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The defending champion, Jim Zoldy, returned to face Richard Messine from Nassau , New York. The twenty-five year old, Messine took it out and pressed the fifty-two year old, Zoldy into submission. Anna Blair came up from Falls Village to show the women how it's done. The 1-Mile kids race had Madeline Fife for the outright win! Congratulations to all the runners and thank you to the Northwest Y, the sponsors, volunteers, and spectators. The Canaan Railroad Days 5-Mile and 1-Mile results are posted.
What a great day for a race in the country! Cornwall is country, and the Pharma Cares "Run the Valley 5K" had a spectacular turnout. The race committee of : Janet Carlson, Johan Winsser, Terry Burke, and Rocco Botto, put a great deal of time and effort into making this event a winner. Burke managed the kids 1-Mile. He also ran in the 5K along with Winsser and Botto.
Don't kid yourself; there's pressure when you wear the number one in a race. Botto stayed relaxed in second place through the first half of the race. He moved into first place at the half-way point. With a mile to go, de la Binjere moved past Botto and into first.
At the final turn onto main street, with about 250 meters to go, Botto surged past Binjere. Binjere pressed as Botto looked back several times to measure the narrow gap. It was a great race to the finish! Many thanks to the Town of Cornwall, the 169's, the many volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and runners. Results are posted.
The preregistration list for the Pharma Cares Run the Valley 5K in Cornwall is posted. This is a first-year event with a fantastic course and a large number of preregistrations. View the list. Get there early. Parking is limited.
The PharmaCares “Run the Valley” 5k is the first official road race in scenic Cornwall, CT. The race kicks off across from the Cornwall Town Hall on the Village Green on Pine Street at 9:30 a.m. with a 1-mile Kids Fun Run, then the 5k Run/Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. The proceeds from the race benefit PharmaCares, a non-profit helping U.S. Veterans and those in need gain access to affordable health insurance, medicines and care. The online registration is at www.active.com or go to www.pharmacares.org/5k to print out the form. Be sure to check out our “Race and Stay” guide - we have charming inns, restaurants, shopping and hiking and fun galore, so plan to run, stay and play nearby!
Despite what conceptions you may have of Cornwall being exceptionally hilly; the 5K race course is fairly flat and should produce fast times. The timing and results will be from Greystone and we will be using the disposable BibTag to record a "Gun Time" and a "Net Time". Cornwall is a secluded town, very pretty; a classic New England Portrait. Give yourself some time to get there and spend some time to walk The Green, visit the Library, see the local sites, meditate on the scenery, and enjoy the race! I'll post a preregistration list soon.
There was a hearty group of runners for the Annual Race Around Lake Wonoscopomuc for Independence Day. The rain was light and the temperatures had moderated from a week of high heat and humidity. This race is over 40-years old and the course record was set in 1978 by Steve Belter. There aren't that many thirty-six year old records for Connecticut road races. Eamon Dempsey was pretty relaxed during his warm-up. He told me that he was going to take a stab at the record. Most records are set while there exists a battle for first place. I told Eamon it would be tough without the competitive pressure. The race started and Dempsey sprinted from the line. A youngster attempted to stay with Dempsey through the first mile while the rest of us struggled upward to the intersection above the scenic grounds of the prep-school. George Kiefer is this race's longtime race director. A stopwatch, pencil and paper, and some friendly volunteers. The race is free and the finish line is always filled with laughter, smiling faces, and the memories of races past. Results for the Lake Wonoscopomuc 8K are posted!
This Friday, July 4th, is the annual Lakeville 8K. This is a free race around Lake Wononscopomuc. The race starts at 8:00 AM from the town beach. Through the years there have been several notable celebrities, mixed with local runners, celebrating our nation's independence. This is one of the oldest races in Connecticut. The course record is 26:58 set by Steve Belter in 1978. It's a pretty course and you can't beat the price!
Edward Martinez took the lead early and ran steady through the first mile in 5:55. He held that pace in front of the record field to capture the 2014 Title. The women's race was hotly contested from start to finish. Alexandra Kenny, Rachel Bijur, and Terri-Lynn Gidius ran together for the entire race. The race banter was minimal but they encouraged each other to hang tough. Kenny had a strong finishing kick for the women's victory. Results for the UTC Aerospace Systems 5K Run/Walk for the United Way are posted.
