PLAINVILLE - The Chipâ€™s Family Restaurant 5K Road Race is coming up this weekend, and organizers are hoping for another successful year for the fundraising event.
The road race will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 22 at Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way. The event will be the Petit Family Foundationâ€™s 11th annual race fundraiser. Proceeds will go to support the Petit Family Foundationâ€™s mission to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences, to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses, and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
State Rep. Bill Petit Jr. said the race typically draws 1,200 runners and 600 to 800 walkers. It was founded by several of Petitâ€™s high school friends and spearheaded by Bob and Gary Heslin. The annual fundraiser has raised $1.1 million over its 11-year history.
The Petit Family Foundation has awarded 26 grants so far this year, thanks in part to proceeds from the road race. They will be awarding more grants later this year.
A Kidsâ€™ Fun Run for children under 8 years old will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run and fitness walk will line up at 8:45 a.m. and then begin at 9 a.m. The course will begin and end at Plainville High School.
Saintâ€™s Restaurant will be selling hot dogs and Warren and Kathleen Stasiewski will be selling cotton candy. Both will be donating the proceeds to the Petit Family Foundation.
Sponsors include Chipâ€™s Family Restaurant, Stanley Black & Decker, Farmington River Financial Group, Loureiro Engineering, WFSB, Manafort Brothers Inc., Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, Connecticut State Medical Society, Waste Management, Crystal Rock and Pepsi.
Registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the race. For more information on the event, or to register online for the race, visit petitroadrace.com. For more information on the Petit Family Foundation, call 860-479-1436 or visit petitfamilyfoundation.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Chipâ€™s Family Restaurant 5K Road Race
WHEN: 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 22
WHERE: Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way