BRIAN M. JOHNSON
BRISTOL - Get your running shoes out and join the 50th annual Mum-A-Thon this Sunday rain or shine.
The road race 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, will begin and end at St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Ave. Registration will be held from 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.
“We are so very pleased and excited to continue our relationship with the Mum-A-Thon,” said Veterans Strong Community Center Executive Director Donna Dognin. “To 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 .um season and the community.”
Dognin said the Mum-A-Thon is the Veterans Strong Community Center’s largest fundraiser of the year. The nonprofit organization not only serves Bristol, but also the surrounding communities of Burlington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston and Wolcott.
Awards will be given for best Halloween costume for adult male, adult female, best boy and best girl 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 race’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 “50-50-50” 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 “50/50/50 Club” 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.
Parking on race day is free and will be available on the school grounds.
Registration fees are $20, $30 for the 8K race, $35 for the 8-mile race and $35 for the wheel chair race, covering both participants. Registration for participants younger than 4 years old is free.
For more information, visit vetstronginc.org or call 860-584-6258.