CT Pace Per Mile Report: June Bugs(?)

In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for June 1 – 11, 2012, I am featuring several races across the state that will be perfect for enjoying this nice summer weather. Hopefully we will enjoy a few more weeks before the mosquitos, black flies, and other summer pests arrive.

Twilight Trail Run, Groton, CT, Friday, June 1, 2012, 6pm – The 12th annual Twilight Trail Run will benefit the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut. This trail race (run and walk) proceeds through state parks. The field is limited to 400 people and walkers must be able to finish their race by sunset. There are two races, a 7.4 mile loop through Bluff Point & Haley Farm State Parks and a 3.2 mile loop on Bluff Point State Park Main Trail. The Bluff Point State Park is a coastal reserve area, so the scenery will be nice and parking will be ample. The first 350 preregistered participants will get a race t shirt. Registration is $23, with limited race-day registration. There will be awards and refreshments after the race for everyone who participates.

Amica Iron Horse Races, Simbsury, CT, Sunday, June 3, 2012 7:30am – This event features a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and kids’ fun run. Sponsored by Hartford Marathon Foundation (and all that comes with that) and benefitting Purple Heart Homes, this is a popular early sumer race. The Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon is a scenic two-loop course which begins and ends in the center of Simsbury. The 10k and 5k courses also go through scenic Simsbury past farmlands, quaint shops, and typical New England scenery. Pre-registraton is encouraged, as this race will fill up. Prices are $80, half marathon; $40, 10k; $35, 5k; $10, kids’ fun run.

Blum Shapiro 5k, Cromwell, CT, Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8am – The HMF folks will be busy because they will also be hosting the Blum Shapiro 5k, which benefits Camp Courant. Held in conjunction with the Travelers Championship, this 5k race is run along the Cromwell roads that line the fairways and greens of TPC River Highlands. In addition to the usual t shirt, all participants will be given one ticket valid for any one day admission to the 2012 Travelers Championship.

Celebrate West Hartford 5k, West Hartford, CT, Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:30 and 9:30am – Part of the Celebrate West Hartford Weekend, this event features a 5k and a kids’ fun run. The kids’ race starts at 8:30 and the adults run at 9:30am. The 5K scenic, flat course begins on Raymond Road (the start line is at the parking lot of Whole Foods), winds through West Hartford neighborhoods and ends on Burr Street near West Hartford Town  Hall.  The event includes competitive and non-competitive divisions and a half mile kids’ fun run through Blue Back Square. Registration is $25 ($5 for the kids’  fun run) per runner until June 1; $30 for registrations postmarked or received after June 1.

Looking for races in another location, or interested in races other than those I have featured? Check out The Race Robot, a runner-created resource. Also, consider adding your reviews if you run one of the featured races. The feedback will help us all find great races.