The Hollis Apple Country Fast 5K – Experience the Fastest 5K in New England
This race has it all -- an opportunity to run your personal best time, a scenic all downhill course in beautiful Hollis, New Hampshire with well organized race management.
Posted Wednesday, 31 May, 2006
The Hollis Apple Country Fast 5K is a race to put on your “must do” list. On Thursday, June 8, the 2nd annual Apple Country Fast 5K will be run at 6:30 pm. It is simply one of the best 5K races, speeding through the quaint Hollis Monument Square and by farms with fields and orchards of small-town New Hampshire. The course drops 224 feet from start to finish. It offers a gradual downhill grade to enhance a runner’s opportunity to run a fast time.
This race is presented and hosted by the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club and directed by George LeCours, a member of the Rotary Club and the Gate City Striders running club. Originally a five-mile loop course, the race underwent an overhaul last year. With a new week night date, an all downhill race course and a new registration and awards venue, the race attracted 481 registered runners last year. This year’s expectations are to reach the course maximum of 700 runners. Register early to avoid missing the cut-off.
Awards are plentiful. This race offers more awards than any race in New England. With two year age groups, there are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize awards for boys and girls between ages 10 to 19 and a 9 and under category. A high percentage of school age runners are age group award winners. Adults receive awards in five year age groups beginning at age 20 and go all the way up to age 75 and up, three deep for both genders. The 164 awards are comprised of distinctive hand-made apple trophies for first prize and handsome logo medals for second and third place winners.
This is a PR course if ever there was one. Many races offer flat and fast courses, but this is a cut above. Perhaps a cut downhill, would be more descriptive, as previously mentioned, the course has a net elevation loss of 224 feet. Casey Moulton of Pelham, New Hampshire was the inaugural winner, flying to a 14:29.7 course record with Matt Kubiak of Somerville, Massachusetts runner-up finishing with a time of 14:51.7. Dave O’Meara of Sarasota, Florida won the masters category at 16:11.6.
Local standout Kara Hass of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, an elite runner for over a decade, sped to the women’s victory of 16:51.0. Kim Najem of Derry, New Hampshire captured second (18:48.3), while Jayne Hutchinson of Milford, NH zipped to a masters win at 19:12.1.
Kids are encouraged to participate. It is the perfect place for a first time 5k runner to participate with mom and dad. A reduced entry fee is offered to runners age 17 and under. Youth running programs such as the Nashua PAL runners and The Granite State Flash enjoyed the race venue last year. More are expected this year
Team competition awards are plentiful. Corporate teams used this race as a warm-up for the CIGNA Corporate Challenge last year. Awards are offered to Corporate, Running Club, High School and Jr. High teams in Male, Female and Mixed teams. Teams consist of up to five people. The fastest three times score. There are 36 team awards. Team Captains must submit team members prior to the start of the race and must submit their unofficial team results prior to the awards ceremony.
Typically the high school track season ends the week prior to this race. Coaches are encouraged to field a team of the runners who are not participating in the New England track meet. High School and Jr. High school teams have a chance to display their school pride in a non-school sanctioned event.
Registration and Awards Ceremony
Registration and the awards ceremony takes place at Alpine Grove Function Facilities in Hollis, just 1/3 mile from the finish line. Buses will take all runners to the start for this point-to-point event. Buses will begin shuttling runners at 5:00 pm. The last bus leaves Alpine Grove at 6:10 pm. Runners are encouraged to board busses early to prevent a delay in the start of the race.
Registration can be by mail or on-line. Runners can elect to purchase a commemorative tee shirt. There will be post registration if the total number of pre-registered runners does not exceed 700. The race committee reserves the right to eliminate post-registration if entries reach 700. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Post registration begins at 4:30 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. The last bus leaves Alpine Grove at 6:10. Taking private vehicles to the start is discouraged. There will be no shuttle back to the start following the race.
