The 3rd Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K— New and Expanded 5K Run & Walk and Free Earth Day Fair with Kids’ Run Too!
Mark that calendar for April 20, 2013, for a family and friends celebration of Earth Day and healthy people with a healthy planet at Stonyfield's Yogurt Works in Londonderry, New Hampshire. This is a Run or Walk for everyone, and includes a FREE Earth Day Fair with exhibits and booths, food and drink and lots of family activities. The Free Kids’ Runs return and, new this year, a Smuttynose beer tent has been added.
Posted Thursday, 21 February, 2013
Celebrate spring and running along with Earth Day with this terrific 5K and Earth Day Fair. Yes, it is a race for runners and walkers of all abilities and the fair will have yummy food & drink, exhibits and activities for the entire family! The race begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the home of famous Stonyfield Farm at 10 Burton Drive, Londonderry, New Hampshire 03053.
There will be a lot to see with booths and exhibits at the fair, which begins as the race kicks off at 10:00 and will go until 1:00 p.m. Terrific food and drink items will include Stonyfield yogurt products, Rustic Crust flatbread, Pete & Gerry’s breakfast sandwiches, Honest Tea, Native water, Applegate hot dogs, burgers from The Meat House, Pretzel Crisps, fresh fruit from A Market and more! There will be earth-friendly exhibitors and fun family activities like a climbing wall and a kids’ face-painting booth. They will again have Kids’ Fun Runs this year beginning with the Toddlers’ Trot at 11:15 a.m. for kids 3 and under, followed by the 4 to 7-year-olds, and lastly the 8 to 10-year-olds in age appropriate heats. And get this, the kids’ runs and the entire Earth Day Fair are free and open to the public.
Just announced, the first 1,500 to register will receive an awesome Life is good 100% cotton tee! The race helps support the Life is good Playmakers organization. The Life is good Playmakers provide education and resources to childcare professionals who use these tools to ensure that children grow up feeling safe, loved and joyful. Some of the organizations that the Playmakers support include: Boys & Girls Clubs, Boston Children's Hospital, Italian Home for Children, and many more. For more information go to http://www.Lifeisgood.com/Playmakers.
And here is another big bonus for the first 1,250 5K runners and walkers: Free tickets to the Fisher Cats professional baseball game in Manchester on Tuesday evening, April 23—another celebration and rite of spring as the baseball season cranks up for the AA affiliate.
Speaking of numbers, there will be up to 1,800 participants in the 5K so plan accordingly, arrive early for the best parking. This will be even better and larger than the first two years, and a wonderful way to enjoy healthy activities and healthy snacks, and to learn (and we all can learn) about sustainable living, sustainable food, and how far Earth Day has come in the decades since its beginnings in 1970.
Stonyfield is a shining example of corporate sustainability and healthy products, along with corporate responsibility as demonstrated by their “Yogurt on a Mission” programs, where over $2 Million annually is distributed to community programs for health, fitness, and environmental protection. Please visit the Stonyfield website at www.stonyfield.com.
Spring is just around the corner, so help it along and get in the spirit by signing up for this 5K and accompanying Earth Day festival. Sign up now, and take advantage of all this event has to offer. What could be better than running, walking, healthy food, and a healthy earth? Post race you will enjoy a true buffet of very healthy snacks including, of course, Stonyfield products, along with the NEW Smuttynose beer tent for those participants 21 and older. There will be live music and a super post race celebration you will not want to miss. So get your "Moove" on, get in gear and plan your spring racing in Londonderry. Bring your friends, family and team to the 5K and free Earth Day Fair.
Stonyfield is a Londonderry, New Hampshire based company and the world’s leading organic yogurt maker. Stonyfield is supplied by many organic and family farms in New England. Stonyfield is known for its generous support of road racing over the years, and now they host their own race; it is also known for being one of the most environmentally responsible companies on the planet, and has been since it’s founding in Wilton, New Hampshire in 1983.
In addition to a great 5K run or walk on a gently rolling USATF-certified course, this will be a fun and unique day featuring fitness, food, and information on sustainable products and organizations, all on display at the Earth Day Fair. Again, the Fair will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of the Stonyfield Visitor Center, adjacent to the race Start/Finish area. Please join the celebration! The Fair is FREE and open to the public. There is plenty of free parking too, with parking shuttles as needed. Of course, car pooling is encouraged. Participating sponsors and vendors will feature:
• Wholesome, fun and tasty food samples from Stonyfield and other vendors.
• Demonstrations of eco-friendly products and approaches
• Live music throughout the morning.
• Information from sponsors and vendors on healthy foods, general health issues, and environmental topics
• Educational opportunities and experiences with a focus on sustainability and sustainable practices.
Think spring and don’t delay because only the first 1,500 to register get the Life is good 100% cotton T-shirts!—these are sure to become acclaimed memorabilia as this event is officially a classic. www.stonyfield5k.com.
