WILMOT – Serious runners, casual competitors and avid walkers should mark their calendars for the Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) 14th annual Black Fly Blitz 5K starting at 9 AM on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 in Wilmot Flat.
Participants can pre-register online or register on the day of the race. Online registration closes on Friday, May 25 and is available at www.wilmotWCA.org. Avoid the rush and register by May 1 to receive a free Black Fly Blitz T-shirt.
Until May 25, race registration is free for children 8 years and younger, $20 for youths 9 to 17 and $25 for adults 18 and older. On race day, registration will increase by $5. Check-in and day-of-race registration opens at 7:30 AM Monday, May 28 under the tent on the town green at the intersection of Kearsarge Valley and Village roads in Wilmot Flat.
“For the seventh consecutive year, coaches and members of the Kearsarge Regional High School track and cross-country teams will be assisting the WCA on race day,” said Ann Davis, a member of the race committee. “We are delighted to be able to assist with this event,” said Peter Angus, coach at KRHS. “This collaboration is a win-win for our teams and the WCA.” Acknowledging the value of the volunteers’ time, the teams will receive a portion of the race proceeds.
The 3.1-mile, 5K scenic course is a clockwise loop that starts on Village Road and continues on Shindagan Road, to Cross Hill Road, to Campground Road and then to Village Road. It is a relatively flat course over slightly undulating terrain. Water will be available at the midpoint of the race. Runners will receive free beverages and snacks after the race.
Awards will be presented at 10:15 AM at the Wilmot Bandstand on the Town Green next to the Wilmot Town Office building, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road. The Cloud Band will play classic rock and country music. Activities for children will include temporary tattoos and games.
The Black Fly Blitz is the WCA’s largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds support the organization’s operations and activities. The WCA owns and operates the Red Barn, a community center at 64 Village Road, and Timmy Patten Park, a beach and playground at 28 Shindagan Road.
More information is available at www.wilmotWCA.org.