I just signed up for this Sunday’s 2nd Annual Naugatuck Savings Bank Cheshire Half Marathon & 5K. I received an email earlier today saying that they are predicting it will sell out on raceday with 3,000 participants between the half, 5k and Kids Fun Run.
The event takes place at Cheshire High and also includes a Healthy & Active Living Festival. Proceeds will benefit a number of local charities including Abilities Without Boundaries, Best Buddies CT, and the Cheshire Lions Club.
Both races are advertised as “fairly flat” which made me smile after doing the Danbury half earlier this month.
The press release in the email today also addressed security concerns which are still on the minds of all runners after the tragedy of last week’s Boston Marathon. The Cheshire event will be the biggest race in the state since the Boston Marathon. Here is the statement from event organizers:
Safety and security measures are being increased for this year’s race in light of the April 15 events at the Boston Marathon. Police and Fire details have been increased including an officer positioned at the start and finish for each race. An additional search of bags at the baggage check area will also take place at this year’s race. Race President, Bill Costello said, “We understand having bags searched will cause an inconvenience for some runners however the safety of all participants, spectators, volunteers and the general public is our priority right now. We are working with the local police departments to make sure our race will have a safe and happy environment, as it should be.” Race officials are also planning special memoriam for the victim’s of the Boston Marathon bombing at the races.
It’s sad that this has to be discussed now, but it’s something we need to be concerned with now. To get more information regarding the race or to register visit www.cheshirehalfmarathon.org.