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Archive for July, 2011

Running In The Upper Valley

July 23rd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Western NH Trail Running Series

Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series

Though avid runners often schedule their big races in the spring or fall, the Upper Valley offers a number of summer races to help stay in shape and motivated.  The toughest local race comes near the end of summer with the CHAD Hero Half Marathon which begins and ends on the Dartmouth Green and will take runners on a looping course over several challenging hills in Hanover and Norwich on August 28, 2011.  The race stars at 9:00 am and raises money to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.  Off the pavement, the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series will again explore the woods and the trails in seven Upper Valley towns.  The races which range from 5 to 8.7 miles, allows runners to explore Farnum Hill Reserve in Lebanon, Webb Forest in Sunapee and Fall Mountain Regional High School’s cross country trails in Langdon, NH among other areas.  The WNHTRS organizer, Chad Denning, maintains that once you go off the pavement for five minutes you will say ” Wow, I want more of this.”  If you plan to run in the CHAD Half Marathon, Breakfast on the Connecticut is offering a special room rate and donating $25 for each person that stays with us and participates in the event.  Whatever the season, the innkeepers at Breakfast on the Connecticut can direct you to the perfect spot for a “run in the valley”.

Super Quest – Solve the 12-Town 250th History Mystery

July 5th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Vital Communities

Vital Communities - Super Quest

If you have never done a Valley Quest before, this summer may be the time to try your hand.  Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1761, Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the 12 “Middle Grant” towns.  “Super Quest” honors the 250th anniversary of the 12 Middle Grant towns: Canaan, Enfield, Fairlee, Hanover, Hartford, Hartland, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Thetford and Windsor.  There are 12 clues, each leading to a different town.  Using maps, MapQuest or other tools, travel to your destination in search of the hidden word(s).  Visit all 12 towns and like magic – a secret word will be revealed.  Once you have solved the mystery, claim your commemorative patch and be entered to win the grand prize, a family Get-A-WAy to Lake Morey Resort.  First, visit VitalCommunities.org to register.  While registration is not required, it will enable you to get hints if you need them and ensure that Vital Communities has enough patches.  There is no rush!  You have until November 1 to finish the Quest.   Super Quest is a word puzzle and when the puzzle is complete a “magic word” will emerge.  For this historical quest, most of the towns chose their own answers, which include dates, numbers and names.  The Quest really tells a great story of the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and spend your weekend questing!