Epsom Old Home Week 4-Miler
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Back in the spring of 2010, the Epsom Old Home Committee approached me about directing a race that would benefit Webster Park where the Epsom Old Home Day is held every year. There had been a 5k there back in the 80's for a couple of years and was then discontinued. Wendy and I came up with three different out and back distances for a possible race - a 5K, a 4 miler and a 5 miler. We settled on the out and back 4 miler since the Epsom Central School was 2 miles away and this would make a good turn around location. Because of Epsom OHD activities on Saturday, we decided to hold the race on Sunday morning - the final day of the activities.
The purpose of the race has always been to benefit Webster Park - about a 30 acre tract of land that was donated to the town of Epsom NH by Benjamin Noah Webster in the early 1900's to be used as a perpetual park for the residents of Epsom. The park has been used for various athletic activities and includes a playground, a covered pavilion, a swimming hole on the Suncook River and a gazebo that is used for summer band concerts.
Back on September 11, 2016 the park was hit by a microburst that downed about 100 trees. The park remained closed that fall and winter and finally opened again in May of 2017. All proceeds from the race will be used for the upkeep and improvement of Webster Park in keeping with the intent of the gift by Mr. Webster 100 years ago!
The course was recertified by Bob Kennedy in June of 2017 since we changed miles 2 and 3 in accord with a request by the Epsom Police Dept. to make the course safer for the runners. Instead of making a left turn at Mile #1 onto Black Hall Rd. to the turnaround spot at the Epsom Central School, the course now makes a right turn at Mile #1 onto River Rd. to the new Mile #2 turnaround. Miles 1 and 4 remain flat and fast with miles 2 and 3 less hilly than the previous course. The start and the finish reman at the original location in Webster Park. In 2018 new course records were set 22:17 by Brandyn Naro for the men and 26:12 by Amy Bernard for the women,
The 2 mile walk proceeds to the turn around at mile 1 just beyond the Odd Fellows Hall and returns to Webster Park.
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