Bobcat Bolt

5 Things to Know About The Bobcat Bolt in 2014

April 30th, 2014  |  Published in Information, Registration, Running Tips, Training Tips

bobcatbolt2013-10As we head towards June 21, here are 5 important facts to keep in mind for the 6th Annual Bobcat Bolt and Kids Fun Run:

1) No More 10K

We’ve decided to do away with the 10K option this year. We appreciate the support and participation from all of the previous years’ 10K runners and we hope that by simplifying the race we ensure a more positive 5K and Kids Fun Run experience for all runners.

By trimming off the 10K, we put less pressure on our amazing team of volunteers and the fantastic law enforcement professionals who help make each race day a success.

2) Kids Fun Run Will Be Bigger Than Ever

Based on the trends we’ve seen since introducing the Kids Fun Run a few years ago, we’re anticipating that this year’s Fun run will be the biggest yet.

If you’re running the Bolt for the first and you plan on having family/kids in tow, you’ll want to know about the Kids Fun Run.

Now in its 3rd year, the Kids Fun Run is our way of introducing running as a healthy and fun activity into the lives of the young folk who attend the Bobcat Bolt.


Held at 10:00AM (immediately after the Awards for the 5K) on the fields in back of Oyster River High School, the Kids Fun Run is broken into 3 age divisions:

Ages 4 & Under — 50 Yard Dash
Ages 6 & Under — 1/4 Mile
Ages 10 & Under — 1/2 Mile

We love to see the buzz and excitement from the 5K trickle down to the kids. There’s truly nothing like watching a pack of young runners race around the course with smiles plastered on their faces.

3) Early Bird Special Expires Soon

Right now you can save $5 on registration for both the 5K and Kids Fun Run, but the early bird special won’t last forever. We’re pushing back the special until TKTK, so register now and save!

Last year we had almost 500 registrants. We’re looking to beat that number in 2014!

Click here to Register.

bobcatbolt2013-374) It Starts with a Climb

Past runners already know this—the Bolt 5K course starts with an almost immediate hill. Roughly 1/4 mile from the start, runners get vertical on the Coe Drive hill, ascending towards the Middle School. No, it may not be Boston’s Heartbreak Hill, but any incline so soon from the starting gun can take any runner by surprise—experienced or not.

Early hills can sap a runner’s strength and energy, particularly if you’re counting on the early stages of the run to warm the body up.

Our advice: get a good warm-up in before the start of the race. Use the parking lot of the High School, start at a brisk walk or slow jog and gradually increase until you feel limber, loose and warm.

For more advice on conquering hills, check at this Active article.


5) Post Race Fun

Late June tends to bring sunshine and pleasant temps. All the more reason to hang around after the race and enjoy the festivities. We’ll have the Oyster River Middle School Jazz Band greeting runners at the Finish Line with their lively, brass-filled tunes. Bugaboo Creek will once again be providing post-race food and drink to all participants—don’t forget to grab some grub and refuel!

Wrap up of the Bobcat Bolt signals the start of both the Kids Fun Run (10AM start) and the Oyster River Festival, held on the Oyster River High School fields. Craftsmen and vendors will be displaying their wares, additional food and drink will be available for purchase and Rockspring will be performing on the Main Stage. There’s also a Bounce House for the kids!


We’re amped for the 6th Bobcat Bolt and can’t wait to see everyone in June!

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