I like races with character. Give me an interesting and challenging course, a nice post race party and an opportunity to mingle with friends and I am a happy camper. The Bobby Bell 5-Miler offers this and so much more.

This race is the brainchild of race director extraordinaire Dave LaBrode. Originally the race was designed as an all-male version of the Bonne Belle women's race in Boston. Twenty-six years later it has females competing with males on a level playing field using a spiffy gender grading scoring system.

Runners have recognized this as a quality event that is a lot of fun! "Only fifty-percent of our race is on the roads, the other half is at our post race party where participants can share a pint and chat about war stories with old and new friends," says LaBrode. The party takes place at the Lasting Room Pub overlooking the majestic Merrimack River.