In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for April 9 – 16, 2012, I am featuring some excellent races to get your spring racing season off on the right track.
Hebron Road Race, Hebron, CT, Saturday April 14, 2012 , 9:00am – This race begins and ends at the RHAM high school gym, so parking should be easy. The race course features rolling hills run in a loop around scenic Hebron and past the town green. It will be run entirely on paved roads. The registration fee is $24 and all pre-registered runners will get a race t-shirt. Registrations after April 8 must be hand-delivered to the Hebron Parks and Recreation. On-site registration is also available. Chip timing will be provided by The Last Mile Racing, ensuring professional timing. Just a note – this race is for runners only, so walkers may want to try another option.
Salem Road Race, Salem, CT, Saturday April 14, 2012, 10:00am – The 19th annual running of the Salem Road Race will be sponsored by the Salem Lions Club. It will take place in Salem, an historic town. The race organizers describe the course as challenging, so runner beware. The course will be closed to traffic, a definite plus. The registration fee is $20 and online pre-registration is accepted until April 10th. On-site race day registration is available. A limited quantity of t-shirts will be available for purchase on race day for $10. There is a maximum family registration cost of $50, so family groups are welcome. Runners and walkers will enjoy a post-race pancake brunch.
Sprint into Spring, Middlefield, CT, Sunday April 15, 2012, 8am – Benefitting the Middlefield Lions Club, this race features a 5k and 10k distance. Walkers and family groups are welcome. The race organizer had this to say about the race: “Our race will be in beautiful town of Middlefield CT and it will be a scenic race with some great vistas, especially a gorgeous view of the mountains including the soon-to-be-reopened Powder Ridge Ski Area.We will give our first place medals to men and women in each of five age groups for the 5K and 10K (20 awards total). We’ll have music and food for the finishers, as well as a kids’ race. It’s our first time, so we want a good start, but we’re convinced this will improve over the years!” The 5K course is a single loop and the 10K is two loops, and both will end at Peckham Park. Pre-race registration is $20 for the 5k and $25 for the 10k (race day registration is $25/30). T-shirts will be provided and there will be post-race entertainment and photos by Capstone Photography. A printable registration form can be found here.
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In my next report, I will feature some end of the month races. If you’re planning ahead, consider one of these: