Connecticut Race Report: November 2012

It’s November in Connecticut and, as if we didn’t notice the colder temperatures and blustery weather, we got a Nor’easter last night that dumped inches of snow on the area. Yuck!

 

November is also the end of the busy fall racing season in Connecticut. Races will be few and far between until spring, but there are some options for the hardy few who want to get out there and race.

Monson Memorial Classic, Monson, MA, Sunday, November 11, 2012 – The Monson Memorial Classic features three events: a half marathon, a 5k, and a 2 mile fun walk. The half starts at noon, the 5k at 12:15 and the fun walk immediately after the 5k. The Monson Memorial Classic road race was started in 1996, shortly after the deaths of Kelly Waldron and Kathy Waldron Perry. These sisters died eight months apart from different types of cancer. This race is in their memory, and proceeds to Griffin’s Friends and Melanoma Education Foundation. I’ve run Monson before and it’s a fun, challenging race. Both the 5k and the half marathon have largely uphill courses. The first 7-8 miles of the half marathon have an overall uphill profile. But, the course is lovely, run on back roads and country lanes. Be forewarned that traffic is not blocked from the race course, including the final two miles of the half marathon and the finish line on Route 32. There will be cars on 32, and caution is merited. This year, there will be chip timing, free massage after the race, and prize money for individuals and teams. As an added bonus, this race has wonderful, home cooked food post-race. I thought the apple cider and chili were fantastic! I enjoy this race and recommend it if you’re looking for a challenge. Fees are $55 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5k. For reference, here’s the elevation profile for the half marathon.

Freedom RunFreedom Run, Hartford, CT, Sunday November 11, 2012 at 10:00 am – This popular 5k is a production of HYPE (a great organization) and the MetroHartford Alliance. It’s a measured 5k course that’s run on well maintained park trails. The course starts in front of The Riverfront Boathouse and runs north through the Riverside Park trail system. The course is a loop and ends back at the Boathouse. This event is run to honor the men and women who serve our country. Registration is $25 in advance, $30 race day. There is a discount for students and children. There will be professional timing and runners will get a t-shirt.
8K Cross Country Challenge8k Cross Country Challenge, West Hartford, CT, Saturday November 17, 2012 at 10:00 am – Sponsored by the Hartford Track Club, this trail race features a rolling course with gravel, trails, fields, and minor asphalt. It’s a unique distance, perfect for a PR. The race is also a bargain at $10 in advance and $15 race day. There will be few amenities, but expect a well organized event.
Finally, no race report would be complete without mention of the Manchester Road Race. This great race needs almost no introduction. It’s on Thanksgiving Day, in downtown Manchester, and is a wonderful, spirited race. Learn more about the race and its storied history on their website.

Connecticut Race Report, October 2012

In this Connecticut Race Report (also featured on Pace Per Mile), I’m highlighting some great events in Connecticut in the month of October. With the Hartford Marathon and some fun Halloween-themed races, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Here are a few running events you might enjoy:

Aids Run & Walk

AIDS 5k Run and Walk, West Hartford, CT, Saturday October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am – Come out and run or walk the 5K course where the proceeds will benefit AIDS Project Hartford and the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition. Registration is $25 for the 5k run and $10  for the 5k walk. Amenities include professional timing, awards, and water stations.

ING Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 5K & Kids KING Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 5K & Kids K, Hartford, CT, Saturday October 13, 2012 at 8:00 am  – Join thousands of runners at one of Connecticut’s most popular marathon/half marathons! The races start in beautiful Bushnell Park and wind through Hartford, West Hartford, and other nearby towns (depending on your distance). Registration includes a shirt, awards, finisher medals (for the marathon and half), on-course entertainment, and post-race food. This year there will be NO race day registration, so come prepared! Check out their website for registration details and information about the associated weekend events.
Harvest Run and Walk, Manchester, CT, Saturday, October 21, 2012 at 8:30am – This 5k race is sponsored and organized by Manchester Running Company and will be held at Manchester Community College and will benefit the Community Child Guidance Clinic of Manchester. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. The first 100 registered participants will get race t-shirts.
Race for Crew, Mansfield, CT, Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10am – This new race starts and ends at EO Smith High School (near UConn’s campus) in Mansfield Connecticut. Proceeds will benefit the EO Smith High School crew team and help support their season. Prizes will be awarded for overall and age group winners. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 after October 19th. Register online or in person on race day.
Devil made me do it 6.66 miler and Not so devilish 3.33 miler
Devil Made Me Do It 6.66 Miler and Not So Devilish 3.33 Miler, Glastonbury, CT, Sunday October 28, 2012 at 9:00 am – The devil made me do it is a fun Halloween themed road race that is designed for runners of all abilities. The courses begin and end at Smith Middle School. All registered runners will receive devil horns!

