Runners take off at the start of the Book It! 5K. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
September 05, 2018MEREDITH — Runners and walkers of all ages took on the roads to raise money for the Meredith Public Library during the seventh annual Book It! 5K.
The annual race got underway on Saturday Morning on Water Street with a number of different races, all to raise money for the Friends of the Meredith Public Library.
The event started with the 1.2-mile Bookworm at 8 a.m., followed by the 400-foot Inchworm at 8:15 a.m. Walkers took off down the course at 8:30 a.m. with runners starting at 9 a.m.
Race co-director Elizabeth Rohdenburg said they had 100 runners participate this year, which is a record.
"The weather's just perfect, couldn't be better; we're fortunate that way," Rohdenburg said.
This year, medals and hats were given to the winners.
The race had a number of sponsorships from businesses across the community. Race co-director Johanna Halperin said many of them have been with the race for seven years.
They also had a lot of volunteers helping out. Members of the Lakes Region CERT team helped out during the race.
"They tell us when we mess something up and we fix it," Halperin said.
Rohdenburg said it also helped to have the new Archie statue there.
"That seemed to be a huge draw," Rohdenburg said.
Halperin said one thing that's nice about the race is they have a circle of people and businesses involved. She said the sponsors are businesses that want to support the community.
"They're here because they want to do something fun and they know it's supporting a cause," Halperin said.
Next year, the race will be looking for some new directors.
"Anyone who has an interest and wants to do something good for the community and the Friends of the Library," Rohdenberg said.
Keith Lindquist of Hopkinton was the top finisher for runners.
Lindquist's family has a cabin on Lake Winnisquam and frequents the area. He took part in the race a couple years ago.
"It's good; it's nice and hilly, it's kind of shady," Lindquist said.
He was joined across the finish line by his kids Addie and Ella, who took part in the kids race earlier.
"That's what makes it worth it," he said, "The family's all here; it makes it a lot more fun."
Ande Hubbard of Center Harbor was one of the walkers who took part in the race. She said she will do a run-walk every day, and this is the third year she has done the race.
She said the course was a little hilly, but good overall.
"A nice way to get in my running stride down," she said.