CHaD Outrun the Sun Half Marathon and Block Party—Terrific Concept in Beautiful Hanover, New Hampshire
Hanover Center, net downhill to Dartmouth College Green—get there before sunset, then party. It’s a PR course for your race. Support Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
Posted Monday, 21 August, 2006
Runners get lucky when very special new races are created. Distance athletes love new events, especially with a great concept and a terrific location. Yes, we are lucky. Here comes the inaugural CHaD Outrun the Sun Half Marathon in Hanover, New Hampshire. CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth brings world-class medical care to children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. And next month they are bringing a world-class race to the running communities of New England and New York. Proceeds from the event go directly to benefit CHaD services and programs.
The CHaD Outrun the Sun Half Marathon will fly on Saturday, August 26, starting at 4:30 p.m. It is a unique race, point to point from quaint, historic Hanover Center, through the village of Etna, and on to Dartmouth Green in Hanover. This beautiful course is net downhill (outstanding PR opportunity), dropping 607 feet from the uplands of Hanover Center to Dartmouth College along the Connecticut River.
This new and unique event will be terrific for the fortunate 1,000 participants (the field will be limited because of the small rural roads and villages). If you enjoy distance running and a terrific party, and if you take great satisfaction in helping kids with serious illnesses, you will definitely want to participate in Hanover.
Walkers are welcome to get involved too, although not on the point-to-point course. Walkers will “Lap Town ‘til Sundown”, looping the illustrious Dartmouth Green in historic Hanover from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Then they will cheer the half marathoners at their triumphant finish on the Ivy League green.
The Taste of Victory Block Party will make the evening complete, as each runner will receive a voucher for food and beverages at the party. Tasty food will be provided in variety by the outstanding restaurants in Hanover—right on Main Street, which will be closed down to traffic for the evening. Food and beverages at the block party will also be available for purchase for friends, family members, and spectators. Everyone can participate.
This event will be memorable, and at the right place on the calendar for fall marathoners. It is ideal for those running their first half marathon.
The CHaD Outrun the Sun Half Marathon provides a course through one of the prettiest locations in New England, the upper Connecticut River Valley—a beautifully rural, great place to run. And it is easy to get to via Interstates 91 and 89 (Exit 13 off I91 and Exit 18 off I89). It is an hour from Concord, New Hampshire, 1.5 hours from Manchester, New Hampshire, and two hours from Burlington, Vermont and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is 2.5 hours from Boston and three from Montreal. It is an easy 4.5-hour drive from New York. Amtrak serves Hanover and Norwich, and nearby Lebanon Airport has a variety of commuter flights.
The unique advantage: There is so much to do and see during the day on Saturday in and around Hanover and Norwich, just across the river. The famous Hood Museum of Art and Baker Library at Dartmouth will both be open 10:00 to 5:00 on race day, as will the incredible Montshire Museum of Science across the bridge in Norwich. Any of the three is worth the trip by itself, but try to see all.
The race begins at 4:30 in the evening when everyone is at her peak and ready to put the hammer down for a terrific PR run, whether it’s your first or 347th half marathon. Let’s go to the party!
Stuff You Need to Know
Organizers have worked hard to make your race-day experience as convenient, enjoyable, and hassle free as possible. Registration for the half marathon is on-line only, at www.chadoutrunthesun.org, with no race-day registration.
Sundown (Outrun the Sun) on August 26th will be 7:35 p.m. (Sunrise will be 6:06 a.m.) The average high temperature on August 26th is 79, with the average low at 56. Mean temperature for the date is 67.
Check-in for runners will be at the start line area in Hanover Center. Bib numbers and timing chips will be given out at the start line only (not at the finish line), beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Gear bags will be transported from the start to the finish line—make sure they are properly marked and identified.
The Championchip timing system will be used, with timing by Granite State Race Services. Results will be accurate and immediate, but you have to wear your chip on your shoe, and you must turn it in at the finish.
Parking will not be permitted at the start line. Drop offs near the start will be permitted until 3:45 p.m., and then the area will be closed by police to all traffic.
There will be plenty of parking at the Dartmouth Medical School parking lot, and buses will run (until 3:15 p.m.) from there to take all half marathon runners to the start line, 7.5 miles east in Hanover Center.
