Petit Family Foundation's 15th Annual Road Race draws crowd

Published on Monday, 11 July 2022 14:02


BRISTOL – The Petit Family Foundation’s 15th Annual Road Race at Plainville High School this past Sunday drew wide, enthusiastic participation according to organizers.

Rep. William A. Petit Jr. said that the road race “went spectacularly well.”

“We couldn’t ask for a better race day,” he said. “It was 71 degrees, low humidity, sometimes race day can be very hot. We had about 430 runners and 50 to 60 kids participating in the Kids’ Fun Run. Dunkin Donuts was there with coffee and munchkins and Pepsi had beverages. Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers was doing stretches before the race. Saint’s gave away more hot dogs than ever before.”

Petit thanked the students from UConn’s Bridge program who sang the National Anthem at the event and members of the Plainville High School Football team who volunteered at the event.

“Overall, it was a good comeback event for us after there was no race in 2020 and a partial race in 2021,” said Petit. “We were back to the full event this year and we’re hoping that it will be even bigger next year.”

The overall winner of the race was Mario Vasquez of New Britain, whom Petit said finished the race in 15 minutes and 50 seconds. The overall top female was Hannah Stephenson of Unionville.

The top male runner from Plainville was Peyton Ramsey and the top female from Plainville was Gianna Rodriguez.

Proceeds from the race support the Petit Family Foundation, whose mission is to “foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences, improve the lives of those affected by chronic illness and support efforts to help and protect those affected by violence.”

The Petit Family 5k Road Race began in early 2008 by two brothers Robert and Gary Heslin, who were classmates of Dr. William A. Petit, Jr. at Plainville High School, class of 1974, according to their website.

“Together the three of them ran cross-country and track & field. In response to Dr. Petit’s request to do good things for others and to carry on the legacy of his wife and daughters, lifelong runners Robert and Gary decided that a USATF-certified 5k, point-to-point course would be the best option they could offer," stated their site.

As of last year, the Petit Family Foundation had awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to programs and projects throughout Connecticut and nationwide since the race’s inception.

Beneficiary organizations include Fellowship Place, Family Center, Inc., Klingberg Family Centers, Survivors of Homicide, Boys & Girls Center of Bristol, Prudence Crandall and Hayley Petit Injury Prevention Fellowship at Connecticut Childrens Medical Center.

Sponsors included Loureiro Engineering, Industrial Electric & Construction, Waste Management, Tower Energy, Amp Radio Network, Good Guy Auto, A&R Auto Body Specialty, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers, Saint's Restaurant, Pepsi Cola of Bristol and Sardelli's.

For more information on the Petit Family Foundation, visit or call 860-479-1436.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 11 July 2022 14:02. Updated: Monday, 11 July 2022 14:05.