Gunstock Spring Trail Fling 5-27-17


Before you read – If AARC has 20 or more members who are interested, we will be extended a registration discount!
I would like to extend an invitation to AARC members to the Gunstock Spring Trail Fling 8mi and 5km race, organized by Fresh Tracks Racing held on May 27th, 2017 at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, NH. We’re offering both an 8mi mountain run with 2200ft of elevation gain and a 5km trail run with less than 1000ft of elevation gain. The race is being organized as a fundraiser for the Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTS), a volunteer non-profit that maintains the 68 miles of trails in the Belknap Range. Tickets are $40 for the 8mi race and $25 for the 5km race. Prizes will be awarded for age categories in the 8mi event and top runners in the 5km event. Fresh Tracks is looking forward to a great day of racing and community at the Trail Fling!

Leprechaun Leap 5k Sat. March 11, Belmont NH

 On Saturday, March 11 at 10 am, runners and walkers of all ages will be participating in the 5th Annual Lakes Region Leprechaun Leap 5k in Belmont. Costumes are not required; however, many participants come dressed in their finest green, orange and gold attire to celebrate the upcoming holiday. The 5k starts and finishes in front of the Belmont Mill on Mill Street (behind the Belmont Public Library). Our challenging loop includes Concord St., Wareing Road, South Road, and Shaker Road. Prizes awarded for top finishers in Adult Male/Female, and Youth Male/Female divisions.  

The event is held as a fun way to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Lakes Region. Take the baby out for a stroll in the jogger or bring the family dog on a leash. Recruit the spouse, friend, children or pooch, and join us for our annual 5k Fun Run/Walk. Entry fee for pre-registrations, as well as day-of event registrations, is only $10. The first 50 pre-registrations will receive a commemorative water bottle. Snacks and drinks available at the finish line. Course map and registration forms can be printed from the Town of Belmont’s website

Bedford Rotary 5K and 12K Road Race 5-20-2017

Bedford Rotary Memorial 5k (9:30am) and 12k races (9:00am) – part of the NH Grand Prix races will be held 5-20-2017.  You can just run…or…


Sports, Churches and Charity Organizations Can Benefit from Rotary’s 5K Fund Raising Opportunity in 2016

An organization’s reason to fund raise can range from a variety of needs – it could be to support a medical procedure, buy sports equipment, support a missionary, help a family in distress, pay educational expenses, defray travel expenses, etc.

Instead of contending with all the expenses, permits and liabilities associated with traditional fund raising, why not take advantage of an easier means of raising money offered by the Rotary Club of Bedford!  By using the 5K as a platform to raise funds through individual pledges, and the Bedford Rotary Club taking care of all the overhead, all the funds can be raised in a healthy fun filled morning, with little worry!

Using the Bedford Rotary 5K race/walk as the platform the procedure is quite simple – Each member of an organization registers for the May 21st 5K and asks friends & family to pledge an amount for each kilometer run or walked. Each participant collects his/her own pledges.  Getting pledges is much easier when your organization has a “cause” which generates a passion. Your organization determines the goal for the amount of money to be raised.

For more information please contact:

  • Donna Guimond at Bank of New Hampshire 603-527-7200


A RACE for the hill climbers…you know who you are!

1 Mile race up the slopes – June 24th, 2017.

The race director is in touch with us – once the registration links are ready, we will add to the Event calendar on the AARC website and send out an update.  

In the meantime, see the Press Release about the race below.  


Bennington, NH – Live Free and Ski, Inc. will hold its third annual Sprint to the Summit charity 1-mile race up the slopes of Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride for runners and walkers on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

The USATF-certified course winds up the resort’s access road and features timing by 3C Race Productions LLC of Merrimack, New Hampshire. Last June, the event drew dozens of participants, including one family carrying their toddler in a backpack, who challenged themselves against the 1,000-foot mountain. 

Medals and prizes are awarded to the top male and female finishers and several age-group winners. 

“We’re thrilled for what this year’s event has in store. The first two years went astonishingly well with few hiccups. Our main goal for this year is to increase the participant pool along with adding unique attributes to make this experience one of a kind,” said Beecher Clifton-Waite, 19, president and founder of Live Free and Ski.

Last year’s results from the race can be found at:

“For our second year I was very impressed with the turnout and how smoothly the race went. It was amazing to see everyone smiling and having a good time,” said Clifton-Waite, a ConVal High School graduate who is now a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Clifton-Waite started the nonprofit in 2015 and raised more than $3,000 for the charity in initial months through the race and crowd funding. The organization funds after-school passes, lessons and equipment for financially under-served students grades 6-12 in the ConVal Regional School District.

During the past two winters, the nonprofit has put 15 students on the slopes from ConVal High School and Great Brook School and South Meadow School middle schools in Antrim and Peterborough.

For more information, see: and

Walk to Cure Arthritis 5-7-2017

On May 7th, 2017 the National Arthritis Foundation will be walking for a cure in Manchester, NH. The National Arthritis Foundation is looking for more walkers this year to spread the word and come and walk for a cure.  

Registration is FREE. Of course you can fundraise or donate to yourself but it is not required to walk. For everyone who registers you will get free fisher cats tickets to the game after the walk as well as a free lunch at the stadium. The Walk to Cure Arthritis will begin at Eversource Energy and end at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (little less than 2 miles) to watch the Fisher Cats game. You must register to walk and participate to receive a ticket to the game and lunch. 

Join the fight and Walk to Cure Arthritis – register, fundraise, come together to support each other and walk. Another step, another victory.
Below is the link to register. You can sign up as an individual or create a team!!

NH Audubon – Raven’s run and Bunny Blitz! Feb 11, 2017

I think we have a few snow shoe runners in the group.  Great way to find some new trails and spots to check out Lake Massabesic! Complete race info found on Audubon website and our Race Calendar!  (you do know we have a race calendar 🙂 )

Dear Fellow Runner, Are you looking for a winter race? Join us at NH Audubon’s Massabesic Center in Auburn to compete in our 2nd Annual Raven’s Snowshoe Race. This 5K will take you through the woods of Battery Point with views of Lake Massabesic. Many prize categories are available. The timed race starts at 10:00. The first 100 participants will receive a take home bag! If there is not enough snow to have a snowshoe race, we will hold the race as a trail run. This will be decide 24 hours before the race. This race is a fundraiser to support nature education at the NH Audubon Massabesic Center. Our turtles, frogs, snakes, chipmunk, and of course our mascot, Edgar the Raven, are in need of your generosity so that they can do their jobs. These rescue animals are the best one-on-one encounter with a reptile that many school children in our area get. These are working animals who are part of field trips to our location and sometimes they make a field trip to a school. Take on an additional challenge and come in with pledges from friends and family to help support the nature education animals here at the Center. We think you will really enjoy this free event. Bring the family to enjoy in the other festivities of the day. The 5k Raven’s Race course can be done at any pace or choose the one mile Loon’s Loop. For kids 12 and under, we will have a “Bunny Blitz” and the kids can try snowshoes for the first time and every participant in the Bunny Blitz will receive a prize. During the day, there will be animal talks, snow decorating, bake sale, hot chocolate, and a warm fire! 

Please go to our website to sign up today! Please pass this information to your members and sign-up today! Thank you, Amy Obrien Volunteer Coordinator

Wednesday Night Runs!! DCC parking lot across from Fire Station on Mammoth Rd

Happy Winter Running!!

Just a reminder that a group of folks meet on Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm for a group run, all sorts of distances for you to pick from.  

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Stay safe!!