Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals

Run, race or walk to help save the seals! Our scenic 5k cross-country trail brings you along the coast and through beautiful Odiorne Point State Park. Kids, sign up for the Kids Fun Run 300-yard dash or half-mile run, where every child wins a prize.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m.

SAVE THE DATE: Next year’s Rescue Run will be held on April 21, 2018.

Congratulations to everyone who came out to race, run or walk this year! You can find complete Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammal results here.


About the Race:

The Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals features a popular 5k chip-timed trail race and un-timed walk through Odiorne Point State Park. Now in its ninth year, our popular Race follows the 5k cross-country trail route created by Jennifer Shultis, captain of Team Eastern Mountain Sports, 2006 US Adventure Racing National Champions. You’ll run through the forest, by the rocky shore, across a sandy beach, and alongside historic military fortifications.

The first 175 registrants for the 5k receive a free official race t-shirt. Race shirts will be available for purchase for $10 at the time of registration. Prizes are awarded in age and gender categories from 6 to 60+, as well as, overall fastest male and female for the 5k (must run in the <8 min. pace/mile to qualify for overall winner).

The Kids Fun Run features a 300 yard dash and a half mile run for children ages 12 and under. Every child that participates in the Fun Run wins a prize!

Following the race, enjoy a light runner’s breakfast, music, fun ocean-themed activities, and even a mock seal rescue for the kids!

Whether you plan to race, run or walk with a group of friends or your family, you can choose a team name and register as a team at a discounted price. Teams must have 5 or more participants. We encourage you to get creative with matching costumes and fanfare!

After the race, get in the Earth Day spirit and join the Blue Ocean Society for a beach clean-up at 11:00am! We’ll comb the shore of Odiorne to collect and record data on trash we pick up and help keep our ocean healthy, ensuring it does not become marine debris.

Please remember that dogs are not allowed in Odiorne Point State Park. Strollers are not permitted on the 5k trail. Children, age 12 and under, must be accompanied by an adult on the 5k.


Individual Participants Fees

5k Trail Race (ages 13+):$22 before April 17; $25 thereafter
5k Trail Race (ages 6-12):$14 before April 17; $17 thereafter
5k Trail Race (under age 6):FREE


Team Participants Fees

Costs are per person. Teams must consist of 5 or more members who participate in the 5k.

5k Trail Race (ages 13+):$20 before April 17; $23 thereafter
5k Trail Race (ages 6-12):$12 before April 17; $15 thereafter
5k Age 5 and under:Free


Kids Fun Run Fees

Under age 5300 yard dash$6    9:40am
Ages 5-12300 yard dash$6    9:50am
Ages 12 and underHalf mile run$6   10:00am



5k Trail Race:Registration 7:30-8:45amRace begins at 9am*
Kids Fun Run:Registration 7:30-8:45am9:40, 9:50, 10am
5k Awards:10am 
Beach Clean-up:11:00am 

*Race start time will stagger by runner’s average pace per mile; choose your pace category when you register. Walkers will begin immediately after the runners.
Want to do more to support Marine Mammal Rescue in New Hampshire?

All of the proceeds from the Rescue Run go to our Marine Mammal Rescue and ocean education efforts, but that is not enough. We need your help! Seals can’t pay to be rescued and we rely on our community to keep our Marine Mammal Rescue Team ready to respond. Please consider making a donation to our Marine Mammal Rescue Fund now, when you register, or on race day.

We’re celebrating 25 years ocean education!nalgenebottlesm

The Seacoast Science Center is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year! Purchase a 25th Anniversary Commemorative 24 oz. Nalgene Water Bottle ($15) when you register and an pick it up on race day! These limited edition, BPA-free, made-in-the-USA, reusable bottles are also available in our Nature Store, while supplies last! 

View the 2017 5k trail map here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals 5k Trail Race and Kids Fun Run on April 23, 2016! View complete Rescue Run 2016 race results here.

2017 Event Sponsors

Special thanks go to iHeart Media z107 and 95.3 The Bull, Atlantic Grill, Kennebunk Savings, New Hampshire State Parks, NH Department of Environmental Services, NextEra Energy, PromoCentric, and ReVision Energy for their generous support.