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Ride to End ALZ Summer Challenge

The Ride to End ALZ Summer Challenge will be held virtually Sunday, September 29, 2021.

The event is organized by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Ride to End ALZ is a cycling event for a range of riders, whether you’re a novice cyclist or avid enthusiast.

Select a distance between 10-100 miles that pushes you to earn a medal you will cherish.

With each mile, participants will fuel cutting-edge research targeted to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.

Also note the  Ride to End ALZ will be a part of the Northwest CT Walk to End Alzheimer’s event at Lime Rock Park on Sunday, September 19th which you can find elsewhere in this calendar.

To register for the Ride go to :

The goal for this year’s Ride is $250,000.


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IMSA Northeast Grand Prix

IMSA Northeast Grand Prix will be held July 16 – 17, 2021 at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT.

The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship is one of the premier sports car racing series in the United States and Canada organized by the International Motor Sports Association or IMSA for short. The series competes at some of North America’s most recognized sports car venues, including Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix held on July 16-17, 2021. The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship features multiple classes of awe-inspiring sports cars racing on the track at the same time, making for seemingly endless passing throughout the race. The majority of the races are timed races of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

  • In the premier WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class, race-bred cars from factory and privateer teams battle for the overall win. This exciting class includes factory teams from Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Ferrari and BMW
  • In the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class, GT3-spec race cars join the party this year, including Lamborghini, McLaren, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, Lexus and Acura NSX. Another exotic, hard-racing field
  • The Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport class welcomes GT4-spec cars, which means in addition to the Porsche Caymans GT4, Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros, you also now have fantastic factory-prepped machines from makers such as McLaren and Aston Martin
  • The Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class is made up of front-wheel drive cars with four or five doors produced by mainstream automotive manufacturers

2021 Event Schedule


  • Thursday, July. 15: General Camping & Reserved RV Opens at 12:00 P.M.
  • Friday, July. 16: Practice and Qualifying
  • Saturday, July. 17: Racing
  • Sunday, July. 18: Camping/RV Closes at 12:00 P.M.

Event Tickets & Passes

At Lime Rock Park, Veterans and Active Military receive FREE General Admission into all major racing events. Thank you for your service! Please bring proof of service to ticketing booths upon arrival.

Youths 16 and under are FREE at all major racing events. General outfield parking, courtesy golf cart shuttle rides and paddock access are FREE too.
Tickets are available at the gate or in advance, except for Friday only tickets. Advance ticket prices available until one week prior to the event (July, 9th). Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or mailed in advance.

IMSA Northeast Grand Prix Holiday Ends 1/1/21 Advanced Ends 7/9/21 Gate
 Friday Practice & Qualifying, July 16 $40
 Saturday, July 17 $45 $70 $80
 Weekend, July 16-17 $60 $85 $110
 Race Day Fan Hospitality – Saturday

($170 w/o General Admission)

$240 $240
 Trackside Reserved RV $300 $300
 Non-Trackside Reserved RV $150 $150
 Tent Camping $30 $30
 General Camping $50 $50
 Family Camping $60 $60
 Trackside Camping $125 $125
 Race Day Guaranteed Infield Parking $25 $25
 Race Day Car Corral $30 $30
 Race Day Cabana $350 $350
 Race Day Park Pavilion Pass $40 $40


For more information, call a customer service representative Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm EST at 860.435.5000.

Camping at IMSA

Pack up the tent or load up the RV and be part of the most exciting weekends in the Northeast. CLICK HERE for more information about Camping at Lime Rock Park during IMSA’s Northeast Grand Prix.

Enhanced Experiences & Upgrades

If you’re ready to attend to the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix Weekend racing event at Lime Rock and want to increase your comfort level, add something unique to your experience. From the VIP Fan Hospitality Tent to your own Semi-Private Cabana, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the Northeast Grand Prix in style. CLICK HERE for more information about enhanced experiences and upgrade options.

Now that you know what your options are, click on the links up top to purchase the tickets and passes that are right for you. Prefer to speak with a person? Call us at 1 (860) 435-5000 – we’re here to help!

The Alzheimer’s Association is Lime Rock Park’s signature charity for 2021. The Park also supports other local causes throughout the year

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Round Hill 98th Annual Highland Games

The Round Hill 98th Annual Highland Games will be held Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT 06039.

The games offer family fun and festivities for Scots and Scots-At-Heart.

