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 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Thank you to all who participate in the 10th annual Rescue Run on April 12, 2018. You can find race 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 11th 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 wick-wear race t-shirt. Race shirts will be available for purchase for $12 day-of, while supplies last. 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 the 5k 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, stay to 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.
Please check back for update 2019 details; the 2018 fees and schedule are listed below.
Individual Participants Fees
|5k Trail Race (ages 13+):||$22 through April 16; $25 thereafter|
|5k Trail Race (ages 6-12):||$14 through April 16; $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 through April 16; $23 thereafter|
|5k Trail Race (ages 6-12):||$12 through April 16; $15 thereafter|
|5k Age 5 and under:||Free|
Kids Fun Run Fees
|Under age 5||300 yard dash||$6 9:40am|
|Ages 5-12||300 yard dash||$6 9:50am|
|Ages 12 and under||Half mile run||$6 10:00am|
|5k Trail Race:||Registration 7:30-8:45am||Race begins promptly at 9am*|
|Kids Fun Run:||Registration 7:30-8:45am||9:40, 9:50, 10am|
*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.
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Enter to Win Great Prizes in our Rescue Raffle
In addition to the Runner’s Raffle (5k participants, use your ticket on your bib to enter) we are holding a separate Rescue Raffle where everyone can purchase tickets to enter to win great prizes, all in support of our Marine Mammal Rescue program. You can purchase tickets at the Center for $2 per entry, or learn more and purchase tickets to the Open Rescue Raffle now.
Want to do more?
New this year, you can create your own fundraiser right on our SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Facebook page. Facebook fundraisers are easy to set up: just click on the Fundraisers tab on our page, then click on Raise Money. Then, share with your network of friends, family, and colleagues and invite them to support you. We will award a special prize to the person who raises the most money through their Facebook fundraiser, so get started today!
No matter how you choose to give, all funds raised go directly to SSC Marine Mammal Rescue and will help us respond to animals in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. The seals can’t pay so every dollar counts!
SSC Ocean Zones 24 oz. Nalgene Water Bottle
Purchase an SSC Ocean Zones 24 oz. Nalgene Water Bottle ($10) 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 5k trail map here.
Special thanks go to our 2018 Rescue Run sponsors 93.5 The Bull and Z107, Atlantic Grill, Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center, Clif Bar & Company, Derry Medical Center, Evolve Senior Living, Kennebunk Savings Bank, New Hampshire State Parks, NextEra Energy, PromoCentric, and ReVision Energy.
Sponsoring the Rescue Run, Race for Marine Mammals is an excellent way for your company to reach runners and conservation-minded families from across the region. To learn more, contact Nichole at [email protected] or 603-436-8043, ext. 26.