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6 Things To Know About the 9th Annual Bobcat Bolt

May 14th, 2017  |  Published in Information, News

bobcatbolt2013-10As we head towards June 17th, here are 6 things that can help you plan for the 9th Annual Bobcat Bolt and 6th Annual Kids Fun Run:

1) Kids Fun Run – The Tradition Rolls into Year Six! 

Based on the trends we’ve seen since introducing the Kids Fun Run six 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: Kids will be running on the brand spankin’ new ORHS track this year! 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 6th 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). We will be running the KFR on the track this year. 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.

• Ages 4 & Under [50m] – Participant ribbons awarded

• Ages 6 & Under [100m]- trophies awarded to winners boys & girls. Participant ribbons awarded to all.

• Ages 10 & Under [200m] – trophies awarded to winners boys & girls. Participant ribbons awarded to all.

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.

2) You Don’t have to Run to get a Pancake Breakfast!

Yummy Pancakes

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


Online registration ends on June 15th. So register todayONLY THE FIRST 250 REGISTRATIONS WILL RECEIVE THE FAMOUS TRI BLEND COLLECTORS T-SHIRT. It really pays to register early.


4) The Bobcat Bolt is part of 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.


[PAST] Sunday, April 9: Beyond the Rainbow 5K, Benefits patients undergoing treatment at Exeter Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care.

[PAST] Saturday, May 6: Connor’s Climb 5K and Family Walk, Benefits suicide education and prevention.

Saturday, June 17: Bobcat Bolt 5K & Kids Fun Run, Benefits Oyster River student awards in memory of Joshua and Nathan Hardy.

Saturday, June 30: Rye By the Sea 5K and Duathlon, Benefits Annie’s Angels.

Saturday, July 15: Willow’s Run 5K, Benefits suicide awareness and prevention.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Lamprey Healthcare Annual 5K, Benefits programs dedicated to the healthy development of pediatric patients.

Saturday, Aug. 26: Seacoast United’s Crossbar Challenge 5K, Benefits the Seacoast United Foundation.


For the entire list through November and details go HERE.

5) 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.


6)Post Race Community

We already mentioned the 3rd 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.

Wrap up of the Bobcat Bolt signals the start of both the Kids Fun Run (1025AM start).

We’re amped for the 9th Bobcat Bolt and can’t wait to see everyone in June!

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