CA Centennial Chapel Challenge

October 15, 2022

Join us for this special event to celebrate the story of the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel, the heart of the Concord Academy community. Bring your family and make plans with your CA friends for this inclusive experience that will help set CA’s second century in motion. There are many ways to participate. Run or bike part of an 80-mile route from the Chapel’s original site in Barnstead, N.H., to Concord Academy. Join an organized run or walk on campus. Or just kick back at a community BBQ. You can also take part virtually using the Strava app. The Chapel Challenge is for everyone, and we can’t wait to see you there. 

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Ways to Participate

Team Duathlon

Are you a passionate cyclist or runner? Gather a group and take on an 80-mile adventure from the original Chapel site in New Hampshire to Academy Garden.

FAQs for Duathlon

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Date / Time  

Saturday, October 15, 2022
6:00 a.m. Registration
7:00 a.m. Start of the challenge
Participants to arrive in Concord between 4:30-5:30 p.m. and enjoy the Community BBQ 

Location & Checkpoints:

Start: Barnstead Square, Barnstead, New Hampshire, 6am Check-In, 7am Start
Run (4 mi): Checkpoint- Pittsfield, NH
Run (6.5 mi): Checkpoint – Northwood, NH
Bike (19 mi) Checkpoint – Candia, NH (Road cyclists must be 18 or older)
Run (8.5 mi) Transport: Checkpoint – Chester, NH
Run (5.5 mi) Run: Checkpoint – Hampstead, NH
Run (7 mi): Checkpoint – Windham, NH
Road Bike (15 mi): Checkpoint – Lowell, MA (Road cyclists must be 18 or older)
TRANSPORT (5 miles): Checkpoint – Chelmsford, MA
Run (6 miles): Checkpoint – Acton, MA 
Run (8.25 miles): FINISH – Concord Academy
*This includes approximate legs and mileage for runners and cyclists.  Some changes could happen due to permitting and town approvals. 

Check-in and packet pick-up

If you are staying over at the Holiday Inn the night before the challenge, please meet us in the hotel conference room Friday, Oct. 14 5-8pm to pick up your registration packet.  

If you are coming up the day of the event, please see us at the registration table at the start line to check in and pick up your packet.  

Challenge information

The challenge route is a total of 83.5 miles.  The route map including leg miles, terrain and checkpoint locations is here (click for map).  Each team is required to have: 2 road bike participants (19 & 15 miles), 7 runners (each taking on 4 – 8.5 miles).

Timing

There will be a clock at the finish line if the individual would like to keep pace. However, we will not be timing racers.

Transportation

We will have passenger vans picking up participants from Concord Academy at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  We will have passenger vans picking up participants from the Holiday Inn Rochester, NH at 5:15 a.m. on October 15, 2022.  These vans will be driving participants and equipment during the duathlon route.  

Parking

There will be parking available for guests of participants at the Holiday Inn in Rochester, New Hampshire if you are staying overnight.  If you are driving up the day of the event, there will be parking along the route at the checkpoints.  

Travel:

For those traveling from afar, New Hampshire is awash with hotels, motor lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, vacation cottages and AirBnB offerings.  We do have a room block at Holiday Inn Rochester, NH.  Standard king or double rooms are block price of $229 plus taxes & fees.  Call (603) 994-1175 and mention Concord Academy Chapel Run for room block rate. 

Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

Duathlon Training Info

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If you’re a regular or occasional runner and want to focus your training on running an outstanding 4-8M leg of the Chapel Challenge Duathlon, the following 7-week program is for you. The essence of the program is gradually adding a “quality” day and an “over-distance” day to your weekly training routine while doing easy runs on your other training days. As with all training plans for distance running, individual workouts are less important than overall consistency.

If you are already running at least 3-4 days per week, this plan does not specifically call for running more days, but instead suggests replacing one of your runs with a workout that can be done on a track or any place you can measure your time and pace and making one of your other runs longer. If you aren’t currently running 3-4 days per week, I recommend taking 2-3 weeks of doing 3 runs per week before starting Week 1 of this program.

