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Age Before Beauty 13th Annual Cross Country 5K

The Age Before Beauty 13th Annual Cross Country 5K will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at the White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, CT.

The race is a USATF/CT Grand Prix event.

Please park at Sawmill Field- there will be no roadside parking allowed.

The cross country course may be rocky and muddy with exposed roots.

The entry fee is $16 per person if received on or before Nov 4th. It is $20 thereafter. To pre-register go to greystoneracing.net for a printable entry form, and mail with check to:

Greystone Electronics

119 Harmony Hill Road

Harwinton, CT 06791

The race day schedule is as follows:

Arrive early enough to register.

9:00 am Race begins

Awards after race.

Timing is by Greystone Racing.

Awards will go to the top three male and female overall finishers as well as the top male and female finisher in each of six age categories.

Some of the proceeds from the race will go to USA Track & Field CT to help fund their programs.

For more information visit greystoneracing.net.

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5K Monster Dash

The 5K Monster Dash will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 White Hall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759.

This race, which is presented by Center Subaru, replaces the Zombie Chase Challenge. It is the fourth and final race of the Northwest CT YMCA Grand Prix Race Series. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes and can choose among a 5K Run, a 2 – Mile Walk and the 1 Mile Kids Run.

The 5K Monster Dash no longer has the “flag football” feature – it is a straight 5K run.

Children 12 and under have the choice of running the adult course accompanied by an adult or taking the 1 mile option.

To register visit nwcty.org/trailrun and click on “Register” bar.

Entry Fees:

5K runners $20; after Oct. 23rd $25; Race Day $30.

Walking 2 Mile $20; after Oct. 23rd $25; Race Day $30.

Runners 1Mile $10 (for runners 12 years old and under).

Free T shirts for adults if registered by Oct. 23rd.

Race day Schedule:

8:00 – 8:55 am Packet pickup and race day registration

9:00 am Race and Walk begin

Refreshments and awards after races.

Prizes awarded to overall winners, male and female, as well as top finishers in age groups. There is also a prize for best costume.

Proceeds from the race will benefit YMCA charitable services to help deserving individuals and families with membership and program fees.

The 5K Monster Dash is the final event in the Grand Prix series benefiting the NWCT YMCA. The other races were the WYLD Obstacle Run in June; the Canaan Railroad Days Run in July and the 5K Highland Hustle in October. Please go to the Running/Walking Calendar to learn more about these races.

For more information visit nwcty.org/trailrun.

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Beautiful Places

Have you noticed how quickly time has passed by this year? Seasons seem only to last a month or so, then gone- especially autumn. Already October is half over, and leaf-viewing opportunities are fading. We’ll have to hustle if we want to capture the glory of the Tri-State’s most precious time of year.

And we have some recommendations for where to see it all. These are the beautiful places often mentioned in sportingAcause- the venues where so many walks and runs take place throughout the year. They are the parks and trails where folks can safely run and walk often without venturing onto a highway and maybe take in their surroundings as they pass by.

The White Memorial Conservation Center is one, with 40 miles of trails within 4,000 acres of woodlands, fields, rivers and wetlands in Litchfield, CT. Learn more at whitememorialcc.org.

Another is the Walkway Over the Hudson, a converted rail road trestle which spans high above the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dozens of walks and 5K’s are held here every year. In fact a Walk To End Alzheimer’s and a Walk To Defeat ALS will be held there this Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Take part in one and view the river vistas at the same time. Visit walkway.org for details.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail and the tongue-twisting Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, in Millerton, NY and Cheshire, MA respectively, offer miles of paved pathways with gorgeous views. Visit hvrt.org and mass.gov/locations/ashuwillticook-rail-trail for more info.

And here are some more candidates for great autumn viewing:

Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck, NY,   ferncliffforest.org

Barbour Woods, Norfolk, CT

Peach Hill Park,   Poughkeepsie, NY peach-hill-park.org

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA mass.gov/locations/pittsfield-state-forest

Brodie Park, New Hartford, CT, town.new-hartford.ct.us/recreation-department/pages/brodie-park

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA , massaudubon.org

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Making Strides of Litchfield County Walk Against Breast Cancer

The Making Strides of Litchfield County Walk Against Breast Cancer will be held Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT.

Nationally, over 1.4 million people will participate in Making Strides events this year, and more than $60 million will be raised. The Litchfield County Making Strides will be one of hundreds taking place around the country.

The event is free, but participants are asked to fundraise as individuals or teams.

To learn how to become a fundraiser or join a team visit

The walk is non-competitive and from 3 to 5 miles long.

The walk day schedule is as follows:

11:30 am Registration

12:00 noon   Survivors Luncheon

12:30 pm Warm ups

12:45 pm Opening Ceremonies

1:00 pm Walk begins

Entertainment , food trucks after the walk.

Proceeds from the event will be used “to fund innovative research, provide free information and support programs to patients and caregivers and to help reduce breast cancer risks or find it early”.

To learn how to register, form a team or fundraise for the event call Amber Dunphy at (203) 379-4738 or email at litchfieldctstrides@cancer.org .

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

National Presenting Sponsor

Avon

Local Sponsors

Center Subaru

FM 97.3 WZBG

O & G Industries

Torrington Savings Bank

Utitec Inc.

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Connecticut Tour Des Farms

The Connecticut Tour Des Farms bike tour will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 starting at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759.

You can choose between two rides, 16 miles or 26 miles both of which will take you to farms in Goshen, Litchfield and Morris. The tours will make farm stops where you can purchase produce, chocolate, wine and more. A Tour van will take your purchases back to the White Memorial starting point. Short sections of the Tour will use unpaved dirt roads.

Register o line at ctrcd.org/tourdesfarms/registration.

The Tour, which will be held rain or shine, is sponsored by Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development.

