NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Despite the less than perfect weather conditions, thousands of runners still came out for the annual Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race.
Including some of our very own News 8 staff.
Off went some of the country's best distance runners for the 36th annual New Haven Road Race. But this race isn't just about the elite, it's about every runner, starting with the youngest. Map .pdf
There's a half mile kids race to start them off young.
"I'm excited. Because it's my first race," said Erin Donohue, 6-years-old.
The whole Jankowski family is excited. Nate's doing the kids' race, Jacob the 5K and dad is doing the 20K.
"Man, it's Labor Day, it's the town green in New Haven. There's free beer and Frank Pepe's pizza for afterwards, plus it's great, they've got bouncy things for the kids," said Bill Jankowski, a runner.
And about those elite runners in the 20K, New Haven gets the best of the best.
"Our field has never been better, we have several people either training for the Olympics and three of four who competed in the last Olympics in different running events," said John Courtmanche, Road Race President.
While it's great that New Haven gets those elite runners, the vast majority of the people out there Monday were just ordinary folks.
A record crowd of 69000 pre-registered this year.
Among them, some faces you might know: Chris Velardi, Ali Reed and Gill Simmons from Good Morning Connecticut all did the 5K. Our boss, News Director Al Carl and Kent Pierce ran the 20K. Kent wisely let him win by about a half an hour.
And remember they start young. We're already working on the runners of the future.
"Well, it's fun that you can just go all out," said Nate Jankowski, Kids' Race runner.
It was a miserable, energy-sucking day, in other words, a great race.
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