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'Running nuns' race set

August 13. 2017 9:56PM

The 21st annual St. Charles 5K is set for Labor Day, Sept. 4, starting at 9 a.m. from Martin’s Point at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. The course is flat and fast, suitable for skilled runners as well as children and walkers.

Pre-registration closes Aug. 31. The first 600 registered runners will receive a free T-shirt. The course is USATF certified and the race is professionally timed. There will be cash awards. A free children’s fun run, raffle, food and other activities follow the race.

The road race is the brainchild of the Daughters of Mary Mother of Healing Love, better known as the “Running Nuns.” The nuns knew running as an effective tool to channel anger, frustration and build self-esteem in children from troubled backgrounds. The Running Nuns held the first race in 1997.

All proceeds benefit St. Charles Children’s Home, which provides education for children with behavioral, emotional and social needs so they can successfully integrate back into their school systems. St. Charles Children’s Home is a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire.

For more information or to register, visit the website

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