Serious runners, casual competitors and avid walkers will want to mark their calendars for the WCA’s 14th annual Black Fly Blitz 5K.
The race starts at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Both the starting and finish lines are by the Wilmot Town Green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads.
Participants can pre-register on-line or register on the day of the race. Online registration closes on Friday, May 25. Avoid the rush and register by May 1 to receive a free Black Fly Blitz T-shirt.
Until May 25, race registration is:
free for children 8 years and younger
$20 for youths 9 to 17
$25 for adults 18 and older.
On race day, registration will increase by $5. Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 28 under the tent on the Town Green.
“For the seventh consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the race committee. “We are delighted to be able to assist with this event,” said Peter Angus, coach at KRHS. “This collaboration is a win-win for our teams and the WCA.” Acknowledging the value of the volunteers’ time, the teams will receive a portion of the race proceeds.
The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road to Cross Hill Road to Campground Road and then to Village Road. It is a relatively flat course over slightly undulating terrain. Water will be available at the mid-point of the race. Runners will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.
Awards will be presented at 10:15 a.m. at the Wilmot Bandstand, on the Town Green next to the Wilmot Town Office building, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road. The Cloud Band will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and games.
Thank you for your support – the Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fund-raising event of the year. Proceeds support the organization’s operations and activities.