Category Archives: WOW Events

The WOW Trail sponsors a number of popular events each year: The WOW Ball, BOW WOW Fest and the exciting new Runaway Pumpkin 10K & 5K. See the articles below for information on upcoming events as well as news from past events.

The Runaway Pumpkin 10K & 5K Run/Walk

The 2017 Runaway Pumpkin took place on Saturday, October 14th to help kick off the NH Pumpkin Festival and was a great success. Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors & volunteers that make it happen year after year!

Check out the photos from the race here!

Congratulations to the Top Finishers!

5K Female: Corey Dowe, Barrington, NH (17:32) *Course Record*
5K Male: Brendan Wilder, Waltham, MA (18:46)

10K Male: Tim Livingston, Conway, NH (33:55) *Course Record*
10K Female: Terry Ballou, Center Conway, NH (42:01)

Results by Millenium Running

 

 

 

WOW Fest Retired – Introducing The Runaway Pumpkin 10K & 5K Run/Walk

Thank you for your interest in WOW Fest.  We are sorry to let you know that WOW Fest has been discontinued but excited to let you know that the employees of the Laconia Clinic are planning a new annual fundraising event, The Runaway Pumpkin 10K & 5K Run/Walk, that will use the same scenic 10K & 5K courses and will take place on Saturday, October 24th at 9am to kick off Pumpkin Festival 2015.

All proceeds will benefit the WOW Trail and the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction.
Click here for all of the details and to register!

WOW Sweepstakes Ball – Saturday, May 20, 2017!

The 14th Annual WOW Sweepstakes Ball took place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Gunstock Mountain Resort and was presented by our friends at Daniels Electric Corporation.  This FUN annual fundraiser offers trail supporters the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize and includes dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions.  This annual event has raised almost $450,000 for the WOW Trail.  Save the Date for the 15th Annual WOW Sweepstakes Ball to be held at Gunstock on Saturday, May 19th, 2018! For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at info@wowtrail.org or call 603.520.8952. 

WOW Fest

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The 6th Annual WOW Fest will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, 827 North Main Street, Laconia, NH.

WOW Fest, a key fundraiser for the WOW Trail, is a fun-filled event featuring two bicycle challenges, 5K and 10K road races, fun walk, lunch & live music.  You won’t want to miss it!

Register Now

Please register on-line (no additional fees) using the “Register Now” button above or submit a paper registration form.

Event day registration is available at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.

Bicycle Events:

  • Take the Lake Challenge (Lake Winnipesaukee, 67m, 7:00 am start, $60 pre-registration [$65 event day registration])
  • Take the Bay Challenge (Paugus Bay, 15m, 10:00 am start, $55 pre-registration [$60 event day registration])

Running Events:  Find 5K and 10K Race Results at Coolrunning.com

Walking Event:

***All events include Event Tech Shirt*, Lunch, 1 Beer Ticket (21+ only, ID req’d) & Festival***

*Register by September 17th to receive an event tech shirt.

Lunch will be provided by our great local restaurant sponsors:  Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, Common Man Restaurants, Fratello’s Italian Grille & T-Bones Great American Eatery.

All proceeds benefit the WOW Trail.  Sign up now and bring the whole family for a great lunch and a lot of fun. 

Click on each event for additional details

Check out our Team Challenges:

  • WOW What a Team!Awarded to the team with the most pre-registered participants.
  • WOW You Look Good!Awarded to the “Best Dressed” team.
  • WOW Green ($$$) Team!Awarded to the team that brings in the most pledge money.
  • WOW Cups! (5K & 10K)Awarded to the teams with the 3 fastest (pace/min) Take Opechee 5K or 10K participants (minimum of three 5K or 10K finishers required).

Teams can include participants that are pre-registered for any of the five events (Take the Lake Challenge, Take the Bay Challenge, Take Opechee 5K, Take Opechee 10K & Take the Trail Fun Walk).

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our Team Challenges.

Festival (11:00 – 1:00):

Not participating in one of our events?….Come enjoy an afternoon of family fun and great food!

  • Lunch, Live Music, Kids Activities: $10 Teens & Adults; $5 Children 12 and under (donations and festival entrance fees payable at the door)

Questions?: Please contact Gretchen Gandini at info@wowtrail.org or (603) 520-8952.

WOW Fest event registration and festival entrance fees are not tax deductible contributions because of the goods and services that a participant will receive.  However, because WOW Trail is a 501(c)(3) organization, pledges and donations are fully tax deductible.

