Corporate 5K to benefit Special Olympics

More than 800 runners from 40 corporate teams are expected to attend the Corporate 5K to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in Hartford’s Bushnell Park, Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:20 p.m.

Over the years, the running event has raised over $100,000 for local charities.

This year’s event will again benefit Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT).

The evening road race features musical entertainment, a fun post-race celebration and an extended after party.

“We are pleased to sponsor this annual effort to raise money and awareness for a great cause, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle,” said David R. Fusco, the event’s presenting sponsor.

“At this year’s race we hope to find the fastest runner in Connecticut. For the second year the event will conduct an age-graded elite race where runners are given a head start based on their age.”

The 5-lap 5K race around Bushnell starts shortly after the Corporate 5K finishes.

The race features up to 20 athletes that will be handicapped based on their age and sex with 22-28-year-old males starting last.

Prize money for the top finishers totals $1,000 with the overall winner getting $500.

Last year’s winner, Chris Chisholm (age 50), looks to defend his title against last year’s second-place finisher — William Saunders. Check for handicapping information.

Individuals are welcome to run or walk in the 5K (3.1 mile) event. Individuals and teams can pay an entry fee or raise money for SOCT.

Team divisions include the Men’s and Women’s Open, and Men’s and Women’s Masters, for runners age 40 and older.

Registration and packet pick-up begins at 4:30 p.m. at Bushnell Park on Aug. 9.

For more information please call JB Sports at (203) 481-5933, or visiting

Volunteers are encouraged to call SOCT for information.

The first 700 registered participants receive T-shirts and the chance to compete for prizes. All participants are invited to a post-race cookout and live music. JB Sports, coordinator of The New Haven Road Race and many of New England’s largest running events, coordinates the event.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 102.9 DRC-FM, Connecticut Light & Power, Insurity and Aix Group sponsor the event.

Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) has been changing attitudes and changing lives through year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

SOCT currently serves 13,180 athletes (with intellectual disabilities) and partners (without intellectual disabilities) from across the state.

Athletes and partners compete in 26 different Olympic-type sports thanks to over 100 local coordinators, 900 coaches and 10,000 additional volunteers.

SOCT Partner Sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets / IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, Northeast Utilities Systems, TD Bank, and United Technologies.

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