The BASC Santa Clause Shuffle – Race of the Year
From Jamie Staton’s Running in NH 2012, the Year in Review post on WMUR
RACE OF THE YEAR: The Santa Claus Shuffle on December first. What an amazing sight, a long red line of 2.500 runners in Santa Claus suits as far as you could see down Elm street. Add to that the incredible timing of snow flurries (we did not see many of them in December, but they arrived for this race), and excellent red race shirts, and we have a winner!
BEST RACE SHIRT: The patriotic colors of the Red Hook 5K in late May. Second place to the bright orange Brooks shirts from the Seacoast Half Marathon. Third place to the Santa Shuffle shirts, along with the Concord ten-miler.
BEST POST-RACE FOOD: The Sunset 5-Miler on September 8. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, baked goods and much more….all served by the nicest race staff you could ever find. Second place to the ribs at the Ribfest 5-miler, although you have to pay for those
BEST COURSE CHANGE: Manchester City Marathon. The MCM moved runners over to Massabesic Lake and along the rail trail to Lake Shore Drive. Very scenic. If this marathon intimidates you, consider getting relay team together (up to 4 people). You will love teaming up with your friends to conquer the QC.
SO GLAD TO RUN IT: The Hollis Fast 5K. If you haven’t run this year, be sure to get there. Nothing like running downhill for a 5k. So fun and quick. Does a PR count on a downhill course? I say absolutely!
CAN’T AVOID IT ANY MORE: The Boston Prep. Perhaps the most difficult race that NH has to offer South of Mount Washington. I have managed to find excuses to get out of it the last two years (Patriots AFC Title game last year) but it appears my excuses have run out. Unless it fills up early, I will see you there!
BEST AWARDS: Apple pies and baskets stuffed with apples for the winners at the Applefest Half Marathon. Oh, and they also give out cash to the first place winners, or so I’m told. Congrats to the gang at this great NH tradition for 30 great years of racing.
STILL THE LARGEST: Others have tried (Rock N Race) and others are perhaps trying (Santa Shuffle) but the Cigna-Elliot Corporate 5k remains the largest road race in NH, and one of the largest in New England. 2012 marked the 20th running of Cigna, with 5,212 runners and walkers completing the journey up Elm Street and back down Canal Street. The 5,212 was just a few hundred short of the largest Cigna ever; 1998 had 5,465 finishers.
Great job Millenium…and definately well deserved ;).