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Friday, October 15, 2010

Wicked Good 5K Run

From John Bysiewicz ....

Road races and family-friendly activities will highlight The Connection Fund’s inaugural Wicked Good 5K Run, Walk and Family Festival on Sunday, October 31, at 10 a.m. at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park. JB Sports, organizer of the New Haven Road Race on Labor Day, estimates that 500 runners and walkers will participate this first year. Primary sponsors are Aetna, Wiggin and Dana LLP, and Chabaso Bakery.

Proceeds will benefit The Connection, a non-profit human services agency that serves children and adult in Greater New Haven and statewide.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three female and male finishers in nine age categories: 12 and under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; and 80 and over.

Finishers in the half-mile noncompetitive fun run, open to ages 12 and under, will receive ribbons.

The best individual costumes for kids and adults as determined by a panel of judges will receive awards.

Shirts will be given to all pre-registered walkers and runners, and the first 100 raceday entrants.

The event also includes food, drinks and activities, including games, face painting and free rides on Lighthouse Point Park’s carousel. The entry fee for the 5K walk or run is $22 before Oct. 30, and $25 on raceday. The cost for the kids run fun is $9 before Oct. 30, or $10 at the door.

Entrants can register at, by calling 203-481-5933, or in person at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 31.

“We created the Wicked Good Race and Festival because we recognize the charitable-mindedness of the running community,” states Peter Nucci, President and CEO of The Connection Fund. “It’s our hope that runners and walkers and their families will attend the event, and even participate in costume, if they’d like.” The theme of the race, “Because poverty can be scary,” was selected since many local individuals and families served by The Connection “have been gripped by poverty and prevented from progressing in life,” according to Nucci, who added that his agency “has a strong track record since 1972, of helping people in Connecticut become valued, productive citizens.” The Connection serves 2,000 children and adults monthly in Greater New Haven through its supportive housing, behavioral health, community justice, and women and children’s programs



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