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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Manchester Road Race

                This year’s Manchester Road Race was the culmination of a weeks worth of events and 79 previous races leading up to the 80th Manchester Road Race.

                80 years, let that sink in for a minute.  The first race was held in 1927 with a few years off during the Depression and WWII.  Think of how much has changed since then.  Life was different in 1927, the year of the first MRR.  The construction on the four presidents on Mount Rushmore began.  Calvin Coolidge was president.  We know from Back to The Future part I that TV’s didn’t show up until the mid 1950’s so there wasn’t any Net Flix and chill.  There was however big clunky floor model  AM radio and chill and 12 guys got together on Main Street in Manchester to run on Thanksgiving!

                Today the MRR is capped is at 15,000 runners, and it’s a world class event with a small town feel.  They had to cap the race because otherwise there would still be people waiting to cross the start line while the wheel chair wave and elite runners would be coming in to finish.  The course is 4.748 miles and run very efficiently.

                The week leading up to the event is packed with activities.  The Saturday before the race is Road Race Saturday.  It begins with the “know your pace race” put on by the Silk City Striders.  This race follows the course of the MRR with a twist.  The winner isn’t the person who crosses the finish line first, it’s the one who most accurately predicts their finish time.  No watches, phones, or any other time keeping device.  The winner of the Know Your Pace Race is usually within a second or two of their predicted time! This race is capped at 100 runners.  The Silk City Striders have been around for 38 years and have been putting on this race for about the last 20 years. They are a running club out of Manchester with all fitness levels from walkers to elite runners.  So be sure to watch Silk City Striders for info to run next year or meet up with them to run.

                Following the “KYPR” there was a health and fitness expo and an in person registration for the Manchester Road Race. The fitness expo consists of Manchester Road Race Sponsors and local business in the health and fitness industry. The Little Manchester Road Race begins at 10 am for the 1000 pre registered kids.  That’s right, 1000!

               All this leads up to one of the biggest events in CT. This race has become a CT institution and everyone should experience it! Watch our Run/Walk Events page for more events like this. 
To see pictures of this great event and all the awesome costumes people ran in please check out our Facebook page

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-Keith

Ugly Sweater Run

    The Ugly Sweater Run came dancing through NO snow in a one-horse open sleigh.  O’er the fields we go laughing all the way.  Did you see the group of ugly sweaters today?  What a great day for The Ugly Sweater Run.  Unseasonably warm and sunny it was ugly sweater DAYYYY!
    The charity partner for the event was Save The Children, an organization that helps children in need through sponsorship, child protection, education, emergency response, health and nutrition, hunger, and livelihoods as well as HIV and Aids services.  
    If you have never seen 3000 ugly sweaters packed together on actual humans, let me tell you, it’s impossible not to smile and enjoy the day.  
    The race started off in front of the capital with the national anthem.  The organizers had scheduled someone to sing, but that individual could not make it due to laryngitis so a volunteer was chosen from the crowd.  Juliette from Brookfield was the brave soul who stepped up and sang.  She did not disappoint and 3000 sweater heads joined in for a patriotic moment.  For her bravery, Juliette was given free registration for next year’s run.  Thank you Juliette for leading us in our National Anthem.  The runners were set off in waves of around 300 until everyone started the race.  
    After the race, there were competitions for ugly sweater, ugly vintage sweater, ugly team sweater, best mustache, beard and on……There was a whole North Pole set up going on with a 40 foot tall Santa, inflatable reindeer, giant snow globes to climb in for pictures, and a beer garden for the grown ups as well as hot chocolate for the kids.  
    It was a great event and be sure to look for them next year!  For other events like this please check out our theme run page.  


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Live Fit CT!

-Keith

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