Londonderry is host to several 5K and mile-long road races during the year. Many of these are annual events, some lasting more than a decade; many are open to all ages and all running levels; all guarantee fun and exercise! Be sure to check the “This Week” feature for exact run dates for these annual road races.
The running year starts on January 1st in Londonderry with the Millennium Mile. This point-to-point mile race takes place along Mammoth Road, beginning at the High School and ending near St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Competitors have ranged from ages 2 to 82 and have included Olympians, first-timers and walkers. The downhill mile is a wintertime favorite for the town and has brought runners from across the region. Online preregistration is open until December 31 of the year prior to the road race and provides a slight discount to participants. Registration is also available the day of the race.
Pot O’ Gold
Held in March near St. Patrick’s Day, this 5k run was first held in 2011 and started at the 99 Restaurant on Route 102. The first 400 registered runners receive a long sleeve shirt and all runners, ages 21 and over, are treated to a celebratory beer at the 99 Restaurant post-run. Awards are given in various age categories. The run is coordinated by the Rotary Club of Londonderry, as well as Millennium Running, and is open to all ages and skill levels.
The first annual Earth Day 5k was held in April of 2011 as part of an Earth Day Celebration at Stonyfield. The road race is open to all ages and skill levels and takes runners away from the Stonyfield building, up Harvey Road, along Delta Drive, back down Harvey, around Aviation Park, and back to Stonyfield Yogurt. After the race, runners and their families are welcome to enjoy the post-race festivities, including a Beatles Tribute Band, a visit from Gurt the cow, and more!
Think Outside the Run
The first annual run was held in May, 2011, as a fundraiser for four women traveling to Rwanda for the Manchester Christian Church. The run is open to all 12 and older and takes place at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry. Registration can be made online prior at the Think Outside the Run website and on the day of the race.
Lundgren 5k Race
As part of the Old Home Day celebrations, the Lundgren 5k is held each year on the third Saturday in August. The annual event attracts hundreds of runners, walkers and joggers of all ages. Winners are awarded from various age groups and for each sex. Runners begin on Mammoth Road in front of the Lion’s Hall and run south towards Peabody Row. They will take Peabody, turn onto Buttrick Road, then back onto Mammoth to end in front of the Grange 44 Hall. Registration can be made prior to race day and on the day of the race. Check the official Old Home Day website for more details.
Mack’s Run for the Apples
This cross country 5k is held each year near the end of August. Sponsored by the Greater Derry Track Club, the run is held in the Mack’s Apples orchards on Mammoth Road. It takes runners through orchards and woods, over rolling terrain. The race is open to all ages, and awards are presented for age groups. Registration can be made prior to the dat of the run, or an hour before the run begins. Visit the Greater Derry Track Club website for more details.