The Games are open to the public, and are held rain or shine. Tickets are $20 for adults ticket and $15 for children. Also military and vets with ID and their families are free. Kids enter for free if they are wearing a kilt and carrying a toy sword or dressed as Merida from the Disney movie “Brave.” All proceeds are collected by the Round Hill organization for benevolence and to preserve Scottish heritage, and to support the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter.


9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Round Hill Highland Games are the third oldest games of its type in the United States. Since 2016, the games have been held at Lime Rock Park. The original location was at the estate of Charles A. Moore on Round Hill Road in Greenwich, CT. At that time, they were held on the fourth of July for the estate workers who were mostly Scottish Americans. Since its beginning in 1923, the event has grown in popularity and today, is one of the most anticipated Scottish Highland Games held in the Northeast. Participants and visitors come from all over the country to enjoy the food, fun and festivities.

Experience Scottish heritage through clans, heavy athletes, bands, pipers, drummers and drum majors, and so much more, including:

  • Amateur Heavyweight Competitions
  • Scottish Food & Drink
  • Scottish Merchandise, Jewelry and Clothing
  • Clan and Heritage Society Gatherings
  • Piping and Drumming Competitions
  • Children’s Scottish Sporting Competitions
  • Adult Kilted Mile Run

For more information, visit

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The Longest Day

The Longest Day will be held Sunday, June 20, 2021. This is an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. And it’s the day the Alzheimer’s Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support and research.

Have you registered for The Longest Day yet? Participants who raise $200 between March 11 and April 1 will earn this purple picnic blanket! Register today and get access to tips and tools to kickoff your fundraising:

The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice. On June 20th, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice.

For more information call 1 800 272-3900.

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Ride to End Alzheimer’s Spring Challenge

The Ride to End Alzheimer’s Spring Challenge will be held Sunday, April 18, 2021. This event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Ride to End ALZ is a cycling event for a range of riders, whether you’re a novice cyclist or avid enthusiast. Select a distance between 10-100 miles that pushes you to earn a medal you will cherish. With each mile, participants will fuel cutting-edge research targeted to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.

This event is for those that want to ride for the cause without traveling! Choose to ride indoors or outdoors near you. Registration is free and fundraising is encouraged, but not required.

To register go here:

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Columbia Greene 2020

The 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Columbia Greene will be held October 17, 2020.

To register go to

Schedule of virtual events:

9:30 am  Watch the Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony on Mainstage

Then   Walk wherever you like

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  Experience the view-only planted Promise Garden
Columbia-Greene Community College | Hudson , NY 12414

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering, but we are still walking — and calling on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail. On event day, we invite you to participate in small, safe teams while others in your community do the same.

While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise funds that will advance the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association by enabling critical care and support services and advancing research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.

How to Participate in 3 Easy Steps:

Register for your local Walk.
Sign up as a Team Captain, team member or individual.

Start fundraising and spread the word.
We’ll provide tips and coaching every step of the way, including easy ways to raise funds online.

Join us on Walk day.
Take part in an interactive online experience, then walk in your community.

Have a question? Please refer to our FAQ/Website Help page.


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Ride to End ALZ is Virtual for 2020

The Ride to End ALZ will be held virtually on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

Originally a Texas event, anyone anywhere can now participate.

“While we can’t all be together in person on October 11th in Texas, as we had originally planned – we are so inspired by your commitment and dedication to this cause. We have had to adjust our plan to fit social distancing, but right now safe and solo biking is encouraged – so let’s do this! You can now register for this virtual event for free and fundraising is encouraged, but not required. You can earn some special rider perks that we will send you, in advance, and then it’s time for us all to get creative for what the ride plan will look like on October 11th. We will ride together in spirit, even if we can’t be together in person.”

To register go to :

You likely are interested in the Ride to End ALZ because supporting those facing Alzheimer’s and all other dementia is important to you. If you or anyone you love needs information or support, the Alzheimer’s Association is here and available to help with:



Saturday, October 10th

  •   5 p.m. CST: Virtual Happy Hour for Top Fundraisers

Sunday, October 11th

  •   8 – 8:30 a.m. CST: LIVE Starting Line Ceremony Online
  •   8:30 – 10:30 a.m. CST: Ride with us indoors on Zwift or outdoors on your own.



