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”.