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The Bill Landers Building Bridges Memorial Hybrid 5K Run/Walk (or "BL5K") is an annual event held in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The race is sanctioned, and serves as a qualifier for the Manchester Road Race. The 13th annual event will have in-person and virtual options in 2021. First, an in-person race will be held on June 12, 2021, with a rolling start under modified conditions, subject to restrictions established by local, state or federal governments. Participants will start in socially-distanced groups between 8:30 and 9 o'clock a.m., and run the traditional BL5K route, with start-line bib chip timing.
Second, participants also have the option to participate in the run/walk virtually, between June 1 and June 11. Those who choose the virtual option may run, jog or walk a 5K (3.1 mile) race in locations of their choosing - indoors on a treadmill, along the traditional BL5K route, or along any other outdoor route. Virtual bibs and finisher certificates will be provided to those who choose the virtual option. Those who choose the virtual option must record their distances and times using a standard run-type application (e.g., Runkeeper, Nike Run Club, Strava, Adidas Running, Map My Run) and return to this site to enter their time, or to simply indicate that they finished the race.
Please note that the in-person race may be further modified or canceled if guidance or restrictions from the Town of Glastonbury, the State of Connecticut or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) change. In the event that we are required to cancel the in-person race, participants who registered for the in-person race will be given the opportunity to change to the virtual option, and receive a refund of the difference in fees, or to receive a full refund. We ask that all participants remain flexible, and monitor their E-mail accounts for updates or further guidance as the race approaches.
This event is sponsored by the Glastonbury Education Foundation, and enhances its ability to fund programs, projects and initiatives that elevate the educational experience of Glastonbury residents. Each year, the Glastonbury Education Foundation awards two Bill Landers Memorial Scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, to one male graduate and one female graduate of Glastonbury High School who will attend one of the four schools in the Connecticut State University system, as Bill did. The presenting sponsor for the 2021 Bill Landers Memorial Hybrid 5K Run/Walk is Melocowsky & Melocowsky Law Firm of Glastonbury.
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Bill Landers was a member of the Board of Directors of the Glastonbury Education Foundation and a beloved member of the Glastonbury community who passed away in September 2008 after battling cancer. Bill played varsity soccer for Glastonbury High School, and graduated in 1983. He earned his college degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1987 and founded his own successful company, Xsellense, Inc. Bill was a lifelong fan and supporter of Glastonbury High sports programs, as well as a youth soccer coach in the Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club, and an avid runner. Bill is survived by his wife, Dorie, and two children.
For In -Person event
In order to comply with State guidelines, race day registration is NOT allowed, the maximum number of runners allowed is 500 (with runners starting in waves of no more than 50 people). No pets are permitted. Waves will begin every 5 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. You must come to the start line no sooner than 10 minutes prior to the start time/wave you registered for. You will not be permitted to change your start time/wave nor may you come on the day of the race and enter another start time/wave. Within your start time/wave – there will be a rolling start.
We will be using the single use bibs with chips. Please ensure the following in order to receive an accurate time:
Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
Race bib is pinned in all four corners
Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
Please do NOT remove your number until you have gone completely through the finish line. Numbers are not interchangeable among runners. After you have crossed the finish line, continue moving to the edge of the roped off area. Each runner may cross the finish line only once with the chip. A runner who finishes and then goes back to the course to run with another runner (like a father who finishes and then goes back to run the last 1/2 mile with his son) should not cross the finish line again. If the runner crosses the finish line again, his/her first time will be disqualified and he/she will receive the latter time as their official time.
Once you have completed the race, please return to your vehicle and follow the signs to exit the parking lot. Results will be posted online upon completion of the race.
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