Sponsored by George and Phillips, History on the Run represents a newly formed joint partnership between the American Independence Museum (AIM) and the Exeter Historical Society. Designed to bring awareness to the many historic sites and structures in Exeter, the event is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 6 at 5:30 pm at Folsom Tavern in Exeter.
Featuring the opportunity to run a 3-mile historic loop once or twice through Exeter, History on the Run will be followed by a gait analysis by the Center for Orthopaedics and Movement at Exeter Hospital and yoga techniques demonstrated by a YMCA instructor. The evening will conclude with refreshments at Folsom Tavern.
“We are very excited to work with the Exeter Historical Society to create this fun community event that we hope attracts area athletes and general fitness enthusiasts,” said Museum Executive Director Julie Williams.
Ann Gustafson Schieber, chairman of the Exeter Historical Society, said they are equally excited at the collaboration.
“The town of Exeter has been known historically for a fun and healthy place to live,” she noted. “The Exeter Historical Society has always recognized AIM as one of our town’s historic treasures. Working collaboratively with AIM gives us great pleasure to offer another fun and healthy activity for the whole community.”
The “go-at-your-own pace” 3-mile loop run will start and end at the Folsom Tavern and pass by the historic sites of String Bridge, the Mills, the Powder House, Swasey Parkway and more. Participants may choose to run or walk the route, while a map with additional information on each of the sites will be provided.
Bert Freedman, 3rd generation owner of George & Phillips, said he is excited to sponsor the event and cited his love of Exeter and its rich history as one of his main motivators for becoming involved.
“My family has run this store for nearly a hundred years, so I have a deep and personal appreciation and fondness for Exeter,” he said. “Exeter is a special place, which this unique event will showcase.”
There is no charge for the event, although a suggested donation of $10 per runner is encouraged with proceeds to benefit both the American Independence Museum and Exeter Historical Society. Registration is required.