The Stonyfield Earth Day 5K—Londonderry, New Hampshire in Early Spring
This family-friendly event - including an Earth Day Fair- is coming to you on April 23, 2011, celebrating healthy people and a healthy planet. Stonyfield Farm, a New Hampshire based company and the world’s leading organic yogurt maker, is known for its support of road racing over the years; it is also known for being one of the most environmentally responsible companies on the planet.
Posted Friday, 8 April, 2011
This is the first ever 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, and both runners and walkers are welcomed to this event. Taking place the Saturday after the Boston Marathon, and the day following Earth Day 2011 (the 41st annual), this event will be a regional magnet for many. The race starts at 10:00 a.m. at Stonyfield Yogurt Works on Burton Drive, just south of the Boston-Manchester Airport. There will be plenty of available parking.
In addition to a great run 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. The Fair will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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. The very impressive list of 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 by acclaimed Beatles tribute band - All Together Now.
• Information from sponsors and vendors on healthy foods, general health issues, and environmental topics
• Educational opportunities and experiences with a focus on sustainability
And you know what they say about the early bird. Take advantage of early registration through March 23 and save $5; this fee is a very reasonable $20.00 with a special discounted rate for youth participants 17 and under (only $15). But don’t delay because the race may sell out and you want to be sure to get one of the custom organic cotton T-shirts!—these are sure to become acclaimed memorabilia as the inaugural event of this instant classic. www.stonyfield5k.com.
The course is beautiful, featuring modest elevation changes and low traffic. The race starts and ends just east of the Stonyfield facilities on Burton Drive, which is right near Stonyfield’s newly expanded office building. From Burton it turns north on Harvey Road heading toward the airport, and then turns right or east on Delta Road, which ends in a cul-de-sac for the turnaround. Returning westbound on Delta, runners will turn left or south on Harvey Road to Airport Park Road (opposite Burton Drive), also a cul-de-sac. After the turn on Airport Park Road the course heads west to Burton drive and the finish at Stonyfield. It is a really fun and manageable course with chances to see the leaders, friends, teammates and family members as they enjoy their race along the route.
This race will introduce many runners to Londonderry, a small town with a rich history and distinctive character—apple orchards especially. Londonderry is also easy to get to, close to Interstate 93, about 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, Beautify Londonderry, and much more: www.stonyfield5k.com
Interested participants should know there will also be an opportunity for number and packet pickup and late registration in front of the Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Works from 8:00 a.m. through 9:45 a.m. But two notes of caution—this event will likely sell out so do not plan on race day sign up—do it now! And do not plan on arriving late, as inbound traffic will be shut off (the entrance drive is part of the course) well before race start at 10:00 a.m.
Computer chip 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!
Green initiatives for this event will be supported by Athletes for a Fit Planet, an organization which specializes in making any and all events more environmentally friendly while adding to the quality of the experience for all: http://www.afitplanet.com/
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 and protecting a healthy planet. If you read Stonyfield’s mission statement and the history of the company and its growth you will quickly learn that 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 starting 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 10% of profits to efforts that help to protect and restore the earth. To date, over $12 million has been gifted through various grants and programs.
Fitness University for Kids, an award winning children's fitness program of the Gate City Striders running club, based in nearby Nashua, New Hampshire, is the perfect example of a fitness program or event that Stonyfield has helped support in the past. They developed Fitness U, as it is known, a children’s fitness and health program based on running, in 1990; and it is still going strong 21 years later. Stonyfield Farm was eager to supply both frozen yogurt and regular yogurt for the thousands of program participants. They have supported a variety of other road races and fitness events ever since.
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 – April 22, the 41st 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 that 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, Beautify Londonderry - which is a town-wide cleanup and spruce up beginning on race day:
http://www.londonderrynh.org/londonderry_033.htm In keeping with the 10% for the planet model of Stonyfield Farms, 10% of race proceeds will go to Beautify Londonderry.
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 22 is 59 and average low 31, with a mean temperature of 45. It got down to 18 on the night of April 22, 2002 to set the record; on the other hand it was up to 84 in 1984. Either way there is a water stop at 1.3 miles—on the Delta Drive cul-de-sac. 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 First Stonyfield Earth Day 5K
Check the race Website for details and directions on how to get there. But do get there on April 23, and help make some history—this is the first 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—bring family, friends, teammates and celebrate.