The annual "Runners in Support of Education...and Walkers too!" is a 5k road race and two mile fitness walk held in the late spring. The run and walk begins at the North Stonington Fairgrounds. All pre-registered runners receive a free t-shirt and there are prizes for the top three finishers in each category. In addition, there is an after race picnic. Watch for registration in the spring.
The North Stonington Education Foundation presented the ninth annual
“Runners and Walkers in Support of Education” The 5 K road race and two
mile fitness walk was held on Saturday May 24, 2014 at the North
Stonington Grange Fairgrounds. There were also four children races of
varying distances based on age. Eighty seven runners, sixteen walkers
and twenty six children participated. This year we had two other groups
participate in our events. The first group were 32 from the “Girls On
The Run” who ran the 5K course starting prior to the normally scheduled
race. The 32 consisted of 15 girls from grades 3 through 5 and their
adult running buddies. The other group was from the North Stonington
Elementary School “Lions Marathon Club” which completed their last mile
during the children fun runs. There were 58 children involved in that
sub event. Hence we had 99 children participate which was very
gratifying. Overall there were nearly 300 people at the event. The
weather was sunny with temperatures in the 70’s.
The after race picnic, with food donated by Steak Loft and prepared by Grange
volunteers included hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, and home baked
cookies and assorted soft drinks. Prizes were awarded to the top three overall winners (male & female) and the top three in each runner’s category. This year’s male winner was Jeff Duda of Westerly, RI with a pace of 5 minutes 50 seconds per mile and the top female was Barbara Barnes of North Stonington with a pace of 7 minutes four seconds. The top male from North Stonington was Max Reck who finished second overall with a time of nineteen minutes and twenty three seconds. The oldest runner was Tony Medeiros age 82 of Westerly.
The major event sponsors were Olde Mistick Village, The McCarthy’s,
Cherenzia Excavation and Charter Oak Federal Credit Union. The
supporting sponsor was Schonning Insurance. Tee shirts were given to all
participants and stainless steel water bottles to volunteers.
State Troopers from the North Stonington office and Fire Police volunteers provided traffic control at various intersections. Volunteers from the North Stonington Ambulance Association were on the Grange grounds to provide assistance as necessary.
Thanks to Mark Starr and Bing Bartick for being “Race photographers”, as well as to all our volunteers and sponsors that helped to make this event a success.
Date Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 8:30 am
Where: North Stonington Fair Grounds - 21 Wyassup Road, North Stonington, CT