This 5K road race, and 2 mile walk was held to benefit the Strong Family Farm. This farm, a fixture in Vernon, was home to the Strong family for generations. Nancy Strong, who lives on the homestead, has deeded the farm to the town as a living museum. All of the proceeds from this event went to help defray the costs of maintaining this great institution.
Events of the day
The day started with the kids race, a quarter mile loop around the farm fields. About 40 young athletes ran the course and crossed the finish line; all winners. The excitement continued with the 5K road race and two mile walk. About 50 walkers traversed a challenging route in a residential neighborhood before finishing at the farm.
The 5K road race attracted about 160 runners who completed a course consisting of hills, woods, and a rail trail. Following the race, an Easter egg hunt was held and awards were presented to the age group winners.
The 5K field had a number of fast finishers. The overall winner was Ken Clark from Somers in a time of 19:32. He was followed by Bruce Christenson from Bolton (19:33) and Jason Eanle from Vernon (20:06). The first woman to cross the finish line was Jillian Ellefson from Vernon in 21:46 followed by Izzy Erikson from South Windsor in 22:31 and Anna Nadolski from Vernon in 22:44. For complete results click here.
All in all it was a fun event, and everyone had a great time.
Planning is already underway for the 2015 race so put it on your calendar.