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Disaster Relief 5K to Support Victims of Disasters Like Hurricane Sandy
This new event in Exeter, New Hampshire will benefit the many left homeless and helpless, as all proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. This event is organized by LOCO Sports with the support of Exeter Hospital and Margaritas Restaurant. It will run along the tranquil, scenic roads of Exeter, a powerful contrast to the devastated towns that are often impacted by disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

  
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Posted Saturday, 3 November, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, one of the largest and fiercest storms to menace the East Coast in years, packed a devastating wallop that slammed into New Jersey on Monday October 29th. It delivered torrential rains, howling winds, huge waves and storm surge, and widespread flooding. Millions lost power and tens of thousands lost homes in one of the largest hurricane storms to ever hit the East Coast.

Now, you can support victims of Hurricane Sandy and of future disasters by doing what you do best, and what you will likely do anyway: run or walk in a fun 5K in Exeter, New Hampshire. Bright and early Sunday morning December 2nd at 10:00 a.m., dedicated and casual runners and walkers will be on their marks for the Disaster Relief 5K starting at Margaritas Restaurant.

Sponsored by the ever popular race organizers LOCO Sports, the event will donate all net proceeds from runners' entry fees to the American Red Cross, as resources for disaster relief have been strained by the widespread devastation and loss created by this Super Storm. The funds will be earmarked for disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters. www.DisasterRelief5K.com

“Organizing fundraising events for a cause such as this is what we live and run for”, says LOCO Co-founder Mike St. Laurent – AKA the “LOCO Guy”. “Putting together a race in two weeks takes a lot of effort and time to accomplish, so we were delighted when the host sponsors, town officials and police worked so quickly to make this a reality.”

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the focus of the news may be turning to other events but people affected by the storm still need your care and support! And they will for a while. The rest of the country has moved on, it seems, but many people in the devastated areas face total loss of homes and property, clothing and other resources, and now they face a stark cold winter with little except a sense of hope and community.

LOCO Sports is teaming up with the Exeter Hospital and Margaritas Restaurant to present this Disaster Relief 5K walk / run. This benefit event supports the Red Cross's efforts for disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters.

Register now directly at: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2065928

You can help people affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

The Red Cross & Hurricane Sandy Relief:

The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need help. Your help is urgently needed to continue to support relief efforts. Getting supplies and meals and water into affected areas is the top priority. Since the beginning of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort:

  • More than 5,350 Red Cross workers have been assigned to operations from Virginia to Rhode Island, with the majority in Greater New York and throughout New Jersey.
  • The Red Cross has provided more than 92,500 overnight shelter stays in more than 250 Red Cross shelters.
  • More than 1 million meals and snacks have been served.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 60,200 relief items such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits.

About the Race

Walkers, Runners and supporters are all welcome!

It will be a 10:00 a.m. start. The race is a 3.1-mile clockwise loop that begins at Margaritas Restaurant and travels on the quaint roads of the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. Margaritas is located at 93 Portsmouth Avenue, Exeter, NH 03833. The course is quite easy with only gradual inclines and one medium hill near mile 2.5. It is a clockwise loop around some of the nicest areas of Exeter. It will be the same course used in the Margaritas 5K (this coming May 12); that event has been an integral part of the very popular LOCO “Will Run for Beer” Series. After the race, runners will stick around for a hot Mexican buffet feast provided by Margaritas Restaurant for all registered runners and walkers!

Don’t wait, as the first 500 to sign up will get commemorative T-shirts, and this will likely be a one-of-a-kind memento. T-shirts after that may be available for purchase ($5.00), and those sales also will benefit the Red Cross. Good deal too, as it is now only $20.00, but $25.00 on race morning.

Bib pickup will be available race morning, December 2, beginning at 8:00 a.m. There will be plenty of parking between the mall and Exeter Hospital.

Not only is this for a vital cause, but it will also be a great run and an enjoyable addition to the New England calendar. Pace does not matter. It is participation that counts in this one. Be there and support this tremendously important cause.

The Town of Exeter
Exeter is famous for being the Revolutionary War capital of New Hampshire for 14 years beginning in July, 1775 when the Provincial Congress had the provincial records seized from royal officials in Portsmouth and brought to Exeter. So it was the New Hampshire’s capital prior to its being moved to Concord. Exeter has many historic structures of significance, including many unique historic homes and the town is well worth visiting. It is the home of the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. Abraham Lincoln visited Exeter in 1860 before assuming the presidency because his son, Robert Todd, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, which was founded in 1781. Exeter was a hotbed of Abolitionist activity prior to the Civil war.

In September 1965, Exeter earned a place in UFO history when two Exeter police officers, Eugene Bertrand and David Hunt, witnessed a bright red UFO at close range with a local teenager, Norman Muscarello. Their sighting attracted national publicity and became the focus of a bestselling book, Incident at Exeter, by journalist John G. Fuller. The Air Force eventually admitted to the three men that it had been unable to identify the strange object they had observed, and it is still considered by many UFO buffs to be one of the most impressive UFO sightings on record.

Lets Do It
This is different. This is important. This is a new race specifically for the purpose of helping the victims of Super Storm Sandy. The cost for the Disaster Relief 5K is only $20 to register online. Participants are encouraged to donate additional funds if able, and you can do so through the race Website. Entry will be $25 on the day of the race. Be a part of this one-time event that was created with a sense of the greater community. This will be a terrific run in a quintessential New Hampshire seacoast town. Running makes you feel good. Running for a cause such as this makes all participants feel GREAT. www.DisasterRelief5K.com.

 

 

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