Registration fee for the Tour is $65 for adults and $25 for children 13-18. There are several lunch options for an additional $20.

T shirts are guaranteed for registrants by Sept. 14th. The fee includes $5 “Crop Cash” and admission to the Pie Fest.

Tour day schedule:

8:00 am – 2:00 pm Ride

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pie Fest.

Proceeds from the Tour will fund CRCD’s conservation and agricultural projects.

For more information, including helmet and other requirements, visit ctrcd.org.

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Litchfield Cross Country Challenge 36th Annual 5K and 2K

The Litchfield Cross Country Challenge 36th Annual 5K and 2K will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT.

The 5K and Kids 2K races are sponsored by the Litchfield Parks and Recreation and hosted by the Litchfield Track Club.

The entry fee is $15 if pre-registered by Sept. 20th ($20 day of the race). The first 40 entrants will receive souvenirs. To get a registration form visit townoflitchfield.org, click to Litchfield Parks and Recreation to download form.

Entry forms are also available at the following locations: Murphy’s Pharmacy, Litchfield Community Center, The Village restaurant and Sportsmen’s of Litchfield. Make checks payable and mail to:

Litchfield Parks and Recreation

P.O. Box 12

Bantam, CT 06750

Timing will be provided by Sunstroke Timing.

The race day schedule is as follows:

8:30 am Registration

9:00 am 2K Kid’s Race begins (for kids 18 and under)

9:30 am 5K begins

Awards after.

Homemade honey prizes will go to male and female winners in five age categories.

Any proceeds from the race will benefit Litchfield Parks and Recreation.

For more information call (860) 567-7569.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Litchfield, CT 2018

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Litchfield, CT will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT.

The Litchfield Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of 600 such events taking place around the country.

There is no entry fee for this 2 mile event, although registration is required and participants are asked to make a personal donation and encouraged to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association either as individuals or as part of a team. To register, visit alz.org/walk.

Registrants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a T-shirt. All registrants will receive a wrist band and a Promise Garden flower.

The event day schedule is as follows:

11:30 am Registration and T-shirt pickup (if eligible), receive wrist band and Garden Promise flower.

12:30 pm Ceremony

1:00 pm Walk begins

Food trucks, live music and more afterwards.

Last year’s Walk raised $107,000. This year’s goal is $117,000.

Proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter which supports research and funds programs and services to families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

To register for the Walk, volunteer or learn more about the event or the Alzheimer’s Association call Tina Hogan at (860) 828-2828 or email her at thogan@alz.org.

Thank you to these generous sponsors

National Presenting Sponsor

Edward Jones

Statewide Sponsors

Benchmark Senior Living

Hartford HealthCare

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care

Standard Oil

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Walk in the Woods for Parkinson’s, 7th Annual

The Walk in the Woods for Parkinson’s, 7th Annual, will be held Sunday, August 26, 2018 at White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT. The event which will be held rain or shine, is sponsored by the Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group (TAPSG).

There are three walks: .6 miles, .9 miles and 2 miles

The entry fee for the walk is $20 per person. If you register before Aug. 10th, you get a free T-shirt. You are also encouraged to form a team and solicit donations for the cause. Go to torringtonparkinsonssupportgroup.com to learn more about that.

To register online or to get a printout form go to walkforpd.org. Mail check (payable to: TAPSG) and mail to:

TAPSG

P.O. Box 521

185 East Elm St.

Torrington, CT 06790

But there’s more than walking at work here. People are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy before, during and after the event. There will also be a variety of activities starting at noon including games, raffle, sales, entertainment and more.

The walk day schedule is as follows:

11:30 am – Noon Family Picnics and Parkinson’s awareness

Noon   Registration, if pre-registered pick up T-shirt, Activities begin.

1:00 pm Walk begins

2:00 pm Celebration ceremony, Prizes and Announcements

3:00 pm Family picnic continues, area clean up.

Proceeds from the walk will benefit both area people with Parkinson’s and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Research.

The Mission of the Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group is to maximize strength, minimize disability and achieve and maintain full potential of people with Parkinson’s and their caretakers.

Last year 300 walkers raised $20,000.

To learn more, call Susan at (860) 489-1677, visit walkforpd.org or torringtonparkinsonssupportgroup.com.

Thank you to the following generous sponsors:

Torrington Savings Bank

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Ryan Gleeson Funeral Home

Torrington-Winsted Rotary Club

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The  Zombie Chase Challenge

The  Zombie Chase Challenge will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, CT.

This is a fun event for the whole family where a 5K run meets flag football, but without the contact.

Participants can join as either a “Human”, a “Zombie” or a “Jumper”.  The task of the Human is to complete the 5K course while keeping as many of their three flags as possible. The Zombies’ job is to also complete the course (they start 2 minutes after the humans) while capturing as many Human flags as possible. The Zombies cannot touch the humans other than taking a flag. The jumpers lurk along the course to jump out and scare the runners while trying to capture flags.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, and there will be a makeup artist on hand to add to the ghoulish effect.

 

Children 12 and under have the choice of running the adult course accompanied by an adult or taking the 1 mile option.

Cost of the event is $30 for adults and $10 for children.

The race starts at 11:00 am.

Proceeds from the race will benefit YMCA charitable services to help deserving individuals and families with membership and program fees.

The Zombie Chase Challenge is the final event in the Grand Prix  series benefiting the NWCT YMCA. The other races are the WYLD Obstacle Run, June 24th; the Canaan Railroad Days Run, July 16th; the Stronger Women, Stronger World 5K Obstacle Race, Aug. 5th and the Highland Lake 10K, Oct. 7th. Please go to the Running/Walking Calendar to learn more about these races.

For more information visit nwcty.org. or call (860) 824-2790.

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