WOW Fest ’14 Team Challenge FAQ’s

If you have a question that isn’t answered below please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@wowtrail.org.

Q: Do all team members have to be registered to participate in the same activity (e.g. all be registered for the 10K or the 67 mile bicycle challenge)?

A. No! Members of teams can be any participant that is pre-registered for any of the five events (Take the Lake Challenge, Take the Bay Challenge, Take Opechee 5K, Take Opechee 10K & Take the Trail Fun Walk).

Q: Will I be able to join a team if I register as an individual?

A: Absolutely.  During the registration process you will be asked if you would like to join or create a team. To join a team begin to type the name of the team in the search box and then click on the team that you would like to join.

Q:  I’m not registered yet but my friends and I want to form a team.  How do we start?

A: Start by agreeing on a team name and then decide who will be your Team Captain. Have the Team Captain register on-line at www.active.com and choose “Create A Team” in the Team Information section of the registration form. Once the team is created, other team members can choose “Join a Team” in the Team Information section of the on-line registration form and choose their team name from the dropdown menu.  Another option is to have the Team Captain choose the “Team Group Registration” option and complete the registration information for each team member.

Q: I’m already registered and I now want to join a team. Is that still possible?

A: Yes, as long as you send us the request before September 5th.  If you would like to change your registration to join a team, send an email to jmlines@metrocast.net with “Team Registration Change” in the subject line. In the email tell us your name, the team you would like to join, and if you are changing from one team to another, let us know which team you would like to leave.

Q: I see that there is a Team Challenge for the most money raised in pledges.  What is the money used for?

A: All proceeds of WOW Fest, including pledges, are for the continued building and maintenance of the WOW Trail.

The WOW Trail organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Q: Who are the “Teams to Beat” in 2014?

A: The Big Winners from 2013 that will be defending their titles are:

  • WOW What a Team! – Awakening Chiropractic
  • WOW Green ($$$) Team! – Patrick’s Pub & Eatery
  • WOW You Look Good! – Laconia Fire Department
  • WOW Cup (10K)! –  Patrick’s Pub & Eatery
  • WOW Cup (5K)! – Awakening Chiropractic

 

Take the Lake Bicycle Challenge – 2014

67 Mile bicycle course around beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee
(3 aid stations and bike support provided)

Register Now

When:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:00 am Start
Registration & Bag Pick-up available 6:00 am

Where:
Laconia Athletic & Swim Club
827 North Main St, Laconia, NH, 03246

Parking:
Laconia Middle School
150 McGrath Street, Laconia, NH 03246

Entry Fee:
$60.00 Pre-Registration (through September 25th)
$65.00 Race Day Registration (registration table opens at 6:00 am)

Please note that entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry fees include Event Tech Shirt* and admission to WOW Fest – Includes Lunch & 1 Beer Ticket (21 years old+ only, ID required).
The festival (11:00 – 1:00) is an afternoon of fun featuring a great lunch & live music.

*Event Tech T-Shirts for all that register by September 15th

Have family/friends that aren’t participating in a WOW Fest event but would like to join in the activities?
Teens & Adults $10
Children 12 and Under $5
(Festival entrance fees payable at the door)

Registration:

Register Now

Please register on-line (no additional fees) using the “Register Now” button above or submit a paper registration form.

Please note that individual registrants will be able to join or create a team during the registration process.

Event day registration is available starting at 6:00 am.

Sign up now!  Event Tech T-Shirts for all that register prior to September 15th, 2014.

Want to help fundraise for the WOW Trail?  Participants are invited to help raise money for building and maintaining the WOW Trail through pledges.  Download a pledge form here or go to https://fundraising.active.com/event/WOWFest_14 to set up your own fundraising web page that is easy to share with your friends and family.

Special Offer!
Raise $100 and receive a WOW Fest shirt.
Raise $250 and receive a WOW Fest jacket.
Raise $500 and receive a WOW Fest jacket and a $100 Certificate to a participating sponsor.

WOW Fest event registration and festival entrance fees are not tax deductible contributions because of the goods and services that a particpant will receive.  However, because WOW Trail is a 501(c)(3) organization, pledges and donations are fully tax deductible.

Team Challenges:  Gather your family, friends and co-workers and join in on the fun.  Bragging rights included for all winning teams in addition to your team name displayed on the WOW Fest Team Trophy at LASC.

  • WOW What a Team!Awarded to the team that has the most (pre-registered) participants.
  • WOW You Look Good!Awarded to the “Best Dressed” team.
  • WOW Green ($$$) Team!Awarded to the team that brings in the most pledge money.
  • WOW CUPS! (5K & 10K)Awarded to the teams with the 3 fastest (pace/min) Take Opechee 5K or 10K participants (minimum of 3 5K or 10K finishers required).

Teams can include participants that are pre-registered for any of the five events (Take the Lake Challenge, Take the Bay Challenge, Take Opechee 5K, Take Opechee 10K & Take the Trail Fun Walk).

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our Team Challenges.

The 67 Mile Course

  1. Start at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club
  2. North on Parade Rd. (RT.106). Follow for 7.85mi.
  3. Turn left at Meredith Traffic Circle onto Rt.3. Follow for 1.35mi.
  4. Turn right at Meredith traffic lights onto Rt. 25 Follow for 10.15m.
  5. Turn right onto Rt. 109. Follow for 17.53mi.
  6. Stay straight onto Rt.28. Follow for 10.45mi.
  7. Turn right onto Wolfeboro Rd. Follow for .30mi.
  8. Turn right onto Rt. 11 Follow for 17 mi.
  9. When Rt. 3 meets the Laconia Town Line it will turn into Union Ave.
  10. Stay straight and follow Union Ave. for 1.8mi.
  11. Yield right onto Messer St. Follow for .75mi.
  12. At the end of Messer St. turn right onto Church St.
  13. Turn right onto North Main St.
  14. Back to LASC

To view the “Take the Lake” map click here.

Questions?  Please contact us with your question(s).

Course, Registration & Event Information
Jennifer Beetle, WOW Trail Board
jmlines@metrocast.net
(603) 630-4468

Underwriting/Sponsorship Opportunities
Allan Beetle, WOW Trail Board
abeetle@metrocast.net
(603) 344-0339

Take the Bay Bicycle Challenge – 2014

15 mile bicycle course around Paugus Bay
(Aid stations and bike support provided)

Register Now

When:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 Start
Registration & Bag Pick-up available 6:00 am – 9:45 am

Where:
Laconia Athletic & Swim Club
827 North Main St, Laconia, NH, 03246

Parking:
Laconia Middle School
150 McGrath Street, Laconia, NH 03246

Entry Fee:

$55.00 Pre-Registration (through September 25th)
$60.00 Race Day Registration (registration table opens at 6:00 am)

Please note that entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry fees include Event Tech Shirt* and admission to WOW Fest – Includes Lunch & 1 Beer Ticket (21 years old+ only, ID required).
The festival (11:00 – 1:00) is an afternoon of fun featuring a great lunch & live music.

*Event Tech T-Shirts for all that register prior to September 15th.

Have family/friends that aren’t participating in a WOW Fest event but would like to join in the activities?
Teens & Adults $10
Children 12 and Under $5
(Festival entrance fees payable at the door)

Registration:

Register Now

Please register on-line (no additional fees) using the “Register Now” button above or submit a paper registration form.

Please note that individual registrants will be able to join or create a team during the registration process.

Event day registration is available starting at 6:00 am.

Sign up now!  Event Tech T-Shirts for all that register by September 15, 2014.

Want to help fundraise for the WOW Trail?  Participants are invited to help raise money for building and maintaining the WOW Trail through pledges.  Download a pledge form here or go to https://fundraising.active.com/event/WOWFest_14 to set up your own fundraising web page that is easy to share with your friends and family.

Special Offer!
Raise $100 and receive a WOW Fest shirt.
Raise $250 and receive a WOW Fest jacket.
Raise $500 and receive a WOW Fest jacket and a $100 Certificate to a participating sponsor.

WOW Fest event registration and festival entrance fees are not tax deductible contributions because of the goods and services that a particpant will receive.  However, because WOW Trail is a 501(c)(3) organization, pledges and donations are fully tax deductible.

Team Challenges:  Gather your family, friends and co-workers and join in on the fun.  Bragging rights included for all winning teams in addition to your team name displayed on the
WOW Fest Team Trophy at LASC.

