Connecticut Race Report, July

In this Connecticut Race Report (also featured on Pace Per Mile), I’m highlighting some great races and a few triathlons in Connecticut in July.

Running Events:

Rentschler Airfield 5k, Manchester, CT, Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6pm – Beginning and ending at the Rentschler Field airways (park in the Cabela’s parking lot), this FLAT and fast 5k winds through the historic runways. The event benefits the Brian A. Aselton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to children of police officers and local criminal justice students. Age group awards will be presented and post race food and drinks will be provided by  Cabela’s and The Olde Burnside Brewing Company. Registration is $30 for adults with discounts for college students, teens, and children. Race day registration is available. FYI – this is a Hartford Marathon Foundation race.

Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run

Citizens Bank 5k Summer Fun Run, Middletown, CT, Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 5pm – This is a family-oriented festival that includes a 5k road race. The festival features live music, Oddfellows street performers, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, moonwalk, giant slide and extended hours at Kidcity Children’s Museum. Throughout the event, live music and dancing entertainment will be provided.

Scottish Rite Freemasons 5K
Scottish Rite Freemasons 5k, Newington, CT, Saturday July 28, 2012 at 9:00 am – This 5k features a certified, scenic course, which, according to the organizers is relatively flat with some slight to moderate hills (which sounds like rolling to me). Trophies will be given out to the 1st and 2nd place runners in each division plus overall male and female trophies. T-shirts are provided to the first 200 registrants. Professional timing will be provided by Platsys. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race.
Soapstone Assault
Soapstone Assault (5.5 miles), Ellington, CT, Sunday July 29, 2012 at 9:00 am – This trail races takes place in the Shenipsit State Forest and is one of the annual races put on by the Shenipsit Striders running club. The race gets its name because it “assaults” Soapstone Mountain six times on six different trails with the final ascent going up “Killer Hill” to the top of the fire tower on the summit. If you love trail running (note: this is a true trail race and there will be rocks, sticks, roots, and the like on the trail) and are up for a challenge, this is a great race. It’s a no-frills trail race, but post race snacks are provided.

Bolton Summer Cross Country Series #3

Remember, Wednesdays through August 18, the Bolton XC Series family race event is happening at the Bolton Heritage Farm (Rose Farm). Complete information is here, and an interview with the race director is here.


There are also a few great local triathlons coming up. If you’re a triathlete, or want to try one, consider one of these:

Lake Terramuggus Tri Series, Marlborough, CT, Thursdays at 6:15pm (also on Facebook, here)

Amica 19.7 Triathlon Ocean Beach, New London, CT, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 7am

Ellington Sprint Triathlon, Ellington, CT, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8am

Other Events:

Looking for races in a different area, or more options in Connecticut? Try The Race Robot, a race listing site for runners by runners.