Coolidge 5K and 1-Mile Walk


Will you choose to run? Join us on Saturday, October 12th, 2019, in scenic Plymouth Notch for the 2nd Annual Coolidge 5K! Non-runners are invited to participate in the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk, which takes place after the race.

Runners will explore the delightful grounds and surrounding areas of the historic Coolidge homestead on a mixed-surface 5K course, featuring gently rolling terrain partly on road and partly on mowed grass paths. The event will be professionally timed.

Non-runners are invited take part in the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk, so named for Coolidge’s famous and characteristically concise declaration about his intention not to seek re-election for president in 1928. The walk, which begins after the 5K race, will also cover key sights around the historic grounds.

Everyone who registers by October 1st for either the 5K race or the 1-Mile Walk will receive a Coolidge 5K/Walk t-shirt. After the race, stick around as we will award prizes for top finishers ($100 cash prizes for top male finisher and top female finisher) and raffle off a variety of other giveaways to participants!

The run and the walk are part of a fun, family-friendly day at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Come and partake in one or both events! Also taking place at the site on Saturday is the Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest.

Details at a Glance

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my GPS watch work out there? Yes, your GPS watch should work. In fact, you will probably get a signal quite quickly. Your phone, however, may not get cellular service, so be aware of that. There is Wi-Fi for when you are inside or close to the visitor center.
  • Is this a fast course or a slow course? This course is moderately hilly, which means it will be a little on the slow side. Most of the elevation gain occurs between mile markers 1 and 2. The course has a fast finish, though. From about 2.2 until the end at 3.1, the course is almost all downhill.
  • Is this course stroller-friendly? Strollers are not prohibited, but they are discouraged if your intention is to run the whole race. The grassy terrain in certain sections, while fine for running, could make for a bumpy ride in a stroller. There are also some narrow sections of the course.
  • Is this considered a trail run? No. There are some relatively short sections over mowed grass, but it is not a trail run. We won’t be sending you out into the woods for this race!
  • Are there restrooms at the start and finish? Yes, please use the restrooms in the lower part of the barn that is located next to welcome center. There are no porta-potties along the course.
  • Is there a water stop? Yes, there is one water stop at about the 1.4 miles as you head out of the village. If you wish, you can hit it a second time on your return into the village, which will occur at about 2.8 miles into the race.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, contact race chairman Jared Rhoads (

Businesses and organizations: would you like to be part of this special event? We have many exciting Sponsorship Opportunities for you!

Course Records

  • Male course record: Kevin Baird 23:09 (2018)
  • Female course record: Emily Stack 23:17 (2018)

Past Results and Photos