 

Connecticut State Report, September

In this Connecticut Race Report (also featured on Pace Per Mile), I’m highlighting some great events in Connecticut in the month of September. It’s starting to cool off and there are some really fun events coming up – including several half marathons and a new relay race in West Hartford. Here are a few you might enjoy:

Running Events:

September 15-16

Lightfoot Summer Series Half Marathon
Lightfoot Summer Series Half Marathon, Norwalk, CT, Saturday September 15, 2012, 8am – Presented by The Lightfoot Running Club & The City of Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department, this half marathon is part of a series. There isn’t much information online, but the registration cost is low ($15) and it’s advertised as having professional timing and an interesting course.
Free to Breathe 5KFree to Breathe 5k, Glastonbury, CT, Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:30am – This event provides an opportunity for lung cancer advocates, survivors and the community to come together to raise awareness and support in the movement to defeat lung cancer. All proceeds will benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. The course will be run in Glastonbury on their rural streets. Registration is $28 in advance and $30 on race day.

September 22 and 23:

Hogsback Half MarathonHogsback Half Marathon, Colebrook, CT, Saturday September 22, 2012, 9am – This great event is hosted by the Hartford Track Club, which usually means a well-run race. The course is advertised as super fast, with a 100-ft net decrease in elevation. The course will be run on country roads through the towns of Riverton, Pleasant Valley, Hartland and Colebrook. Long sleeve technical t-shirts will be provided for all pre-registered runners. There will be 10 water stations stocked with water and sports drink, GU available on course at miles 5 and 9, great post-race food, custom “piggie” finisher medals and electronic bib tag timing by Platt Systems timing. All this for only $40! Check them out on Facebook, too.
Niantic Bay Half Marathon & 5kNiantic Bay Half Marathon (and 5k), Niantic, CT, Sunday September 23, 2012, 9am – The certified Half Marathon course runs through picturesque Rocky Neck State Park and into Giants Neck and includes scenic views of Long Island Sound. The certified 5K course is mostly flat and will be run entirely in Rocky Neck State Park. There will be professional timing and water stations on the course. Registration is $40 for the half marathon, $25 for the 5k.

Relay!:

Interested in running a relay but not ready for a multi-day event? Try the new, Max’s West Hartford Relay!

Max’s West Hartford Relay, West Hartford, CT, Saturday, September, 22, 2012, 8am – This new event, sponsored by Max’s Restaurant Group, features 8, 5 mile loops. Teams of 2, 4, or 8 runners each run either one or two loops (non-consecutive runs for the 4 person teams). More information about the loops and the team structure is on their website. The registration fee varies by number of people on the team. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the West Hartford Public Schools Physical Education Department. This sounds like a great event. I hope that some of you will try it – and report back to me on how it is!

Multisport Events:

Women’s Triathlon
Women’s Triathlon, Farmington, CT, Sunday September 9, 2012, 7:30am – This women’s only event includes a sprint distance triathlon and triathlon relay. The sprint includes a 1/2 mile in Dunning Lake at Winding Trails, 12 mile bike through Farmington and Avon, and a flat 5K run on the shaded, wide dirt trails in Winding Trails. This is a great event for first time triathletes and women of all ability levels. Registration is $75-100 depending on when you register and that includes a shirt, professional timing and photography, and USAT sanctioning.

Simply Du It DuathlonSimply Du It Duathlon, Ridgefield, CT, Sunday September 23, 2012, 8am – Enjoy a fast, flat loop run through a wooded residential area. Then transition to a very fast, scenic ride through Ridefield’s back country. The course is: run is 2.5 miles, bike 13 miles, run 2.5 miles. Registration is $75 in advance.

