Registration for 2016 St. Charles Labor Day 5k is open

[photo courtesy of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love]

Labor Day is a little more than three months away, which means it’s time to pencil the annual St. Charles 5K race onto your calendar. I’m a walker myself, so racing is optional. 5 kilometers = 3.1 miles = basically a walk in the park. See you at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth on September 5.

This isn’t just any old 5k. It’s the 20th anniversary of the St. Charles Children’s Home 5K, and that’s worth celebrating. Registration is now open. I’m told that the first 800 registrants get t-shirts (although sizes are limited), so get cracking.

For online registration, use this link.  If you’d rather go old-school and mail in a paper registration, you can print and fill out this form and mail it to the address on the form.

Race sponsors are welcome, too! Whether you can support the race with a cash donation, a promotional item for the runners’ swag bags, or something for the raffle, you’ll be helping the kids who depend on the St. Charles Home.

Longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the work done by the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love in Rochester, New Hampshire. At the St. Charles Home, these women work one-on-one with children who have behavioral challenges. A couple of decades ago, the Sisters discovered that running helped some of the children in their care. Some of the Sisters began running with the kids, and the women in their habits and running shoes became familiar sights at area 5k races.

The first  St. Charles 5K I signed up for was held at Spaulding High in Rochester, where I finished 21st out 22nd in my age group. The event has grown a lot since then, and now the annual race is on the grounds of the Pease International Tradeport. It’s a great family event with a cookout, raffles, and a mini-race for the littlest runners. I’m still one of the slowest people out there, and I always have a good time.

It’s a New Hampshire pro-life tradition. Come support the kids and the Sisters who care for them. The race’s landmark anniversary will be something to celebrate.