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Feb 27, 2020








GYC Turkey Trot. Courtesy photo.

On-Your-Feet Festivities
Runs from Turkey Day to 2016

By Ryan Lessard

 Starting with turkey trots and ending with New Year’s Day runs, there are plenty of options to help you work off some of that holiday energy — and all those extra goodies.

Nov. 26
Help support the Coats for Kids program at the Rotary Club of Merrimack’s 3rd annual 5K Turkey Trot. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Merrimack Middle School, 31 Madeline Bennett Drive. Cost is $25-$30 ($15 for ages 13 and under). Bring a canned good for the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Visit for more information. Contact Bob Freed at  
Take a run through Mine Falls Park in Nashua for the 13th 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, and canned good donations will be collected for Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Cost is $20-$25 ($15-$20 for ages 11-17). Visit Contact Nate Burns at with questions.
Head to Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way, for the Bow Police Association 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K run/fun walk at 8 a.m. Cost is $30 (free for kids 12 and under). Visit Call 228-0511 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 ($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 7th Annual Seacoast Rotary Club Turkey Trot starting at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 ($10 for ages 12 and under). 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. The 4-mile race used to be called the Cranberry Run. Cost is $20. See 
The 17th 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 21st 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. See Contact
Derry’s 42nd 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, and 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-$30 ($10 for kids 11 and under). See 
The 9th Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot 5K, River Road to Main Street in Sunapee, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 (free for children 12 and under, $15 for seniors 64 and older). A 1K Chicken Run for kids starts at 8:15 a.m. Visit Contact Scott Blewitt, 763-2212, ext. 12,
Take part in the Gilford Youth Center’s 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K starting at 9 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Road. Cost is $26-$27 ($80 for a family of up to five). See Contact Scott Hodson, 524-6978,
Benefit the Kennett High School Cross-Country and Track and Field programs by running in Madison’s Thanksgiving Day 5K at the Main Lodge of King Pine Ski Area on Route 153. The trail race starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $15-$20 ($40 for families). Visit and register at 
Nov. 27
Amherst Junior Women’s Club 15th Annual Trot Off Your Turkey 5K Race/Walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Amherst Town Green, 11 Church St. Cost is $25. See and register at Call 765-0630 for questions.
Nov. 29
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
Dec. 5
Jingle all the way over to the Plymouth Jingle Bell 5K Trail Run/Walk. Race starts at 9 a.m. at Plymouth Elementary School, 37 Old Ward Bridge Road, Plymouth (on cross-country trails behind school). Cost is $20 ($50 for family). Search and register for the race at Pancake breakfast after race costs $5. Contact Fran Gonsalves, 254-6067,
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 1,800 to register gets a full Santa suit. Cost is $25-$30 ($10 for children 11 or younger). The run is followed by Manchester’s holiday parade at 4 p.m. Visit to register.
Dec. 12
Take part in Atkinson’s 3rd annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon at 9 a.m. at 85 Country Club Drive. Cost is $60-$80. Visit For questions email
Dec. 13
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. Costs $25-$30 ($15-$20 for children 11 and under). Register at 
Dec. 19
Run into the Christmas spirit with the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis at 10 a.m. at Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord. Pre-registration costs $30 ($15 for children 9 and under) or $35 on race day ($20 for children). Register at Contact Tom Bringle, 224-9322, 
Jan. 1
The 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 38th 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). 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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