Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals 5k Race Results

Posted on April 20, 2024

Seacoast Science Center held its 15th annual 5k Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals on April 20, 2024. Over 754 registered to run the trails of Odiorne Point State Park to raise money for Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue program. Here, overall winner Luke Janik, 27, of Hampton Falls, crosses the finish line at 18:23 minutes.

Seven hundred and fifty-four runners and walkers hit the trails of Odiorne Point State Park for the Seacoast Science Center’s Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals on Saturday, April 20th, presented by Meredith Village Savings Bank. The scenic route brought them through the forest, by the rocky shore, on the sandy beach, and over the hills of military fortifications in the park. 

The Seacoast Science Center holds the annual event to raise awareness and funds for its Marine Mammal Rescue program.

Overall race winner, Luke Janik, 27, of Hampton Falls crossed the finish line with a time of 18:23. Lucy Garfield, 33, of Madbury, NH was female overall winner with a time of 22:11. 

The Kids Fun Run included a 300-yard dash and a half-mile run. All 134 children who participated won a prize.

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation led a beach cleanup after the race, teaching participants about the dangers marine debris pose on sea life and humans alike. 

According to the Race Director, Hollie Dutton, “We are thrilled that so many people came out to support our cause, especially on a rainy morning. Runners and walkers expressed appreciation for the challenging 5K trail, cheers from volunteers along the route, post-race snacks and activities, and awesome prizes. Thanks go to the 95 volunteers who groomed the trails before the run, over 70 day-of volunteers, and dozens who put in countless hours to make the event possible, and to the business community for donating so many great snacks and prizes.”

Prizes were awarded for the top two male and female winners in each age category and prize baskets were awarded to raffle winners.

Female age group top winners were Selby Sullivan, 24:07 (12 and under); Ashleigh MacEachern, 25:21 (13-19), Kelsey Cole, 26:24 (20-29); Kelly Goodwin, 23:53 (30-39); Margaret Ackley, 24:03 (40-49); Lisa Melanson, 29:37 (50-59); Maura Szendev, 30:49 (60-69); Helen Mrose, 37:33 (70+)  

Male age group top winners were Chris Herd, 22:33 (12 and under); Nathan Dillon, 20:54 (13-19); Kyle Puleo, 21:16 (20-29); Joe Chase, 19:50 (30-39); Mike Guarascio, 20:28 (40-49), Mark  Zvtkovicz, 26:20 (50-59); Luis Guijarro, 27:58 (60+); and Robert Beau Beaulac, 29:49.

Special thanks go to the event title sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank and supporters Atlantic Grill, Centrus Digital, New Hampshire State Parks, Portsmouth Scuba, PromoCentric and Spine by Design, and to the dozens of local businesses that supported our Rescue Run with food and raffle prize donations.

You can learn about Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue and find a link to complete race results here. Some photos from the Rescue Run will be shared at

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.