LOCATION: Huntington Green, Shelton, CT
DATE: Sunday, August 17, 2014
LENGTH: 10K (6.2 miles), 5K (3.1 miles), 1 Mile walk/run, and Kids’ Race
RUNIT RATING: Thumbs up!
We went out to Shelton, Connecticut on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in August to support the Hope for the Warriors organization at the Sunset Run for the Warriors. The race was scheduled to start at 5pm, ideal time/weather from a runner’s perspective and a plus from the view of a busy mom whose weekends are jam packed.
The registration fees were reasonable, ranging from free for gold star/wounded warriors, to $20 for a general/individual registrant. This also got you a cool t-shirt, pin, and a friendly pat on the back.
While same-day registration was a bit tough for these procrastinators, it was probably a good problem for the race organizers to have. This race included 700 registrants and over 1,000 attendees! So even though we waited in line (entertaining two young ones) while they figured out the best way to get us all bibs with the right information, they showed they have cultivated quite a community to support their organization.
“The Run For The Warriors® race series provides wounded service members encouragement and the opportunity to pursue the sport of running, walking, or cycling to assist in their physical and emotional rehabilitation.”
Another up-side to the “we have more people than expected” problem, was the fundraising. The organizers exceeded their goal of $20,000, which speaks to the dedication of its supporters, participants, and volunteers.
As for the course, I did the one mile with fellow blogger Patty and her two adorable girls. What a fun way to enjoy a race! The girls’ enthusiasm made me remember how good it feels to just get out there and move, regardless of the distance. As we looped around the green and up a hill one of the girls boasted that this was the first race her mom let her run “on the street,” so it was a pretty big deal. As we headed back down through the winding streets to the finish line at the fire station, my little competitor kicked it into high gear and sprinted across the finish line. And if that wasn’t enough to make her smile- she got to enjoy some time in the bounce house with her sister before heading home! Needless to say, this was a kid-friendly race.
Our seasoned runner Sarah completed the 5k loop, complete with pretty scenery and tricky hills. The route was well-marked for those unfamiliar with the area.
Overall, we felt good that evening, and I personally look forward to being a part of it again next year. Thank you Megan Reh for organizing a great race for a great cause!
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