Achilles CT Hope and Possibilities Run

  Connecticut is loaded with great health and fitness events.  It’s not uncommon to have 10 different 5K events in one weekend.  Most events have a great cause and all have inspirational stories within.
                Achilles International CT Chapter had their second annual 5K/10K this weekend and had both a great cause behind it and the inspirational stories were overflowing.

Achilles International is an organization whose mission is “To enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.”  Achilles pairs together athletes with a volunteer or volunteers to help them train, become familiar and proficient with special equipment if needed, provide guidance and running advice during races and help with race day logistics.

This was Achilles CT Hope & Possibility Run’s second year and they had 500 registered runners come out to support a great cause. Some of the participants included visually impaired, hand cycles and push rim athletes.  There were athletes from CT, New York, and Boston.  One visually impaired athlete rode a bus all the way from Rhode Island!

I had a chance to meet with Erin Spaulding President of the CT chapter at the Gaylord Gauntlet Mud Run back in June this year.  She was with her team of volunteers and adaptive athletes navigating the obstacle course.  I got a sense of her passion for the mission. So I had to see their event for myself.

Everyone was a winner for participating in such a worthwhile event and a big congrats to all the top finishers:

Male 10K:                                                                  Female 10K:

1.       Marc Fucarile                                                     1. Ashley Marino

2.       Jordan Zinn                                                         2. Olivia Rustic

3.       Kris Thomsen                                                     3. Jillian Harpin

Male 5K:                                                                              Female 5K:

1.       Darrin Reed                                                          1. Betsy Overstrum

2.       Mic Nugs Medeska                                             2. Katie Smith

3.       Henry Clayborne Jackson                                  3. Brielle Curtis

The run was put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and they always do a first rate job.  Keep a look out for this next year.


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the Willimantic Classic

  This year the Willimantic Classic fell on Saturday May 6th.  It was the 4th year of the Classic, which is an outreach of the Willimantic Athletic Club.

   The Willimantic Athletic Cub was founded in April of 1982 by a group of friends that wanted to support and promote recreational activities. WAC hosts various programs for athletes of all ages and abilities and all CT residents are welcome. The Willimantic Classic is just one of the many events they organize.

  Although Sat was cold and cloudy with occasional rain the run still drew near 500 runners. There were 3 separate distances all of which are named with inspiration from Willimantic, the host city. Willimantic has a long history in the textile industry with thread and cotton factories. So it was fitting to name the half the Thread City 13.1 which had 208 finishers. The Tailored 10k with 110 finishers and the Frog Bridge 5k with 158 finishers. A great showing for the 4th year!

  The event ran smooth with timing from CT's own The Last Mile Racing which will be timing the Manchester Road race this year with 15,000 runners. They are also part of the team that times the Boston Marathon. The volunteers were organized and the announcer/dj  kept things interesting with shout-outs and interviews. Over the last 4 years the Classic has seen runners from 35 different states, they are still looking for Alaska and Hawaii, but the day will come.

  The Classic uses the revenue from the event to donate to 3 separate organizations.

·         Windham Regional No Freeze Shelter which is dedicated to the survival of the homeless in the Windham region. Among other things they provide temporary shelter

·         The Sexual Assault Crisis  Center of Eastern CT they offer confidential comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and abuse

·         Local Schools.

All other money is reinvested to put on future amazing events.

  The surrounding community all leans in to help this event. Congrats to all involved for another successful run and special congrats to all the top finishers

Half  (m) William Sanders    (f) Apryl Sabadosa

10k (m)  Shaun Berard        (f) Carol LineHazel

5k    (m) Zachary Stoddard  (f) Chantal Fautex

You can all the results at here

You can see pictures from the event on our facebook page

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The 31st Annual Frosty 5K

    Happy New Year CT!  I hope this year is already off to a great start for you.  If not, there is still plenty of time!  Speaking of great starts, the Guilford Rotary put on their 31st annual Frosty 5K today.  
    In 31 years of the event this must have been one of the warmer days it was held.  With full sunshine and mild temperatures, it was a perfect day for a race.  
    All proceeds went to charities totaling 22,000 to support two great causes which included Warm the children and Guilford Rotary Club Memorial Education Fund, Inc.
    Warm the Children is a program whose mission is to provide new warm winter clothing for children of needy families.  The Guilford Rotary Club Memorial Education Fund Inc provides scholarships and no interest loans for deserving Guilford residents.
    The race attracted around 1000 runners, over 700 of which were pre-registered and 60 volunteers donated their time.  Rat Race Timing took care of the management and timing.  Congrats to all who ran as well as volunteers- it was a great event.
    Congrats to Jake Gurzler of Manchester who finished 1st overall in the men’s division with a time of 16:23.4 - a pace of 5:17 and congrats to Cheryl Anderson who finished 1st in the women’s division with a  time of 18:06.0 - a pace of 5:50.  Keep an eye out for this race next year and find other great events on our Run/Walk section.

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For pictures of this event check out our facebook page.