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1st Annual Coolidge 5K & 1-Mile Walk

Will you choose to run? Join us on Saturday, October 6th, in scenic Plymouth Notch for the First Annual Coolidge 5K! Non-runners are invited to participate in the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk!

Runners will explore the delightful grounds and surrounding areas of the historic Coolidge homestead on a mixed-surface 5K course, featuring gently rolling terrain partly on road and partly on mowed grass paths. The event will be professionally timed.

Non-runners are invited take part in the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk, so named for Coolidge’s famous and characteristically concise declaration about his intention not to seek re-election for president in 1928. The walk, which begins after the 5K race, will also cover key sights around the historic grounds.

Every registrant will receive a special Coolidge water bottle, and the first 50 registrants for either the 5K race or the 1-Mile Walk will also receive a commemorative t-shirt. After the race, we will award prizes for top finishers ($100 cash prizes for top male finisher and top female finisher) and award other giveaways to participants!

The run and the walk are part of a fun, family-friendly day at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Come and partake in one or both events! For kids 12 and under, we will have a separate 100-yard “Plug Hat Race” after the 5K! (For the Plug Hat Race, racers will race across the lawn with a bowler cap, supplied by us.) Also taking place at the site on Saturday 6th is the Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest.

Details at a Glance
Date: Saturday, October 6th
Start time for the Coolidge 5K: 10am
Start time for the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk: 11am
Also featuring: A 100-yard “Plug Hat Race” for kids 12 and under (we’ll supply the old-time hats!)
Location: Coolidge Foundation and Historic Site, 3780 Route 100A, Plymouth, VT 05056
Cost: $20 for adults, FREE for children and students 18 and under
Course Map: 
 2018 Coolidge 5K Course Map with Elevation and Markers

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact race chairman Jared Rhoads ([email protected]).

Businesses and organizations: would you like to be part of this special event? We have many exciting sponsorship opportunities for you!


Register for the Coolidge 5K and/or 1-Mile Walk

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