The Stonyfield Earth Day 5K is organized by LOCO Sports, an organization that now produces many outstanding races throughout New England. With LOCO having established a strong reputation over the past few years, participants can rest assured the race is in capable hands and professionally organized.
The course is beautiful, featuring modest elevation changes and low traffic in a wide open, mostly rural area near the south side of Boston-Manchester Regional Airport. The race starts and ends just east of the Stonyfield facilities on Burton Drive. It is a really fun and manageable course with chances to see the leaders, friends, teammates and family members as they pass and enjoy their race along the route.
Londonderry is a small town with a rich history and distinctive character, including farms and apple orchards. Londonderry is also easy to get to, close to Interstate 93, less than an hour north of Boston and only minutes south of Manchester. See excellent directions on the race website along with information on Stonyfield Farm, LOCO Running, the course (including maps), registration, ride share and parking, sponsors, the Earth Day Fair and Earth Day, and much more: www.stonyfield5k.com
Packet pick up race morning will be in front of the Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Works from 8:00 a.m. through 9:45 a.m.
Computer chip B-tag timing by Yankee Timing Company will provide accurate and immediate results for all. Participants in this race will be using the B-tag system where the timing chip is woven into the bib number (must be worn on the front abdominal area and visible to be read) Bib numbers do not have to be returned; they are yours to keep!
Stonyfield Farm—“Yogurt on a Mission”
Stonyfield Farm has been in business and making a difference since 1983 with their humble beginnings on a small farm in Wilton, New Hampshire. Stonyfield’s story is one of dedication and perseverance, of providing healthy food for healthy people while protecting the planet. This is a very special company; one that is at the forefront of sustainable, organic agriculture and production, and one that provides the most delicious organic yogurts and smoothies on the market, taking the environment into consideration every step of the way.
Stonyfield Farm has supported running events, fitness, health and wellness from its beginning. It is no surprise they are sponsoring an Earth Day race of their own because promoting fitness and protecting the environment have long been core principles of the company. Their Profits for the Planet program has been a model for other businesses. As part of their commitment to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet, they give over $2 Million per year toward efforts that help to protect and restore the earth. To date, over $15 million has been gifted through various grants and programs.
Please visit the Stonyfield website for information on recipes, coupons and offers, rewards, farmers who supply their organic milk, organic living, mission, history, Profits for the Planet Program, and much more: www.stonyfield.com
Earth Day, the 44th Year
Earth Day began in 1970 and was intended as a “teach-in” at various universities and schools around the country. It was founded primarily by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who saw it as an opportunity to provide information and incentive to overcome political inertia for his Congressional colleagues who were doing nothing to protect the environment despite enormous disasters, including the oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California the year before. By April 22, 1970 hundreds of community groups joined more than 2,000 colleges and universities and over 10,000 primary and secondary schools for an enormously successful launch.
It is driven largely by local organizations with the overall guidance, coordination and leadership of the Earth Day Network: www.earthday.org
Today Earth Day is celebrated in more than 180 countries and is the largest secular holiday in the world and concentrates on local needs and local grass roots environmental issues, every community having different needs and processes for improvement. This race and the proceeds will benefit such a local, grassroots organization, in keeping with the 10% for the planet model of Stonyfield Farms.
Some General Information
The weather in April for New Hampshire can be unpredictable, but most likely it will be ideal for running. The race is on rain or shine. In Londonderry the average high temperature for April 20 is 59 and average low 31, with a mean temperature of 45. There will be a water stop about half way through the course. Organic cotton shirts will be given to all preregistered runners; the earlier you arrive the more likely it is you get the shirt you want. Runners or walkers with strollers may participate—it is a family friendly event—but they are asked to start in the rear of the field. Pets are not permitted on the course. Headphones of any type are strongly discouraged. The course will be closed to traffic; however, it is spectator friendly because of the out-back elements. All participants and spectators will thoroughly enjoy this event. You will want to be a part of it.
Be a Part of the Third Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K
This is the third annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and you don’t want to miss it! It’s time to get mooving! Just about anyone can run or walk a 5K; that's right, both runners and walkers are welcomed to this event, including family and school teams. Taking place the Saturday after the Boston Marathon, and two days before actual Earth Day 2013 (the 44th annual), this event will be a regional magnet for many. The race starts, as does the Earth Day Fair, at 10:00 a.m. at Stonyfield's Yogurt Works on Burton Drive, just south of the Boston-Manchester Regional Airport. There will be plenty of available parking.
Check the race Website for details and directions on how to get there. But do get there on April 20, 2013 and bring friends and family to enjoy the Stonyfield Earth Day 5K with great music and a lot of tasty organic treats as well as valuable information. Have a great run and then have some wonderful fun—celebrate running, celebrate the earth.