The Annual Reach the Beach Relay Race certainly covers a lot of familiar territory for the New Hampshire State Parks team. With 12 runners split between two vans (each with its very own treasured van manager) embarking on a 202 mile challenge that turned new faces into forever friends.
A relay race commencing in the mountains of Franconia Notch State Park, chiseling along the base of Mount Washington through Crawford Notch State Park, turning the headlamps on at Echo Lake State Park, finding our second wind at White Lake State Park, staring at the wrong side of a sunrise in Bear Brook State Park, and HOLY CRAP- running through sand at Hampton Beach State Park…
Last year, amazingly we managed to land a 6th place finish in our category and 79th overall, averaging under 8 minute miles for the entire race AND we did this with two pregnant runners!
This year we are running for Planet Earth
THIS YEAR, once again we plan to proudly represent New Hampshire State Parks, which we all love so much. Each of us on the team has a strong connection to NH State Parks; whether we work for the Division of Parks or the Division of Tourism, whether we do fire rescue or search and rescue, or whether we are leading climbing or endurance adventures, New Hampshire’s diverse and gorgeous parks are where we find our passions and playgrounds.
It was unanimous amongst all of us on the team to choose the environment for our cause and bring awareness to ways we all can do our part to slow climate change. The world is feeling the accelerated increase in temperature as a result of greenhouse gases caused by all of our demand for energy, fuel, industrial processes and global deforestation. Already, parts of the world are seeing ice and glacial melting, more extreme weather, and species migrating to new places. There are things we all can do to reduce our environmental footprint.
As Gandhi put it,
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
First we need the facts. Here are a few great resources:
We invite you to follow our blog posts every other Wednesday from now until our race on September 13th. We’ll share our favorite pre-race foods, test some of New Hampshire’s best trail runs, share environmental tips, and more.
Other endurance events in NH State Parks this summer:
Who in their right mind would sign up for a 200 mile race? That’s what the Reach the Beach Race relay organizers asked the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation when they generously offered the Division a relay team. Twelve crazy runners jumped at the opportunity.
This year we are running for planet Earth to encourage fans of New Hampshire State Parks to reduce their carbon footprint and help to protect our environment.