Branford, CT: The 41st Annual Branford Road Race has returned to an in-person event and expects 2,000 participants at next weekend’s race. There are two separate 5k races this year that will replace the traditional 5-mile run. Each participant may choose one 5k run, a two-mile walk, or the Kid’s ½ Mile Fun Run. There are 7:00am and 9:00am starts to the 5k races this year, with the former limited to 800 participants and the latter limited to 1,000 participants. With nearly 800 already registered, the 9 a.m. race will sell out early next week. The two-mile walk is limited to 200 walkers and starts at 11:00am, along with the Kids Fun Run, with a limit of 200. The race annually supports local non-profit and community organizations and continues to donate thousands per year. In 2021, the Branford Road Race is supporting Camp Rising Sun, Notre Dame High School, and the American Parkinson Disease Association.
This year, the race has one major change with its transition back to an in-person event, and that is a location change, usually, the race would be held on the Branford Green. However, to maximize social distancing efforts, both the start and finish lines of this year’s race have been moved to Walsh Intermediate School. There will also be no race day registration allowed this year. Race Founder Ray Figlewski stated that although the race will look much different than the last in-person race in 2019, “the proper steps are being taken to maximize the safety of all attendees in order to have a successful and secure event.”
The Post-Race Party will also look different this year, as all food and drink will be pre-packaged and in a grab-and-go format. There will unfortunately be no live entertainment or activities post-race. However, Stony Creek Brewery is hosting a Post-Race Celebration that is offering UNLIMITED beer from 10:00am – 2:00pm! Tickets must be purchased during Race registration and the event is limited to 400 attendees. All official COVID-19 rules are available on https://branfordroadrace.net/2021-event-safety.
Sponsors of the 2021 race include Medtronic, H.D. Segur Insurance, Connecticut Orthopaedics, Stony Creek Brewery, soundRUNNER, Notre Dame High School, TYCO Print, 99.1PLR and The Sound.