Sporting A Cause

Tag Archives: Winsted Connecticut

The Gilbert School , 4th Annual 5K Fun Run

The Gilbert School  4th Annual 5K Fun Run will be held Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Van Why Field, The Gilbert School, 200 Williams Avenue, Winsted, CT  06098.

The event includes both a 1/4 mile Kiddie Dash and the 5K which will be run on the school’s cross country course.

Pre-register at, click on “Athletics” and to find mail in registration forms. Pre-registration ends May 1st.

Entry fee for adults is $25, after May 1st and race day $30. Every registrant receives a great race memento.

Students 18 years old and under $15, after May 1st and race day $20.

Gilbert students $10

Ages 2-11, Kiddie Dash $5.

Send check and registration to:

Gilbert Athletic Dept.

200 Williams Ave.

Winsted, CT 06098

Race Day Schedule:

8:30 am  Registration

9:15 am  Kiddie Dash

10:00 am  5K Race

Awards, fruit and water after the race.

Awards to top male and female finishers in each of five age groups, top male and female Gilbert students, top male and female Gilbert faculty members and ribbons to all Kiddie Dash participants.

For questions about the race email Gilbert AD Donny Crossman at

Thanks to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for their generous support.

Posted in:

“Freezin for a Reason” Season

It’s “Freezin for a Reason” Season.

As the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen, so goes the old timers’ adage. We know that winter has a ways to go- it is still skiing, skating, basketball and now…cold water diving season.

Crazy folks throughout the world jump into frigid waters for all sorts of reasons- traditions, celebrations, rites of passage, supposed health benefits, but it is a particularly American trait to endure this kind of discomfort for charity.

But be careful what you call it. Both “Polar Plunge” and Polar Bear Plunge” have been trademarked by Special Olympics.

Three such events are coming up soon to a body of water near you in the sportingAcause Tri-state area.

The format is pretty much the same for all of them- entrants fundraise in the days and weeks before the event and bring a certain minimum amount to the event to qualify to plunge. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to participate.

On March 2nd, the Winsted Penguin Plunge, billed as the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut, will be held at the Highland Lake Boat Launch in Winsted.

Then on March 30th and 31st, the Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held on Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield. Now this event takes winter discomfort to a whole new level. In addition to the conventional plunge on March 31st, especially masochistic enthusiasts, who have raised a minimum of $1,000, have earned the right to plunge once an hour starting on March 30th for 24 consecutive hours. Their 24th and final plunge coincides with the one-timers. Now that’s dedication! This event supports Special Olympics Massachusetts.

On April 7th, the Spring Splash will be held at The Grove on Lakeville Lake in Lakeville, CT. This event supports two popular local causes- the Jane Lloyd Fund and the John Rice Scholarship Fund. I must note that 50% of the entrants for Spring Splash are high school students from area public and private schools. Way to go Kids!

By the way, you don’t have to submerge yourself in frigid waters to participate- go to one or more of these events and watch the fun from high ground. Donations are always appreciated.

By the time the Spring Splash wraps up, who knows, maybe we’ll be golfin!

Til next time.


Posted in: Uncategorized

Highland Lake 10K Road Race

The Highland Lake 10K Road Race will run Saturday, October 6, 2018 next to the boat launch on Highland Lake in Winsted, CT.

The race is a USATF sanctioned event and course.

Port-O-lets available.

No boat launch parking.

Timing by Greystone Electronics Corp.

The race day schedule is as follows:

10:00 am Race begins (visit for registration time)

Awards and door prizes after races

Awards will be presented to the top three overall winners, both male and female as well as the top finisher, male and female in each of nine age categories.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will go to USATF.

For more information visit

Posted in:

Possum Queen Golf Classic

The Possum Queen Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Greenwoods Country Club, 300 Torringford St., Winsted, CT.

Entry fee for the 18 hole, four person scramble format event is $110 per person which includes green fees, cart, on-course contests, prizes, awards and dinner. There is a dinner only option for $35.

Contests include closest to the pin, closest to the line, longest drive and hole in one. There is also a putting contest and raffle.

Registration is in advance only and must be received by July 24th. Make checks payable to : Possum Queen Foundation

P.O. Box 1865

Litchfield, CT 06759

Sponsorship opportunities range from $200 to $2,000.

For registration, sponsorship and other tournament information contact:

DJ Murphy (860) 836-0829 or email

Or Lesley Budny (860) 307-8098 or email

The tournament day schedule is as follows:

10:30-11:00 am Registration

11:30 am Shotgun start

5:00 pm Dinner, awards and raffle drawing after tournament.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Possum Queen Foundation whose mission is to support families and individuals that incur severe extended medical hardship.

Posted in: