1) The Bobcat Bolt joins the United Wellness Race Series!
The Bolt is proud to be a part of the United Wellness Race Series brought to you by our friends and long-time sponsor at Exeter Hospital. Here are the dates and details of some of the upcoming events this summer.
For the entire list and details go HERE.
2) You Don’t have to Run to get a Pancake Breakfast!
As avid runners and race participants ourselves, one of the coolest things we’ve seen are community breakfasts after an early race. We want to run the race just to get a yummy breakfast! And we will have NH Maple Syrup of course. With the continued generosity and support from Young’s Restuarant and Oyster River High School facilities we will have a fantastic post race breakfast! Tickets will also be available for non-runners, spectators and members of the community.
Free with registration
Cost for non-runners: $5 per person
Family Pack (4): $18
3) Kids Fun Run – The Tradition Rolls into Year Five!
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 a huge hit. We had over 100 kids participate last year. Important Note: The Oyster River athletic fields are being renovated and will NOT be available for the fun run this year. We will run these races around the school in other locations. More info coming on race day.
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 5th 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.
Race will start at ~10:25AM (immediately after the Awards for the 5K). The location will be decided closer to race day. The Kids Fun Run is broken into 3 age divisions and stay tuned because we are bringing some additional fun on race day for the kids! We will organize the KFR by ages this year – no set distances as we work around the lack of access to the fields.
• Ages 4 & Under – Participant ribbons awarded
• Ages 6 & Under – trophies awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd boys & girls.
• Ages 10 & Under – trophies awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd boys & girls.
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. Best part of the day hands down.
4) REGISTER NOW TO MAKE SURE YOU GET A T-SHIRT
Online registration ends on June 16th. So register today. ONLY THE FIRST 300 REGISTRATIONS WILL RECEIVE THE FAMOUS TRI BLEND COLLECTORS T-SHIRT. It really pays to register early.
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.
6)Post Race Community
We already mentioned the 2nd Annual Bobcat Bolt Pancake Breakfast. Beyond that, 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. The pancake breakfast will be served in the cafeteria.
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