Virtual Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals

Run, race or walk to help save the seals! 

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Sunday, October 4, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This year, you can participate in the Rescue Run anywhere! And, you can challenge your friends to join you, near or far! Just choose your favorite 5K cross-country route or make a special reservation to run our scenic 5k trail route in Odiorne Point State Park, October 1-4, 2020. Kid’s Fun Run participants can run on-site or off-site too!

Please note: if you have registered for the run, it does not mean you have a reserved spot to run at OPSP. Please click the button found below to run in the park.


About the Race

The Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals is our largest annual fundraising event to benefit our Marine Mammal Rescue program. On a typical year, we’d come together to cheer you on as we celebrate your support of our wildlife conservation and educational outreach work. While we won’t gather this time, we’ll still be there in spirit, cheering you on behind the scenes!

Thank you in advance for supporting our work!


Odiorne Point State Park Trail

The Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals trail route features varied terrain—you’ll run through the forest, by the rocky shore, across a sandy beach, and alongside historic military fortifications—and enjoy sweeping vistas of the Gulf of Maine and Little Harbor.

A team of Seacoast Science Center staff and volunteers will be at the Center, October 1-4, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, to check you in before your run, and for race shirt pick-up and purchases. You can also view the trail map and purchase other merchandise to support MMR, like a plush seal or kid’s Future Responder tee shirt. Race shirts will be also available for purchase for $12, while supplies last. 

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

If you would like to run the Odiorne Point State Park Trail, you must make a reservation after you have registered for the race. There is no additional fee for registered participants to run in Odiorne Point State Park.


Running your own 5K Trail Route

If you choose to participate remotely and are planning on submitting your time, we ask that you run a measured 5K cross-country trail route. 


5K Trail Race Prizes

Whether you run on- or off-site, prizes will be awarded for the fastest times, best ocean themed costume, and coolest marine shaped route (think fish, whale, seal, seastar, etc)! In order to be eligible for top-finisher prizes, you must submit your 5K trail race times to Millennium Running (link to come) between Thursday, October 1 and Sunday, October 4 by 11pm.

To submit a photograph of your run, costume, or race route, email it [email protected] along with a brief description so we can share it with our fans on social media.


Kids Fun Run

Kids can also run on-site or create their own challenge and create a course. On-site, 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!


Register Now


View the 5k trail map here.


Registration Fees

Individual Participants Fees

5k Trail Race (ages 13+): $30
5k Trail Race (ages 6-12): $20 
5k Trail Race (under age 6): FREE


 Kids Fun Run Fees

Up to age 12 300 yard dash or 1/2 mile run $6 


Vie to Win Great Prizes in the Rescue Raffle!


You can enter to win these great prize baskets while supporting Marine Mammal Rescue, for just $2 per entry ticket! Just follow the link below and choose the number of tickets you would like to purchase and which baskets you would them to go toward. We will print your tickets and physically enter them into the appropriate drawing bins. Drawing to be held October 5th. You do not need to be present to win.  

Purchase Raffle Tickets


Event Sponsors

Special thanks to our event sponsors Atlantic Grill, Centrus Digital, Essco Calibration Laboratory, Green Maids, Kennebunk SavingsNew Hampshire State Parks, Partners Bank, ReVision Energy, PromoCentric, Seacoast Strength and Conditioning, and Sperry Tents.


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.


Here is what the Rescue Run looks like during a typical year:


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.

Want to do more?

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!

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!