PLAINVILLE - The 12th annual Petit Family Foundation Road Race has seen twice the number of teams as last year sign up to run in support of the foundation’s mission this Sunday at Plainville High School.
State Rep. William Petit credits getting the record number of teams in the race to streamlining the registration process on their website. Petit also thanks the community for their continued support.
“We are going to have 10 to 12 teams this year,” he said. “Last year we had 4 to 6.”
The race, sponsored for the third year by Chip’s Family Restaurant, will begin with registration at 7 a.m. Sunday at the high school at 47 Robert Holcomb Way. The Kids’ Fun Run for ages 8 and younger will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Road Race and 1.3 Mile Fitness Walk at 9 a.m.
Proceeds will support the Petit Family Foundation’s mission to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences, to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
“We have raised $1.1 million in our first 11 years,” said Petit. “With the money we raised last year, we donated $100,000 to the Hospital for Special Care’s autism center and their programs. For five or six years, we have been offering the Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship. We used to offer it once a year, but now we are offering it three times a year. Girls get an opportunity to work and shadow nurses and social workers for 6 to 8 weeks at the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s medical center. They help victims of domestic violence and kids who have suffered summertime accidents. Many people who go through this program, who weren’t necessarily interested in medicine or social work, say that they are changing their focus to those fields once they complete it.”
Petit said that the race events should be wrapping up by 11 or 11:30 a.m. Once it has concluded, he said he will be paying a visit to Norton Park to join in the town’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and includes food trucks, live music, children’s games and activities. There will also be swimming at the public pool, historical displays, and informational tents for nonprofit organizations.
To register for the Petit Family Foundation Road Race, visit petitroadrace.com/register.shtml.
Registration for the 5K is $30 until July 19 and $35 on race day.
Registration for the Fitness Walk is $30 until noon on July 19 and $35 on race day.
These is no registration required for the Kid’s Fun Run.
To donate in support of the race, visit gofundme.com/gcsna-fundraiser-for-the-petit-family-5k-road-race.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.