Awards | Great Bay 5K | Race for a Healthy Estuary & Great Bay 55K Challenge

5K In-Person: October 30, 2021 at 9am

Greenland/Stratham, NH

Virtual 5K & 55K Challenge: October 1 – 30, 2021


If the race winner (male/female) beats the existing "All Comers" New Hampshire state record times for a 5K (Male: 13:53 by Alene Reta at the Cigna 5K in 2009, and Female: 15:28 by Lynn Jennings at the Couples 5K in 1993) at the Great Bay 5K, they will earn an additional $1000.

The Great Bay 5K course is certified (USATF certificate NH18007BK), but the drop from start to finish of this point-to-point race is too steep for finish times to qualify for an official state record. The good news is that the net-downhill course will help runners go faster! If the winner beats the existing NH state records, they won’t establish a new official state record, but they’ll have bragging rights, and will be $1,000 richer!

 Ways to Win at the 2021 Great Bay 5K | Race for a Healthy Estuary

Must be present at Awards Ceremony following the Race.


  • The awards for the top 3 male/female runners are $200, $100 and $50.
  • The awards for the top 3 male/female competitive walkers are $100, $50 and $25.
  • The awards for the top 3 male/female wheelchair racers are $100, $50 and $25.


A $100 award to the male/female runner who breaks the course record (14:34 by Adam Martin [2019] or 16:32 by Rachel Schilkowsky [2019]).  


A $50 bonus to the first male/female to reach the 1-mile point (assuming they maintain a similar pace for the balance of the race).


Team Awards: Teams with at least 5 female (or 5 male) members participating in the 5K are eligible for the Team Awards competition. Scoring is based on how each of the top 5 team members finish in their age groups. For example, a 1st place age group finisher earns 1 point; 2nd place earns 2 points and so on. The Team with the lowest total score wins a beer and pizza party for 30.

New England Oyster Cup Mixed Team Competition: The team with the fastest cumulative time for their top 3 men and top 3 women wins $500. Plus the team name is added to the coveted New England Oyster Cup trophy!


The awards for the top 3 male/female Age Graded Times are $100, $50, $25.  Age-graded time is your finish time adjusted to that of an open division participant using a factor for age and gender. Thus, the times for women and older participants are adjusted downward, while the times for most open division participants [such as 25-year-old men] remain the same.


Awards will be given to the top 3 male/female participants in each of the following categories: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-70, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+.


The awards for the best male, female and group (2 or more) costumes are $25.

Awards for the Virtual Great Bay 55K Challenge include:

– $50 gift card to one of the Race beer sponsors for the first female and first male participant to complete the 55K challenge.

$50 gift card to one of the Race beer sponsors for the highest number of miles completed. 

One prize each for the first male and female finisher. 

Countdown to the GB5K!