Get Moving for 24th Annual SEA 5K on April 1

Runners from State Agencies Again Compete to See Which Agency is Fastest


Lace up your running shoes and get moving: the 24th running of the SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk is just over two months away, set for April 1.

The SEA 5K covers a fast and flat course through the State Office park East on Hazen Drive in Concord and is the second race in the Capital Area Race Series (CARS). Because the race is part of the series, you can sign up for the entire series or just for this one race. You can read more about the CARS series here.

SEA 5K race director Jennifer Day said it’s a great, family-friendly race that draws top runners and casual walkers alike.

“The great thing about the SEA 5K is that whether you’re winning in record time or walking across the finish line with your whole family, everyone is welcome,” Day said. “Because this is a smaller race, it maintains a very welcoming feel.”

Part of the reason for that welcoming feel is that the race is a fundraiser for Operation Santa Claus, which, like the SEA 5K, is organized and operated by members of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. Every year, thanks to the generosity of Granite Staters, Operation Santa Claus is able to provide gifts for families in need all over the state. Day said that many of the volunteers for Operation Santa Claus are there to help out on race day, as well.

“They’re dedicated to helping the children any way they can, and because this race supports their mission, they’ve always been a big part of it,” Day said. “We love to have them here and we wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

The race falls toward the beginning of the running season for many, when people are finally able to hop off their treadmills and head outside to walk or run. Day said whether you’re a regular runner or just getting started, the SEA 5K is a good race to begin the season with.

“The weather that time of year can be tricky, but it helps that the course itself isn’t especially challenging,” Day said. “Since this comes at the beginning of race season, it’s a great motivator to get out and get moving.”

As is the custom with the race, there is a team competition for state agencies. Last year, the runners from the Department of Health and Human Services broke the stranglehold long held by the runners from the Department of Environmental Services. Will DES reclaim its crown this year or will another agency take the win? We’ll find out on April 1.

You can sign up for the SEA 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk at

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