Register now for NH.com’s new Adventure5K
MANCHESTER - At first glance, this spring's inaugural Adventure5K and its 3.1-mile course may not strike a seasoned distance runner as one of the more grueling runs of the year. But throw in a few of Rich and John Duncan's little extras, and it's a different story.
The Duncans, owners of Nashua-based cross-fitness training gym Crossfit TUFF, are making things more interesting, if not challenging, by creating a few obstacle courses that will greet runners at different points when they take to the McIntyre Ski Area course April 28.
Featuring climbing walls, a tire field and the need to crawl through mud, the format is rooted in so-called "Tough Mudder" training courses designed by British Special Forces to test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.
More than 750 runners, including 120 teams, have registered, and by the time online registrations close Sunday, race director Shana Hoch said she expects to have around 1,000 entries.
Runners will set off at 20-minute intervals called "waves," the first of which is at 10 a.m. Hoch said the earlier time slots are mostly full, but openings remain in the afternoon.
The final wave sets off at 2 p.m.
While Adventure5K, an NH.Com event organized several months ago in partnership with the New Hampshire Food Bank and local veterans advocacy and support agency MooreMart, won't be putting anyone through "boot camp," the event gives participants an opportunity to think on their feet, push themselves and tackle obstacles, Hoch said.
NH.com digital marketing specialist Jon Nevins said calls have been coming in from across the state. "Adventure5K is generating a lot of excitement in the community," he said. "I am getting calls from all over from people looking to get involved in this race."
Nevins said event-related giveaways and promotions can be found at Facebook.com/Adventure5K.
Not only is the modified 5K a fun way to bring people together for competition and exercise, Hoch said, it's also "a great opportunity for us to connect with our New Hampshire audience, and to give back to a local charity. We chose MooreMart as our major charity because they send packages to overseas military, and are based out of Nashua," she said.
The Duncans, she added, bring the right type of innovation skills to the event. "John ... and Rich have strong military ties, innovative ideas and great cross training experience, so it was a natural fit for us to work with them," said Hoch, who is vice president of digital media for NH.com and The Telegraph Publishing Co.
She also credited McIntyre Ski Area representatives, saying the location was chosen last fall after discussions with various area venues.
"The folks at McIntyre have been fantastic to work with," Hoch said. "Even while they were busy with skiers and tubers (during the winter), they took the time to meet with us and do everything they could to help ensure a great event."
Come race day, a number of vendors will set up in a large tent in front of McIntyre's new lodge, she said.
To date, Adventure5K partners, in addition to McIntyre and CrossFit TUFF, include Goodale's Bike Shop, Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise, Northeast Delta Dental, St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua, Fit it in Fitness, Runners Alley, J & F Farms of Derry, Wild Rover Pub of Manchester, Monster Energy Drink, Michelob Ultra, Bryan M. Fournier Landscaping & Irrigation, U.S. Army, Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Granite State Dairy Promotion.