It's time to run in Roxbury
2011 road-race series kicks off Saturday
Updated 11:36 am, Friday, February 18, 2011
The 35th season of Roxbury road races will kick off tomorrow (Saturday), Feb. 19 at 8:30 a.m. with a 2.4-mile event.
The races are sanctioned by the Roxbury Recreation Commission.
Start and finish for most events will be near Hurlburt Community Park on West Apple Lane.
Top runners based on a season-long points system will be awarded plaques after the Dec. 3 race. For information, call Bob Lewis at 203-240-0162 or Scott Benjamin at 860-210-2146 ext. 129, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check www.roxburyraces.net.
A race will be offered every Saturday through Dec. 3, except for July 30, when the 44th annual New Milford 8-mile run and Village Fair Days 5K will be held in conjunction with Village Fair Days.
The eighth annual Roxbury Marathon will conclude the 2011 campaign on Dec. 10. The Roxbury half-marathon will be held on Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m. The series also will feature the Larry Kershnar MidSpring Challenge, which will be held April 30 over a 4.3-mile course. The race is named in memory of a former director of the series.
The Bill Burley Mid Summer Championship will be held July 16 over a 5.0-mile course. That event is named after the founding head director.
The Bob Lewis MidAutumn Championship will be held on Nov. 5 over a 3.95-mile course. That race is named for the current head director, who has held the position since 1986.
The Two For A Show race will be held Sept. 10 over a 3.1-mile course to benefit a charity.
The Ed Sandifer race, named for an 11-time season champion, is scheduled Sept. 24. All of the races are free, except for the special events, where there would be be a $5 entry fee. The entry fees for the Roxbury Marathon and Half-Marathon will be determined in the near future. The series also will co-sponsor the 11th annual Run For A Cure 3-mile race on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.
The event starts and finishes near the Roxbury Congregational Church and will ask a $10 entry fee, with proceeds to benefit the cancer centers at the New Milford and Danbury hospitals and the Relay For Life.