The Lap Town ‘til Sundown walkers’ registration will be available right up to start time with number and packet pick up for walkers only on the Dartmouth Green near the half marathon finish line.
The tasteful T-shirts for the half marathon will be classic—memorable for the inaugural race. And they will be given out at the finish line only (not the start line). Food vouchers for the Taste of Victory Block Party will also be given out at the finish line when you turn in your chip.
Awards will be presented at the Taste of Victory Block Party around 7:00 p.m.—just before sundown. Awards for the top female and male racers will be presented, as well as the top three in each age group, 19-and under and ten-year divisions through 70+. Fundraising awards will also be presented at this time.
The Taste of Victory Block Party, with food and beverages provided, will be open on Main Street from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be food, beverages, live music, and other types of entertainment. This is an old fashioned fun event for the whole family.
CHaD is hopeful that all participants will raise money through pledges. Each participant will have her or his own individual fund raising Web Site, set up during the registration process. There will be terrific prizes for various levels of fund raising success. Check the Website for more information.
Lodging arrangements made be made through the website through MSI by contacting Sharnnon Rehman at 800-448-3267 or srehman@Bookmygrouplcom. Lodging is also available through the Hanover Chamber of Commerce at 603-643-3115 or Hanoverchamber.org.
The Course—Come Run Your Personal Record
The course is USATF certified. And it is certifiably fast and beautiful. It runs point-to-point from Hanover Center, seven miles northeast of Hanover, bends north and northwest before heading south through the village of Etna, then west to Hanover and Dartmouth Green. It passes farms and historic homes, woodlands and country lanes, and 200-year-old villages. Runners descend from 1,214 to 607 feet elevation.
The start is on Hanover Center Road adjacent to the village green, near the intersection of Parade Ground Road. Hanover Center is in the Slade Brook Valley. Runners will cross the starting mat and head north on Hanover Center Road for 1/3 mile, then turn left or Northwest on Dogford Road. Miles one through four roll through Upper (North) and Lower (South) Dogford Road on a counter-clockwise loop along farms and woodlands before intersecting Hanover Center Road at 4.5-miles.
Just after turning south on Hanover Center Road, the course crosses the Appalachian Trail (just before the 5-mile mark).
As a side note, the Appalachian Trail crosses the Connecticut River from Norwich and passes through Hanover and Hanover Center. It crosses the Moose Mountains just east of the start before heading to the White Mountains. There are many other hiking trails in the immediate area. Check the Upper Valley Trails Alliance at www.uvtrails.org.
Hanover Center Road runs southwest through the village of Etna, also known as Mill Village, and intersects Greensboro Road. Runners turn right on Greensboro Road, which runs through the Mink Brook Valley from 6.5 to 8.5 miles before intersecting Route 120. Lebanon Road, Route 120, heads northwest into Hanover. The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth are located on this road a mile south of the intersection.)
Through nine miles, the field will bear right heading north on Park Street, then swing east on a small loop with a right on Austin Avenue, a right on Tyler. A left on Conant Road takes runners through 10 miles, and to the intersection of Wheelock (named for Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth).
Runners turn left on Wheelock, now touring beautiful sections of Hanover. A right on Balch Road, and a left on Parkway takes runners to the Dartmouth campus. There’s a short section of Park Street to a left on College Street and the 11-mile mark. A right on Maynard takes runners to a beautiful counter-clockwise loop around Occum Pond
The loop, which will be a favorite section, includes a right on Rope Ferry Road out to the Hanover Country Club and the Dartmouth Outing Clubhouse. There is a left on Hilton Road, followed by another left on Occum Ridge Road and the 12-mile mark. A left on Webster Avenue, also known as “Frat Row” takes runners to North Main Street and a return on Maynard. A right on College Street and the finish will be in sight. Runners bear right onto the Dartmouth Green, with the triumphant finish line at the exact center on the green.
The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth is an extended system of care for kids, including advanced clinical services for children from throughout New England, and sometimes well beyond. CHaD provides outstanding, compassionate medical care for children, and support for their families. Families are partners in care for all children. They concentrate on health care and prevention, from well-child visits to care for the most complex of childhood diseases.
