Exciting New Event in Keene, New Hampshire—The Keene Sentinel Udder Madness 5K Race and 3K Walk
This competitive trail race and fitness walk will be staged at beautiful Stonewall Farm in Keene, a scenic working farm and non-profit educational center. The race is on Saturday, October 25, and is sponsored and administered by the Keene Sentinel, a highly respected daily newspaper and the fifth oldest newspaper in operation in the USA. Run this beautiful loop course on trails and dirt roads, explore this wonderful farm and enjoy an out-and-back portion on the Cheshire Rail Trail. Great Fun!
Posted Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
They couldn’t have picked a better location for this refreshingly new event on the outskirts of Keene, New Hampshire, the quintessential small New England city and college town. The Keene Sentinel Udder Madness 5K Race and 3K Walk is creating a lot of buzz around southwestern New Hampshire and rightly so—the Stonewall Farm is a tremendous community resource. And this event is all about community—fitness and health, exercise and healthy foods, protection of the environment and sustainable agriculture.
And the event is about fun, that rich enjoyment brought about while exercising, and it provides the chance to run gorgeous trails and experience the great outdoors. It’s the right race in the right place!
They also picked the perfect season. The farm is beautiful any time of year but on race day, October 25, foliage on the farm and along the rail trail will be in full color and simply gorgeous. Check the race out here: Keene Sentinel Udder Madness 5K
Everyone can get in on this opportunity. Both events will start together on the farm property at 10:00 a.m. Both will enjoy a loop around the expansive farm along forest and fields on trails and dirt roads. Both courses will enjoy an out-and-back on the Cheshire Rail Trail (accessible from near downtown Keene, by the way), where they will split at about the one-mile mark. The 5K race continues outbound on the rail trail, and both return to the farm trails for the same finish line, which is near the start and near the greenhouses.
Race proceeds will benefit the Monadnock Humane Society, and dogs are welcome-if on leash-for the 3K fitness walk. Save $5.00 and register before October 17.
Beautiful medals will be presented to the winners and additional awards will go three deep in all divisions: 14-and-under, 15 to 19, 20-29, and ten year age groups through 70+. Custom long sleeve T-shirts will be given to the first 200 to register. And get this unique gift—inflatable cows will be given to the first 100 kids in attendance.
Good food and refreshments will be available post race, and all are welcome to check out the farm—the entire farm, including dairy and horse barns and the farm store. See more on the farm below.
Yankee Timing Company will provide state of the art computer chip timing for the event using the Chronotrack B-tag system, where the chip is attached to the race bib and is yours to keep. Announcers on the Run will provide music and race announcements/updates, including announcing many names at the finish line as participants complete their triumphant tour. Both Yankee Timing and Announcers on the Run do a great job, and believe me, they know running and racing.
The farm and the race are easy to get to. Stonewall Farm is located at 242 Chesterfield Road, Keene, NH 03431. It is just off Route 9 just a few miles west of Keene center, Chesterfield Road is a right turn heading westbound on Route 9; after the turn the farm is about a mile down.
The Keene Sentinel
As noted, the Sentinel is the title sponsor of the event and will be directing it. Keene Sentinel President Terrence Williams is the race director, and he has years of experience in directing races.
The Keene Sentinel, founded in 1799, is an independently owned daily newspaper serving more than 30 communities throughout Cheshire County and also into Hillsborough and Sullivan Counties—in other words, the entire southwestern corner of New Hampshire. Circulation for this award-winning publication is around 15,000, seven days a week.
They also have an award-winning on-line service. Check out their website at: The Keene Sentinel.
This is an actual working farm, and has been for 250 years. They began teaching classes in 1991 and received 501(C) 3 status in 1994. So it is much more than an operating farm, it is also an active education center with an array of classes. They also have farm camps that range from pre-school to adult. They hold conferences, workshops and community events.
It is open daily and is free to the public. You can tour the community gardens, discovery rooms and learning center, dairy barns (if you are around at approximately 4:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. you can watch them milk a dairy herd of about 30 cows), horse barns, greenhouses, playground, and of course the trails.
It is beautifully maintained. The dairy is certified organic, and they are heavily involved in experimental agriculture in terms of improving crops in yield and quality, as well as sustainability and cost control, all vital to small New England farms. They share knowledge gained with farmers throughout New England and beyond. Check it out at: Stonewall Farm Website and you can also call for information and with questions at 603-357-7278.
Cheshire Rail Trail
This is a long trail at 27 miles or about 43 kilometers, and it runs from Keene through several villages, including Troy and Fitzwilliam. It runs to the Massachusetts border and Winchendon. It is unpaved but improved, and very comfortable to run on with dirt and crushed stone and ballast.
The scenery is outstanding. It is famous for several things too, including the incredible stone arch bridge—built only of stone in 1863--over the beautiful Ashuelot River in Keene. There are historic railroad remnants and a few old stations still standing, one of which has been converted to a general store. The trail goes through the Stonewall Farm, another key stop along the way for trail users.
You can learn more about this community resource at: Cheshire Rail Trail or http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/bureau-of-trails/cheshire-recreational-trail.aspx
The City of Keene
The town was first settled as Upper Ashuelot in 1736 and incorporated as a town in 1753. It was renamed in honor of Sir Benjamin Keene, an English diplomat and trader. In the early days the Ashuelot River powered a series of mills, including saw mills and grist mills. This set the stage for the ongoing development of a strong and diversified industrial base producing, among other things, pottery, woolen goods, glass, soap, shoes, saddles, farm equipment, sleighs and carriages, and also brickyards and several foundries.
The owners of these many businesses built many of the outstanding Victorian homes and buildings still visible today that help give Keene a distinctive appeal. The public library is an excellent example. The wide, long main street has been the set of several movies.
It was incorporated as a city in 1874 and has around 24,000 residents.
It is known as a college town, home of Keene State College and Antioch University of New England. Keene State College was once known as Keene Normal School, and one of the greatest runners of all time, seven-time Boston Marathon winner and two-time Olympian, Clarence DeMar, used to teach and coach there. He walked and jogged from Keene to Melrose, Massachusetts, many times to visit family.
Get in on the Inaugural Race
Be a part of running and Keene history and get your entry for this event, either the 5K trail race or the 3K fitness walk. Everyone can get involved—either 3.1 miles of beautiful running trails or 1.8 miles on a lovely fitness walk—your choice. Take friends, take family, run the event and then enjoy the Stonewall Farm and all it has to offer. And support a great cause at the same time. But do take advantage of the new event and this wonderful opportunity at the height of New England’s autumn beauty. Register right now at: http://www.lightboxreg.com/udder-madness?mobile=0
Cheshire Rail Trail