Back in 1968, Concord High School coach Bill Luti helped organize what was to become one of the oldest footraces in New England - the "Concord 5-Miler." In recognition of his many contributions to the sport of running - and to the many lives he has touched - the race was named in his honor in 1984.
Now in it's 53rd year, the Bill Luti 5 Miler will be a virtual event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Coach Luti passed away this past December at the age of 98, so this year’s race will be held in his honor. Mr. Luti was passionate about coaching youth and lifetime fitness. So we are encouraging as many people as possible to run or walk 5 miles, between July 1-18, as a tribute to him. Once you've completed your course, please post your time on our official race results board. Feel free to take pictures and post them as well and to invite friends to participate.
A special t-shirt has been designed by StitchesNH owner Jay Smith who ran for Coach Luti in 1974 and 1975. The shirt will be available in White or Heather Crimson in sizes X-small through 2X-large. You will be able to choose to pick up your shirt at one of the three N.H. Runner’s Alley stores or to have it shipped to you. NOTE THAT THE SHIRTS WILL ALL BE ORDERED AND PRINTED BASED ON THE ENTRIES THROUGH JULY 18, SO THEY WON'T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AT LEAST AUGUST 1. We will notify everyone by email when the shirts are ready for pickup. Entry fees cover the cost of the shirt, shipping if you choose it, and all registration and credit card fees. After expenses, all remaining proceeds this year will be donated to the James Ceriello Scholarship Fund (a partnership between Bishop Brady School and The Boys and Girls Club) in Mr. Luti’s name.
When you run or walk your 5 miles, please take care and remember that, unlike at a sanctioned road race, there will be no support of any kind unless you plan it yourself. Police, lead vehicles, course monitors, water stops, medical support and a safe course to run will not be provided. And if you choose to run the actual Bill Luti course, know that there are gates in place on Silk Farm Road on the grounds of St. Paul’s School as a section of the course is now closed to normal vehicular traffic. There is also a gate in the last mile on Redington Road and even at the entrance to the Memorial Field finish stretch and to the track. For most your best choice will likely be to run or walk in a safe place that you enjoy. Since this year’s event will be run on many different routes, mostly measured unofficially, and on the honor system, there will be no prizes awarded and the main goal can be to just “get on the board” as a virtual farewell to Coach Luti. Let’s do this!
For those of you who are interested in running on the actual course:
Start on Clinton St. where the first mile is mostly flat. Mile 2 includes a 6/10 mile hill (Clinton St. then right onto Silk Farm Road). Mile 3 is mostly flat with some downgrades near the end (Silk Farm to Dunbarton Road). Mile 4 begins slightly down then climbs to Pleasant Street with a hill as the course turns east on Pleasant. Mile 5 soon takes a right into the Pleasant View Retirement Community grounds, passing in front of the main building and continuing down Reddington Road all the way to Fruit St. Then right on Fruit and right into Memorial Field. Finish will be on the track. See course map below which will expand to a large pdf file.