A great turnout. A great race. Tyler Raymond was all alone. Kaitlin Sulek lead the women. The Schumacher family was impressive. Many thanks to the people of Harwinton. The results for the 7th Annual Harwinton 3.3-Mile Road Race are posted.
Happy Summer Solstice!
Arthur Boyko , 48, from Poughkeepsie, lead the pack out of the water. Denise Connolly and Susan Leigh battled for the women. Craig Hills moved from 4th to first during the bike while Susan Leigh took control for the women. The Sharon Parks and Recreation Department do a top notch job in providing one of the best triathlons in Connecticut. An intimate venue with bucolic views and friendly people. The results for the 6th Annual Sharon Parks & Rec. Sprint Triathlon are posted!
This Saturday is the Sharon Sprint Triathlon located at 242 Mudge Pond Road. This is a very pretty setting with an intimate atmosphere. For the beginner, this is a great event to sharpen your skills. For the expert, there is plenty of room to move. It's a bargain! Start time is 8:00 AM. Download the application.
The Thursday night, Whites Woods Cross-Country Summer Race Seines is back. A great variety of distances on 100% cross-country terrain. Find out more info.
Happy Fathers' Day!
The sun was out, the runners ran, and the day was good. Congratulations to Derek Destafano (#23) and to Erin Wylie; victorious! Many thanks to Katie, Tim, and Howie. Results for the 2nd Annual Hewitt Run for a Cause 5K are posted.
The word is out! The Camp Jewell 5K Trail Race has exploded in its 4th year! A record turn out enjoyed fantastic weather in the hills of Colebrook, CT. The mist lifted and the runners ran. The Schumacher family is a team unto itself. 14-year old, Gavin Woodward, took to the woods, and left the others behind. He was a minute shy of the course record. Something tells me that Woodward may take the time down...Meanwhile, Marge DeMarias is back. After a 90 day setback with the achilles, DeMarais was cautious and victorious over the terrain of Jewell. This is a great race, complete with friendly geese, lamas, draft horses, bucolic views, and the effervescence of the staff and campers. Results for the 4th Annual Jewell 5K Trail Race are posted.
Pat Dennen was all by his lonesome as he toured this very spectator friendly course from Meadowview Park in Middlebury. A fantastic start running under a huge flag a a great finish with a view of the runners for nearly the last half-mile.
It was neck and neck to the finish for the women.
Results for the 4th Annual Flag Day 5K from Middlebury, CT are posted!
It was a warm day. The Strides to Cure Diabetes is traditionally held from Cadigan Park in Brookfield and has been a 5-Miler. This year, the race was held on the old 10K course from the Brookfield High School. Some people liked the old, some the new. I suggested that the Brookfield Lions Club alternate odd years for the 5 and even years for the 10...
William Sanders returned to defend his title. Sanders opened with a 5:01, 5:01, 5:08, and began to feel the heat at 4 miles with a 5:53. He had every reason to ease up as he is coming off a 2:30 VT City Marathon from two weeks ago.
Rose Willey, from Brookfield, ran a fantastic race to take the women's title. Sara Belles, a perennial winner, was close behind. Results are posted!
It was a battle to the finish line. 50-year old, John Minervino pulled up lame with about 150 meters to go. 46-year old, Bruce Christensen saw an opportunity and started to kick with 200 meters to the finish. Minervino hobbled along as Christensen closed the gap. Results for the 1st Annual Wheels and Heels 5K Road Race are posted!
The temperatures started to get a little steamy in Waterbury.
The Waterbury Dash and Bash 5K presented by the Waterbury Teachers Association and the School Administrators of Waterbury, drew a large crowd for this first year event. Ryan Acey held a comfortable lead while Colleen Rykowski had her hands full with Danielle White hot on her heels. Results are posted.
Race applications for the New Milford 8-Miler and 5K are posted.
Race application for the People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run is posted. The People's Forest 7-Mile Trail Run is an USATF/Connecticut Trail State Championship for Teams and individuals. There is team prize money. The race is open to everyone!
Following the Heels and Wheels 5K race in Harwinton, there will be a picnic/BBQ for runners and friends at the Harwinton Rod and Gun Club. This new race offers a very flat and very fast out-and-back 5K course in the Campville section of Harwinton along the Naugatuck River.
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