If you’ve never run a 5k with nuns, then you’ve never really run a 5k at all.
The famous Running Nuns of St. Charles Children’s Home are holding their 16th annual 5k road race in Portsmouth this year, beginning at 9 a.m. on what promises to be a sunny and gorgeous Labor Day. It’s a rare opportunity to both run and provide help for a great charity, which we’ll cover more in a second.
Registration is $10 for children 12 and under and $20 for everyone 13 and over. There will also be a raffle, free t-shirts to the first 1,000-plus runners and grilled food throughout the day. I don’t highly recommend eating a hamburger right before the race, though.
Those who top their best 5k times—or are simply running for the first time—will receive a medal engraved with the image of Sister Mary Agnes running with children at the home. The first place winner will receive a $200 cash prize.
All proceeds from the race will benefit the St. Charles Children’s Home, a non-profit run by New Hampshire nuns which supports and houses children from broken homes. Those children often have extreme behavioral and anger issues due to their circumstances, which the nuns take care of with the help of daily running that leaves the children healthier and happier.
Direct Capital has been a supporter of St. Charles Children’s Home for years, and we can tell you from firsthand experience that you rarely find people who care as much as the nuns of St. Charles. It’s a wonderful cause and a great race, and we hope you will join us at the starting line at Martin’s Point Healthcare, 161 Corporate Drive, in Portsmouth.
To register, visit the Running Nuns website. Be sure to register your company for the corporate challenge, because the company with the most runners registered will win a Redhook Brewery gift card for you and your co-workers!
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