In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for April 16 – 30, 2012, I am featuring some excellent spring races, including one run for the animals!
Belltown Spring Sprint Road Race, East Hampton, CT, Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10am – This race will feature a scenic 5k course around Lake Pocotopaug and the surrounding neighborhoods. Proceeds from the race benefit the East Hampton High School Project Graduation. Registration is $25 and students in grades 12 and under can register for $10. The race will feature chip timing by The Last Mile, food and beverages post-race, and awards in 10-year age groups.
Animals for Life Run for Rescue, Middlebury, CT, Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9:30 and 10:30am – The 10th annual running of the Animals for Life Run for Rescue promises to be a fun event for the whole family. There will be two races run, a 5k (humans only) and a 2 mile run/walk with your dog (one dog per person). The event also features a number of non-running activities, including demonstrations by working dogs, dog and cat adoptions, and vendors. All proceeds from the race benefit Animals for Life, an animal rescue and adoption organization. Registration is $25 to run, $18 to walk. Pre-registered human entrants will get a race t-shirt. Doggie registrants will get a fun goody bag. Prizes will be awarded in both events, with the 5k humans and the 2 mile dogs getting the best prizes. There will be post-race refreshments and activities, so runners and walkers can plan to have a fun day. I have run this race in the past and I can say that the course is basically flat, it’s out and back, and there are few human and no dog water stops. My dogs wanted to stop in a roadside creek, so be prepared if Fido isn’t much of a runner. It was a fun event, and one that I hope to do again this year.
Glastonbury River Run, Glastonbury, CT, Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10am – Hosted by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, the Glastonbury River Run is a popular annual event that benefits the Glastonbury High School Crew Team. The 5k course is mostly trail, and run along the Connecticut River in South Glastonbury. Race registration is $28 (lower rates for students and kids) in advance and race-day registration is available. Everyone who pre-registers will get a race t-shirt and entrance into the post-race party with food and drinks. Interested runners can upgrade their shirt to a technical shirt for a small fee.
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.
If you’re planning ahead, consider one of these races:
Millpond 5k, Somers CT
Run MS, a Cinco de Mayo 5k, East Hartford CT
Cox Rhode Races, half marathon and 5k, Providence RI
True Colors 5k, Manchester CT