BE HAPPY 1K/5K/10K & Virtual Events

Sun August 16, 2020 Windsor, CT 06095 US Directions
The Villages At Poquonock
1857 Poquonock Ave
Windsor, CT US 06095
Join Team Be Happy for its 2nd Annual running of the Be Happy 5K/10K/Kids 1K through the historic town of Windsor, CT!  With your participation we Hope to beat last year's donation of $10,000 to support the Smilow Cancer Center’s “Closer to Free” program which focuses on innovative cancer treatment and quality care for patients and families who have been given a devastating cancer diagnosis.
What’s New For 2020!?! 
  • All of our courses are USATF certified!!
  • We have a new virtual challenge if you want to become a CHAMPION OF HOPE - join our 5k/10k/Half Marathon challenge and receive an award recognizing this great achievement! 
  • Because of Covid-19 we are instituting WAVES so that we can keep all runners safe. Once we have updates from the Governor’s Office we will adapt accordingly! 
The kid's 1K will begin at 7:30 a.m. - with fun runners beginning at the Villages entrance and running an action packed 0.6 miles on a (safe) closed loop finishing in front of the Villages Clubhouse. This closed community will be alive with the cheers of supporters and and the Official Be Happy Cheer Squad...safely socially distancing...rooting everyone on! 
The 5K and 10K races will begin with wave 1 starting at 8:00am (more times and details as updates are released by the Governor) beginning with a double loop through the vibrant development at the Villages at Poquonock before turning left out onto the scenic streets of this beautiful town. All runners will follow Poquonock Ave for 0.2 miles before turning left onto Rainbow Road. The 5K runners will turn around at the intersection of Rainbow Road and High Street and head back down Rainbow to Poquonock before returning to the Villages to complete their final half loop stretch - ending with a celebration at the community clubhouse!  The 10K runners will continue through the intersection following Rainbow Road through the rolling hills before reaching the rotary and turning back down Rainbow Rd to the Villages where they will complete their final half loop stretch at the community clubhouse!  Courses are USATF certified 5K course: CT20007JHP / 10K course: CT20006JHP
All participants running at the Villages in the 5K/10K that register before August 04, 2020 will be guaranteed our signature 2020 BE HAPPY race t-shirt.  All participants that finish the 5K/10K will get a custom BE HAPPY finisher medal after crossing the finish line, kid’s fun run runners will get a “fun run” medal after crossing the finish line. 
These races will be chip timed with prizes awarded to the overall male and female winners as well as divisional awards for the first, second, and third male and female of each age group. (Age divisions 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+)
You can also register for one of 4 virtual events! Run a 5K - 3.12 miles, a 10K  - 6.24 miles, a half marathon - 13.1 miles, or...become a “Champion of HOPE” and take on our Race for HOPE challenge!! 
All virtual events begin on August 16, 2020, run your miles at home on a treadmill or out in the streets of your choice then use the link to upload your results. For those participating in the Race for Hope challenge you will have from August 16th 2020 to midnight on August 31st 2020 to complete a 5K, a 10K, AND a half marathon...phew I know it’s a lot...and upload your results to become a Champion of Hope and receive your Champion’s award!!! (I can’t tell you what it is yet...but I promise it will be worth the work!)
Those participating in our virtual events will have their t-shirt, medal, and bib mailed to them after registration closes on August 16th - those participating in the Race for HOPE Challenge will also have their packets mailed after registration closes, once the challenge window closes those who have completed the challenge will have their Champion’s awards mailed separately.
(When registering for all virtual events please make sure to use the mailing address where you wish to receive your race swag)
New this year - we will be mailing your race bibs for the 5K/10K. Anyone who registers before 08/01/2020, your bib will be mailed out on August 3rd, 2020, anyone who registers between August 2nd and August 9th your bibs will be mailed out on August 10th 2020. Make sure to use the mailing address where you wish to receive your bib when registering. If you register after August 9th your bib will be available on race day at the Villages at Poquonock Clubhouse. Please contact the race director with any questions.
Thank you to all who participated last year, we hope to see you all again this August to share in the HOPE!!


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