Race will support wish program

A 5K walk and road race will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Crosby Commons, a section of Shelton’s Wesley Village.

Dave Primini, the managing director of Wesley Village as well as the road race director, said this is the fourth annual road race that the campus is holding. The race is a way to encourage a healthy way of living and to help Shelton residents learn more about Wesley Village and what it offers.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to do something nice for our residents and our community,” Primini said. “It’s great to have this big program come together and complete strangers tell you that they had a great time and can’t wait to return next year.”

The number of participants has grown each year.

“Participation has increased over the years,” he said. “Our first year we only had about 70 people and then grew to 130 and then grew to 170. This year we’re looking to get over 200 or 250 participants.”

As a way of promoting the race, Primini said the campus started a walk and run club, which is held every Tuesday and Thursday.

“It builds camaraderie and teamwork,” he said. “People get to let their hair down and talk to some other people.”

The proceeds from the race will go to Spooner House as well as Wesley Village’s Journey of Dreams program, which grants lifelong wishes to the seniors on campus, Primini said. One of the wishes granted was to Frank Mayo, who had always dreamed of going to a Red Sox game.

“A couple of months ago our activities director made some calls to the Red Sox organization. She worked her magic and, lo and behold, they got Mr. Mayo to go up to go see a Red Sox game,” Primini said. “He got to go on the field and meet some of the players and he even had an opportunity to throw out the first pitch.”

The race will be a rain or shine event, Primini said. Each participant in the race has the opportunity to win a prize; the top three male and female finishers in the nine age divisions will receive awards such as gift certificates for facials, gift cards to local restaurants and baseball tickets for Yankees, Mets and Red Sox games. The award ceremony will be held after the race and refreshments will be available for all of the racers. All runners 70 years old and up race for free.

Registration will be open, until the day of the race, to anyone who would like to join. The standard cost to register will be $25. Those who choose to register early will only have to pay $20 and participants 70 or older will be allowed to walk or run for free.

As an incentive for people to pre-register, Primini said the campus will guarantee them a free T-shirt. There will also be 50 T-shirts available to purchase on the day of the race.

Parking will be at Long Hill Elementary school.

If interested in registering, visit the campus website www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or pick up a registration form at Wesley Village. To learn more about the race contact Primini at 203-225-7980.