Big crowd for Branford Road Race expected

I’m hoping to give the Branford Road Race a try on Father’s Day and it looks like I’m not the only one hoping to run that morning. Here’s a look at a recent press release from the race organizers.

Branford – The 33rd annual Father’s Day Road Race takes place on Sunday, June 16, 2013 and race organizers are expecting a record crowd of over 3,200 participants in the 5-mile Road Race, Fitness Walk and Fun Run. The race field is already well ahead of last year’s record number of nearly 3,000 participants. Race Director Ray Figlewski states, “We’re overjoyed about the way the local running and fitness community has supported the event.  Thousands of Branford residents come out each year to cheer on the participants. Thirty-three years ago we never could have imagined this level of support.”  The race is one of the Country’s largest 5 mile races and one of New England’s top running events.

 Starting on the Branford Green, the 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m. The Fun Run is followed by the 2-Mile Health Walk at 10:10 a.m. and the 5-Mile Run at 10:15 a.m. This year’s 5-mile race will once again serve as a State Championship. Many of Connecticut’s top runners are expected to participate.  Figlewski says, “We are dedicated to bringing Connecticut’s best athletes to Branford and making the Branford Road Race one of the best in the Country”.  Runners can enjoy live music along the racecourse at seven locations.

The Branford Road Race is pleased to announce seven official charities in 2013. They include the Branford Counseling Center Basic Needs Program, Branford Education Foundation, The Community Dining Room, Lisa Pelosi- American Heart Association, Nicole DeFilippo Scholarship Fund, Sandra Ciccone Scholarship and New Haven Home Recovery. Participants who raise $200 or more for any of these charities receive a complimentary entry into the race. Visit to learn more about each charity.

The race kicks off the final day of the Branford Festival, a community celebration that attracts tens of thousands of people.  All 5-mile race participants receive t-shirts, food, and many other race amenities.  For race information visit our website at Or call (203) 481-5933.  You can pick up your race packet or register at SoundRunner in Branford on June 14th and June 15th.

The major sponsors for the 2013 event are H.D. Segur Insurance, Stratton Faxon Law Offices, soundRUNNER, Pasta Cosi, Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, RE/MAX Alliance, Planet Fitness, Southern Connecticut Muscle and Joint Performance Chiropractic, Shoreline Crossfit, 66 North Main Street Massage, Lynn’s Restaurant, Delicatessen & Caterers, Chabaso Bakery, The Sound and 99.1PLR.

Jason Sonski