Andy Schachat's On the Run: NHMS: One track, two great sports
This is another big weekend of NASCAR racing at the Loudon track. Adding to that excitement was Thursday night's Speedway 5K, which finished with a lap around the Magic Mile.
-- Sprint Cup drivers race at speeds around 150 mph.The top 5K speed for a New Hampshire runner is about 12 mph, or five minutes per mile.
Two and a half hours is approximately the time it takes for the fastest New Hampshire runners to complete a marathon (26.2 miles).
New Hampshire's larges road race, the Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K, this year had more than 6,000 entrants, with about 600 no-shows and more than 5,400 finishers. Every runner and walker who started the race finished.
The stands were empty for the Speedway 5K. There were, however, a few dozen spectators at the finish line.
-- If you don't show up four hours before the Sprint Cup race at NHMS, you will have a hard time finding a place to park.
-- During a Sprint Cup race, cars typically have to come to a complete stop six or seven times for fuel and new tires.
-- If debris appears on the track during a Sprint Cup race, drivers slow in response to a yellow flag, and if it rains, the race stops. New Hampshire runners don't give a second thought to debris, unpaved roads or pot holes, and any of them who do more than a couple of races a year probably have run one in the rain.
The top prize money at a New Hampshire road race is less than $1,000, and 99 percent of Granite State runners will never earn a dime of prize money.
-- It costs about $20 million to operate a Sprint Cup team through a 36-race schedule.
-- NASCAR fans can only dream about being behind the wheel for a Sprint Cup race.
-- NASCAR fans, including me, think Sprint Cup racing is one of the greatest spectator sports around.
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RUNNING SHORTS: Tip of the hat to Millennium Running, organizer of the Halfway To St. Patrick's Day 5K in Manchester. The Sept. 15 race had more than 1,700 finishers, becoming the newest addition to the list of New Hampshire races with 1,000 or more participants ... Based on event listings at coolrunning.com and millenniumrunning.com, there were 10 races in New Hampshire last weekend. At two of the races (the WOW Fest 5K in Laconia and the Peter Michael Abbott 5K in Peterborough), a woman was the top overall finisher. At five other races, a woman finished among the top three overall ... Looking ahead to next week: The Granite State on Sunday hosts one of its few marathons, the Clarence Demar, which runs form Gilsum to Keene. The following weekend, two more marathons take place in the state, the New Hampshire Marathon in Bristol on Oct. 5, and the Smuttynose Rockfest in Hampton on Oct. 6.