Runners enjoy Somers Great Escape Road Race

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Mon., Sep. 30, 2013
The runners begin their adventure in the Somers Great Escape Road Race. Photos by Lisa Stone.
The runners begin their adventure in the Somers Great Escape Road Race. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Runners proudly displayed their race bibs at the starting line of the 14th annual Somers Great Escape Road Race on Sept. 14 on Vision Boulevard.

The Somers Rotary Foundation was the beneficiary of the 5K/5-mile road race.  With more than 500 participants, the event was deemed a success. “This is a great day for the race,” said volunteer Bonnie Mazzoli. “There are many volunteers helping with the event.”

With early registration being $20 and same-day registration being $25, the event raised more than $10,000 for the scholarship foundation. There were cash prizes for first, second and third place, as well as winners of age divisions. There was even a $200 bonus for anyone breaking the course record. Several door prizes were given out as well. The Somers Rotary also offered a free beverage to any runner who handed over their race bib when they visited the Rotary pavilion at the Four Town Fair.

The Southern New England Athletic Association - an organization promoting local athletic events - partnered with the Somers Great Escape Road Race this year. Its goal is to bring a sense of community to the area while encouraging better health. The group created the weekly Somers Summer Series 5K race that was held each Wednesday night, to help get the runners ready for the Great Escape.

Jake Regulbuto runs for the Somers Cross Country team. He and his father, Chuck, were getting ready for the start of the race. “I raced before,” said Regulbuto. “I’m glad my dad is here with me today. I’m going to have fun.”

Lisa Contois said she has run in the Great Escape before. “This is my second year at this race,” said Contois. “This year, my daughter Maria is going to do this with me. I am very excited. It should be a lot of fun.”

Dedicated runners Norman and Kim Skabarekh were ready to run. “We have been running in the weekly run to be ready for any run that comes to our attention,” said Kim. “We have run in the Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. That was a blast. We just started running last year, but so far, we have run in at least six races.”

Norman added, “We ran in the Hartford Marathon for Sandy Hook last March.  That was held at Bushnell Park. We love doing this. We get to make donations while being able to enjoy the benefits the races have to offer.”

For more information on the SNEAA organization or the Somers Great Escape Road Race, visit or look them up on Facebook.

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