Gate City Strider Member Benefits

The Gate City Striders running club is more than 600 members strong. Perhaps you have seen us on local roads, at a race, or in the news. We are an active group and we have fun while staying in shape. We serve Southern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley and offer something for every type of running enthusiast, whether a fitness or recreational walker, race walker, beginner, competitive runner or elite athlete.

The benefits are huge and membership is only $25 for an individual or $35 for a family!

The many benefits of becoming a Gate City Strider include:

Discounts at local businesses!

Access to our bi-weekly email newsletter!

The newsletter gives you all kinds of information about the club, what's going on, and how you can participate!  Here's a recent example:  Upcoming Events and Updates

Fun, fun and more fun!

Award recipients at our 2019 Awards Dinner
Award recipients at our 2019 Awards Dinner

Yes, many in the club like to race and compete, but we are also a fun group with a running problem!  Striders like to get together and socialize at events put on by our social committee, which include things like:

  • Best of Boston awards night
  • Opening Lap Celebration
  • Social runs and events
  • Hayward's runs (nothing better than ice cream at the end of a run!)
  • Our annual Awards Dinner
  • Parker's Maple Barn runs
  • Pack Attack!  (Run up Pack or maybe part of it, then go to breakfast!)

Learn more about fellow Striders with our Runner of the Month!  Learn what they like, hear their favorite experiences, and find out if they like crunchy or smooth peanut butter.

We also have fun races where all are welcome, even those who like to dress up or just have a good time.  For example, the Curley Goulet Memorial Novemberfest Trail Run and Party (aka Novemberfest) has been held on and off (but mostly on) since 1995 with a tradition of bringing in celebrity "guests" to entertain the runners.  Novemberfest is hosted by the Wednesday Evening Church Group (WECG) with all the proceeds benefiting The Nashua Children’s Home.  If you like silly, wacky, and goofy, this race is for you!  (Plus the post party is always amazing!)

Crowds always attract US Presidential candidates and Novemberfest is no exception!
Crowds always attract US Presidential candidates and Novemberfest is no exception!

A lucky GCS member who won the door prize!
A lucky GCS member who won the door prize!

Novemberfest is often a very colorful event!
Novemberfest is often a very colorful event!

Novemberfest loves our musical guests!
Novemberfest loves our musical guests!

Guest Speakers!

We have been extremely fortunate to have many nationally and locally known guests speak to our club over the past few years.  Some of these amazing people include...

Save Canaday speaking to Gate City Striders
Sage Canaday speaking to Gate City Striders

  • Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray
  • Boston Marathon historian, author, and producer of the movie "Boston" Tom Derderian (who spoke at a private viewing of "Boston"!)
  • Professional runner, marathoner, and ultra marathoner Sage Canaday
  • Triathlete Amber Ferreira
  • GCS member, author, and speaker extraordinaire Randy Pierce
  • Representatives from Ragnar Racing who presented a behind the scenes look at Reach the Beach
  • Coach, IronMan, Ironman All World Athlete Gold, and President of Northeast Multisport Triathlon Club Colin Cook
  • Head Coach Rick Muhr of the Marathon Coalition

Volunteering! 

We have plenty of non-running ways to be part of something great.  Join us as a volunteer at any of our signature events and help give back to the local running community!

Volunteering at bib pickup for the Gate City Marathon, Half & Relay
Volunteering at bib pickup for the Gate City Marathon, Half & Relay

Striders working the Gate City Marathon & Relay
Striders working the Gate City Marathon & Relay

Working a water stop for the Gate City Marathon, Half & Relay
Working a water stop for the Gate City Marathon, Half & Relay

Improving your Running!

Club Coaching: Access to acclaimed coaches for members who want to take their training to the next level.

Extremely Knowledgeable Members: Our Hall of Fame group has forgotten more about running than most of us will ever know.  Talk to them or discuss questions and issues with our other members on our Member Discussion Board on Facebook.

Youth Events and Community Outreach!

