‘Finally Spring 5K’ gets the season off and running

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Fri., Mar. 25, 2011
The third annual ‘Finally Spring 5K!’ gets underway on March 19. Photos by Wally Robinson.
The third annual ‘Finally Spring 5K!’ gets underway on March 19. Photos by Wally Robinson.

The third annual “Finally Spring 5K!” was held at the Howard/Porter Reservoir in Manchester on March 19 – a chilly, decidedly un-Spring-like day.

Donations raised by the run will benefit the Public Allies of Connecticut, a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing new leadership to strengthen communities, non-profits and civic participation. Cost to participate was $20 for runners and $15 for walkers. The event was sponsored by the Manchester Running Company, RoadID, Nature Crops, Big Y, Great Harvest Bread, Eastern Mountain Sports and Century 21.

Jake Gurzler, last year’s winner, again raced to victory in a time of 17:28. “It was fun to get out there and run again,” the 2008 Quinnipiac grad said. “It’s been a long winter.”

Linda Yamamoto, of Manchester, finished first among the women.

The event was preceded by a Youth Fun Run for elementary school-aged kids, proceeds from which were earmarked for the Manchester public schools. Participants paid an entry fee of $10.

Free running socks were made available to the first 100 entrants, and raffle prizes refreshments and water were also included.

The Manchester Running Company also hosted a shoe drive in conjunction with Soles4Souls, a non-profit that provides footwear around the world in areas of natural disasters. MRC pledged 25 pairs of new shoes to the cause.

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