Fun, camaraderie, and enough exercise to warrant a decadent, celebratory dessert, all while raising funds for Connecticut's forests, parks, and trails! This year, the sixth for Run for the Woods, was a great success. CFPA’s 5K and 10K trail runs and 5K walk on the trails at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area took place on September 9th under sunny skies with a perfect 60 degree running temperature.
Runners and walkers alike traversed the winding course at Sessions Woods and the attached Blue-Blazed Tunxis Trail, enjoying the fresh forest air (and friendly competition in the case of the trail runs). Our 10K winners were Jake Koteen (46:18) and Thea Cox (51:10). In the 5K, Maggie Lawry (28:13) and Mark Alves (19:08) took top honors. A full listing of this year's results, 10K and 5K, can be seen in the downloadable PDFs below.
The event was a successful fundraiser for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) due in no small part to the event sponsors, many of whom also participated in the run and walk. Many thanks to Loureiro Engineering Associates, Burns & McDonnell, Constitution Surgery Alliance, Robinson and Cole, Ohanesian/Lecours, the Radikas Family, and Fiduciary Investment Advisors. Additionally the prize sponsors, REI, Inc.,CT Folk Festival, and Lyman Orchards, upped the event competition as participants vied for the valuable and coveted race prizes. Special thanks go out to The Connecticut Woodcarvers who carved several beautiful walking sticks and even helped participants carve their own walking sticks before and after their race or walk.
Also essential to the event's success were the volunteers, especially the Connecticut Trail Runners (CTTR). CTTR, a social community of trail runners from across the state, organized and directed the race for the second year. Together, with a team of friendly and focused volunteers, all event participants were kept hydrated and on track.
Run for the Woods is a way for CFPA to engage with the trail user community and each year we aim to improve the event. The runs are a part of the Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series, which includes trail races throughout the state that take place entirely or in part on the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails. Many participants from Run for the Woods this year had competed in previous years and vow to come back again. We hope you can join in the fun and energy of the event next year!