7th Annual Miles for Smiles Charity 5K

Register by May 10 for a free race shirt!

PLYMOUTH – On your marks… Get set… SMILE! Runners, walkers, families, and school groups from across the region are gearing up for the 7th Annual Miles for Smiles 5K Walk/Run. Since 2011 this event has raised much-needed funds to provide access to dental care for adults with disabilities.

The USA Track & Field certified course is fast, flat, out-and-back, which starts and finishes at Smith Bridge in Plymouth. The professionally timed race begins at 9 am and registration beginning at 8.

Again this year running clubs from local elementary schools will be participating as the culmination of their “Kids Run the Nation” program.  Joining the race this year are elementary schools from Campton, Plymouth and Wentworth. “We are excited that the Miles for Smiles 5K will be our school season’s final event – the course and location are perfect! The students and schools are proud to support Lakes Region Community Services in this local fundraiser,” commented Miles for Smiles volunteer and assistant coach Fran Gonsalves, from Plymouth Elementary School.

LRCS services for adults with disabilities include residential support, resource coordination, and employment services. While most services are funded through state and federal Medicaid dollars, Medicaid does not cover the cost of dental care for adults over the age of 21 except for extractions. Providing access to dental care of this population of adults is extremely important because of the strong connection between oral health and overall health and wellness.


Miles for Smiles would not be possible without the support of the generous dental and medical professionals who support the cause by sponsoring the race: GOLD CROWN LEADERS: Finn & Finn Beautiful Smiles and Hiller Orthodontics. SILVER FILLING LEVEL: Well Sense Health Plan, Northeast Delta Dental, NH Healthy Families, Region III Family Support Council, Mid-State Health Center, Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region and Interlakes Family Dental. Also supporting the race as X-RAY LEVEL sponsors are Winnisquam Dental, Lakes Region Dental Implant & Oral Surgery, and Tilton Family Dental.

Race Award Categories

There are Men’s and Women’s categories for Best Overall – 1st place. First – third place awards will also be given out for children male and female categories in the following age groups: 7-10; 11-14. First place awards will go to older teens and adults male and female 15-19, 20-39; 40-59 and 60 and over. All children 6 and under will receive finisher awards. As always, there is also an award for the Best Smile Costume!


The pre-registration fee for Miles for Smiles, up to June 9 is $20. Registration on the day of the race is $25. Anyone who registers before May 10 will receive a free race shirt. You can register online at: https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/smiles5k2017. You can register by mail with a check payable to LRCS. Click here for a 2017 Registration Form. For more details contact Phoebe VanScoy-Giessler at giving@lrcs.org or call 524-8811.