4th Annual Wolfeboro Pirates Cove 5K Run & Walk
Saturday, August 7 | Registration opens at 8:00am, Race officially starts at 9:00am
NH Boat Museum | 399 Center St., Wolfeboro, NH
The Veterans Count Pirates Cove 5 km Run/Walk takes its name from the morale run held at “Camp Slayer” in Baghdad, Iraq in 2008 and honors the men and women KIA and WIA as part of Task Force Falcon and the 18th Airborne Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09.
The original race was intended to be a morale booster for the soldiers and other military and civilian personnel living on the former Republican Guards Army base. During the years prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Saddam Hussein Regime diverted water from the Tigris River to create a series of manmade reservoirs and waterways. This resulted in an oasis of ponds, lakes, and streams all over the “Camp Slayer” and the original race organizers decided that the area looked very much like a “Pirates Cove” and hence the name was born.
The Veteran’s Count (Easter Seals) Pirates Cove 5 km Run/Walk is an annual event usually held on the second Saturday of August each year. It is the brain trust of two retired Army Colonels, Kenneth J. Lull, and Dean J. Rondeau, as a fundraiser event for the NH Lakes Region Chapter of Veterans Count.
We are honored to name our race in memory of all the men and women who were KIA and WIA as a part of Task Force Falcon and the 18th Airborne Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09 at “Camp Slayer”.
Our run consists of 2 courses. The first course is designed for competitive runners and is a run along the “Bridge Falls Path” in Wolfeboro-North situated on the banks and trails of Lake Wentworth. It is a beautiful picturesque trail run on what is now the Bridge Falls Path, formally a Boston and Maine Railroad Line, which once transited the Lakes Region in NH and brought scores of vacationers to America’s Oldest Summer Resort (Wolfeboro) 100 years ago.
The second course is also along the banks of Lake Wentworth but heads south towards downtown. It is a less competitive run/walk for those wishing a more scenic and less stressful run than the northern course. Both courses start and end at the New Hampshire Boat Museum within a ¼ mile of Albee Beach in Wolfeboro. Post-race participants, friends, and family members may enjoy the beach, swim, or have a cookout if they desire, or simply stay and enjoy the many shops and locales of Wolfeboro.
Please be our guest this year, rain or shine, and sign up for the run. All military members both past and present get a discount and all proceeds go to support the Lakes Region Veterans Count in their initiatives to support Veterans, their families, and currently serving uniformed servicemen and women here in the Lakes Region and across the State of New Hampshire.
Both routes are HIGHLY maintained and safely mapped out dirt trails along with the old rail system.
Can’t join us, no worries! Join us virtually! This option allows you to participate where you are, at your convenience, while supporting the event!
NEW! Massage Therapy Tent sponsored by Back Bay Rehab and Huggins Hospital!
The Nick: 10 Trotting Track Road
(Please allow for extra time after parking for the short walk to the NH Boat Museum across the street.)
$25 per participant
$15 per veteran & children (12 and under)
Event shirt available for all participants who register before July 12!
Participants 18+ who complete 3 out of the 5 Easterseals NH and Veterans Count 5K races will earn a sweet piece of race series swag – a North Face jacket! All races are family-friendly and open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities! The Race Series, presented by BAE Systems benefits programs and services provided by Easterseals NH and Veterans Count!
Qualifying races include:
- Eversource Walk & 5K Run for Easterseals – June 4-6 (Virtual)
- Pack & Boots 5K Road Race & 1 Mile Survival Run – July 4 in Portsmouth
- Wolfeboro Pirates Cove 5K Fun Run & Walk – August 7 in Wolfeboro
- Nashua 5K Fun Run & Walk – September 12 in Nashua
- Penmen for Patriots 5K – November 6 in Manchester
Check out our photos from this and other events hosted by the Lakes Region Chapter.