Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM
This race is new, and it will be a gem. It is time to get mooving! Everyone can run or walk a 5K. Running the Saturday after the Boston Marathon, and the day following Earth Day 2011 (the 41st annual), this will be a regional magnet for many Running April 23 with a 10:00 a.m. start, it will include a running division and a walking division, starting and finishing at Stonyfield Farm headquarters on Burton Drive, just south of the Boston-Manchester Airport. Race headquarters will be the Stonyfield offices and yogurt works production facilities with plenty of parking.
In addition to a great run on a gently rolling USATF-certified course, this will be a really fun day featuring fitness, food, and vital information on products and processes. The Earth Day Fair will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Stonyfield offices and Visitor Center. Please join the celebration; the Fair is FREE and open to the public.The Fair has a very impressive list of sponsors and vendors and will feature:
The course is beautiful, and all of it will be on the rural roads of north Londonderry. It starts and ends just east of the Stonyfield facilities on Burton Drive, which is the gateway to the newly expanded Stonyfield Farms. From Burton it turns north on Harvey Road heading toward the airport, and then turns right or east on Delta Road, which ends in a cul-de-sac for the turnaround. Returning westbound on Delta, runners will turn left or south on Harvey Road to Airport Park Road (opposite Burton Drive), also a cul-de-sac. After the turn on Airport Park Road the course heads west to Burton drive and the finish at Stonyfield. It is a really fun course with several chances to see the leaders and to see friends, teammates and family members as they enjoy their race.
This race will introduce Londonderry to many runners, a small town with a rich history and distinctive character—apple orchards especially—and a strong history in racing, high school, club, and general road, trail, and cross-country racing. And it is easy to get to, close to Interstate 93 about an hour north of Boston and only minutes south of Manchester. See excellent directions on the Race Website along with information on Stonyfield Farms, LOCO Running, the course, including maps, registration, ride share and parking, sponsors, the Earth Day Fair and Earth Day, the cause/beneficiary, and much more.
There will also be an opportunity for number and packet pickup and late registration for all runners and walkers in front of the Stonyfield Farms offices from 8:00 a.m. through 9:45 a.m. But two notes of caution—this event will likely sell out so do not plan on race day sign up—do it now! And do not plan on arriving late, as inbound traffic will be shut off (the entrance drive is part of the course) well before race start at 10:00 a.m.
Computer chip timing by Yankee Timing Company will provide accurate and immediate results for all. They will be using the B-tag system where your timing chip is woven into the bib number (must be worn on the front abdominal area and visible to be read)—you do not have to return this; as with any bib number it is yours to keep and simplifies everything for organizers and participants.
Green initiatives for this event will be supported by Athletes for a Fit Planet, an organization which specializes in making any and all events more environmentally friendly while adding to the quality of the experience for all.
Stonyfield Farm has been in business and making a difference since 1983 with their humble beginnings on their farm in Wilton, New Hampshire. Their story is one of dedication and perseverance, of providing healthy food for healthy people and protecting a healthy planet. If you read their mission statement and the history of the company and its growth you will quickly learn that this is a very special company; a company that is in the forefront of sustainable agriculture and production, and providing the very best products on the market with the least impact on the environment.
Stonyfield Farm has supported running events and fitness, health and wellness from the beginning. It is no surprise that they are sponsoring an Earth Day race and celebration, because promoting fitness and the protecting the environment have both been core principles since the founding. Their Profits for the Planet program has been a model for other businesses. As part of their commitment to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet, they give 10% of profits to efforts that help to protect and restore the earth. To date, over $12 million has been gifted through various grants and programs.
As an example, the Gate City Striders running club, based in nearby Nashua, New Hampshire developed a children’s fitness and health program based on running in 1990, which is still going strong 21 years later. Stonyfield Farms was eager to supply both frozen yogurt and regular yogurt for the thousands of participants. They have supported hundreds of road races and fitness events ever since.
In keeping with the 10% for the planet model of Stonyfield Farms, 10% of race proceeds will go to Beautify Londonderry.
- Begins: Apr 23, 2011
- Ends: Apr 23, 2011
Stonyfield Yogurt Works Burton Drive, Londonderry, NH