Sports Talk Merrimack Journal

Sparkler 5K

Free run for kids
before the race

Get your July 4 celebration off to a great start this year while at the same time supporting the Merrimack High school and middle schools girls and boys cross country and track programs by signing up now for the 19th Annual Merrimack Sparkler 5K and Kids Run.

The race was founded by the Merrimack Road Runner Boosters in 1998 and is one of the oldest continuous Fourth of July races held in the state of New Hampshire and has become an integral part of the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. This year’s race returns to the "original" 5K course now that the reconstruction of the Manchester Street Bridge over Harris Pond has been completed.

This year’s 5K race starts at 8 a.m. from the Merrimack Y and is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports 4 Coliseum Ave #2, Nashua, NH, 03063. The race will feature a brand new race logo design by Merrimack High School student Morgan Chantler as well as classy Sport-Tek race shirts with the new race logo. This year shirts will be limited to the first 200 entrants.

All proceeds from the Sparkler race go to support the high school and middle school’s very successful cross country and track programs. Boosters club president Kristin Carillo noted that this years race will also feature a free kids run at 7:45 a.m. The kids race is open to kids of all ages and consists of two loops around the YMCA field (quarter mile). All participants will receive their very own finisher’s medal.

Sign-ups for this year’s race can be done online at, the Merrimack Road Runners Booster’s website or at 3C Race Productions. Race forms can also be picked up at the race sponsor Fleet Feet Sports at 4 Coliseum Ave #2, Nashua, NH 03063 (Nashua Mall). Any questions please feel free to contact Race director Mike Merra at


Coaches and players
conduct clinic in August

The Daniel Webster College men’s soccer team will be hosting a summer soccer clinic. Coaches and players from the team will be conducting fun and unique soccer activities throughout the week. Camp takes place Aug. 8-11 from 4 to 6 p.m. for boys and girls ages 6-14. All players can register by email to Matt Correia at Players may also register at the clinic.