BRISTOL – The Mum-A-Thon returns for the 53rd year Sunday, Oct. 23 at St. Paul Catholic High School.
The Halloween-themed race, presented by Bristol Health and hosted and directed by Hartford Track Club, Inc., will begin at 10 a.m. with a fun run and walk "Monster Mile", followed by the wheel chair race at 10:10 a.m. and then the 8K will begin at 10:15 a.m. The Mum-A-Thon will be held rain or shine and it will start and end at St. Paul Catholic High School at 1001 Stafford Ave. Money raised will benefit the Beekley Care Center of Bristol during National Cancer Awareness Month.
"October is national Cancer awareness month and we are excited to have found a local cancer organization to receive these donations," said Andrew Barton, 2022 race director for the Mum-A-Thon. "
This year's race saw the Mum-A-Thon's mummy mascot reworked to have a running shoe. The top three male and top three female finishers will receive hand-painted, glow in the dark mummies as prizes.
"As the event now includes a Halloween theme, we try to add a little glow in the dark to whatever we can," said Barton.
The event will also include a costume contest for adults and children.
Those who register for the race by Oct. 7 will get a long sleeve race shirt that also glows in the dark.
This year, Barton said, gold, silver and bronze medals will also be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each age group. The age groups are 12 and under, 13 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and over.
Additionally, the first 200 people to register for this year's Mum-A-Thon will get their own "bag of treats."
"This year we will have thousands of dollars of products to stuff in those bags and a few of those items glow as well," said Barton.
Barton added that there will also be giveaways in a raffle format, which will include Goodr sun glasses, Holiday lights tickets from Lake Compounce, hats and discount coupons from Fleet Feet, a Bigelow Tea gift basket, an Omar Coffee Gift Basket, Pez factory tour gift certificates and more.
Pre-Registration closes Oct. 21st at 5 p.m.
Mum-A-Thon participants are also asked to bring donations of old, slightly worn running shoes.
Entry fees are $35 for wheelchair participants, covering both participants, $30 in advance for the 8K or $35 on race day and $15 in advance for the Monster Mile Fun Run & Walk or $20 on race day.
Timing will be provided by PlattSys and there will also be customized Halloween themed race bibs.
No deferrals or refunds will be offered.
Volunteer opportunities are available.
Barton encouraged civic groups, high schools sports teams and high school groups looking for community service hours to register at runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/CT/Bristol/BristolMumAThon.
Free parking is available on school grounds. People are asked to use the Maltby Street entrance.
For more information, visit bristolct.net/roadraces/Mumathon.aspx or facebook.com/BristolMumroadracesince1970 or call 860-944-6069
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.