your team can call your own. The Harvard Pilgrim 5K 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 using the B-tag, which is attached to your bib number and yours to keep as a souvenir. 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 new 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 And definitely be there to enjoy a great run at the exciting inaugural. Enjoy!



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