Record number of runners in New Haven Road Race 2014

Runners take off at the annual New Haven Road Race (file).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Some like to spend Labor Day relaxing at the beach or in the backyard, but for thousands of people, Labor Day means running in the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race.

It’s actually three races. The first is the shortest. It’s just a half mile. It has the shortest runners, too. It’s just for kids. The whole experience is fun for the whole family. Or even multiple families like one group News 8 found from Wallingford.

“Actually, I got peer pressured by all my friends,” said Donna Regan of Wallingford. She ran the 5K race. “All my friends are running so I said all right, I’ll run with you guys.”   kids new haven road race

Her friend Al Criscuolo, also of Wallingford, provided the peer pressure. He’s doing the 20K, despite the weather.

“Feels a little humid already,” he said, before the race, “seeing as I’m sweating and I haven’t run anywhere.”

News 8 asked Road Race President John Courtmanche if it always seemed to be hot and humid on race day.

“Well, we’re not going to complain too much, because we did worry about those thunderstorms coming this week,” said Courtmanche. “But the humidity is tough on runners, especially the 20K.”

Courtmanche was running in his 32nd straight New Haven Road Race. It took less than 16 minutes for the winner to finish the 5K. That race had a record number of runners this year. The 20K race is a national championship. The men’s winner took just over an hour. Of the three Olympians in the women’s field, Molly Huddle from Providence took the title. But the race sponsor reminds us it’s not all about who wins.

“It’s a great community builder,” said Joel Faxon of the Faxon Law Group. “It’s great for healthy kids, it’s great for healthy adults.”

“It’s exercise for your legs and it’s fun,” said 8 year old kids’ race runner Sophia Page. Will she be doing the longer races in a few years.



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