Meriden Rotary club to hold  20th annual 5k and kids fun run Daffodil Festival

Meriden Rotary club to hold  20th annual 5k and kids fun run Daffodil Festival

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MERIDEN — Daffodils in bloom means it is almost time for the annual 5K race and Kids Fun Run at Hubbard Park.

The Meriden Rotary club will be holding the race for the 20th year on Sunday, April 14, starting at 10 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 9:45 a.m.

“It’s pretty nice to be doing this fundraiser for so long,” said Peter Wnek, chairman of the rotary club. “It keeps growing.”

Close to 200 people participated in the 5K walk and run last year, with 50 kids involved in the fun run.

This year the event is being held earlier due to Easter falling on its usual date — the Sunday before the Daffodil Festival.

“We’re hoping people hear about it and still want to come out,” Wnek said.

Senior runner categories — for ages 70 to 79, 80 to 89 and 90-years and up — have been added this year. 

Wnek said the club received requests to expand the age categories. Last year an 87-year-old ran the race.

Awards will be given to first and second place in the 13-year old and under category and to the first three finishers in nine age groups ranging from 14 to 90 and older.

A trophy will be awarded to the overall male/female winner. Participants in the Kids Fun Run will have a chance to win a bike. 

“It’s a primer to get enthusiasm going for the main event, the Daffodil Festival,” Wnek said. “The festival kicks off the outdoor season.”

Registration can be completed online.
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