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On Sunday I was glued to the coverage of the New York City Marathon and like so many, screamed and cheered as Marblehead, Mass. native Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the race in 40 years. In a news conference after the race, Flanagan described how an injury prevented her from competing in the Boston Marathon in April, that she was heartbroken but kept telling herself that there would be a moment down the road that would make up for it. And what a moment it was.

Olympic track medalist and U.S. record holder in various distances, a win at a major marathon remained elusively out of reach for Flanagan until now. She said she hoped she inspires the next generation of American women to be patient, that her win took seven years of hard work. Im certain her determination and persistence in this race and over the years has inspired many generations of runners to persevere and to remember, in her words: “It is never over until you cross the finish.”

If Flanagan’s dramatic win lit a competitive fire and you are looking for a race, luckily, Turkey Trot season is upon us. Starting with races in Wolfeboro, Plaistow and Hanover the weekend of Nov. 18, runners can choose a 5K or 10K to test late-season speed. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, offers a host of races statewide and is the most popular day nationwide for road races.

The Dover Turkey Trot 5K benefits the Garrison School PTA and is the final race of the 2017 Dover Race Series. In its fourth year, the Dover Turkey Trot has grown to over 800 runners and walkers and aims to promote health and wellness in children, families and the community. It is the major fundraiser for the PTA and the money raised goes toward events and supplies outside of the school district’s budget. Course records are held by two-time winner Aliaksandr Leuchanka of Dover (2015, 15:45) and Kelly Goodwin of Dover (2016, 20:51).

The 16th annual Free Fall Classic 5K takes place in Rochester and is hosted by the Rochester Runners Club. Registration fees remain low, just $10 for those 13 and older, $5 for younger runners for mailed in registrations postmarked by Nov. 18, and only $15/$10 on race day. The name “Free Fall” was given to the race because the course used to include a downhill on Chesley Hill in Gonic, and running down the hill made runners feel like they were free falling (RIP Tom Petty). The current course is known to be flat and fast and this Thanksgiving Day favorite continues to draw close to 500 runners, even with the added competition of other local races. All proceeds benefit local charities.

In Portsmouth, the Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot 5K starts at Peirce Island and finishes at Strawbery Banke. The ninth annual race benefits Seacoast Family Promise, serving families experiencing homelessness and the Blue Ocean Society, whose mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action. The race has continued to grow in size with over 2,200 runners and walkers in 2016 enjoying the course, which winds through historic neighborhoods. Register as a VIP and receive a Turkey Trot commemorative pint glass, an entry to a raffle to win a TAG Heuer watch and separate bib pickup.

The Thanks For Giving 5K/10K takes place in Exeter, the final race in the United for Wellness Road Race Series for the year. In its second year, the race is a chip-timed loop course with 10K runners completing two loops. Kids Fun Runs include even the smallest of competitors with a “four years and under” category. The race benefits the YMCA healthy living programs, Exeter Run Club running initiatives and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire.

Running Notes

On Nov. 18 is the Tiger Trot 5K/1-mile kids fun run in Hampton Falls, benefitting the Lincoln Akerman School PTO and the Girls on the Run 5K Celebration in Concord.

Nancy Eckerson writes about running for Seacoast Sunday. You can reach her at nerunner1@comcast.net.



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