At the beginning of every workout give yourself a few minutes to “activate” your body and mind with some simple movements: e.g., making circles with your arms, standing on each foot in turn and making circles with the foot that’s off the ground, marching in place for 30 seconds, gently swinging your legs forward and back and side to side, etc. Feel free to add or subtract movements until you have a brief routine that helps you “wake up” the muscles you’ll use for walking and jogging. After the workout, be sure to give yourself 10-15 minutes to cool down with some light stretching.

Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

 

Training Plan for Duathlon

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Week 1

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then run 2 x 10 minutes at a pace 30-45 seconds faster than your normal run pace, with 3 minutes easy jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

Over-distance day: Run for 5-10 minutes more than your typical run

 

Week 2

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then 3 x 7 minutes at a pace 45-60 seconds faster than your normal run pace, with 3 minutes easy jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

Over-distance day: Run for 10-15 minutes more than your typical run

 

Week 3

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then 2 x 10 minutes at 45-60s faster than your normal run pace, with 2-3 minutes easy jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

Over-distance day: Same as Week 2: Run for 10-15 minutes more than your typical run

 

Week 4

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then 4 x 3 minutes at your 5K race pace, with 2-3 minutes easy walking or jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

Over-distance day: Run ~40-50% longer than your typical run (so if your typical run is 5 miles, make your over-distance run 7 to 7.5 miles)

 

Week 5

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then 5 x 3 minutes at your 5K race pace, with 1:30-2:00 easy walking or jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

Over-distance day: Same as Week 4 — Run ~40-50% longer than your typical run

 

Week 6

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then 4 x 4 minutes at your 5K race pace, with 2-3 minutes easy jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

Over-distance day: Same as Week 5 but add 5-10 minutes.

 

Week 7

Quality day: warmup for 10-15 minutes, then 6 x 3 minutes at your 5K race pace, with ~2 minutes walking/jogging in between. Cool down with 5-10 minutes easy jogging

No over-distance day

Even if you’re not running a lot now, this plan will help you feel stronger for the Chapel Challenge in October. If you ARE running a lot now – e.g., more than four times per week, consider adding one day a week when you find a nice hill that you can run in in about 40-60 seconds and take some time out of your normal route to run up and walk down the hill 4-6 times. This will help you feel even more prepared for the hills of New Hampshire. In Week 7 you can skip the hill workout to rest up for the challenge.

Good luck!

Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

 

One Mile Walk or 5K Run

Meet your CA friends on campus for the 5K run or 1 mile walk that afternoon in the beautiful fall foliage. If you live near CA and a shorter activity is more your speed, these options are for you. 

FAQs for Campus Run/Walk FAQs

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Date /Time 

Saturday, October 15, 2022
2:30 p.m. – Check-in
3:30 p.m. – Start of the challenge
4:00- 6:00 p.m. – Community BBQ

Location:

Concord Academy Main Campus
166 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742   

Check-in & packet pick-up

If you are coming up the day of the event, please see us at the registration table at the start line to check in and pick up your packet.  

Challenge information

The challenge route is a total of 1 mile.  The route map is here (click for map).  If you choose to walk or run the 1 mile, you will do one loop of this route. If you choose do the 5k, you will do 3 laps of the route.  

Timing

There will be a clock at the finish line if the individual would like to keep pace. However, we will not be timing racers.

Parking

Parking is available for guests of participants in West Gate. Metered parking is also available along Main Street. 

Travel:

For those traveling from afar, we do have a room block at the following hotels:

Residence Inn Concord
CA discounted rate: $279/per night
*must book by September 14 to receive discounted rate
(978) 341-0003

Concord’s Colonial Inn
Prescott Queen: $189
Main Inn King: $225
Main Inn Queen: $215
(978) 369-9200
Reserve online using the code 2210CONCOR

Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

Couch to 5K Introduction

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The two most powerful training tools for a runner are consistency and time. Even if you haven’t run a step this summer – or ever — If you start gently and follow a consistent plan for the next two months, you’ll be ready to complete – and enjoy! – the Chapel Challenge 5K in October.

