Sat February 29, 2020 Stratford, CT US 06614 Directions

LEAP for The LAST CHANCE at Romance 3 mile run or walk or trot

$25 10:00AM EST - 12:01PM EST
874 spots left. Price increases after February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

The Last Chance Little Beating Hearts Run (weather permitting)

$0 9:40AM EST - 9:50AM EST Registration ends February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
5800 Main St.
Stratford, CT US 06614

Did you forget and/or mess up on Valentine's Day??? 


SINCE this run /Walk is now the last weekend after V-Day - AND LEAP DAY - you get to makeup for any little oversight that may have occurred on the 14th! You can bring your partner, your spouse, your friend, a running buddy...or if you really messed up- just yourself!

We just want you to join us and help us donate to the Stratford Police Explorers Post. A terrific group of young men and women who want to help in our community and work in law enforcement. 

We start the 3 miler at 10am.
If weather and conditions permit we will will have the Free Kids Little Beating Hearts Run at 9:40 am- DIRECTED BY DONNA CRAMOND! Donna is well known and a legend when it comes to getting little tykes active and running  

We will have interesting and most likely edible individual awards for the M&F champions as well as three deep in eight age groups (listed below). We will also have 'partner/team' awards by combined age groups.

There will be GREAT FOOD- hot soup, chili, chips, salsa, and fluids when you are done with your run, walk, or stroll. 

The first 150 registered will receive great "LAST CHANCE FOR ROMANCE" commemorative mugs & the valentine candy that you earned by running off the related calories! Don’t be the 151st - REGISTER NOW!  PLEASE REG BY FEB 20 so we can make sure you get a mug. We ordered 150 mugs so don't delay.

We do not give out shirts for this event because you already have enough. Instead, you get a special race mug and good swag.
There are awesome shirts that can be purchased from our online store on this website UNTIL FEB 16.

At Boothe Park - 5800 Main St Putney in Stratford. PICKUP STARTS 8:45am and the 3 miler starts at 10am  

Take exit 53 off the Merritt Parkway, go south on Rte 110 Main St-  and be ready for the right fork at the light just past the northbound exit ramp! 

Our 3 mile course is a simple loop with right-hand turns. It starts downhill for most of the first mile. The second mile is pretty much flat and quiet. At the start of the third mile there is a good climb for about 3/10 mile (we like to be truthful). BUT that's followed by a flat section and then a solid 2/10 mile downhill as you fly down to our flat finish! Here is our course map: 

You can run, walk or stroll this event as an individual- you do NOT need a partner.

If you already have a running partner for the race, you can create a team (you can make up a creative name or just use your last names) and have your partner join it when he or she registers - it will make our job easier on race day! There may also be some folks that would like to partner on race day - you never know!

IF it is a spectacular day (weather-wise) and there are any kids (5th grade and under only) we will add on a short distance, non-competitive kids fun run. You can accompany your little tyke to avoid potential drama.

Team age group awards are computed by adding the two ages - and then we add their times together for the award placement. First place in team age groups receive the prize. 

PLEASE HELP US RECRUIT PARTICIPANTS! We need a minimum of 125 people to be able to have this event.

We also offer a VIRTUAL Run/Walk for those who can't be physically with us that day- but want to help support the Stratford Police Explorers. VIRTUAL registrants will get the commemorative mug, a run bib, and a finisher's certificate by mail (or you can pick up- we will send details). VIRTUAL REG CUTOFF FEB 21.

Pre-reg donation for the run, walk, & virtual event:

$25 for 19 years & over - $20 for 18 years & under. THE RACE PAYS YOUR ONLINE FEE! 

Race day fees increase to $28 and $23 respectively. The Kids Little Beating Hearts run for 5th grade and under is free. 

Race Director and Founder
Marty Schaivone, with 30 years of experience will coordinate this event. MS Running Productions directs & consults on more than 50 races in CT, including the MADD Dash & Turkey Trot in Stratford, Great Pumpkin in Trumbull & the Colony Grill Hot Oil & Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in Fairfield. Contact Marty at for terrific opportunities to sponsor this event as well as any others.  The 2020 schedule will soon be posted 

What are the age groups? 9 & under, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and older if they’re preregistered.
What about Herman Bershtein? Herman is in the legends age group. At 94, when shows up we give him whatever he wants! 
What are the awards? They are all edible-the best kind. Purchased right after VD when all the extra chocolate gets insanely discounted. 
Where’s the parking? There are enough spaces behind the building for about 50 cars. After that, it is across the street on the perpendicular roads In the ‘hood. 
What are those wooden Toll Booths doing behind the building? If you’re much under 50yrs old please Google it & find out. The rest of us know! Lol 
Is there valet parking? Yes, we will have that available when pigs can fly.
Is the course marked clearly and accurately? If you get lost on this course we will refund your money, someday. And if you run long by accident we will not charge extra. 

From last year-
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS, THE STRATFORD POLICE AND POLICE EXPLORERS - it was a great day to run.  Terrific soup & chili from Krissy’s Korner, Knapp’s Landing and Cutspring Deli, donuts & muffins from Donut Inn, and lots of candy! Thanks to you all for supporting our event and for the $250 in extra donations.

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

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