The Hippo


May 27, 2020








Santa Claus Shuffle. Photo courtesy of Millennium Running.

Off to the races
Get moving with holiday runs and walks

By Ryan Lessard

 Who ever said revelry and merriment had a speed limit? Work off your turkey weight, celebrate the holiday in motion and usher in the new year with these road races.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Support the Coats for Kids program at the Rotary Club of Merrimack’s 5K Turkey Trot. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Merrimack Middle School, 31 Madeline Bennett Drive. Cost is $20-$25 ($15 for ages 13 and under). This year’s funds will be raised for Coats for Kids, local soup kitchen donations and holiday gifts for the less fortunate. Visit for more information. Contact Bob Freed at 533-0678 or  
Take a run through Mine Falls Park in Nashua for the 14th Annual Great Gobbler Thanksgiving 5K. Race gets underway at 8 a.m. at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. Proceeds go to Nashua High School cross-country teams. Cost is $20-$25 ($15-$20 for ages 11-17). Visit Contact Nate Burns at or Mike Merra at with questions.
Head to Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way, for the Bow Police Association 8th Annual 5K Turkey Trot at 8 a.m. Cost is $30 (free for kids 12 and under). Visit Call 228-1240 with questions. 
The Annual Rochester Runners Free Fall Classic 5K starts at Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield St., at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10 to $15 ($5 for ages 12 and under) and shirts cost an additional $10. Visit 
The Dover Turkey Trot 5K at Shaw’s Lane begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20-$25 ($10-$15 for kids in grade 4 and under). Proceeds benefit the Garrison School PTA. Visit Contact for information.
Make your way from Peirce Island to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth for the eighth annual Seacoast Rotary Club Turkey Trot starting at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 ($10 for ages 12 and under, $20 for teens 13 to 19). See and register at Contact or call 512-1976.
Don’t miss Keene’s Wobble Gobble starting at 8:30 a.m. (walkers) or 9 a.m. (runners) at 312 Washington St. This 4-mile race used to be called the Cranberry Run. Cost is $20. See 
The 18th annual Galloping Gobbler 4-mile road race at Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $20, or $25 including a T-shirt. Proceeds go to the Bishop Brady Tuition Assistance Fund. Visit 
The 22nd Annual Windham Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. at 70 Blossom Road in Windham, rain, snow or shine. The family-friendly event has 3- and 5-mile courses to run, walk, stroll, scooter or rollerblade. Race proceeds benefit The Shepherd’s Pantry, Windham Helping Hands, and Family Promise of Greater Rockingham County. Cost is by donation of your choice. See Contact
Derry’s 43rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race kicks off at Gallien’s Town Beach on Beaver Lake, Route 102, at 9 a.m. Bring a nonperishable canned good or dry food to donate to St. Jude Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, The Upper Room or Sonshine Kitchen. Pre-registration is $17, free for kids. Day-of registration costs $20, $10 for kids. Visit Contact Sean Coyle at
Fisher Cats Thanksgiving Day 5K starts outside Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (near right field on Commercial Street, Manchester) at 9 a.m. and ends in the infield. Cost is $25 to $30 ($10 for kids 11 and under). See 
The 10th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot 5K, at the Ben Mere Gazebo at Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 (free for children 12 and under, $10 for seniors 65 and older). A 1K Chicken Run for kids starts at 8:15 a.m. Visit Contact
Take part in the Gilford Youth Center’s 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5K & Family Walk starting at 9 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. Cost is $26-$27 ($90 for a family of up to five). See Contact Scott Hodson, 524-6978,
Friday, Nov. 25
The Amherst Junior Women’s Club 16th Annual Trot Off Your Turkey 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run is back. The Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Amherst Town Green, 11 Church St. Cost is $10 for the Fun Run, $25 for the 5K. See and register at Contact for questions.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Get a head start on the Christmas parade in the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, a 3-mile run that starts at 3:15 p.m. at Veterans Park in Manchester. Dress up as Santa and run with an army of other Santas. The first 1,500 to register get a full Santa suit. Cost is $25 to $35 ($10 for children 11 or younger). The run is followed by Manchester’s holiday parade at 4 p.m. Visit to register.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Take part in Atkinson’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon at 9 a.m. at 85 Country Club Drive. Cost is $70. Visit For questions email
Sunday, Dec. 11
Bring joy to the kiddies by running in the Merrimack Toys For Tots 5K Race & Walk at 10 a.m. at the Merrimack High School, 38 McElwain St. Cost is $15-$20 plus a $10 unwrapped toy, or pay $25-$30 without a toy. $10 from each toyless entry will go to Toys For Tots. Visit  
Rev up your engines for Yule Light Up The Night, a 2.25-mile run through the Gift of Lights display at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon, at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $15-$25 ($10 for children 3 and under). Register at 
Participate in the Portsmouth Jingle Bell Run for arthritis at 10 a.m. at Little Harbour School, 50 Clough Drive, Portsmouth. Registration costs $35 to $40. Register at Contact Tom Bringle, 724-6080, 
Sunday, Dec. 18
Run into the Christmas spirit with the Concord Jingle Bell Run for arthritis at 10 a.m. at Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord. Registration costs $30 to $40. Register at Contact Tom Bringle, 724-6080, 
Sunday, Jan. 1
The 5th annual Great Bay Services New Year’s Resolution 5K takes off at 11 a.m. at Portsmouth Middle School, 155 Parrott Ave. Cost is $25 ($15 age 13 and under). Register at 
Take part in a long-running tradition with the 39th Annual Peanut Butter Chip Chase 5K at Temple Town Hall, Route 45 at noon. Race proceeds go to Souhegan Lions Club college scholarships and food pantry donations. Pre-registration costs $15 ($13 age 18 and under); race-day registration is $20 ($15 age 18 and under). Registration is capped at 300. Visit Contact Michele Siegmann, 878-9066,
Don’t miss The Millennium Mile Road Race on Mammoth Road in front of Londonderry High School starting at 2 p.m. Pre-registration costs $18, race-day $20. Kids 11 and under pay $10. Register at 

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