LACONIA — WOW Fest '13 is coming on Saturday, September 14 and features 5K and 10K road races, 15-mile and 67-mile bicycle challenges and a 3-mile fun walk. All events begin and end at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club followed by a BBQ luncheon, live music and a multitude of family-friendly events.
"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to support the WOW Trail and the 2013 WOW Fest Event," explains Mark Primeau, President and CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. "This is an exciting event that encourages all of us to get out and get active while supporting this worthy project. We believe the WOW Trail contributes to the health and economic vitality of our community and we support its' continued growth".
WOW Fest is another important fundraiser for the WOW Trail, which has completed the first 1.3 mile segment of the trail connecting Lakeport to downtown Laconia. Fundraising for Phase II of the trail is in process, which will double the length of the trail from downtown Laconia to the planned Belmont trail. In addition to raising funds for construction of Phase II, the WOW Trail group has established a maintenance fund to assist the city of Laconia with trail upkeep and maintenance.
The festival following the race will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those not participating in one of the events, festival admission is $10 ($5 for children 12 years and under) and includes the BBQ luncheon, live music and lots of family fun.
Festival Sponsors include Fratello's Italian Grille, T-Bones Great American Restaurant, The Common Man Restaurants, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Taylor Rental, Tritanium Sports, Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Rowell Sewer & Drain and Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.
"This is a really great event that will appeal to the entire community," said Jennifer Beetle, Event Director of WOW Fest. "We've got five great events for people to get out and get some exercise and have some fun while supporting the continued expansion of the WOW Trail. It's a very fun time."