The primary facility is a “hospital within a hospital”, part of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, along with an outpatient care facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. Facilities include a medical/surgical unit for children, an Intensive Care Nursery, and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The facilities are a marvel of textures, colors, and special features specifically designed to engage children and families and put them at ease. The in-patient area resembles a typical New England Village, complete with murals.
Nearly all medical and surgical specialties are available, with innovative research and comprehensive care and follow-up.
CHaD develops strategies for comfort and coping, advocacy and caring. They emphasize prevention and education, and offer options, hope, and understanding. Check out the facilities on Route 120, Lebanon Road, near the border of Lebanon and Hanover.
The Town of Hanover—Historic and Progressive
Hanover is a town of 10,743 inhabitants in western New Hampshire in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River. International sister cities are Joigny, France and Nihonmatsu, Japan.
The river, New England’s largest, provides the entire border between Vermont and New Hampshire, flowing 407 miles from the Connecticut Lakes on the Canadian Border to Long Island Sound and the Atlantic. Ledyard Bridge, which joins Norwich, Vermont with Hanover, was the first non toll bridge across the Connecticut—it was rebuilt for the fourth time in 1999.
Hanover is about a third of the way north from Massachusetts to the Canadian border, or about 73 miles from Massachusetts. The Connecticut Valley was occupied for thousands of years by the Abenaki tribes and their ancestors.
Hanover has always had a symbiotic relationship with Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center—all have prospered jointly. Hanover was chartered in 1761, and settled in 1764 by colonists coming up the Connecticut River from Connecticut and Massachusetts. Hanover was named for the House of Hannover in honor of King George III. Dartmouth College was named for the Earl of Dartmouth.
Town meetings were held in Hanover Center for about 80 years, and then moved to Etna (Mill Village) for several decades before moving to Hanover near the river. Hanover borders Enfield, formerly home to the Shakers. Their barn and Great Stone Dwelling still stand impressively near Lake Mascoma.
Hanover and surrounding communities were the first territories to secede from the United States, joining the independent Vermont Republic in 1778. They rejoined New Hampshire in 1784. Hanover and Norwich established the first interstate school district in the USA in 1963, with the middle school and high school serving both towns. The two towns also share the train station at Lewiston.
It is an historic and tasteful town, a real pleasure to visit. Hanover recently joined the list of the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities program for efforts on prevention of global warming and for improvement of air quality standards.
Dartmouth College—Ivy Tradition and Innovation
The 200-acre campus of Dartmouth College sits at the north end of Hanover. The ninth oldest college in the United States (1769), it is the last established under British Colonial rule. This private, graduate and undergraduate institution has been at the forefront of education throughout its venerable, illustrious history. Runners, walkers, and spectators will enjoy the ambiance of Dartmouth.
It is the smallest and northernmost of the eight Ivy League schools, but what an impact. The fourth oldest medical school in the USA was established there in 1797, one of the few academic medical centers in a rural setting. The first professional school of engineering, the Thayer School, was established in 1867. And the first graduate school of business, the Tuck School, followed in 1900.
The first diagnostic X-Ray was taken at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in 1896, and the first Intensive Care Unit was set up there. The first recorded discussion of “Artificial Intelligence” came during a conference on the subject at Dartmouth in 1956.
Dartmouth is a mixture of Colonial and modern architecture, with Thomson Arena and the Leverone Field House examples of the former. The famous Baker Library sits at the north end of Dartmouth Green. It contains over two million volumes, and 3,000 square feet of beautiful wall murals depicting civilization in North America by Jose Clemente Orozco (open to the public). There are many classroom buildings, including one built in 1784.
The Hood Museum of Art and the connecting Hopkins Center for the Arts sit at the south end of the Dartmouth Green. Exhibits at the Hood Museum include European paintings and sculpture, ancient Asian art, African, Pacific, Oceanic, and American art. There are ten galleries, and it is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including race day.
Be Part of Something New, Exciting
CHaD has the support of the entire region. The Hanover Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Marketing Alliance are integral to the event organization. Everyone is excited about the well-designed course, the Lap Town ‘til Sundown Walk, and the Taste of Victory Block Party. Be sure to secure one of those 1,000 spots and be a part of this unique, runner-friendly, new and exciting half marathon. Experience Hanover and the Upper Connecticut Valley. Enjoy a relaxing day in Hanover, and a fast PR course.