Runners take part in Sea Legs Shuffle

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– For the 19th straight year, runners hit the pavement in Guilford for the Sea Legs Shuffle. It’s a morning of racing, and other activities for the whole family.

Even though they were on dry land, hundreds of runners in Guilford had their sea legs under them. The Sea Legs Shuffle is a race they’ve been doing here for 19 years. Well actually, it’s now three races.

“The 10 mile goes along the water back in Sachem’s Head and we also have the 5K that goes around the fairgrounds and down towards the stone house and stuff like that,” said Preston Ranton, SoundRunner General Manager.

That 5K is about 3 miles and took the top runners about 17 minutes. The 10 mile race is actually a state championship race. What does that mean?

“It’s USTF certified. We invite a bunch of racing teams to come out and compete with each other, so you’ll see a lot of fast times,” said Ranton.

And News 8 did. But we also saw all kinds of runners of all ages and abilities. It’s fun for the whole family, too.

“My older sister and I are doing a marathon in the fall, so this is getting ready. Yeah,” said Melissa Soucie, Branford.

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No matter which race you ran in out there, all the money raised goes towards charities that help kids stay active healthy and smart.

“We’re an early education program which is pre-school for children 3-5 years old, and we’re after school care for 3 out of the 4 elementary schools in Guilford,” said Ashley Hillier, Guilford Center for Children.

Which brings us to the third race of the day- the half mile kids’ race. Ten-year-old Alex Sauer told News 8 he did good in the race and that it was fun. Making exercise fun is good, what’s even better is teaching the kids what exercise does for you.

“Stronger muscles,” said Lyvia Soucie, a 6-year-old.

So she can join her sisters and do the big race one of these years.

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