With no clear end in sight we must close registration for these events. We certainly can’t ask people to pre-register nor sponsors to commit to an event that can’t be safely planned for.
No one wants these events, our industry, and our sport to shut down. But we all know the sacrifices that need to be made if we are going to come out the other end of this and have a healthy population.
If there is any way we can get this going safely, if we are given an “All Clear”, we will be back at it immediately. It might be in a very modified form. It might not be with all the bells and whistles we had last year. But I will do all I can to keep the tradition alive and bring people back to Bridgeport. And I will do my best to get the word out.
Thanks for your support, patience and friendship. I have loved doing this since our First Great Pumpkin Classic from Trumbull High in 1991. Three decades... “never would’ve thunk it!”
Check back, keep the faith, wash your hands, and stay grounded.
Marty Schaivone Race Director
WELCOME TO THE 2nd PARK CITY CLASSIC RUN & walk TITLE SPONSORED BY "ALL AMERICAN WASTE"
Featuring the VAZZY'S 5K and the AMR 5 Mile run
Presented by STOCKMAN O'CONNOR TRIAL ATTORNEYS
Bridgeport is called the "Park City" because of the many parks it has inside its borders. You will be running through one of the most well-known venues- Seaside Park- on both the 5k and 5 mile courses.
On this weekend 15 years ago this event started as the Bridgeport Hospital Homerun 5K followed by three years as the Aquarion/Barnum Festival 10k & 5k.
NOW The renamed Park City Classic is here to stay!
Please help us thank our new sponsors who have stepped up to keep us running in Bridgeport
All American Waste We thank AAW for joining our event as TITLE SPONSOR
Stockman - O’Connor Trial Attorneys Have joined us as a presenting partner.
The Vazzy Restaurant Group has been a vital part of Bridgeport for 50 years. The family has had deep roots in the community & in the surrounding towns for many decades. https://www.theoriginalvazzys.com/ Their food will be a highlight after your run.
AMR Ambulance Service in Bridgeport, CT provides emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of Bridgeport and Fairfield, CT. They also provide emergent and non-emergent medical transportation service for all of Fairfield County.
The Webster Bank Arena is our host venue. A fabulous location for all of our activities!
Bridgeport Hospital Aquarion Planet Fitness KIND Bar The Holiday Inn of Bridgeport
Brewport will be hosting a post-race party starting at 10:30 am. Join us for one free 7oz beer (21 & over) or soft drink.
Starbucks- will be handing out samples
Micalizzi Ice- A fixture in Bridgeport for 5 decades
Frankie's Diner- The iconic Bridgeport Family Diner. For over 70 years this family-owned diner has played host & home to many generations in our City. Nick Roussas and his family welcome you to their home.
Athletic Brew- a terrific non-alcoholic craft brew produced in nearby Stratford
Sweet Treats- On Main St in Bridgeport- supplying cookie trays and cupcakes to age group winners!
Bagel King- The BEST NY Style bagel in Bridgeport
Thank you to the U-Haul of Orange CT- Donation of the cargo van for all of our "stuff"
In-Kind Partners include Stress Factory Comedy Club tickets, The Beardsley Zoo family passes & more
THANK YOU TO THE BRIDGEPORT PARKS, POLICE, and FIRE DEPTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT & COOPERATION TO STAGE THIS EVENT
We truly appreciate the staff and friends from The Bridgeport Hospital Foundation and Aquarion who set the standards for our great event over the last 15 years.
YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME OR BUSINESS TO THIS TEAM. We are in need of many more partners on all levels to make this a success and you can help. Any contacts you have that might like to join us would be appreciated. Contact our race director Marty Schaivone - information below.
Last year over 500 people had a great time in our events. We have room for many more. With the loss of our title sponsor we need to reach 300 pre-reg to pay our bills and not dip into the Race Director's retirement account!
MORE IMPORTANTLY, we want to make a substantial donation to our primary charities.
OUR BENEFICIARIES are both located in the City-
HOMES FOR THE BRAVE https://www.homesforthebrave.org/about/
Donations can also be made directly to them online, by check, or on race day.
New charities will be added as we partner with other groups within Bridgeport.
ON RACE DAY- WE WILL ALSO BE COLLECTING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, TOILETRIES, NON PERISHABLES AND NEW CLOTHING FOR OUR CHARITIES,
HOMES FOR THE BRAVE NEED: Bottled water, coffee, creamer, sugar, household & laundry cleaning products, paper plates & towels, plastic utensils/cups
CENTER FOR FAMILY JUSTICE NEEDS FOR THE KIDS AT CAMP HOPE: Basic Camping Supplies -Camp trunks, Pillows & cases, Blankets, Flashlights with batteries, Backpacks for camping. Camp Clothing (gift cards accepted), Sneakers/ closed-toed shoes, Pajamas, Sweaters or heavy shirts, Long-sleeved shirts, Pairs of long pants or jeans, T-shirts, Water shoes/ shower shoes, Towels & wash clothes, Set of rain gear (poncho, rain boots, rain jacket)
Camping Toiletry Items...
