On Saturday, November 8, instead of tractors passing through the fields of Moulton Farm in Meredith, there will be people of all ages running through the fields of the 131 year old farm. The farm’s second annual “Farm Fun Run” provides a unique 5k course that takes participants around the farm, through fields most people never have been in and part of the farm’s corn maze. “It’s definitely a unique course,” says John Moulton, owner of the farm. “On some parts of the course the runners are on pavement. On other parts they are going through fields or running on dirt tracks used by our tractors.” The course and the event are the brainchild of the farm’s field manager, Kyle Lacasse.
“The idea was to have fun and give people a chance to experience a different part of the farm,” says Lacasse. “Last year we had a wide range of runners from people doing their first five kilometer run to school teams. We even had parents and children running together.” It was also fun for the supporters who watched the race and cheered the runners on. After the last runners finish the farm gives out its “Cob Awards” in the one of the farm’s greenhouses. “It’s a fun event and medals just didn’t seem to fit,” Lacasse notes. “We’re a farm, so this seemed much more appropriate. Plus the emphasis is on fun, rather than competition. We do, however, provide times for people who wish to see how they did.”
In addition to the 5k course, the farm will have a shorter course available for children who wish to participate but need a shorter distance.
There is no charge for the event and runners can register the day of the event, although the farm does encourage people to print out and bring a copy of the registration form that is available on the farm’s website at moultonfarm.com/funrun2014/. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the run starts at 10 am.
Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith and is open seven days a week. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. In addition to growing its own produce including items from its season extending greenhouses, the farm offers fall decorating supplies, soups and prepared foods from its farm kitchen, baked goods, cider doughnuts and a quality selection of seafood, meats, cheeses and other items from northern New England producers. More information is available at moultonfarm.com.