By: Geoff Dunbar
Can it be… a return to racing? We’re cautiously optimistic about things in the Fall. Here’s an update on the local racing series.
New Hampshire Grand Prix
The New Hampshire Grand Prix (NHGP) is a series where the NH running clubs compete against each other, in races around the state. UVRC came in second last year, and has won the series twice. New Hampshire being a relatively small state, the competition is pretty low-key, and all UVRC members are encouraged to participate. The NHGP is trying out a new scoring system for 2021, in which _every_ club member who participates in a race scores points for the team, so we’d love to see you out there!
The series this year:
- Virtual Track 5K – Any track, May 1 through July 1st.
- Bill Luti 5M – Concord, NH, July 17.
- Sandown 5M – Sandown, NH, August 7.
- Rail Trail 10K – Lebanon, NH. September 25th.
- Manchester Half Marathon – Manchester, NH, November 7.
(Full information: https://www.nhgp.org/)
Note that you can participate in the first race, the track 5K, starting right now! We’re still working out the exact time-reporting system, but run a 5K (on a track) and store your time, and we’ll submit it. Every UVRC member should do this; every runner counts. We’re also tentatively planning to do a “5K Night” near the end of June where we do a (socially distanced) collective 5K. Stay tuned for details.
Beyond that, the schedule is above. So get to training!
Upper Valley Running Series
The Upper Valley Running Series (UVRC) is our local series of road races. The emphasis is on participation; come out and run with your friends! We do track age group standings as well, if you are of a competitive bent. We’re currently in the planning stages; look for a series announcement in May.