The 20th Annual Run for Food and Shelter 5K and 10K: Doing Good for Yourself and the Community
Yes it is the 20th Annual and the third year at the new venue, the Muldoon Fitness Center on the campus of Rivier University in south Nashua, New Hampshire. There is a Kids’ Sprint as well as a 3K Fitness Walk, so they have something for everyone. The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter has been helping those in need in greater Nashua for 32 years. And this is not only a great running event, but an essential fundraiser as well.
Posted Thursday, 17 January, 2013
The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter’s 20th Annual Run for Food and Shelter 5K and 10K races step off on Sunday, April 7th. They offer runners the perfect opportunity to shake out their legs, test their speed and gear up for an active racing season. And with two superb USATF-certified courses starting at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and a very worthy cause, there’s no reason not to hit the roads for this race.
So much has been done in 20 years, and the NSK&S operations—and road races--have proven that. The Run for Food and Shelter 5K and 10K races act as an essential fundraising event for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. The 5K began in 1994; the 10K was added five years ago in 2008; and this is the third year at Rivier University after 17 years at the Nashua YMCA, which has been moved from downtown to west Nashua adjacent to Stellos Stadium and Mine Falls Park.
“When the race started, we were probably serving 100 to 120 meals a day,” said Carol Weeks, community outreach for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. “Now it’s 200-225 meals a day. And between the two shelters, the soup kitchen and the food pantry, proceeds from these races definitely help.” So lace up those running shoes and get ready to help make a difference – for the 20th year!
But it’s not just running for a great cause that has kept these races at the top of runners’ race calendars for so many years. It’s the organization, the dedicated volunteers, an awesome course and a fabulous post-race feast – all at the start of a busy race season – that puts this event on top. And with a 3K walk and kids’ fitness sprint, the whole family can get involved and make a difference.
Registration and Packet Pick-up for the Race
Registration is now available online or you can download a printable application from the race website. Packet pick-up and late registration will be available at the Runner’s Alley Running Store, 4 Coliseum Avenue, Nashua, NH 03063 on Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be late registration and pick-up race day morning at Rivier University’s Muldoon Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060. There is a student discount. Pledges are welcomed and encouraged.
A Race Course for Every Level
The 5K and 10K races start together at 1:00 p.m., on South Main Street, just across the road from Rivier University’s Muldoon Fitness Center. Runners head out on South Main Street for just over a mile and then turn onto Clairmoor Drive, for some low-traffic miles through residential streets. The course turns back onto South Main Street at about 2.5 miles and back past Rivier College and cheering family and friends. Check out turn-by-turn directions for the 5K course online.
Once back at the college, 5K runners hit their sprint in to the finish; 10K runners continue a few more miles through another residential section before turning back onto Main Street at mile 5 for that final 1.2-mile push to the finish. A small incline in the last mile will challenge you and force you to dig deeper for a strong and satisfying finish. The 10K course map can be found here.
Both races are chip-timed using the disposable ChronoTrack B chip, which is attached to your race number. Both races will feature starting and finishing mats. The top 3 overall finishers in both the 5K and 10K races will receive special custom-designed medals, as will top male and female police officers in the races. Top 3 male and female finishers in each 10-year age group categories and youth groups will also receive awards. And top fundraisers will receive gift certificates to Runner’s Alley.
The 3K walk starts at 1:10 p.m., with walkers lining up behind 5K and 10K racers. And don’t forget those future track stars! Race day festivities include a Kids’ Sprint at 12:30 p.m., for children age 7 and under.
The Kids’ Sprint, which is sponsored by the Nashua Police Patrolmen’s Association, is a great way to get children involved in an active lifestyle and maybe even get them hooked on running! All racers get to wear bib #1 and are rewarded for crossing the finish line with a unique gift. Registration for the Kids’ Sprint is open now – and only $5.
Act now to take advantage of lower registration rates. Online and mail-in registration for adults for the 3K, 5K and 10K races costs $25; prices go up to $30 on March 25th. And all students get a price break, with fees held low at $10 for all races until March 25th and $15 thereafter. Race day registration will also be available. The first 300 pre-registered runners receive a commemorative wicking tech shirt, so don’t delay. Register online today for the 20th annual Run for Food and Shelter races!
A Finish Line Worth a Final Sprint
The 20th annual Run for Food and Shelter not only supports local families in need, it’s also gentle on the environment. The Run for Food and Shelter was the first certified green race in New Hampshire by ReSport Certification. This means organizers make every effort to reduce the carbon footprint overall and recycle as much as possible.
In addition, all food served and dinnerware used during and after the race is compostable. But since this event is known for having some of the best post-race food in the area, leftovers may not be an issue.
The post-race party, which will take place at the Muldoon Fitness Center, features a spread of sandwiches, cookies, and fruits. Volunteers from the Elks Lodge will donate their time to make sandwiches again this year and New England-based Cedar’s will provide chips and hummus. This race is renowned for providing nutritious and delicious food, and this race day will be no different.
Become Part of Something Bigger
After a tough New England winter, there’s no better way to do something good for yourself, for your training and for your community than running the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter 20th annual Run for Food and Shelter 5K and 10K races on Sunday, April 7th. If you’re looking for something that involves the whole family, look no further.
If you haven’t run this race before, 2013 is the year to find out what the buzz is about. And if this is part of your spring racing tradition, don’t miss out on the 20th birthday of a great race for a valuable cause!