Runs fun for everyone at Glastonbury Parks and Rec.
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jul. 11, 2013
Attendance at the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fun Runs has been good this year, according to staff members. If the approximately 40 runners on July 9 were any indication, this could be the biggest year for the races yet.
Parks and Rec.’s Claire Simonich, the events’ coordinator, said many families are taking part together, and the children seem to really enjoy it. Each runner can choose between 1-mile, 2.4-mile and 3.5-mile courses.
“They’re really enthusiastic,” she said.
“We’re big athletes in our family,” said Claudia Kefor, who brought her daughter Audrey, 10.
Audrey also recently competed in the Memorial Mile in West Hartford. “I like racing. It’s fun,” Audrey said.
Claudia, who is herself in training for a marathon, said Audrey is competitive, so she likes to run with other people, rather than on her own, and that Audrey ran a lot when she was about 4, along with her older sisters.
“It’s such a great event,” she said. “It’s so nice that the town does this.”
Mike Keenan has been bringing his family for about 10 years. He now brings his sons, Cameron, 13, Owen, 10, and Shane, 7, regularly.
“It’s real laid-back, it’s fun, and no one gets stressed out,” Keenan said, before the race, adding that he was eagerly anticipating finding out who would have a faster time in the 1-mile race, Owen or Shane. “Shane’s 7, but he’s pretty fast,” he said. “They are going to duke it out.” (Shane’s time was comfortably better than that of his brother.)
Bekkie Wright and Joe Poliquin – members of the Silk City Striders, a running club based in Manchester – said they attend the Fun Runs, as well as many other similar events in other towns on different nights of the week. “We have our own cross-country series on Monday and Wednesday nights, so this is an open night for us,” Wright said, adding that the Tuesday night races are a good, low-difficulty run for them.
“We do the long one, because we’re marathoners, so we don’t even get warmed up in the first 3.5 miles anyway,” Wright said.
Poliquin said that while both he and Wright are in their 50s, they both feel younger because they keep in shape by running, and events like this help make it enjoyable. “Age doesn’t matter,” he said.
The Family Fun Runs take place each Tuesday evening through Aug. 6. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. behind Glastonbury High School’s gymnasium, and the race starts at 6:50 p.m.
For more information, visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov.