In this Connecticut Race Report for June 15 – 30, 2012, I am featuring several races across the state that will be perfect for enjoying this nice summer weather. I hope you’ll consider one of these races!
Bolton Summer XC Series, Bolton, CT, Wednesday, June 20 through August 8, 2012 (no race on the 4th of July), 6:30pm – The Bolton Summer XC Series races are held on Wednesday nights at the Bolton Heritage Farm (the Rose Farm) on Bolton Center Road. The Bolton Summer XC Series is a race series dedicated to getting the whole family out to run. The races are fun and extremely affordable and run entirely off road. All profits go to the Bolton High School Track team. There is a 100 meter toddler race at 6pm, a 1 mile kids’ race at 6:10pm, and an adult 2.3 mile race at 6:30pm. The toddler race registration is free, the kids’ race fee is $2, and the adult race fee is $3. There is a maximum family charge per night of $10. These are outstanding races, organized by a great race director. Expect a no-frills approach to running, with great people and a fun course. I love this race and I’ll be running it every week.
X-Treme Scramble #1, Hartford, CT, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6pm – This 5k events part of a three-part series (other dates are July 26 and August 23) sponsored by Hartford Marathon Foundation. The first Scramble will feature music from the Beach Boys. The course is always a closely guarded secret – and different each time – so runners never know what to expect. Some details are usually leaked on the HMF Facebook page a few days before the race, and it’s usually a creative course. Online and race-day registration is available and students and individuals registering for the series of 3 get a discount. There are usually burritos and beers after the race, but one never knows with the Scrambles. Buyer beware – the courses are occasionally not 5k (sometimes more, sometimes less) and are often not well marked. Overall, they’re a good time, but you might want to consider the downfalls of such a race.
Fairfield Road Races, Fairfield, CT, Saturday and and Sunday June 23 and 24, 2012 – The Stratton-Faxon Fairfield Road Races feature a 5k and half marathon run race festival style, with the 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. The races take place at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. The races benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang. Pre-registration is encouraged as the races will fill up and race day registration might not be available. Registration entitles the runner to a post-race beach party with food and drinks, chip timing, bands on the race course, a commemorative technical running shirt, and a finisher’s medal (half marathon only). There will be overall awards and age group awards, including cash prizes for some. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and $55 for the half marathon.
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.