We will have a LIVE starting line ceremony online at 8 a.m. CST on Sunday, October 11th and we invite all riders (indoors and outdoors) to join us at that time; details to be emailed to all registrants. If you qualify, we will send you your Ride to End ALZ jersey and any other perks, in advance, so you can wear them proudly the day of the Ride.

Every registrant that raises at least $100 by October 1st is guaranteed to receive a bib number, medal and t-shirt by mail and if you choose to fundraise more, you can even earn the Ride to End ALZ jersey to wear proudly on the day of the event. Perks will also be sent following the event to any late registrants, but October 1st is the guaranteed shipping date to receive your perks prior to the event.



8:30a.m. CST – 10:30am. CST

  •   Join us in our Zwift event to ride together in this virtual reality wonderland.
  •   You can ride for 5 minutes or the entire 2 hours!

(you must join the Zwift event in this first 30-minutes to follow along)


We are REALLY going virtual.

  •   Ride along with our livestream Virtual Reality broadcast on Zwift featuring Dave Towle and Nathan Guerra.
  •   Fundraise while riding.
  •   Live Rider Check-In with ALZ’s own CEO, Harry Johns, and others as we talk shop about the ALZ mission.

No Smart Trainer? No problem. While a Smart Trainer is ideal it is NOT 100% necessary to participate in the virtual ride. Please check back for our virtual platform details and we will also be sending it out once you register and choose the indoor route option.

Once you register,

  •   You will receive an email with specific instructions relating to your virtual ride experience. These details will walk you through easily connecting and participating in the event from your living room, your garage, or wherever you choose!
  •   We will also schedule a call for anyone who needs assistance with troubleshooting. Technology can be scary!



Choose a ride in your area that is safe to ride at a distance that is right for you!

  • 10-miles
  • 25-miles
  • 50-miles
  • 75-miles
  • 100-miles

Choose a place that you can safely ride on Sunday, October 11th – we are challenging you to be creative! Start a team and get a few friends to join you on event day! Plan to join us for the LIVE starting line ceremony and we ask that you take three photos to share: one before you start your ride, one in the middle of your ride at a quick rest stop and then when you finish we want to see you proudly wearing your medal! We will be sharing our ride photos through social media and tracking our ride day together!

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The Longest Day

The Longest Day will be celebrated Friday, June 20, 2020, worldwide.

Before Covid-19 made virtual events mandatory, the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated The Longest Day by encouraging supporters to spend the day doing whatever they most enjoyed- hiking, biking, barbequing.. as they raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s.

Virtual events used to require an explanation about how the process works, but I think everybody pretty much has it down by now. Hold your fundraiser wherever and however you want on the 20th while raising important funds for a worthy cause.

To register for The Longest Day, to get event ideas, to set up a fundraising page or to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association visit:

The Alzheimer’s Association’s ultimate goal- the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.

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I was wrong

I was wrong.

I’ve said it many times – for non-profits,  volunteers are second in importance only to donations- money first, volunteers second.

Saturday, Development Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association- CT Chapter Tina Hogan set me straight.

” I couldn’t accomplish anything without volunteers,” she said, ” They are more important than anything”. She made her point by listing a dozen tasks that volunteers perform- office volunteers, community representatives, graphic/web design, community educators, special events, and more. “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes 50 to 100 volunteers alone” Tina told me.

And that was why Tina and her crew were at the Falls Village Inn this past Saturday- for the Alzheimer’s Association Leap into Action Volunteer Kickoff to recruit help for a busy upcoming season of activities and beyond. And they were successful – 25 folks came and signed up to help!

Some of them no doubt will be lending a hand for The Longest Day (June 21st) and The Walk to End Alzheimer’s which will be held for the first time at Lime Rock Park in October. LRP has chosen the Alzheimer’s Association as its signature charity this year.

You will be able to find the details of both events on

Evidence shows that people want to help out charities, both through donations and volunteerism, but often don’t know where to start. Here’s how: email and offer your services. They can use all skill sets. Or contact another local charity whose mission is dear to your heart. They can all use the help.


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Connecticut Sun Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

Connecticut Sun Alzheimer’s Awareness Night will be held Friday, August 23, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT 06382.

The Connecticut Sun will play the Las Vegas Aces.

Game time 7:30 pm.

Purchase your CT Sun vs. Las Vegas Aces tickets on Ticketmaster today and get ready to wear your best purple gear for a summer SLAM and giveaways presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Association will also be the recipient for the 50/50 of the night!

Tickets are available in section 114 for $16.

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