  • WOW What a Team!Awarded to the team that has the most (pre-registered) participants.
  • WOW You Look Good! – Awarded to the “Best Dressed” team.
  • WOW Green ($$$) Team!Awarded to the team that brings in the most pledge money.
  • WOW CUPS! (5K & 10K)Awarded to the teams with the 3 fastest (pace/min) Take Opechee 5K or 10K participants (minimum of 3 5K or 10K finishers required).

Teams can include participants that are pre-registered for any of the five events (Take the Lake Challenge, Take the Bay Challenge, Take Opechee 5K, Take Opechee 10K & Take the Trail Fun Walk).

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our Team Challenges.

The 15 Mile Course

  1. Start at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club
  2. North on Parade Rd. (RT.106)
  3. Right onto Rollercoaster Rd. Follow for 1.22mi.
  4. Right onto Rt.3. Follow for 1.68mi.
  5. Yield right after Weirs Bridge (Water station at Chamber of Commerce Information Area)
  6. Stay onto Rt.3. Follow for 3.23mi.
  7. Right onto Union Ave. Follow for 1.8mi
  8. Yield right onto Messer St. Follow for .75mi.
  9. At the end of Messer St. turn right onto Church St.
  10. Turn right onto North Main St.
  11. Back to LASC

To view the “Take the Bay” map click here.

Questions?  Please contact us with your question(s).

Course, Registration & Event Information
Jennifer Beetle, WOW Trail Board
jmlines@metrocast.net
(603) 630-4468

Underwriting/Sponsorship Opportunities
Allan Beetle, WOW Trail Board
abeetle@metrocast.net
(603) 344-0339

Take the Trail Fun Walk – 2014

3M Walk “Out & Back” on the WOW Trail

Register Now

When:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:30 am Start
Registration available 6:00 am – 10:15 am

Where:
Laconia Athletic & Swim Club
827 North Main St, Laconia, NH, 03246

Parking:
Laconia Middle School
150 McGrath Street, Laconia, NH 03246

Entry Fee:
$25.00 (registration table opens at 6:00 am)

Please note that entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry fees include Event Tech Shirt* and admission to WOW Fest – Includes Lunch & 1 Beer Ticket (21 years old+ only, ID required).
The festival (11:00 – 1:00) is an afternoon of fun featuring a great lunch & live music.

*Event Tech T-Shirts for all that register prior to September 15th

Have family/friends that aren’t participating in a WOW Fest event but would like to join in the activities?
Teens & Adults $10
Children 12 and Under $5
(Festival entrance fees payable at the door)

Registration:

Register Now

Please register on-line (no additional fees) using the “Register Now” button above or submit a paper registration form.

Please note that individual registrants will be able to join or create a team during the registration process.

Event day registration is available starting at 6:00 am.

Sign up now!  Event Tech Shirts for all that register by September 15th.

Want to help fundraise for the WOW Trail?  Participants are invited to help raise money for building and maintaining the WOW Trail through pledges.  Download a pledge form here or go to https://fundraising.active.com/event/WOWFest_14 to set up your own fundraising web page that is easy to share with your friends and family.

Special Offer!
Raise $100 and receive a WOW Fest shirt.
Raise $250 and receive a WOW Fest jacket.
Raise $500 and receive a WOW Fest jacket and a $100 Certificate to a participating sponsor.

WOW Fest event registration and festival entrance fees are not tax deductible contributions because of the goods and services that a particpant will receive.  However, because WOW Trail is a 501(c)(3) organization, pledges and donations are fully tax deductible.

Team Challenges:  Gather your family, friends and co-workers and join in on the fun.  Bragging rights included for all winning teams in addition to your team name displayed on the WOW Fest Team Trophy at LASC.

  • WOW What a Team! Awarded to the team that has the most (pre-registered) participants.
  • WOW You Look Good!Awarded to the “Best Dressed” team.
  • WOW Green ($$$) Team!Awarded to the team that brings in the most pledge money.
  • WOW CUPS! (5K & 10K)Awarded to the teams with the 3 fastest (pace/min) Take Opechee 5K or 10K participants (minimum of 3 5K or 10K finishers required).

Teams can include participants that are pre-registered for any of the five events (Take the Lake Challenge, Take the Bay Challenge, Take Opechee 5K, Take Opechee 10K & Take the Trail Fun Walk).

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our Team Challenges.

The Take the Trail Fun Walk Course

Participants turn left out of the LASC parking lot heading downtown on North Main Street and turn left onto the WOW Trail entrance just before the Laconia Library.  Follow the WOW Trail, taking a left onto the Messer Street section of the Trail and then another left across from Bisson Avenue to continue down the trail to the end of Phase 1 in Lakeport Square.  Return to LASC following the same route to complete the 3M “out and back” walk.

