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: Sunday, October 4, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s run has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 4, 2020. If you have already registered, we hope you can still take part in supporting this event and are able to join us. The Rescue Run provides critical funding for our Marine Mammal Rescue program, helping us stay ready to protect and rescue animals in need, and educate our community about the importance of wildlife and ocean conservation. If you’re unable to attend, we ask that you please consider making your pre-paid registration fee a tax-deductible donation to Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue. Contact Sara at [email protected] to learn more.


Thank you to all who participated in the 11th annual Rescue Run on April 20, 2019. 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. 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!

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.


Register Now


Online registration is open through September 30th; day-of registration begins at 7:30am.


View the 5k trail map here.


Registration Fees

Individual Participants Fees

5k Trail Race (ages 13+): $25 through September 30; $30 thereafter
5k Trail Race (ages 6-12): $15 through September 30; $20 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+): $22 through September 30; $25 thereafter
5k Trail Race (ages 6-12): $13 through September 30; $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
5k Awards: 10am  
Raffles: 10:30am  
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.

Enter to win great prizes in the Rescue Raffle!



THIS COPY IS HIDDENPurchase tickets at the admissions desk when you visit the Center or purchase tickets online now through April 30 (drawing to be held 5/1). Tickets are $2 each. You choose which “bucket” you would like each ticket to go in, and if you purchase tickets online, we will physically add them to each raffle bucket located in the Center’s lobby. You do not need to be a Rescue Run participant or present to win, but winners must pick their prize up at the Center. All proceeds from the Rescue Raffle benefit Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue.

Want to do more?

You can create your own fundraiser right on our SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Facebook pageFacebook 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!

If you prefer, you can make a donation to our Marine Mammal Rescue Fund now, when you register, or on race day. Or, you can choose to donate supplies from our Amazon Wish List

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!


Event Sponsors

Special thanks to our event sponsors Essco Calibration Laboratory and New Hampshire State Parks.


Sponsorship Opportunities

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.



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.