Connecticut Race Report, Late August

In this Connecticut Race Report (also featured on Pace Per Mile), I’m highlighting some great events in Connecticut in late August. It’s hot, hot, hot, and the kids are back to school, so there aren’t many races, but here are a few you might enjoy:

Running Events:

X-Treme Scramble #3HMF Extreme Scramble #3, Hartford, CT, Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 6pm – In this third installment of the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s summer series of X-Treme Scrambles, country music will be the focus. The course will be unpredictable but you’ll get Harpoon beer and Moe’s burritos at the finish line. The entry fee is around $30 and awards will be presented to age group winners. Full disclosure – I’m still mad at HMF for the 3.9 mile X-Treme Scramble #1 of 2012. These races are usually fun, but buyer beware – they are notorious for mis-measured courses and poorly marking the courses. If you run, be prepared.
Westport Road Runners Summer Series 9.3miWestport Road Runners Summer Series 9.3 mile run, Westport, CT, Saturday,  August 25, 2012, 8am – This is part of a 10-race Grand Prix Series hosted by the Westport Road Runners. The race is a bargain at $5 for Westport residents and $8 for everyone else. There is Grand Prix style scoring, so no prizes for individual events. The organizers promise a well-marked, interesting course with water stops.
Brooklyn Fair 5K Road RaceBrooklyn Fair 5k Road Race, Brooklyn, CT, Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 8am – Benefitting the Brooklyn School Cross Country Program, this race is part of a country fair. You can’t beat a fair for family fun. Come to run the race and stay all day to enjoy the country charm. Race entry is $14 in advance, $17 race day. There will be professional timing and post-race snacks. More information about the fair, along with a complete schedule of events, is here. 
Multisport Events:
Trifitness Women’s Triathlon and DuathlonTriFitness Women’s Triathlon, Duathlon, Norwalk, CT, Sunday August 26, 2012 at 6:30am – This great multisport event features several races suitable for everyone from seasoned triathletes to beginners. There is a Sprint Triathlon with a .5 mile swim, 11 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run; a Duathlon with a 1.5 mile run, 11 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run, and a relay option for the triathlon. Pre-registered athletes will get a women’s specific t-shirt and there will be awards and food post-race. The du is $55 and the tri is $65 in advance. Relay teams are encouraged and more information is on their website. Sorry, guys – this race is women only.
I hope you’ll consider one of these great events. If you’re looking for something else in the New England area, check out The Race Robot, a great site by athletes for athletes.

Connecticut Race Report, August

In this Connecticut Race Report (also featured on Pace Per Mile), I’m highlighting some great race, a few triathlons, and one cycling event in Connecticut in early August.

Running Events:

50th Annual John and Jessie Kelley 11.6 Mile Road Race, New London, CT, Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9am –  Beginning at Ocean Beach Park in New London, this race is a unique distance, and a perfect opportunity for a PR. The race is free to enter – it’s even free to park at Ocean Beach if you register in advance. Mail your completed registration form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address provided on the registration form. Your bib, which provides free parking and access to Ocean Beach, will be sent to you a week before the race. If you miss the mail in registration, race day registration is available but you may have to pay for parking.

Living Well 5k, Glastonbury, CT, Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8am – The Living Well in Glastonbury 5K is a summer road race that is hosted by the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce. It begins at Smith Middle School and winds through the flat and fast streets of the Addison Road neighborhood. Registration is $25 through August 2, $30 day of the race.

Bolton Cross Country Classic 5k

Bolton XC Classic 5k, Bolton, CT, Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9am – This fun annual race is a great family event. The race is run on the Bolton Cross Country trail behind Bolton High School. The cross country track is mostly wide, smooth grass, but trails are possible. Proceeds to benefit the Bolton H.S. Cross Country program. Age group winners receive custom, hand-painted rocks as trophies. Registration is $15 through August 6, $20 on race day. Registration for students is $10.

Rhythm Race
Rhythm Race , East Hartford, CT, Saturday, August 18, 2012, 7pm – Walk or run this flat, fast 5k course while enjoying great live music. Stick around for a post-race party with DJ’s, a laser light show, and tailgating. The whole event takes place at Rentschler Field. Registration is $25.

And…the very last Bolton Summer XC Series event is August 8, 2012, at 6:30pm at the Bolton Rose Farm.

Triathlons:

Sandy Beach Triathlon, Morris, CT, Friday, August 2, 2012, 5pm – Flat, fast, and scenic course around Bantam Lake. The event features a 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3 mile run. There is a special division (and lower price) for first timers and a special youth race.

Lake Terramuggus Tri Series, Marlborough, CT, Thursdays at 6:15pm (also on Facebook, here)

Winding Trails Tri Series Race 10Winding Trails Triathlon Series #10, Tuesday August 14, 2012, 6:15 pm – This weekly triathlon features a 1/4mi swim, 8k trail ride, and 5k trail run, making it a unique triathlon. Please be aware that you must ride a hybrid or off road bike on the bike portion of the race – it really is a trail race.
Bike Event:
Steeple Chase Bike Tour
SteepleChase Bike Tour, Willimantic, CT, Saturday August 18, 2012 beginning at 7:00 am – With ride routes of 10, 20, 35, 50, 62.5, and 100 miles through scenic Northeaster Connecticut, this is a popular race for cyclists of all levels. Each ride features many rest stops with free food, beverages and snacks pre and post ride for all participants. Free Steeple Chase T-shirts are provided to all individual riders.

