SOUTHINGTON – After having to resort to a virtual road race last year due to the pandemic, this year, on Sunday, Oct. 3, everyone can expect to run or watch the Apple Harvest Road Race in person.
The race will start at the top of Columbus Blvd., near the Flair Restaurant & Bar.
There will be many types of races going on, so every age can participate. A five mile race and a two mile walk down the YMCA trail will begin at 8:30 a.m., a 5K race will begin at 8:45 a.m., and a Little Fritter Fun Run at the town green will begin at 10:15 a.m. The finish line will be on Main Street.
Race Director John Myers has been racing for 42 years, while the race has been going on for over 50 years. He is looking forward to seeing people in person this year.
“The race is a big part of the festival. It kicks off parade day Sunday,” Myers said. “We feel fortunate to be a part of the festival for so long. I enjoy being around the running community. People see each other that they haven’t in a while; it’s a nice reunion.”
Prizes will be awarded to the winners in different age categories to the top three male and females. The Dave Gworek Award will be given to the Southington top male and female finisher in the five mile race. Gworek was a man who participated in the event for many years and has passed away. Another award, the Tony Manning Memorial Award, will be given to the Southington top male and female finisher in the 5K race. Manning was a runner and YMCA and community supporter who passed away two years ago.
Myers said for first time runners, he advises them to have trained long before the race date, but also soak in the atmosphere, pace themselves and enjoy themselves.
“It’s a festive event,” Myers said.
Those looking to participate can choose to run solo or on a team.
“We have some community teams participating in memory or honor of someone who has passed away,” Myers said. “The Lauryn Team is raising money for a swim scholarship at the end of the high school year, and another team, Team Tyler, had over 100 participants during the virtual year.”
People can register at sccymca.org/apple. It is $29 for the five mile and 5K, $19 for the two mile walk and Little Fritter Fun Run, and $15 for the Y-Cup one mile run for fourth and fifth graders.
Myers said the money collected goes to registration fees and the money raised goes toward the YMCA Community Support Campaign to help local kids, adults and families going through challenging times.