Road Race Committee Ready for Race Day

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Saturday’s SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk

With the 21st SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk just days away on Saturday, the Road Race Committee has been busy nailing down last-minute details. If you haven’t signed up to walk or run in the race yet, it’s not too late.

The race starts at 10 a.m. Saturday (bib pickup starts at 8 a.m.) at the State Office Park East, Health & Welfare Building, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord. You can sign up online until noon Friday, or in person on race day, for $20. The SEA 5K is run along a quick, flat course that runs through the State Office Park and along Hazen Drive. It’s a great event for runners and walkers alike.

Jennifer Day, chair of the SEA’s Road Race Committee, said a lot of what’s left to be done will need to be handled on Friday and Saturday.

“Because we have a calendar of what needs to be done, things more or less fall into place,” said Day, who works at the Department of Environmental Services. “I’m only just now getting anxious for race day to get here.”

Day said she and other members of the committee will head out Friday night, weather permitting, to mark off the race course with lime powder and orange cones.

Chapter 1 member Charlene “Clarkie” Clark said she’ll be heading out on Friday with SEA staff members to pick up food and drinks donated by Stonyfield Farms, Hannaford, Hood and the Works Bakery Cafe. Clark said she enjoys helping with the race because it benefits Operation Santa Claus, which she is also deeply involved in. Operation Santa Claus is a non-profit run by members of the SEA that helps provide gifts for more than 3,000 children around the state each Christmas.

“We have quite a few Operation Santa Claus volunteers on the Road Race Committee,” she said. “Or, if they’re not, they get involved on race day.”

On race day, Clark said she’ll be in her usual spot, handing out T-shirts along with fellow Chapter 1 member Carol Beaudoin.

“Everybody is assigned to a certain thing,” Clark said. “It’s really well-organized, so I don’t have to worry about too much. I’m just one of the crew.”

The SEA 5K crew will be out bright and early Saturday morning … will you? You can read more about the SEA 5K at http://www.seiu1984.org/sea_5k/. We hope to see you there.

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