Photo (c) Ron Tessman BristolCt.net
The Veterans Strong Community Center announced the 51st Mum-A-Thon Road Race will be held this year, with COVID-19 restrictions. The 8K race will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8 am at St. Paul Catholic High School, 1001 Stafford Avenue, Bristol, CT. This year’s event will only have the 8K competitive race, with runners socially distanced at the starting line and staggered starts.
There will be no live pre-or post-race activities or ceremonies. Runners will come, run and leave. There will be a Facebook Live announcement later in the day to announce the winners. Prizes will be mailed / delivered to the winners. There will be no water stations on the racecourse. There will be no Monster Mile Fun Run/Walk.
Additionally, there will be no spectators allowed this year, either at St. Paul’s or on the racecourse. Protocols and instructions will be emailed to registered participants prior to the race.
This will be the first year for new race director Brittany Telke. “We are excited to continue the tradition of celebrating the 51st annual Mum-A-Thon. We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to have an in person race this year. Donna Dognin, VSCC Executive Director, Amy Wernicki, VSCC Board President) and I all worked together to plan the safest road race possible. We are looking forward to seeing all of the runners and costumes in a few weeks.”
This is also the first year for VSCC Board President Amy Wernicki, although she has volunteered with the race in the past. “During a year with so much uncertainty, it is wonderful to be able to continue a Bristol tradition,” Amy Foster Wernicki, is also former Miss Chrysanthemum (1994).
For the time being, registrations are available on the Mum-A-Thon Facebook page, the Veterans Strong Community Center website, the BristolCT.net/Road Races page, or in person at Veterans Strong Community Center. The organizers are trying to get the online registration program up and running as soon as possible.
The famous glow-in-the-dark running shirts will be available for the 1st 100 registered participants. Registration is $30 ($35 for wheelchair participants; covers both) and is due no later than Friday, October 16, 2020 at 5 pm. Veterans Strong Community
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