FAQs | Great Bay 5K

Race for a Healthy Estuary

Great Bay 5K | Race for a Healthy Estuary

The 22nd annual Great Bay 5K | Race for a Healthy Estuary has been reimagined for 2020. Run, walk, use your wheelchair or treadmill for the virtual race on the original course, or the course of your choosing. You can participate as an individual or a team, you will receive a long-sleeved race shirt, and you will be able to enjoy free beer, cider and oysters!

Competing in the Seacoast Road Race Series? Be sure to submit your times by 11:59pm on October 24, 2020 in order to be counted in the series. More details coming soon on how to submit your times.


Where is the Great Bay 5K?

Traditionally, the Great Bay 5K takes place in Greenland/Stratham, NH. But for 2020, you can complete the 5K on any route you want! You can check out the course map for the route that is traditionally followed.

How do I submit my results online?

With virtual races, participants will need to submit results online. If you are participating in the Seacoast Road Race Series, race times will need to be submitted by October 24, 2020 at 11:59pm.

For those completing the 5K, you can submit your results on any day from October 1 – 24. For those that are completing the 55K, your results will be compiled over the 24-day race period to see who wins awards!

Track mileage on any device using the app of your choice. For those participating in the 55K Challenge, be sure to continue to add in your time and distance even if you’ve already completed 55K. There are awards for the male and female participant who log the greatest number of miles and for those that complete the 55K first! And don’t forget, the 55K does not need to be completed in one day. 


What is the Great Bay 5K course like?

If you choose to run the standard course, it is mostly downhill and wicked fast. It includes suburban/rural residential streets, and has great views of Great Bay. The streets will be open to traffic, so be mindful of the vehicles, and stay to the side of the road, and will not be monitored by volunteers or local police. Otherwise, choose your own 5K course, whether on the road or a treadmill. The 5K distance should be completed in one session.  Be sure to track your 5K time and distance and submit your details online (details to do this will be sent via email).

Refunds and Transfers

The Great Bay 5K | Race for a Healthy Estuary does not give refunds or allow transfers of registration to a future year or another participant. 

Custom Team Race Shirts

Any team with 10 or more members OR that orders extra shirts to get to 10 shirts, can have custom-made shirts with their team name or logo on the back. This can be a combination of 5K and 55K registrants. If you and your team only register for the 55K Challenge, you will need to purchase shirts for an additional $15 each.

Want extra race shirts for you and your friends? Just fill out this form and mail it in, with a check, to be received no later than October 23, 2020 for pickup on November 7, 2020.

What are the age groups for the Great Bay 5K?

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, 75-79, 80-84, 85 to 89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+.

There are no age group awards in 2020.


What time does the Great Bay 5K start?

Whatever time works for you! Just be sure to start your 5K anytime starting October 1, 2020 and finish your course by October 24, 2020. The 5K distance needs to be completed all at once.

Can I register for the Great Bay 5K in Person?

Sorry, all registration is being done online this year.

What are the awards for the Great Bay 5K?

There will be no awards in 2020 for the Great Bay 5K. Be sure to join us again in 2021 to compete for over $2000 in cash prizes!

Is there a Team Competition?

There is no official Team Competition this year, but feel free to put a team together and receive customized race shirts! Go to the TEAM page for full team details.

Will there be beer, hard cider and oysters?

Yes! From October 1 – 25, 2020, take your bib (with tear-strip) to one of several great local craft breweries for a complimentary beer. Participating breweries are Tributary Brewing Company, Tilton Brothers Brewing, Liar’s Bench, North Country Hard Cider and Empty Pint Brewing Company. Registered racers will also receive a half dozen oysters from The Franklin (Portsmouth, NH). One complimentary beer/cider if you are 21 and over at participating sponsors.

When and where can I pick up my Great Bay 5K packet?

There are several options to receive your Great Bay 5K shirt (and hat if you are also registered for the 55K) and your race bib. For an additional $7 fee, registrants can choose to have these items sent to your home by mail. Otherwise, packet pick-up for all participants is as follows:

If you have registered by September 15, pickup for the race shirt (and hat, if you also registered for the 55K) and bib is on Wednesday, September 30 from 4pm – 7pm at the Barn at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH. There will be a small selection of shirts and hats available on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone who registers September 16 – 30). 

If you have registered after September 15, pickup for the race shirt (and hat, if you also registered for the 55K) is Saturday, November 7 from 9am – 12noon at the Barn at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH.

If you don’t pick up your bib on September 30, bibs will be mailed to all participants at no additional charge. 

If you have a question that we didn’t answer, please contact the race director.


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