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The Retro Run 5K

The Retro Run 5K will be held Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Morris Town Beach, 83 East Shore Road, Morris, CT 06763. Retro costumes are encouraged.

Pre-register at

The entry fee is $20 per person and increases to $25 after  Jan. 31, 2018. The fee increases again to $30 after April 30 until May 19th. Add $2.50 signup fee for each registration.

All registrants get a retro tie-dyed T shirt, but guaranteed sizes will only be available if registered one month before race day.

Please note: This race has a maximum number of entrants, so be sure to register early.

The race day schedule is as follows:

10:00 am  Packet pickup and late registration (if there are still openings).

12:00 noon  Race begins

Awards, food and raffles after race.

Awards will be given to winners in five-year age increments, and there will be a prize for best costume.

For more information visit

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Morris Recreation Department.

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The Bring on the Heat 5K Run/Walk

The Bring on the Heat 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Memorial Hall, 1 Town Green, Bethlehem, CT 06751.

The event, which is presented by Bethlehem Park and Recreation, will include a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 1/4 mile kid’s fun run.

Pre-register at

Early registration fee is $25 to run or walk, $5 for the fun run. Please add $2.50 signup fee for online registration. Race day fee is $30. T shirts guaranteed to the first 100 registrants (5K only).

The race day schedule is as follows:

7:30 am  Registration and packet pickup

8:30 am Kid’s run begins

9:00 am 5K run/walk begins

Awards, music and raffles after the races

Awards go to the top overall male and female finisher as well as the top three in each of nine age groups.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bethlehem Fuel Bank.

For more information about the race call Maggie Flanagan at (203) 266-7510  ext. 217.

To learn more about the Bethlehem Fuel Bank visit

Bring on the Heat sponsors:

Thomaston Savings Bank * Jason G. Stokes Masonry & Carting *  MG Creative Services *  Blue Boy Boxing Club *  Bethlehem Masonry Supply, LLC *  Bethlehem Spirit Shop LLC *  b. hive Salon *  Gary Santoro Masonry *  Newport Academy *  Crystal Rock *  Drakely Realty * *  New Morning Market *  Hickcox Funeral Home *  Percy Thompson Meadows *  Eagle Electric *  Anvil Artistry Custom Ironwork, Design & Fabrication *  True Value of Bethlehem *  Massage Therapy by Heather Palma *  Town Apothecary *  The Langin’s *  March Farm *  What Works *  Carragan Heating & Air Conditioning *  Waldron Masonry *  Schlegel’s Stonework

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The Winsted Penguin Plunge

The Winsted Penguin Plunge will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Highland Lake Boat Launch, 278 Lake St., Winsted, CT 06098. This is the “largest grass roots fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics CT.”

Entrants, who must be 8 years old or more, are asked to raise a minimum of $100 each to participate in the Penguin Plunge, but there are great incentive prizes for those who meet higher fundraising levels. Those who do not want to take the plunge can still participate in the fundraising effort. Entrants are asked to raise their funds early enough to bring them the day of the event.

Register online at for a free event T shirt. Costumes are encouraged. Get a printable registration form at

The Plunge day schedule is as follows:

10:00 am  Registration

12:00 noon  Plunge

1:00 pm  Awards for fundraisers, best costumes and other festivities.

Proceeds from the Penguin Plunge will support 13,000 athletes in Special Olympics CT in their year-round training in 27 different sports.

For more information call (203)230-1201 ext 264 or email

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The Human Dog Sled Race

The Human Dog Sled Race will be held Friday night, February 9, 2018, at Satre Hill (Ski Jumps), Indian Cave Road, Salisbury, CT. The event is part of Jumpfest 2018 (see Jumpfest profile) and is sponsored by the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA). The Human Dog Sled Race begins at the conclusion of the Ski Jumping Under the Lights (approximately 8:30 pm).

The entry fee is $25 per six-person team- the $15 per person entry fee into Jumpfest is waived for team members.

The Human Dog Sled team consists of six people- five pullers and one rider pulling a sled of the team’s own design. The course is approximately 3/10’s of a mile long, using the outrun (the expanse where jumpers come to a stop).

Teams compete in timed, two-team races, and the two fastest times in each category will run a second race for the trophy. There will be three categories: men, women and mixed (at least one female puller).

The race-night schedule is as follows:

Ticket booth for Jumpfest opens at 6:00 pm. Team members should arrive early enough before start time to allow for organizing people and equipment, signing in and paying.

Event begins approximately at 8:30 pm, depending on when ski jumping ends.

Awards after race completion. Trophies will be awarded to first place winners for men, women and mixed divisions. There will also be a People’s Choice award for the best sled/ costume design.

Important notice: This event comes with risk. Participants should be reasonably fit. Also, occasionally during a race, a puller may fall and their sled may strike or slide over them. Although teams have wide latitude in designing their sled, please consider using a smooth bottomed design or better yet an air-filled design such as a large inner tube which would be less painful than a steel runnered sled, for example. The harness design also deserves consideration. A system where a falling puller can simply “let go” is preferable to a harness where all pullers are “locked in”- if they fall, they get dragged by the other pullers.

All team members must sign a liability release.

New entrants should email for more information. To pre-register, again email

Proceeds from the Human Dog Sled Race will benefit SWSA’s junior ski programs.

For more information about jumpfest or SWSA visit

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