Questions?  Please contact us with your question(s).

Course, Registration & Event Information
Gretchen Gandini, WOW Trail Board
info@wowtrail.org
(603) 520-8952

Underwriting/Sponsorship Opportunities
Allan Beetle, WOW Trail Board
abeetle@metrocast.net
(603) 344-0339

Take Opechee 5K Road Race – 2014

 Thanks for participating! Find race results at coolrunning.com.

Register Now

When:
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 am Start
Registration & Number/Bag Pick-up available 6:00 am – 8:30 am

Where:
Laconia Athletic & Swim Club
827 North Main St, Laconia, NH, 03246

Parking:
Laconia Middle School
150 McGrath Street, Laconia, NH 03246

Entry Fee:
$30.00 Pre-Registration (through September 25th)
$35.00 Race Day Registration (registration table opens at 6:00 am)

Please note that entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry Fees include Event Tech Shirt*, Post Race Refreshments and admission to WOW Fest – Includes Lunch & 1 Beer Ticket (21 years old+ only, ID required).
The festival (11:00 – 1:00) is an afternoon of fun featuring a great lunch & live music.

*Event Tech Shirts for all that register prior to September 15th.

Have family/friends that aren’t participating in a WOW Fest event but would like to join in the activities?
Teens & Adults $10
Children 12 and Under $5
(Festival entrance fees payable at the door)

Registration:

Register Now

Please register on-line (no additional fees) using the “Register Now” button above or submit a paper registration form.

Please note that individual registrants will be able to join or create a team during the registration process.

Event day registration is available starting at 6:00 am.

Sign up now!  Event Tech Shirts for all that register by September 15th.

Want to help fundraise for the WOW Trail?  Participants are invited to help raise money for building and maintaining the WOW Trail through pledges.  Download a pledge form here or go to https://fundraising.active.com/event/WOWFest_14 to set up your own fundraising web page that is easy to share with your friends and family.

Special Offer!
Raise $100 and receive a WOW Fest shirt.
Raise $250 and receive a WOW Fest jacket.
Raise $500 and receive a WOW Fest jacket and a $100 Certificate to a participating sponsor.

WOW Fest event registration and festival entrance fees are not tax deductible contributions because of the goods and services that a particpant will receive.  However, because WOW Trail is a 501(c)(3) organization, pledges and donations are fully tax deductible.

Awards:

Top Finishers

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Female

Age Groups

  • Under 19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

Team Challenges:
Gather your family, friends and co-workers and join in on the fun.  Bragging rights included for all winning teams in addition to your team name displayed on the WOW Fest Team Trophy at LASC.

  • WOW What a Team! – Awarded to the team that has the most (pre-registered) participants.
  • WOW You Look Good! – Awarded to the “Best Dressed” team.
  • WOW Green ($$$) Team! – Awarded to the team that brings in the most pledge money.
  • WOW CUPS! (5K & 10K) – Awarded to the teams with the 3 fastest (pace/min) Take Opechee 5K or 10K participants (minimum of 3 5K or 10K finishers required).

Teams can include participants that are pre-registered for any of the five events (Take the Lake Challenge, Take the Bay Challenge, Take Opechee 5K, Take Opechee 10K & Take the Trail Fun Walk).

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our Team Challenges.

The Take Opechee 5K Course  (USATF Certified Course # NH11018RF)

Click here for a map of the “out & back” Take Opechee 5K Course.

Runners will start on North Main Street near the Opechee Park Clubhouse heading North.  Runners take a right onto Busiel St continue left on Edgewater Avenue, continue onto Lewis Street and turn right onto North Main Street.  Runners turn right on Old North Main Street until turning right onto Roundbay Rd.  Runners will proceed around the coned turnaround on Roundbay Rd and return following the same course but continuing to the chute/finish line by turning left into the LASC parking lot.

Questions?  Please contact us with your question(s).

Race/Course
Jamie Poire, Race Director
nhtriguy@metrocast.net
(603) 520-2319

Registration & Event Information
Jennifer Beetle, WOW Trail Board
jmlines@metrocast.net
(603) 630-4468

Underwriting/Sponsorship Opportunities
Allan Beetle, WOW Trail Board
abeetle@metrocast.net
(603) 344-0339