Get Set for Fun at the GNS Tortoise & Hare 5K and 1K Race in Greenbelt, Maryland

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Get Set for Fun at the GNS Tortoise & Hare 5K and 1K Race in Greenbelt, Maryland

The Greenbelt Nursery School Tortoise and Hare 5K and 1K race is set to be a fun event for participants of all ages. Awards will be given to the top three male and top three female participants (broken up by age brackets, from under 20 to 50 and over). There’s even a prize for the best costume, so get dressed up and head out for a day of fun in the sun!

Tortoise & Hare Races

This is both a 5K and a 1K race, and it takes place on a USATF certified flat loop. The race begins at Greenbelt, MD SkatePark, and will end at the Greenbelt, Maryland Tennis Courts. Racers must complete the course twice (at whatever pace suits them). The path itself is cinder, so it’s a lower-impact event than those that take place on asphalt or concrete.

Strollers are allowed at the event, but only in the 1K race. They are not allowed in the 5K. The 1K race will take place in the same general area, but will start and finish at the baseball field across from the tennis courts.

Both races will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and are rain or shine events. The 5K will start an hour earlier than the 1K, and begins at 8 am. The 1K begins at 9 am. Registering for the 5K will cost $20 before race day (if you wait to pay at the gate, you’ll need to pay $25 instead). The 1K will cost $5 before race day, and $10 the day of the race.

Your packet will include entry to the race, as well as a commemorative water bottle for the first 50 entries. All registrants will receive a commemorative ice pack. Note that pets are not allowed, nor are skates or headphones. Strollers are permitted in the 1K race only.

If weather is permitting, refreshments will be served after the conclusion of the 5K, and there is a water stop at the midpoint of the 5K. Registration can be done online, by mail or at the gate. Scoring will be done via Web Scorer, and prizes awarded to the top three male and top three female racers.

What to Wear

If you’ll be coming in costume, then the sky’s the limit, so long as it’s relatively family friendly. Otherwise, make sure to wear a loose fitting shirt that’s breathable, as well as running shorts. The importance of good running shoes and the right socks cannot be overstated, either.

As with other races, it’s advisable not to race on a full stomach, and to bring water with you. There will be a water stop at the 5K’s midpoint, but having your own supply will ensure that you remain hydrated throughout the race. There is no “official” pace for the 5K, and participants are encouraged to run, jog or walk their way around the course. The point is to get together and have fun.

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