As with any new exercise plan, check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to get started. It also helps to have comfortable, appropriate, and not too worn-out shoes for the running and walking you’ll be doing. All set? Then let’s get started!

The essence of the couch-to-5K plan is to work out at least three days a week with a combination of jogging and walking. You’ll gradually increase the amount of jogging and decrease the amount of walking until you can run continuously for 5K. If possible, I recommend that you exercise at the same time of day each day to help your body establish the habit. On days when you’re not jogging, feel free to walk, bike, or stay active in other ways. If you experience pain or soreness, listen to your body, and rest instead of pushing through it.

I also recommend that at the beginning of every workout you give yourself a few minutes to “activate” your body and mind with a routine of simple movements: e.g., making circles with your arms, standing on each foot in turn and making circles with the foot that’s off the ground, marching in place for 30 seconds, gently swinging your legs forward and back and side to side, etc. Feel free to add or subtract movements until you have a brief routine that helps you “wake up” the muscles you’ll use for walking and jogging. After the workout, be sure to give yourself 10-15 minutes to cool down with some light stretching.

Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

Training Plan for Couch to 5K

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Each week, you’ll do the workout three times, on non-consecutive days.


Week 1

Walk for 5 minutes

Alternate 2 minutes jogging with 2 minutes walking, 5-6 times


Week 2

Walk for 5 minutes

Alternate 3 minutes jogging with 2 minutes walking, 4-5 times 


Week 3

Walk for 5 minutes

Alternate 5 minutes jogging with 3 minutes walking, 3 times


Week 4

Alternate jogging for 8 minutes, walking for 3 minutes, 2-3 times


Week 5

Alternate jogging for 12 minutes, walking for 5 minutes, 2 times


Week 6

Jog for 20 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 10 minutes 


Week 7

Jog for 25 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 10 minutes


Chapel Challenge: 

Run the whole thing without stopping!


Remember there are no secrets to getting shape; it really is just a matter of being consistent and building up gradually while valuing small gains. As you do, remember to listen to your body, and if you feel any unusual discomfort, rest for a few days before starting up again.

Good luck, you got this!

Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

Strava Remote Challenge

Be part of the action from anywhere in the world using the Strava mobile app.

FAQs for Remote Challenge FAQs

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Date /Time  

Saturday, October 15, 2022, anytime of day

Location:

Participate from anywhere! Just join our Strava event and log your run/cycle.  Once you register for the event, send us your Strava name and we will invite you to join our event virtually.  

Challenge information:

You may do a 1 mile / 5k or 80 miles for our event. Create an account and connect with fellow Chapel Challenge participants across the globe! 

What is Strava?

The Strava app syncs with most devices, your phone, GPS watch or heart rate monitor and records any performance.  

How to use Strava

The intention of this guide is to assist you to create a Strava account and join the Centennial Chapel Challenge.

  1. Download Strava to your mobile phone or you can sign up on your computer. 
  2. Strava is free to use, however there is a premium paid version which encourages you to sign up (you do not need this!). Just SKIP this whenever it appears, the free version is all that is required.

Sign up and account creation

  1. You can sign up with Facebook, Google using your normal log in for these services or you can enter you email address and sign up manually.
  2. Complete the form and select ‘Sign Up’.
  3. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your account – if you are unable to locate, try your spam folder.
  4. Select confirm email address on the email and log in to Strava.
  5. You will now be on the Strava dashboard page. For this event, your sport selection will be either running or cycling (don’t worry this is simply a setting and you do not have to run, this is also a walking event). There is a range of other data that Strava will request from you at this point however you can select ‘skip’ if you do not want to enter this. 
  6. Shortly after signing up, you will receive a communication with an invitation to the Centennial Chapel Challenge from “Ember and Fire”. 

    For additional profile changes and assistance refers to Strava’s help page: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216917697-Your-Strava-Profile-Page

    Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

    Afternoon Community BBQ

    Bring your family to campus and cheer on CA friends.

