The Hippo


May 26, 2020








Trot, shuffle or run
Lace up and race into the holidays

By Ryan Lessard

 Work off the Thanksgiving feast and celebrate the holiday season by running in these 5Ks, fun runs and more.

Thursday, Nov. 23
The Rotary Club of Merrimack’s 5K Turkey Trot is at Merrimack Middle School, 31 Madeline Bennett Drive, Merrimack. The race starts at 8 a.m. Registration is $15 to $25. Visit
Head eastward for the third annual Turkey Day Dash to the Sea at Hampton Academy, 29 Academy Ave., Hampton. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $30 to $35 or $100 for a family of four.
Take part in the Fisher Cats Thanksgiving Day 5K on Thursday, Nov. 23. The race starts at 9 a.m. outside Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Fees range from $10 to $30. The first 1,500 registrants get a tech shirt. Visit  
The Greater Derry Track Club’s 44th annual Turkey Trot 5K Road Race is on Thursday, Nov. 23, at Gallien’s Town Beach on Beaver Lake in Derry. The race starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $10 to $20. Visit
Take a run through Mine Falls Park in Nashua for the 15th annual Great Gobbler Thanksgiving 5K. Race gets under way at 8 a.m. at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. Proceeds go to Nashua High School cross-country teams. Cost is $20 to $25, free for young ones ages 2 to 10, who can participate in a Little Gobbler 400-meter fun run at 7:30 a.m. Visit Contact Nate Burns at or Ryan Haggerty at
Head to Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way, for the Bow Police Association 5K Turkey Trot at 8 a.m. Cost is $30 (free for kids 12 and under). Visit or 223-3950.
The annual Rochester Runners Free Fall 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 $10 to $25. Proceeds benefit the Garrison School PTA. Visit
Make your way from Peirce Island to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth for the ninth 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 Email or call 488-1186.
Don’t miss Keene’s Wobble Gobble starting at 8:30 a.m. (walkers) or 9 a.m. (runners) at 312 Washington St. This four-mile race used to be called the Cranberry Run. Cost is $25. See 
The 19th annual Galloping Gobbler four-miler road race at Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord, begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 including a T-shirt for the first 300 to register. Proceeds go to the Bishop Brady Tuition Assistance Fund. Visit 
The 23rd annual Windham Turkey Trot begins at 9 a.m. at 70 Blossom Road in Windham, rain, snow or shine. The family-friendly event has three- and five-mile courses to run, walk, stroll scooter or rollerblade. Race proceeds benefit The Shepherd’s Pantry and Windham Helping Hands. Cost is by donation of your choice. See Contact
The 11th 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 10th annual GYC Turkey Trot 5K and family walk starting at 9 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. Cost is $26 ($90 for a family of up to five). See Contact Scott Hodson, 524-6978,
Get in the spirit of the season by running in the Thanks for Giving 5K & 10K. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and 10K runners will do a double loop of the course starting at the Exeter YMCA, 56 Linden St., Exeter. Registration is $25 for the 5K, $40 for the 10K and $5 for the fun run for kids age 14 and under. Visit
Friday, Nov. 24
The Amherst Junior Women’s Club 17th 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 Email
Saturday, Dec. 2
Get a head start on the Christmas parade in the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, a three-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. This year, all who register will get a new and improved 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. 10
Take part in Atkinson’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K at 9 a.m. at 85 Country Club Drive. Cost is $70 for the half marathon, $30 for the 5K. Both start at the same time. Visit For questions email
Bring joy to the kids 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 to $20 plus a $10 unwrapped toy, or pay $25 to $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 2.1-mile run through the Gift of Lights display at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon, at 4:30 p.m. Costs range from $15 to $30 ($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. Register at Contact Tom Bringle, 724-6080, 
Saturday, Dec. 16
Help Bishop Brady High School and Habitat for Humanity by running in the Touch of Grey 64 Four Mile Race at 25 Columbus Ave., Concord, at 11 a.m. Participants can enter by donation. Contact Suzy Seagroves at and visit for more info.
Don your ugliest sweater at the Ugly Sweater 5K at 50 Commercial St., Manchester, starting at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Manchester Animal Shelter. The race is capped at 425 people. Registration is $25 and free for kids 12 and under. Call Christine Lewis at 860-6275 and visit for more info.
Sunday, Dec. 17
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 $35. Register at Contact Tom Bringle, 724-6080, 
Monday, Jan. 1
Don’t miss The Millennium Mile Road Race on Mammoth Road starting at 2 p.m. in front of Londonderry High School. Pre-registration costs $18, race-day $20. Kids 11 and under pay $10. Register at 
Take part in a long-running tradition with the 40th annual Peanut Butter Chip Chase 5K at Temple Town Hall, Route 45, at noon. The kid’s run is at 11:30 a.m. Race proceeds go to Souhegan Lions Club. 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, 

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