2019 Hoppin Hodges 5K

We returned to the Hoppin Hodges 5K, which has been an Easter Day tradition for us. Dating back to the inaugural edition in 2012, we have done many of these rail trail runs.

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All of the proceeds (pay what you want) goes to the Friends of Valley Falls, an organization that the late James Hodges, for whom the race is named, was very invested in. The race is organized by Janit Romayko, Jame’s spouse. She said that James’ favorite place to walk/run was the Vernon Depot, which is the start/finish of the race.

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Our family spends a lot of time on the Hop River State Park Trail, so this was a normal day for us. Platt Systems did the timing as a donation, so thank you to them. Also thanks to everyone else who donated to support the event. The farm next to Valley Falls Park is one of my favorite places. I grew up in Vernon and it is an iconic and beautiful location.

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It would have been nice to have some sunshine, but the past few days have been very wet and overcast. It’s looking a bit grim for late-April, but that’s how it goes in New England. We will probably transition straight from winter to summer and skip over spring. It’s been eight days since the Traprock 50K+, and my legs are still a bit stiff. It felt good to stretch them out a bit with a 5K on one of my favorite trails.

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