I’ve been photographing the Bobcat Bolt since it’s inception in 2009.It is one of the more fun and loving events I cover all year. There’s a special feeling in the air. It’s beautiful to see our community of classmates and their families come together to organize and participate in this great road race. The course takes a gorgeous tour through Durham and out into the countryside as well, with volunteers at the aid stations making sure the tired runners feel supported with water, encouragement and laughter. Everyone gathers for the finish line and awards to cheer on their parents and friends.
Oyster River Festival
At this point the Oyster River Festival is already starting, which is absolutely great. There’s lots of interesting vending and a silent auction, with one lively musical performance after another, from the school orchestra to rock bands to renowned folk trios. There are fun-runs for the children and other games… potato bag races, face painting and story telling by Sean Middleton. The afternoon is relaxed and fun on the grass and in the sun.
The Bobcat Bolt is not complete until you come for a discounted evening cruise up the Pisquataqua River with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. Jim Devlin Band band plays foot-kickin’ hits all night long while a slideshow of the photos from the day play behind them. Take a stroll on the upper decks and watch the sunset and feel great after a long day of healthy exercise, great community and awesome music and entertainment. Last year there was a fire-dance performance on the docks at the end of the cruise!
All of this happens in the celebration for life and to raise funds for local youth initiatives and scholarships in the name of Josh and Nate Hardy. Come join in the fun and bring the family for one of the best community days of the year!