BRISTOL - The 50th annual â€śMumathonâ€ť road races will support the efforts of the Veterans Strong Community Center to assist area veterans, service members and their families with getting connected to helpful information and support services.
The race, sponsored by Bristol Health and directed by Andrew Barton, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20, rain or shine. It will begin and end at St. Paul Catholic High School, located at 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Race day registration will be held from at 8:45 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
The first event, the Monster Mile, will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a wheelchair race at 10:10 a.m. The competitive 8K and 8-mile races will begin at 10:15 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costumes.
â€śWe are so very pleased and excited to continue our relationship with the Mum-A-Thon,â€ť said Veterans Strong Community Center Executive Director Donna Dognin. â€śTo be part of the 50th Anniversary is extra special and having Bristol Health onboard as a partner makes this such an honor. There will be plenty of fun activities for everyone. The Race committee is working tirelessly to make the 50th anniversary a real celebration of Bristol, the Mum season and the community.â€ť
Dognin said that the Mumathon is the Veterans Strong Community Centerâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year. The nonprofit organization is an information and resource center for veterans, service members and their families based in Bristol. It also serves the surrounding communities of Burlington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston and Wolcott.
Dognin said that, in 1970, Bristol held an 8-mile road race that brought in world class runners. This year, the 8-mile race will be back. The event will start with the â€śMonster Mile,â€ť a one-mile fun run and walk. There will then be an 8K competitive road race and 8-mile competitive road race. Both of the latter events are sanctioned by USA Track & Field.
Awards will be given for best Halloween costume for adult male, adult female, best male child and best female child as well as for the first Bristol resident to cross the finish line.
Standard 10-year age grouping awards are in effect for the 8K and 8-mile races, with the groups being 13 and under, 14 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70 and older. Winner in these categories receive trophies.
The top three male and female winners will receive a plaque and a glow-in-the-dark replica of the raceâ€™s mummy mascot. The top three male and female 8-mile race winners will receive cash prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.
The Race Committee will also be presenting a â€ś50-50-50â€ť raffle for this year only. They are seeking 50 businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor the event for $50. All those wishing to be part of the â€ś50/50/50 Clubâ€ť can contact the Veterans Strong Community Center at 860-584-6258.
Other sponsorship opportunities will also be available.
The raffle and awards ceremony will be approximately 30 minutes after the last 8K finisher crosses the finish line. People must be present to win the raffle.
There will also be a post-race party with a DJ, food and drinks.
Parking on race day is free and will be available on the school grounds.
Pre-registration is encouraged and the deadline is Oct. 10. Those who pre-register by Oct. 1 will receive a glow-in-the-dark race shirt.
Registration fees are $15 for the Monster Mile in advance or $20 on race day, $25 for the 8K race in advance or $30 on race day, $30 for the 8-mile race in advance or $35 on race day and $35 for the wheel chair race, covering both participants. Registration for participants younger than 4 years old is free.
To register, visit bristolct.net/RoadRaces/MumAThon.aspx, or facebook.com/events/366742853995669 or vetstronginc.org.
Paper registrations are also available to print out at bristolct.net/RoadRaces/MumAThon.aspx or at the Veterans Strong Community Center, located on the first floor of Bristol City Hall at 111 N. Main St.
For more information, visit vetstronginc.org or call 860-584-6258.