We will also send an email alert as the list is compiled. Thank you.
Donate $75 0R MORE AND RECEIVE A FREE ENTRY TO THE EVENT
Please email the race director if you do this online or plan to do this by check. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vazzy's 5K AMR 5 mile
3/1-3/31 $25 - 19 & over $22- 18 & under $30- 19 & over $22- 18 & under
4/1-5/22 $28 / $25 $33 / $25
5/24 $30 / $25 $35 / $25
Active Military and Veterans are FREE for both distances
SPECIAL OFFER- GET 5 FRIENDS TO SIGN UP AFTER YOU REGISTER AND YOUR RACE FEE WILL BE REFUNDED. Details will be in your confirmation email.
AWARDS & PRIZES
The overall male & female winners of both race distances will receive awards, trophy or a prize.
WE WILL BE GIVING OUT GIFT CARDS, SPONSOR PROVIDED GOODS AND
SWEET TREATS CUPCAKES & COOKIES TO OUR TOP AGE GROUP FINISHERS
Age groups- Top 3 finishers in the 5K and 5 mile - (awards may be reduced if no one is preregistered in an age group)
9 & under, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Best Costume Award – let's see what you've got (within reason of course- remember this is a family event!).
We will have something special for you. Our panel of judges will have the final decision.
**THE STRESS FACTORY COMEDY CLUB - SIX CERTIFICATES good for up to a party of TEN on Thursday nights will be awarded to the first Bridgeport resident male and female finishers in both races and our two best 'Patriotic Themed' costume winners.
**The Holiday Inn- two certificates good for an overnight stay and complimentary breakfast for overall winners
**The Beardsley Zoo has donated 10 family free cards for various age group awards
FOOD AND FLUIDS
You can count on VAZZY'S for some great food including pizza. TACO LOCO will have their Chips & Salsa.
STARBUCKS in Bridgeport will provide coffee samples. You will experience the BRAINFREEZE BAR from Micalizzis Ice
Bagel King bagels, KIND Bar, bananas, and Aquarion water will all be on hand as well. We expect to add more food as sponsors join us.
We have partnered with Brewport for the first time. Just 1/10 mile away from the Webster Arena you'll be able to walk there for the post-party after our awards from 10:45am. Anyone 21 & over gets one free 7oz beer - must show race bib to receive your beer.
INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY FEE
*Flat, fast, & scenic courses- with great views of Long Island Sound thru Seaside Park.
*Aquarion water station on each course
*Computer chip B-tag timing system.
*Accurately measured courses - 5k http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7355895
5 miles https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7355897
*Courses are wheelchair/racing chair friendly.
*After your run or walk enjoy our family gathering
*Post-race party on site with great food from Vazzy's, Bagel King, DJ music & more!
*A great shirt for all entrants (size guarantee by May 18, then as available).
*Free Kids Run on the field in front of WEBSTER BANK ARENA, ribbons for kids 5th grade & under.
*Plenty of free parking.
*Pre & post race sports massages.
*POST RACE CELEBRATION STARTS AT 10:45am at BREWPORT- one 7oz free beer for 21 & over- must show race bib.
SPONSOR/PARTNER INFO- The minimum expenses for our event are over $8000. The costs of shirts, computer timing, insurance, awards, tents, tables & much more need to be offset so we can raise needed funds for our charities. Contact our Race Director for details on how you can become a partner. All levels of sponsorship are available. email@example.com
Sat. May 23 WE ARE VERY SORRY BUT THERE WILL NOT BE AN EARLY PICKUP- please come earlier on Sunday
7:30-8:55am Late Registration and packet pick up.
8:40am Kids Fun Run & Race Warm Up Activities in front of the Arena
8:50am Announcements & National Anthem
9:00am 5k & 5mile Start
9:15am Post race party begins - great food & music
9:55am 5k awards
10:15am 5 mi awards Note: the two awards ceremonies may be combined or edited to keep things moving
10:45am Brewport - doors open for a post-race party (details above)
Marty Schaivone, coordinator of over 45 races in CT including the "Run for the Rock', Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, The Great Pumpkin Classic in Trumbull, Colony Grill Hot Oil in Fairfield & many more, is proud to direct this event.
Contact Race Director Marty Schaivone for information and sponsor opportunities. We need your help!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that the man who designed Central Park in NYC also designed Seaside Park? You can look it up!* https://bportlibrary.org/hc/architecture/the-foresight-of-seaside-park/