As my faithful readers know, I am a state reporter for Pace Per Mile. I provide reports about upcoming races in Connecticut’s quiet corner and beyond. The following information is part of my Pace Per Mile report for January 1 – 8, 2012. You can find the details for my featured races here…
I’m still featuring one upcoming race, the Brian Aselton Memorial Snow Dash. It is scheduled for Sunday, January 8, 2012, at 1:30pm in East Hartford, CT.
Since many of you may be thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to begin running or run more in 2012, this week I’m featuring some races that you might like to make part of that resolution. These races are in March – perfect timing to begin your training now.
If you’re thinking of a 5k or a 5 mile race, consider the 34th Annual Bolton Road Race, Sunday, March 18, 2012, 1pm, Bolton, CT – Beginning and ending at Bolton High School, the Road Race features two distances. The 5 mile race is the classic distance, complete with a HILL at mile 4.5. The hill is what makes it great. For the second year, they will also be offering a 5k option. T-shirts will be provided for the first 100 pre-registered runners and there will be awards at the finish. The entry fee is $20 and children under 12 are free. This race is well organized thanks to a great race director and a team of dedicated runners in charge of every aspect of the race.
If you’d like to go a little farther, or get a guaranteed PR at a new distance, consider the Hartford Quarter Marathon, Saturday, March 31, 2012, West Hartford, CT – The Hartford Track Club will be sponsoring the Hartford 1/4 Marathon. It features a certified 6.55 mile course along the MDC Reservoir in West Hartford. The $30 ($35 after 3/15/12) registration fee gets you a custom-designed long sleeve t-shirt with men’s and women’s (!) sizing available. Race morning shuttle service will be provided from the UConn Health Center to avoid any parking hassles in downtown West Hartford. There will be age group awards (3 deep in 5 year age groups) and finisher’s medals. If that’s not enough, there will also be a post-race party with a raffle and a spring egg hunt for children. As an added bonus, this race also has a great race director, so it’s sure to be organized and well run.
Finally, if you have your sights set on a half marathon, consider the Savin Rock Half Marathon (and 5k), Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8am, West Haven, CT – Billed by the organizers as one of the most beautiful races in Connecticut, the half marathon features 5 miles run along the beach in West Haven. The entry fee is $55 for the half marathon ($30 for the 5k). That entitles each runner to a technical (Coolmax) race shirt, a half marathon finisher’s medal, and a post race feast provided by the Olive Garden (yum). Roads will be closed and aid stations stocked with Gu and Gatorade will be along the course.
I hope you’ll consider running in, or volunteering at, one of these great events. You have plenty of time to train using one of the many online training plans (Runner’s World, Couch to 5k) or apps for your smart phone. If in-person coaching is more your style, consider one of the programs offered by Fleet Feet West Hartford. They offer a variety of training programs, including beginning running programs for the 5k and 5 mile distances with associated goal races.
I hope you make running a part of your new year.