Manchester, Conn. (March 16) — The Second Annual Finally Spring 5k! to benefit Public Allies of Connecticut will take place this Saturday (March 20) at 10:00 a.m. at Howard/Porter Reservoir in Manchester. The forecast is calling for a beautiful 65 degrees with partly cloudy skies.
Manchester Running Company is once again the title sponsor and host while other sponsors include Big Y, Great Harvest Bread, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Century 21. Public Allies is a non-profit organization with a mission of advancing new leadership to strengthen communities, non-profits and civic participation.
Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday morning at Highland Park School on the corner of Ferguson St. and Porter St. in Manchester. Parking and restrooms will also be available in Highland Park School. Cost to register in advance is $15.00 for runners, $10.00 for walkers, and $8.00 for youth (14 and under). Registration costs on race day increase by $5.00 per person. Pre-registration is available online at manchesterrunningcompany.com and closes on Thursday (March 18) at 11:59 p.m.
The course is a 5k trail race; the 2009 winner was Manchester native and regional elite Drew Best while Ashley Reichelt was the women’s winner. Free running socks will be available for the first 100 registrants; raffle prizes, refreshments and water will also be provided and are included in the cost of registration.
Manchester Running Company will also be hosting a Shoe Drive with Soles4Souls. MRC has pledged 25 pairs of new shoes to donate to Soles4Souls which provides footwear for those around the world in areas of natural disaster. Any new shoes or gently worn shoes are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at registration – all donations are tax deductible.