Area vendors to be featured in Race in the Park's Artisan Market

Published on Friday, 19 April 2019 19:53
Written by Michelle France


NEW BRITAIN - With three weeks left to race day, Connecticut Breast Health Initiative’s Race in The Park vendors are busy stocking up their inventories full of hand-crafted products to showcase at the event.

From handbags to skin care products, this year will mark the first annual Artisan Market conveniently scheduled the day before Mother’s Day.

Cortney Troup of Berlin has attended race day for the last six years and is excited to share products from a business she’s recently launched - Cortney’s Dips and Sauces.

The business offers a healthier alternative to traditional dips and sauces by using fresh ingredients that contain no preservatives and no chemicals. Troup created the recipes by expanding on family recipes that she said she’s been making for years.

Troup also serves on the race committee and explained why she is so involved with the event.

“Breast cancer has touched so many people in my life,” said Troup.

Her husband, Ned Troup, sits on the CTBHI board and is on the site committee for the race. Her children, Coleman Sharpe, 11, and Sydney Sharpe, 14, have participated in the Kids Challenge for the last three years.

“I know many people who have had breast cancer and it’s important to me that we help raise money for a cure,” said Sydney.

Coleman agreed with his sister, but is also looking forward to what race day has to offer.

“The fried dough food truck is my favorite and being able to get close to the fire truck and ambulance is too,” he said.

Other vendors expected on race day include Home Prep Products, Black Orchid Skin Care, Southern Belle Products, Clean Works Soap, Rather Rustic Designs and Stitched. Alongside the market will be fresh flowers for sale.

Artisan Market vendors are donating a fee to be on-site and a raffle prize, which will bring in additional funds to support CT BHI.

Food trucks confirmed for race day include Lucky Dogs Hot Dogs, Palumbo Kettle Korn, Vinci’s Fried Dough, Chet’s Italian Ice, Esther’s All Purpose Bakery, and Maui Wowi Smoothies.

This year’s race will be held on Saturday, May 11, at Walnut Hill Park. Registration is open for the event, which will include a 5K run, a 4K walk, a 1-mile walk and a kids challenge. The entrance fee for adults is $30 and $15 for children.

Money raised from the event will be donated to researchers and educators in Connecticut who fit into their mission of supporting breast cancer awareness, treatment, quality of life, and survivorship. Over $3.75 million in total grants have been funded to date.

Breast cancer survivors will be honored on race day with a survivor breakfast at 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Family activities such as Touch-a-Truck, Home Depot’s Build in the Park, children 12 and under can build and take home a wooden project, and a kids expo with games and activities for children 12 and under. Visit the tent between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to purchase raffle tickets for special prizes or make a bid in the silent auction.

To register, pledge or volunteer, visit

Michelle France can be reached at 860-801-5087 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 19 April 2019 19:53. Updated: Friday, 19 April 2019 19:56.