To the Editor:

On behalf of the New Milford Parks & Recreation Department, we would like to thank all of those involved with the 42nd annual 8-mile and seventh annual Village Fair Days 5K road races.

These events were held July 25 with a record breaking 707 registered runners.

The tremendous support from our wonderful community, along with the hard working staff at Parks & Recreation, is the reason we are able to continue to offer elite and recreational runners the opportunity to compete against their peers on New Milford's beautiful country roads.

We would like to warm up by thanking the hundreds of runners, many of whom have faithfully returned each year, for making the races this year the most successful to date.

We certainly admire your determination to conquer these challenging courses and are inspired by your successes.

Your talent and love of running is what motivates us to continually strive to make this a safe and wonderful event for you to enjoy.

We would like to thank the entire staff at the Parks & Recreation Department, the parks maintenance staff, the Public Works Department, the New Milford Police Department and New Milford Ambulance for providing a well organized and safe event.

Of course, the race would not be possible without the support of our many sponsors.

We would like to thank our major sponsors, Union Savings Bank, the medical and dental staff of New Milford Hospital, O & G Industries and People's Bank for their financial support.

Many thanks also to our other financial sponsors including Webster Bank, Lillis Funeral Home, Cecilia Buck-Taylor Attorney at Law, Candlewood Valley Pediatrics, Pineman Signs, Savings Bank of Danbury and the Village Center Organization.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their valuable contributions: Road ID, Walmart, Big Y, The Cookhouse and Holiday Restaurant, which provided gift certificates as door prizes.

Our non-monetary sponsors who provided needed items for our runners include The Peanut Board, California Raisin Board, Hazelnut Marketing Board, Triple Springs Water, Kimberly-Clark, Stop & Shop, Northville Market, H & H Taylor and Son, The Athlete's Foot, Costco, Stew Leonards and Spectro Oil.

As always, the pre-race and race publicity provided by The Greater New Milford Spectrum, The News-Times and The Housatonic Times provides tremendous coverage and wonderful photos.

We would like to recognize the fine services rendered by Marty Carlson Sound System and announcer Brent Hawkins.

We would like to thank the band, Last Place Victory from Norwalk, for getting up very early and volunteering their time to entertain the runners and volunteers before the race for the third year in a row.

They also performed at a water stop along the 8-mile course. The music was certainly enjoyed by all and we hope they continue to be part of the race tradition.

And to our many, many volunteers who have given generously of their time and effort at registration, the finish line, refreshments, water stops, timing, entertainment and traffic and safety, our heartfelt thanks.

We would like to thank all the fans who cheered for all the runners, and those people along the route who provided hoses, water, music and encouragement.

As we approach the "Finish Line," we want to once again express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who made race day our most successful to date.

And, finally, to the runners who were so inspirational and made our races so exciting and worthwhile, many thanks.

See you all on July 31, 2010.

Michelle Gasiewski

Race coordinator

Dan Calhoun

Director, Parks & Recreation,

New Milford