The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will hold its annual 5K Road Race & Children’s Fun Run this Saturday, May 3. This is the sixth year the museum has held its fundraising race in downtown Dover, following the museum’s relocation to the Garrison City in July 2008.
This year’s 5K race is presented by Salmon Falls Family Healthcare and PainCare. The Fun Run sponsor is Sprague Energy and lead sponsor is Relyco. Additional sponsors include Weathervane Seafoods, Dover Auto World, La Festa Brick & Brew Pizzeria, Formax, ReVision Energy, Measured Progress, Lonza Biologics, Seacoast Kettlebell, the family of Stephen Kaplan, and Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, PA. In-kind sponsors for the hospitality area include Hannaford, Fiddlehead Farms Marketplace, Harvey’s Bakery, When Pigs Fly Bakery, Bagel Grounds, Café on the Corner and other local businesses.
The Children’s Museum 5K Road Race is the first race in the Seacoast Road Race Series (SRRS). Runners who complete six of the eight races in the series are awarded a coveted SRRS running jacket and can win other prizes as well. This is the tenth year of the series and there is no cost to participate, though registration is required.
The 5K Road Race begins at 9 AM at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum.
The course runs up Central Avenue to Chapel Street, up Portland Avenue and back down to Henry Law Park. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park following the race. The 5K registration fee is $22 in advance and $25 on the day of the race. A link to online registration can be found at www.childrens-museum.org.
Children ages 12 and younger can participate in the Fun Run, which takes place at 10:30 AM in Henry Law Park. The Fun Run series of events features a 1/2-mile race, two 1/4-mile races (one for children 6 and under, another for children 7-10), and a free 50-yard dash for children age 4 and under. All Fun Run participants will receive a blue ribbon, and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers of the ½ mile and ¼ mile races. Paid registrants in the 1/2-mile and 1/4-mile races will also receive free t-shirts. The entry fee for the 1/2-mile and ¼ mile races is $8 for registration in advance and $10 on race day. There is no fee for children participating in the 50-yard dash although a signed release form is required.
The Children’s Museum also invites runners to raise additional funds for the museum by collecting pledges for their run. Any participant who collects more than $50 in pledges gets their entry fee waived and is in the running for prizes based on total amount raised for the museum. Pledge forms can be found on the back of each race entry form.
Links to online entry can be found at www.childrens-museum.org. Walk-up registration will be available at The Children’s Museum on race day starting at 7:30 AM up until 15 minutes prior to the start of each race. Information on the Seacoast Road Race Series can be found at www.proportsmouth.org.
About the Children’s Museum of NH
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org