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Community Happening, Team Competition at the Fifth Annual Bobcat Bolt 5K and 10K Road Races at Oyster River, Durham, NH
Durham is a sweet place to run. These two races are USATF-sanctioned and certified, and there is a Kids' Run. Come run or walk the 5th Annual Bobcat Bolt 5K or 10K, starting at 9:00 a.m. The Bobcat Bolt will be held on June 22, 2013 this year, the second day of Summer! It's planned to be to be the best one yet with 5K team competition, two races, a reunion, a memorial, and a day of fun for everyone!

Community Happening, Team Competition at the Fifth Annual Bobcat Bolt 5K and 10K Road Races at Oyster River, Durham, NH

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By Andy Schachat
Posted Monday, 17 June, 2013

Excitement is building for the fifth annual Bobcat Bolt 5K and 10K races at the Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire on June 22. They feature team competition in the 5K with the top four scoring by cumulative time in three divisions: Alumni Sports Teams, Current Sports Teams, and faculty teams (women's and men's) from either Oyster River High or the University of New Hampshire. It all happens in all a great community event and two terrific races for individuals as well as teams; and in addition there will be a Kids' Fun Run. This is ru in support of the Oyster River Teen Initiative.

The hallmark of this event is the great community spirit. Last year they were able to provide $3,500 in scholarships for Oyster River High School Students.

The seacoast New Hampshire area is one of the strongest regions for running and road races in New England, and on June 22 runners--and walkers--have a chance to participate in a terrific event in that region. It’s the Fifth Annual Bobcat Bolt 5K/10K, taking place in the lovely college town of Durham, N.H., home of the University of New Hampshire. There will be great competition in each event as some of the region's best come to late spring racing in Durham.

For those that have run previous Bobcat Bolts, this date represents a change from the May events last year, the race goes back to its June time frame. It is back to where it seems to belong on the spring race schedule. This date makes it a day that offers something for everyone--including and especially all students. And the Bobcat Bolt races will have a post race celebration where the community will join to celebrate local live music, arts and memories. It is truly a reunion!

The 5K offers everyone, regardless of pace, the opportunity to run or walk 3.1 miles. For the more serious runners, the 10K gives folks a rare chance to run a distance that seems to be disappearing on the regional schedule. The 10K is a great racing experience, and this gives New Hampshire runners what seems to be a rare treat. Both courses are USATF-certified, going through lovely Durham. The Bobcat Bolt Team Competition is a great opportunity for past and present ORHS and UNH alumni and faculty teammates to get out and challenge themselves against other teams from the ORHS and UNH communities--and of course beyond.

Last year’s 5K winners included Granite State runners Summer Cook of Madbury (20:50) of Dover and Salem’s Nick Sousa (16:12). The 10K in 2012 was won by Jennifer Donovan of Framingham, Massachusetts (36:29) who finished fourth overall and just a few ticks out of third. Dan Hocking of nearby Dover, NH (33:22) won the men's race overall.

In the women's 5K team competition UNH Ice Hockey took the gold with a combined time of 1:52:39 (top four score) while Oyster River Women's Vollyball finished second in 1:54:54; and UNH Hockey Alums were a close third. The men's 5K competition was won by Tri City Acade in 1:28:38 with ORHS Hockey second in 1:32:31.

Enjoyable as they are, you will have to work for your reward. Both courses start at Oyster River High School and right off the bat head up a fairly steep hill. Not to worry, at the Bobcat Bolt it will be an enjoyable jaunt, and a course that goes up must come down. After the first hill the 5K is pretty flat and fast, bringing you back to the high school. The 10K has a few hills in the second half before rejoining 5K finishers at the school. Both courses are very pleasant, and Durham is a great location for running anytime.

The race organizers are also hoping that runners believe in the slogan, “strength in numbers”. The team challenge was added last year. They could also add there is "Strength in Community", as that is what this is all about. Any group can band together and form a team—see the Website for team and individual registration details at

You can also get a wealth of information at their website, including: Registration, results, race information, course maps, sponsors (impressive list), photos, video clips, scholarships, directions, training tips, volunteer opportunities, and contacts.

For the year the race being held to honor two brothers who attended Oyster River High School, Josh and Nate Hardy. Josh Hardy was a standout athlete at ORHS, especially on the soccer field. He also had a passion for skateboarding and the arts. Unfortunately, Josh lost a battle to cancer and died in 1993. These guys were the reason the events were created in 2009, and their memory drives it all today.

Nate Hardy dedicated his life to his country. From a young age Nate dreamed of serving in the Navy. After a standout high school career in soccer and lacrosse he enlisted in the Navy where he proceeded to earn numerous medals. On February 4, 2008, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nate Hardy was killed in action.

Because Josh and Nate Hardy were important members of the Oyster River community the race and festival are dedicated to their memory. As the organizers state, “it is our hope that the Bobcat Bolt and the Oyster River Festival will help us all remember Nate and Josh and inspire us to ‘come home’ and interact and be part of the community we come from.”

Like many other races and events the Bobcat Bolt and Oyster River Festival needs a local organization to support the activities. For the fifth year in a row, Gault Builders, LLC is the presenting sponsor. Gault Builders,LLC, located next to Durham in Madbury, N.H. is a company that designs, constructs, and renovates homes. Other sponsors include Durham Chiropractic, Rotary Club of Great Bay/Durham, Minutemen Painters, Durham Marketplace, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Chili's, Runner’s Alley, the Durham Project, Oyster River Alumni Association, the Oyster River Festival, and many more.

Mark it down on your race calendar, June 22, 2013--it's coming up fast. Come run in the seacoast, New Hampshire area. Come run the Bobcat Bolt, an event that truly sets this one apart as a community happening and makes it so much more than a road race—It is a memorial and a race, a festival and a homecoming, a fund raiser and a fun event in a quiet, early summertime Durham.



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