There is a rewarding feeling that is hard to beat when crossing the finishline after 10 glorious miles along rolling countryside and through stunning fall colors. Concord, New Hampshire is fortunate to embrace a community event such as the Boys & Girls Club Granite State 10 Miler that attracts runners of all abilities from different states and Canada.
The Granite State Racing Team hosted its inaugural race event in 2011. The race has since become a top New England race that benefits The Boys and Girls Club whose mission has a far-reaching and positive impact on the community.
This year has a twist... We have partnered with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to co-host a Martian Party. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as Martians whether you are running or cheering your runner on. There will be entertainment, prizes, and out-of-this world energy. Everyone who dresses up as Martians will receive buy-one, get-one free admission to the Discovery Center. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has a full day planned including a toddler trot Mini Martian Obstacle Course at noon and a special Mars themed Planetarium show at 2:00 PM. We basically start and finish our race at their rocket so definitely plan some extra time to check out this fascinating museum.
The race is run during fall foliage with an average high temperature of 61 degrees. There are volunteers at each turn, great music before and after the race, and an excellent variety of good nutritional, and just plain good, post race food provided by local sponsors.
All proceeds from the race will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Concord, NH. Additionally, $4 from each entry will go to the NHTI Cross Country Team for use of their facilities.
Prizes are awarded for the top 3 male and female overall times, top male and female master (40+) and top 3 finishers in each age group.
1st place overall - $100
2nd place overall - $50
3rd place overall - $25
1st place master - $100
1st place age group - Joe King's gift certificate
2nd place age group - Maple Brook Farm maple syrup
3rd place age group - Gould Hill Farm apple crisp