Ray Crothers Memorial 5K Run

Today was the 1st Annual Ray Crothers Memorial 5K Run. We had so many racing options today. The Groton Forest Trail Race was in Massachusetts. The Bimbler’s Bluff 50 Kilometer Trail Race (Connecticut’s only trail ultra) was in Guilford. We decided to stay close to home and take turns racing. Debbie ran and I played the role of Sherpa Dad for the running race. Then, I did the Hartford Cyclocross later in the day, while Deb handled the parenting duties.

The Start.

Ray Crothers was a legendary Connecticut runner who passed away in 2008. All proceeds from the race benefitted the Central Connecticut State University Ray Crothers Scholarship Fund. Ray was an alumnus.

Ray remembered.

We carted the whole family over to Wickham Park for a classic cross-country race.  The morning weather was gorgeous, after yesterday’s wash out. The course was wet in spots, but Debbie had fun in her first official comeback race after giving birth five weeks ago. We had beautiful sunshine and the leaves are just past peak. That combination made for some great photographs. It was a wonderful reunion for many of Ray’s old friends. His partner from The Run In, John Vitale, was the honorary race starter. Ray’s wife, Robin, spoke eloquently about Ray’s passion for running, community service, and his devotion to his customers.

Lovely Leaves.

What a tree!

Debbie said she felt slow, but I guess that is to be expected. She will improve every time she runs. I once heard someone answer the question, “How do you run 100 miles?” They said, “One step at a time.” Today’s race was only 5 kilometers, but it is part of the process of rebuilding her fitness to pre-pregnancy levels. The race was won by Manchester native, Drew Best. Mark Hixson was second. Ashley Reichelt of Manchester was the women’s winner in 19:34. The race results show 108 adult finishers. The Hartford Courant’s Lori Riley was at the race, and sporting a Soapstone Mountain Trail Race t-shirt. She posted a report on her own blog, “Running Around Connecticut.” Last week, Lori posted an update about Deb’s pregnancy. Earlier this year, she wrote a newspaper article about Deb’s running. From my perspective, the event was a great success. Ray had a lot of friends running in his memory today.

Debbie Livingston kicks it to the finish.

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Race Results

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