Connecticut Race Report, July

In this Connecticut Race Report (also featured on Pace Per Mile), I’m highlighting some great races and a few triathlons in Connecticut in July.

Running Events:

Rentschler Airfield 5k, Manchester, CT, Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6pm – Beginning and ending at the Rentschler Field airways (park in the Cabela’s parking lot), this FLAT and fast 5k winds through the historic runways. The event benefits the Brian A. Aselton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to children of police officers and local criminal justice students. Age group awards will be presented and post race food and drinks will be provided by  Cabela’s and The Olde Burnside Brewing Company. Registration is $30 for adults with discounts for college students, teens, and children. Race day registration is available. FYI – this is a Hartford Marathon Foundation race.

Citizens Bank 5K Summer Fun Run

Citizens Bank 5k Summer Fun Run, Middletown, CT, Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 5pm – This is a family-oriented festival that includes a 5k road race. The festival features live music, Oddfellows street performers, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, moonwalk, giant slide and extended hours at Kidcity Children’s Museum. Throughout the event, live music and dancing entertainment will be provided.

Scottish Rite Freemasons 5K
Scottish Rite Freemasons 5k, Newington, CT, Saturday July 28, 2012 at 9:00 am – This 5k features a certified, scenic course, which, according to the organizers is relatively flat with some slight to moderate hills (which sounds like rolling to me). Trophies will be given out to the 1st and 2nd place runners in each division plus overall male and female trophies. T-shirts are provided to the first 200 registrants. Professional timing will be provided by Platsys. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race.
Soapstone Assault
Soapstone Assault (5.5 miles), Ellington, CT, Sunday July 29, 2012 at 9:00 am – This trail races takes place in the Shenipsit State Forest and is one of the annual races put on by the Shenipsit Striders running club. The race gets its name because it “assaults” Soapstone Mountain six times on six different trails with the final ascent going up “Killer Hill” to the top of the fire tower on the summit. If you love trail running (note: this is a true trail race and there will be rocks, sticks, roots, and the like on the trail) and are up for a challenge, this is a great race. It’s a no-frills trail race, but post race snacks are provided.

Bolton Summer Cross Country Series #3

Remember, Wednesdays through August 18, the Bolton XC Series family race event is happening at the Bolton Heritage Farm (Rose Farm). Complete information is here, and an interview with the race director is here.

Triathlons:

There are also a few great local triathlons coming up. If you’re a triathlete, or want to try one, consider one of these:

Lake Terramuggus Tri Series, Marlborough, CT, Thursdays at 6:15pm (also on Facebook, here)

Amica 19.7 Triathlon Ocean Beach, New London, CT, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 7am

Ellington Sprint Triathlon, Ellington, CT, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8am

Other Events:

Looking for races in a different area, or more options in Connecticut? Try The Race Robot, a race listing site for runners by runners.

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.

CT Pace Per Mile Report: May Days

In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for May 15 – 28, 2012, I am featuring the end of May races. There is some good stuff coming up.

May 19:

Bishop’s 5k Run for Kids, West Hartford, CT, Saturday, May 19, 2012, 8am – Benefitting the Bishop’s Fund for Children of the Episcopal Diocese of CT and sponsored by a lengthy list of companies and individuals, the Run for Kids will feature a variety of events. At 9am, the day starts with pre-race yoga. Children’s half mile and mile races begin at 9:20am, and the adult 5k run/walk starts at 9:40am. Pre-registration is $20 for adults (15 and up) and $10 for children. Race day registration is available for $25 adults and $15 for children. Online registration, course information, and other details are available on their website.

May 20:

Cherry Tree Running Festival, Pawtucket, RI, Sunday, May 20, 2012 - Sponsored by the Navigant Credit Union, the Cherry Tree Running Festival will feature a half marathon, a 5k, and a kids’ 1k. The half marathon begins at 8am, the 1k begins at 10:30am, and the 5k begins at 11am. The Navigant Credit Union Cherry Tree Festival races will start and finish at Pawtucket City Hall 137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI.The first 1,500 participants that register for the Navigant Credit Union Blackstone Valley Half marathon or the Navigant Credit Union Cherry Tree 5K will receive technical t-shirts. All other entrants will receive a standard race t-shirt. The organizers encourage registrants to arrive early to park and pick up packets. Parking will be available at the Apex store parking lot off Main Street and on Roosevelt Ave. Race day registration is available and the following prices apply: $70, half marathon; $35, 5k; $18, youth 1k. The course information and other details can be found on their website.

