Little Manchester Road Race draws children into running community

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Tue., Nov. 22, 2011
Spectators were told to clear the way as the runners in the Little Manchester Road Race take off on the 2-mile run. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Spectators were told to clear the way as the runners in the Little Manchester Road Race take off on the 2-mile run. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The weather cooperated spectacularly for the second annual Little Manchester Road Race on Saturday, Nov. 20. Some 500 children came together on a beautiful fall day at the Bennett Academy soccer field on Charter Oak Street to join in half-mile, 1-mile and 2-mile races.

Henkel Corporation again sponsored the event, which complements its national program, “Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit,” supporting physical education. All participating runners received a medal, sweatshirt and t-shirt. Henkel is headquartered in Rocky Hill and operates three business divisions: laundry and home care; cosmetics and toiletries; and adhesive technologies.

Eight-year-old Stella, of Brooklyn, joined the first event last year. “I like running,” she said, “so I wanted to come back.”

“I run because it’s good exercise,” said 6-year-old Daniel, who was running the 2-mile race with his brother, Brian. Both trained over the fall through a club organized by Fleet Feet, one of the Little Manchester Road Race sponsors.

A special treat for the runners and spectators was the surprise landing of three skydivers from Aerial Pursuits of Somers. According to race committee member Paul Gibson, race director Jim Balcome wanted to do something special for the kids, but decided to keep the jump secret. Three divers jumped from 5,500 feet to land on the soccer field to a cheering crowd.


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