Runners train to take part in ‘Living Well in Glastonbury 5K’

By Andrew J. Concatelli - ReminderNews Assistant Editor
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jul. 8, 2011
Many runners gathered at the fountain weekly for road race training, leading up to the ‘Living Well in Glastonbury 5K’ on July 17. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Many weeks of training are about to pay off for local runners who have been diligently preparing to participate in the Living Well in Glastonbury 5K.

The race, sponsored by the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, will begin at Smith Middle School on Sunday, July 17, at 8 a.m., and is open to runners of any age from any town.

For some runners, this event will be the culmination of a nine-week training program to help new or beginner runners prepare to complete a 5K.

“This year, we’ve partnered with the Hartford Marathon Foundation to offer a program to train runners,” said Ginger Lynn, the communications manager for the Chamber. “Certified coaches with the Hartford Marathon Foundation have provided training to 75 or 100 people on Saturday mornings.”

This race has been held for the past 10 years or so as part of the Chamber’s Summer Racing Series. “We’re focusing on one race this year – the 5K, which proved to be the most popular,” Lynn said.

The race usually attracts about 150 runners from the Greater Hartford area, and with so many people going through the training program in recent weeks, Lynn said those numbers could rise. “This year we’re definitely anticipating to have more,” she said.

“It seems like in Glastonbury, there’s been a real resurgence in running,” Lynn added. “We’re letting people know it’s a very flat course, so it’s great for first-time runners, and it’s also great for people looking for their personal best in a 5K.”

The race is one part of the Glastonbury Chamber’s wellness program, Living Well in Glastonbury. “A lot of our members are on the Health and Wellness Council within the Glastonbury Chamber,” Lynn said. “This is another event we want to put on for the community that focuses on wellness.”

The different age categories for the 5K include 9 and under, 10 to 14, 15 to 18, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, and 60 and over. “We award the top male and female in each of those categories,” said Lynn. “We have had a guy from town win it a couple of times: Duncan Gerrity – he’s a really great runner.” Lynn also expects to see some tough competition by standout runners from Glastonbury High School.

There is still time to register to participate in this race. Online registration will be accepted at until July 15 at 3 p.m. Sign up online for $25, or on the day of race for $30.

Registration on July 17 begins at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8 a.m. The course begins and ends at Smith Middle School and goes through the Addison Park neighborhood.

The first 100 registered runners will receive a special Living Well in Glastonbury race t-shirt. Mile markers, water stops and timing will be provided. For more information, contact the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce at 860-659-3587.

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