    FAQs for Community BBQ

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    Date / Time  

    Saturday, October 15, 2022
    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Academy Garden Tent

    Location:

    Concord Academy Main Campus
    166 Main Street
    Concord, MA 01742   

    Food & Beverage:

    We will have several food trucks that will be serving a variety of foods and beverages that will offer vegetarian and vegan options.  

    The History of Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel & CA’s Campus:
    An Augmented Reality Tour

    Throughout the 2021-22 academic year, students in Public History: Musketaquid/Concord/Concord Academy, taught by Kim Frederick, and Mobile Apps for History, taught by Ben Stumpf ’88, developed a mobile app that lets you experience CA’s local histories and places through augmented reality tours of the campus. Students worked with the Concord Museum, the Concord Public Library’s Special Collections Department, the Concord Academy Archive, and other local history institutions to explore and retell the stories of the land that is now CA. 

    As part of the Chapel Challenge, this tour will include a special spotlight on the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel. Come experience it for yourself! 

    This is an interactive program; participants will be moving around campus to experience the tour. A smart device is encouraged to fully experience the program.

    Lawn Games and Activities:

    There will be many yard games to play, firepits for s’mores and plenty of opporutnityies to have some fun during the event.  

    Parking:

    Parking is available for guests of participants in West Gate. Metered parking is also available along Main Street.

    Travel:

    For those traveling from afar, we do have a room block at the following hotels:

    Residence Inn Concord
    CA discounted rate: $279/per night
    *must book by September 14 to receive discounted rate
    (978) 341-0003

    Concord’s Colonial Inn
    Prescott Queen: $189
    Main Inn King: $225
    Main Inn Queen: $215
    (978) 369-9200
    Reserve online using the code 2210CONCOR

    Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

    This CA community event will have something for everyone, so get ready for fun this fall! Questions today? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@concordacademy.org.

    Accommodations

    We look forward to welcoming you back to Concord for one or all of the upcoming Centennial events! We have reserved room blocks at the following locations for these landmark events:

    Friday, October 14 &
    Saturday, October 15, 2022

    Residence Inn Concord
    CA discounted rate: $279/per night
    *must book by September 14 to receive discounted rate
    (978) 341-0003

    Concord’s Colonial Inn
    Prescott Queen: $189
    Main Inn King: $225
    Main Inn Queen: $215
    (978) 369-9200
    Reserve online using the code 2210CONCOR

    The Story of CA’s Chapel

    Before it became Concord Academy’s “house of stories,” the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel began its life as a Baptist church in Barnstead, N.H. Disassembled, moved, and reconstructed on CA’s campus by faculty and students in the 1950s, the Chapel has in the decades since become the heart of CA. The site of generations of senior chapels, it’s a nonsectarian space we have dedicated to listening to one another and learning from our diverse perspectives. Scroll through these highlights to learn more about the Chapel’s history.

    Mrs. Hall Seizes an Opportunity

    In the spring of 1954, responding to an ad in Yankee Magazine for an “old church for sale” for $1,500 with original pews, Headmistress Elizabeth Hall first laid eyes on the building that would become CA’s Chapel. “It was not an inspiring sight,” she later said, describing it as “stark and dilapidated.” The meetinghouse had held no regular services since 1929; however, the pews alone were worth the cost, and, Mrs. Hall said, “in our hearts was the dream of a Chapel standing at the end of the Academy Garden.” In November 1954, she took a gamble and purchased the building with her own funds.

    Moving the Chapel

    In June 1956 the Chapel began its journey when, after failing to interest financers, Mrs. Hall and a small group of faculty finally decided to disassemble the church themselves. The party, which included Doreen Young, head of the English Department; English teacher William Eddy and his wife, Beryl; and one student, Belinda Burley Dapice ’59, P’94 ’95, took down the building board by board and beam by beam. For three weeks, they camped onsite, washing in a nearby swimming hole and enjoying the work immensely. In July, the final stage of deconstruction required hiring a crane and a truck to haul the meetinghouse to Concord, Mass.

