We anticipate a great event and smooth sailing and are planning for it! We are at 98 registered as of 2/17 so we have room for a lot more.
THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF THE STRATFORD PARKS DEPT, STRATFORD POLICE, STRATFORD HEALTH DEPT, AND COOPERATIVE EFFORTS OF MANY OTHERS WE CAN BRING YOU THE FIRST RACE IN TOWN THIS YEAR.
Since this is slightly after V-Day it’s not too late to make up for any little “oversight” that may have occurred on Feb the 14th! So our “Second Chance” is yours too!
We hope you’ll join us and help 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.
SATURDAY 2/19 SCHEDULE
8:30am pickup starts for bibs & mugs/swag
9:45am - We will add on a safe, short distance, non-competitive kids fun run if weather permits and there are any kids (8 and under only). You can accompany your little tyke to avoid potential drama.
10:00am- Start of 3 mile event which is timed - everyone is eligible for awards
10:15am- soup, chili, granola bars, bananas, bottled water
ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY- even on race day
$25 for pre reg 19 & over, $20 for 18 & under
Race day fees increase to $30 for 19 & over but stay $20 for kids
(no cc fee for this event)
WE CANNOT PROCESS ANY PAPER, RACE DAY ENTRIES.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 9:45am RACE MORNING-UNLESS WE ARE SOLD OUT.
Overall male & female champions
Three deep in age groups- 9 & under, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and older if they’re preregistered.
Prizes for the top 2 person team based on cumulative ages.
Teams for each category are eligible- M&F, M&M, F&F, NG&NG
Combined age groups- 36 and under, 37-60, 61-75, 76-100, 101-125, 126-150, 151+
What are the awards? They are all edible- that's the best kind.
Purchased right after VD when all the extra chocolate gets insanely discounted.
You can run, walk or stroll this event as an individual- you do NOT need a partner.
PLEASE HELP US RECRUIT PARTICIPANTS! We need a minimum of 120 people to be able fund this event
FYI - WE ORDERED 120 of THIS YEAR'S MUGS - so don’t get CUTOFF. WE MAY HAVE OTHER SWAG TO GIVE OUT AFTER THAT.
There will be FOOD (packaged and sealed, bananas, etc) and sealed, bottled fluids when you are done with your run, walk, or stroll.
We will follow all Stratford Health Dept. guidelines so we can’t have people thisclosetogether! The SHD has been very supportive! Be aware, be safe and be separated by six feet or more.
The first 120 registered will receive great SECOND CHANCE for ROMANCE commemorative mugs & any candy that you earned by running off the related calories! - REGISTER NOW! PLEASE REG BY FEB 5th so we can make sure you get a mug. We ordered 120 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.
WE WILL CAP THIS EVENT AT 150 PEOPLE.
BIB, MUG, & any GOODY PICKUP IS ONLY ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT Sat 2/19
At Boothe Park - 5800 Main St Putney in Stratford. PICKUP STARTS 8:30am and the 3 miler starts at 10am
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: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6765078
NOTE- there is no water table on the course- please carry your own if needed.
COVID CONCERNS- Thanks the Town Departments of Stratford we will be able to present this event. We can use the Boothe Park building and safety protocols will be in place. Please consider wearing a mask until you start, and after you finish. Thanks!
HOWEVER-we all must be prepared for any change that can happen at any time which may mean a suspension of this live event, and result in a 'virtual' run.
With fixed costs and pre-payment of many items, this means we CANNOT under any conditions REFUND any registration fees. Whether we are live or virtual our commitment to our Police Explorers will be maintained. We hope you can support this commitment and join us.
IMPORTANT DETAIL- There will be a 150 person limit for this 5k event. We need 120 people just to break even with our fixed costs! We encourage everyone to donate any additional amount to the Stratford Police Explorers. Your donation is fully tax-deductible.
MASKS REQUIRED- We must adhere to all safety protocols so please help us by keeping masks on prior to the start line and immediately after you finish. And of course, keep a safe distance when you arrive, warm-up, chat with friends, and after you are done.
WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR A SAFE START- If you are truly at a speedier running level (6-7min pace per mile or under) we urge you to be at the start early and ready to go at 10am. This will avoid crowding on the course and help everyone to run more safely. Thanks!
ON THE COURSE- We ask you to stay safe, don’t run in groups…watch for traffic.
Race Director and slightly crazed Founder
Marty Schaivone, with 30+ years of experience will coordinate this event. MS Running Productions has directed & consulted on more than 40 races a year in CT (prior to COVID) 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 email@example.com for terrific opportunities to sponsor this event, volunteer at this run as well as any others. The very modified and constantly changing 2022 schedule (if it ever happens) will be posted at www.hitekracing.com/msrunning.
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.
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!