Snow Dash supports two causes that are important to East Hartford

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., Jan. 8, 2014
Runners come to the final stretch of the Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Snow Dash 5K Road Race. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Runners come to the final stretch of the Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Snow Dash 5K Road Race. Photos by Lisa Stone.

For 22 years, January in East Hartford has meant that it's time to run. The annual Officer Brian A. Aselton Memorial Snow Dash 5K Road Race took place on Jan. 5. This race was the first run of the year for many of the participants who came from all over Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts.

The Snow Dash was originally formed to provide financial support for the Police Department child safety program. After Officer Brian A. Aselton was killed while responding to a noise complaint 15 years ago, the town decided to rededicate the Snow Dash to honor Aselton.

According to Aselton's brother, John, there were two perpetrators inside and two outside the home. "Brian was shot and killed while trying to help the people in the home. He was a true hero,” John Aselton said.

The 5K run is sponsored by the East Hartford Police Department and the East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department. Jim Uhrig, the assistant director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said, "We had 130 pre-registered runners, but today we had an additional amount of approximately 170 runners that signed up this morning. That brings our total amount of runners to somewhere between 250 and 300. I think that it is because of the threat of freezing rain that is keeping more runners away." According to Uhrig, this event just keeps getting bigger as the years pass.

Betty Cannella, of Ellington, has been running for 12 years and her friend Sue Leslie, of South Windsor, has been running since 1981. "We are a part of the Silk City Striders," said Leslie. "We run every Saturday morning at Manchester Community College. We are always welcoming new members."

After the run was complete and all the runners were accounted for, there was a reception inside the Dr. John Langford School. During the reception, the proceeds from last year's run were to be given out to the East Hartford Police Department child safety and crime prevention program and the Officer Brian Aselton Scholarship Fund. The $6,928 was equally divided between the two.

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