Special to the Herald
PLAINVILLE - The time has come again for runners, joggers and walkers to lace up their sneakers for the annual Chip’s Family Restaurant 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk on Sunday, July 22 at Plainville High School.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” said state Rep. William Petit Jr., who is also president of the Petit Family Foundation, the race’s main organizer. He expects a big crowd similar to last year, when about 1,000 runners and 600 walkers attended. “It’s a great way to start the day - very enjoyable.”
The race has raised over $1 million over its first 10 years, according to Petit and Race Director Bob Heslin.
The money goes toward fulfilling the Petit Family Foundation’s mission of aiding victims of violence, the chronically ill and young people - especially women in the sciences - pursuing an education, doing so in honor of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit, who were killed in a 2007 Cheshire home invasion.
Heslin predicts this year’s race will add about $100,000 to the foundation’s efforts.
“It’s a runner’s dream,” Heslin said. “We really believe it’s one of the top road races in Connecticut.”
Heslin said the event accommodates participants of all experience levels, as it will feature a multitude of activities in addition to the 5K, with everything from a Kids Fun Run for children under 8 to an array of food vendors tempting attendees with treats including ice cream, snow cones and cotton candy.
“If you want to have a chili dog after your race, you can do that,” Petit said. “It’s nice.”
Registration and bib pickup are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. the day of the race.
Those interested can also register ahead of time and check out a of the course at .
The Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K and fitness walk start at 9 a.m.
“It’s a very well-rounded experience for a 5K road race. It’s not just your regular road race where you come up, get a bib, run and go home. It’s got something for [everyone],” Heslin added. “It’s a community event.”
For more information on the Petit Family Foundation, visit or call 860-479-1436.
Kristina Vakhman can be reached at 860-593-9596 or .