 May 26:

Color Me Rad, Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT, Saturday, May 26, 2012, 9am – Benefitting the YMCA of Greater Hartford, the Color Me Rad race will be making a stop in Hartford. This race series is identifiable by their quirky, colorful races run across the US. Here’s the basic premise: run a 5k, while volunteers and your fellow runners throw handfuls of brightly colored cornstarch on you, covering you in color. Sounds fun, right? The pictures from other locations certainly make it look awesome. Registration is $45 until 5/23/12 and race day registration is available. More information can be found on their website, or on their Facebook page.

Red, White, and Blue Blast, Worcester, MA, Saturday, May 26, 2012, 9am – Sponsored by and benefitting the Flagg Street School Parent Teachers Group (PTG) The purpose of this organization is to enhance Flagg Street School by promoting school spirit and supplying financial help to benefit of the students of the school. The 5k race begins at 9am at Flagg Street School and walkers are welcome at this event. There will also be a kids’ race (with medals to all child participants) at 10am. The 5k course is wheel measured with timing provided by Central Mass Striders. Prizes will be awarded in male and female age groups.

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.

CT Pace Per Mile Report: A Busy May Weekend

In this Connecticut Pace Per Mile Race Report for April 30 – May 6, 2012, I am featuring lots of races. It’s a busy running weekend!

May 5:

Mill Pond 5k, Somers CT, Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9:30am – The second annual Mill Pond 5k and 1 mile Family Fun Run will take place in scenic Somers. Proceeds from the races benefit the Somers Academy – The Grammar School Scholarship Fund. There will be a 5k and a children’s fun run. Timing will be provided by The Last Mile Racing and prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females in the 5k. Walkers are welcome in both events. Registration is $20 for the 5k and $10 for the 1 mile fun run and race day registration is available.

Run MS, a Cinco de Mayo 5k, East Hartford CT, Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9am – Taking place at Rentschler Filed in East Hartford, this race will benefit the National MS Society. The $25 pre-registration fee includes a commemorative T-shirt and light refreshments after the race. The race will be run entirely in the stadium grounds (read: flat!). Timing will be provided by The Last Mile Racing and prizes will be awarded for overall winners and age group winners.

May 6:

Cox Rhode Races,marathon, half marathon, and 5k, Providence RI, Sunday, May 6, 2012, 7:30am and 8am – The 5th annual Cox Rhode Races will feature a marathon, half marathon, 5k, and kids’ race.The course is a nice mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods as the race starts in Downtown Providence and heads along the Providence River to India Point Park before heading down tree lined Blackstone Boulevard towards Pawtucket. The course then winds through Pawtucket before heading back down the famous Boulevard and down along the Providence River, and finishing back downtown. The courses are all USATF certified. The marathon registration fee is $100 today, and $120 on race day. The half marathon registration fee is $70 today and $85 on race day. The 5k is $37 today and $40 on race day. Children must be registered in advance for the kids’ race – registration is $20 and no race day registration is available. Registered runners will get a t shirt, medal (marathon and half distance only), and a post race party. Race maps, and tons of other great information, is available on their website.

True Colors 5k, Manchester CT, Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10am – Hosted by the Hartford Marathon Foundation (and all that implies), the True Colors 5k will be run through beautiful Wickham Park in Manchester. The course is a two loop course featuring rolling hills and beautiful scenery. The race benefits True Colors, a sexual minority youth and family services bureau. Registration is $30 and students gets a $5 discount. Race day registration is available. True Colors is a great organization, that works toward creating a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. They challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being. Contact True Colors at 888-565-5551 or www.ourTrueColors.org to learn more.

In addition to these great races, it’s graduation weekend for many colleges and universities, including UConn. Congratulations, graduates and faculty, staff, family, and friends, who have supported the graduates. :)

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.

CT Pace Per Mile Report: Run for Animals!

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!

April 21:

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.

April 28:

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:

May 5:

Millpond 5k, Somers CT

Run MS, a Cinco de Mayo 5k, East Hartford CT

May 6:

Cox Rhode Races, half marathon and 5k, Providence RI

True Colors 5k, Manchester CT