Fitness University: Established in 1989, this FREE running fitness program for children ages 3-14 is dedicated to promoting fitness and fun.

Youth Track & Field Program: This program is for those members, ages 7 and above, who wish to compete in Track, Road racing & Cross-Country

Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded annually for Gate City Strider members, children of members, or those sponsored by members.

Kids wearing their new Fitness University T-shirts running at the Nashua High School South track
Kids wearing their new Fitness University T-shirts running at the Nashua High School South track

Andrew and Hannah, 2019 Scholarship Winners
Andrew and Hannah, 2019 Scholarship Award Recipients.

Kids running track.  Because that never gets old.
Kids running track. Because that never gets old.

Racing!

Discounts! We occasionally get discount codes for races that we pass along to our members.

GCS Racing Team: All members may participate in road, track, trail, mountain and other races all across the region.  These include the USATF New England Grand Prix, New Hampshire Grand Prix, Mountain Series, and Cross Country events, which include a generous race reimbursement program!  Every runner counts and we welcome all participants!

Race Entry Fee Reimbursement: Any current club member qualifies for our Race Entry Fee Reimbursement program!  Check out the link for more details, but basically run more races and save more money!

Boston Bib Bypass:  We have been fortunate enough in the past to receive a small number of bibs to the Boston Marathon that do not require a qualifying time (although you still have to pay for registration).  As a member of the Gate City Striders, you are eligible to apply for one!

Boston Marathon Bus: Guaranteed seating on the best way to and from the Boston Marathon. Plus, it's also a great way to get to know other runners in the community. Hot shower and post race party included. Checkout our on-line forum for more details and contact information.

Boston Marathon 30K Support Tent:  Not running Boston?  Come cheer for friends, family and club members at our club tent at the 30K mark of the Boston Marathon!

A slightly damp Boston Marathon support tent in 2018
A slightly damp Boston Marathon support tent in 2018

It was slightly less damp at the Boston Marathon in 2019 - but then it got hot later!
It was slightly less damp at the Boston Marathon in 2019 - but then it got hot later!

Pack Monadnock 10 Miler:  Ready to run up Pack?  Want to get some hills in?  This is your race!

Mine Falls Trail Series:  This low key trail run is super popular, family friendly, and open to the community.  Be a part of the club that makes it happen!

Freeze Your Buns:  Another low key and family friendly race happens over the winter months - what better way to get out and enjoy winter, followed by a hot cocoa and social time with friends?

Ultimate Runner Night:  Ultimate Runner Night is four races in one: 400 meter run, 800 meter run, 1-mile run, and a 5k! All of these are run separately, but on the same night. The results are age and gender-graded, which means times were adjusted for your age and gender. At the end of the night, the man and woman with the highest age-graded score are crowned Ultimate Runners!

Mill Cities Relay: Since 1984 the relay is a celebration of the sport of running and provides camaraderie between running clubs.  Gate City Striders have won Mill Cities for more than a decade - come helps us hold on to the championship!!

Gate City Wins 2018 Mill City Relay - 11th Year in a Row!

Training!

Couch to 5K:  Someone you know isn't a runner but wants to get in better shape?  (You know - asking for a friend, right?)  Come join our program and even better - it includes a free year membership in Gate City!!

Striders running outdoor track
Striders running outdoor track

Summer Track Workouts: These are club-sanctioned, coached workouts for all levels and abilities. They are every Wednesday evening from early spring until late fall.

Indoor Winter Track Workouts: Join fellow Striders during the cold winter months at the Hampshire Dome in Milford NH for coached indoor workouts.

Weekend Long Runs: Year-round group runs of varying distances and abilities. Groups meet in Hollis, NH every Saturday morning, rain, shine, sleet or snow.

Group Training Runs: Group runs available for all ages and abilities.  It doesn't matter what your pace is or how far you like to run - you'll find events that are fun and welcoming!  (And some that may even challenge you a bit!)

Striders all lit up for a Pennicuck run some cold winter's eve!
Candles lit for the annual Candle Light Relay track workout