WALLINGFORD – The annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race will be held on Oct. 7 as part of the Celebrate Wallingford festival.
The event includes a 5K and 10K race as well as a one mile walk, with proceeds benefiting the Wallingford Family YMCA Community Support Campaign and the Livestrong at the YMCA program for cancer survivors.
”A lot of us cancer survivors are in (the race),” Livestrong program graduate and Walkstrong participant Richard Turco said. “It’s great. I can’t speak highly enough of it. It’s really helped us form a bond with each other.”
This year marks the 46th year the YMCA has sponsored a road race, and the tenth year since adding the Fishbein name. The event has over 50 sponsors, including BYK Additives and Instruments, a worldwide chemical company with a location in town.
”We love to be an active part in the community,” said Allison Avery, CEO of BYK. “We especially like that the proceeds go to cancer survivors. It’s an active community in Wallingford, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
The growth of sponsors and participants has been an encouraging sign, said YMCA Executive Director Sean Doherty, who has watched the event continue to grow.
“We had almost 500 runners last year, and are well over 500 runners this year,” Doherty said. “We’re really excited to be a part of Celebrate Wallingford and to support cancer survivors.”
Registration for the race is open until 15 minutes before the start. Both the 5K and the 10K will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Wallingford Family YMCA on South Elm Street. The race ends in front of Town Hall on South Main Street.
Doherty is expecting increased turnout again this year and also hoping for dryer weather.
”It poured last year,” Doherty remembered. “It was ‘on your mark, get set, rain.’ The skies brightened as soon as we handed out the last medal. But everyone was smiling and laughing. The runners were soaked, but smiling.”
Turco, who was part of the one mile walk last year, will be present again this year, rain or shine.
”The Y is everything to me,” Turco said. “It’s one of the greatest programs for physical and mental health.”