GREENLAND — Great Bay Stewards have announced that the Great Bay 5K Race for a Healthy Estuary will be going virtual this fall, in order to ensure the safety of participants and volunteers. The Stewards are also extremely excited to announce that this year’s event will include a Great Bay 55K Challenge. The 55 kilometers represent a suggested route that circumnavigates the entire estuary, traveling from the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, through Newmarket, Newfields, Durham, Portsmouth, Newington, and returning to the boat launch at the Center.
“We want participants to have a chance to see the beauty of the entire estuary,” says Race Director Bob Kennedy. “People can choose to complete the entire 55K any way they prefer including on a treadmill but we hope many will take this opportunity to get closer to Great Bay.” Along the way, participants will reach special milestones, with information about the unique features at each location scenic lookouts, coves, and points being sent out via email. Miles can be logged each day on the Great Bay 55K Leader Board, so participants can see how far along the route they are and how they are doing compared to other competitors.
Those who sign up for either or both the 5K and 55K Challenge will have between October 1-24 to complete the race(s). The Great Bay 5K is the last race in the popular Seacoast Series, and those trying to complete will need to enter their race time online. Registration for both races is open through October 23. Participants in the 5K will receive a long sleeve, high tech race shirt race t-shirt, while those who sign up for the 55K Challenge will receive a commemorative hat. Visit www.greatbay5k.org to register.
For the third year, complimentary beer, cider and oysters will be available for participants who visit supporting breweries and restaurants throughout the time period of the race. Prizes are available to the first male and female contestants to finish the 55K course, as well as the male and female who complete the longest distance over the course of the race period. Registration costs range from $15 to $40, including special youth and senior rates, with combined prices for both races ranging from $35 to $60.
The Great Bay 5K is the largest fundraiser for the Stewards, a local non-profit that has been dedicated to protecting and conserving the Great Bay estuary for 25 years. Since its inception 22 years ago, the race has brought in more than $200,000. Funds raised through the events will go toward improving and updating exhibits in the Discovery Center, bring students from socioeconomically challenged schools on field trips, and research into threatened as well as invasive species around the estuary.