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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