    Reconstruction on Campus

    In August 1956, the last section of the original church was put into place in Academy Garden. The roof was tiled with new cedar shingles, hand-dipped to a weathered gray. Plaster and lighting, floorboards, pews, a furnace room and chimney—all came in due time as friends of Concord Academy rallied around the project. Students clamored to help, and community members opened their pocketbooks. Before the winter holidays, the Chapel served its first occasion at CA: a carol service by candlelight, with students sitting on the floor. In May 1957, the first regular morning exercises were conducted in the finished Chapel.

    Corinthians Carvings

    Wanting to adorn a bare north wall, in the winter of 1956–57, around 20 Concord Academy students began work on the first of several wood carvings installed in the Chapel: the pine panels of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, v. 1–8. Under the direction of woodworking teacher Molly Gregory, each girl was given a line to carve, modeled on Albrecht Dürer’s lettering. When, midway through, the individual hands proved too noticeable, a new approach was taken, achieving unity when each student carved certain letters. Since the panels were hung in June 1957, the inscription has been the focal point for generations in CA’s Chapel.

    Later Carvings

    During the winter of 1957–58, students who had become expert woodworkers went on to design and carve the border around the Corinthians verses and the figures at either side. Under Molly Gregory’s direction, students also designed and built walnut music stands and a rail and screen, and carved an altar. In 1984, two additional carvings were created under Molly Gregry’s tutelage, this time in preparation for the dedication of the Chapel to Elizabeth B. Hall. Another generation of students worked on the panel hung at the entrance and carved the words of the invocation Mrs. Hall spoke, which hangs over the doors in the vestibule.

    Raising the Steeple

    In its former life, the original church had no steeple. The decision to add one was made when a fitting memorial was sought for Patricia Lennihan Wulsin ’41, who had died suddenly while serving as president of the Alumnae Association. It seemed fitting that a steeple should honor not only her but all whose memory lives on at Concord Academy. The steeple was designed by Molly Gregory and her partner, Robert Lloyd, and students carried out the work of construction in the winter of 1960–61. The steeple was raised on October 12, 1961.

    Hanging the Bell

    Once the steeple was in place, the search began for a bell. Finding this task more complicated than expected after months of correspondence with bell companies, Mrs. Hall turned the matter over to Molly Gregory. Donations to purchase a bell came from John Ingersoll P’64 and Mrs. Edward Mallinckrodt GP’64 ’62, along with a gift from an anonymous parent. In the summer of 1962, Gregory rejoiced at finding reconditioned bell that rang a clear D. In October 1962, with her in the steeple guiding it into place, the bell was installed in the Chapel, completing the six-year building project.

    Chapel Dedication

    On May 19, 1984, members of the Concord Academy community gathered in the Chapel to dedicate the building as the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel. With Mrs. Hall and her husband, Livy, present, Headmaster Thomas E. Wilcox reflected, “We dedicate a building that is the soul of Concord Academy to the person that is most responsible for its moral and intellectual strength.” In her comments, Mrs. Hall spoke of the continued relevance of her “10 Deadly Virtues” of the 1950s before speaking with students, alumnae/i, friends, faculty, and staff in a receiving line that snaked the length of the gardens.

    Expanding the Chapel for Today

    By the time Head of School Jacob A. Dresden arrived in 2000, Concord Academy had grown to 420 students and adults, and overcrowding was a major challenge. Working with an advisory committee, architects proposed a curved line for a new north side to nearly double the size of the Chapel without compromising the original building’s character. Work began in June 2004, and the Chapel reopened on October 12, 2004. Its raised rafters and soaring beams enlarge the scope of the space, but the warmth of the old meetinghouse remains, and the weathered wood pews still give their familiar, comforting creaks.

    The Heart of the CA Community

    The Chapel holds deep meaning for generations of CA alumnae/i. Daria Bolton Fisk ’63, P’93 even wrote her dissertation on it for her doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1996, exploring the Chapel as a building project, rite of passage, and a forum for community. While not every generation of CA students experienced the Chapel directly, and the tradition of chapel talks has evolved over time, listening and learning in community have taken central place throughout CA’s history. It’s for this reason—and the work of many hands—that the Chapel is the heart of Concord Academy today.