The Hollis Police Department manages the traffic control, led by Chief Russell Ux. The Nashua REACT club along with members of the Rotary Club assist the Hollis Police personnel at all intersections along the course. Race participants are the beneficiaries of the quality planning and pride the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club has in the race.
Sign up on-line
You can conveniently register for the event on-line. You may also complete a printable form and mail it to the race address. Entries will shut down at 700.
Directions to Alpine Grove Function Facilities
From Route 3 (Everett Turnpike) north or south, take exit 5 West in Nashua. The Nashua Police Department is located ¼ mile after the exit. Go west three miles on Route 111. After entering Hollis, take a left onto Route 111A. Alpine Grove is located ¼ mile on the right.
The starting line is located on Route 122 / Main St. at Love Lane near the Hollis Brookline Middle School. Runners will be bussed to the Hollis Brookline Middle School and will be directed to the starting line. This year’s starting line is wider than last year and has a wide sweeping right turn ¼ mile after the start. The course travels through Monument Square onto Depot Road to the finish line. The finish line has been relocated to Depot Road in front of Morin’s Landscaping.
Water will be available at the finish line. After race refreshments will be served at Alpine Grove. Runners will walk 1/3 mile from the finish line to Alpine Grove.
Due to the number of awards, all three awards places will be presented together on an awards podium, similar to the Olympic awards ceremonies. The race occurs on a school night; therefore, the awards for runners under age 17 will be completed first. Award recipients who cannot stay for the awards ceremony will have their awards mailed to them.
Hollis is living history. In many ways, it has not changed in nearly 300 years. Throughout the village, on every road and lane on adjourning farms, there is a palpable sense of history and tradition. Hollis was settled as a frontier town in 1730, and chartered in 1746. There were 214 residents who served as soldiers in the Revolution—a large number for such a small town.
Hollis has resisted the usual trends toward sprawl and suburban destruction. There are still active, productive farms and orchards and a sense of small town America as it once was, and as it should be—with open space, ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and thoughtful planning.
What is Rotary Club?
The name Rotary came from the early practice of “rotating” meetings between the offices of the few members. Rotary Clubs, especially in New England, have become more and more involved in road race events as a means of fundraising for their charitable causes.
“Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
The Hollis Brookline rotary Club is part of Rotary International. The club provides scholarships and donates to charitable causes locally and around the world. Internationally there are 1.2 million members with representation in more than 160 countries with over 30,000 clubs on six continents. Since their founding in 1905 (they celebrated the centennial last year) they have been dedicated to world peace and to helping those in need. It was the world’s first service club. They were involved in the formation of the United Nations and remain dedicated to that body today, especially with their support of UNESCO.
Lovering Volvo Presents:
Hollis Apple Country Fast 5K
Hosted by the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club
Date and Time: Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 6:30 PM
Race Course: 5K point-to-point downhill
Race Course Amenities: Mile and ½ mile markings. Digital clocks at each mile and finish. Two water stations. Race starts at 408 feet above sea level and ends at 184 feet above sea level for a 224 foot drop.
Start: Near the center of town.
Finish Line: Morin’s Landscaping located 1/3 of a mile from Alpine Grove.
Age Group Prizes: Five-year age groups from age 20 up. Two-year age groups from age 10 to 19. Age group from under 10 years old. Three deep for all age divisions.
Walkers: 7 age groups (19 & under) 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (1st place only)
Running Clubs: Prizes for men, women and mixed teams (3 places deep)
High School Teams: Prizes for boys, girls and mixed teams (3 places deep)
Jr. High School Teams: Prizes for boys, girls and mixed teams (3 places deep)
Teams: Three to five runners per team, best three times score.
Registration fee: $18 age 18 & over until May 21. $20 after May 21. $10 age 17 & under until May 21. $12 after May 21.
Tee Shirts: $6.50 per shirt. High quality colorful short sleeve tee shirts.
Race contact: George LeCours firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 603-465-9551